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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
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Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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'Chicken Fried' dudes

What can brown do for you? When it’s the Zac Brown Band, plenty.

Joshua Boydston April 25th, 2012

Zac Brown Band with Nic Cowan
7 p.m. Thursday
Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W. Reno

C. Taylor Crothers

When country rock’s Zac Brown Band looked to record a follow-up to 2008’s platinum-selling smash, The Foundation, they heeded the advice of Les Brown, shot for the money and landed a pair of stars.

“I remember when Zac had these songs, he was like, ‘Jimmy Buffett is going to sing on this track, and Alan Jackson is going to sing this.’ We were like, ‘OK,’” vocalist and fiddler Jimmy De Martini said. “He has this way of making things happen when he’s really motivated to make it work.”

More than steady phone calls netted the group such high-profile guest spots on You Get What You Give, its second major-label effort. Zac Brown Band’s mantle has filled with gold statues from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and the Best New Artist Grammy in 2010, despite having formed in 2002.

“We were the Best New Artist, eight years in the making,” De Martini said. “We realized as far as it goes nationally, we were new to everybody.”

The group started garnering attention on the heels of The Foundation, anchored by the hit “Chicken Fried.” However, more than mere country crowds dug the Atlanta-based outfit. A healthy sampling of Southern rock, folk and even a bit of jam band and island rock help.

“It’s what we do. It’s our sound. We hit on all styles of music and just make it the Zac Brown Band way,” De Martini said. “We never had intentions of becoming a Nashville-style country band. We were just doing what we liked, and we’ve never compromised on the music we like to play.”

Zac Brown Band recently wrapped up studio sessions on its next disc, with an eye toward a summer release. Although scant on details, De Martini promises it won’t disappoint.

“We seem to click even more,” he said. “That’s an extra three years of playing together, and we are just that much better.”

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