Tuesday 29 Jul
 
 

Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

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Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Zach Winters — They Were Longing For a Better Country


Matt Carney October 19th, 2011

Redemption, peace, fate and desire. Banjos, harmonicas and handclaps. God and man. Stillness.

No, Mumford & Sons hasn’t released their second album yet. Norman singer/songwriter Zach Winters’ fourth LP, “They Were Longing for a Better Country,” blends all the aforementioned into a haunting, but peaceful work that’s more personally convicting and beautifully recorded than what you’ll typically find in the local coffee shop after hours. 

“Country” is rich with delicate, acoustic interludes (I especially enjoyed “While You’re Making Other Plans”) and Winters’ voice, which performs harmonic acrobatics while whispering pastoral and fatherly wisdom.

“And the Little Child” is the centerpiece, chugging along on a fat acoustic bassline provided by brother Alex, as it pulls along a load of biblical symbolism. A midway breakdown transplants the listener to a desert, where the singer’s voice surrounds him as the “fear of the Lord.” It’s Christian music for Christians who seek the presence of God, not for those who just talk about it.

Soon after comes the other standout, the lovely ballad “Small Boat,” which ebbs and flows like the tide implied by the title. Winters’ voice echoes so murkily with the minor piano keys that the track couldn’t have been recorded anywhere but the bottom of the ocean.

What a terrific effort from a local talent. Buy it at zachwintersmusic.com. —Matt Carney

 
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