Posts Tagged ‘Taddy Porter’

Feature: Sherree Chamberlain

September 17, 2010

  • If you are over 21, check out the Sherree Chamberlain Band for free Friday night at 9 inside Eskimo Joe’s, 501 W. Elm Ave. Tulsa acts OK Sweetheart and Fiawna Forte are opening. This story ran in the Friday edition of The Daily O’Collegian and The Oklahoman.

It’s frightening how quickly breakfast can turn into bedlam.

On a rainy morning in early July, Oklahoma City-based songwriter Sherree Chamberlain was driving near the Paseo Arts District.

The Oklahoma State University alumna had a full day planned.

Breakfast with a friend. A paid gig in downtown Oklahoma City with Stillwater rockers Taddy Porter and The Flatland Travelers. Dinner with her soon-to-be manager.

While pulling across traffic, a car slammed into her and knocked her head against the driver’s window. Her car was totaled, and she was stuck in the rain with a car full of instruments.

When Chamberlain snapped back to reality, she said she didn’t want a doctor.

She wanted pizza.

Her bandmates, Eric Kiner, Jonathon Mooney and Joey Morris, heard what happened and got a hold of Chamberlain.

“I was like, ‘Are we going to play or not?’” Kiner said in a phone interview.

Chamberlain said she knew the ball was rolling. Her band was getting paid for playing. She needed to start saving cash for a new car.

“It made sense to play,” she said in a phone interview.

After a trip to an emergency room and an OK from a doctor, Chamberlain’s parents drove her to the Wormy Dog Saloon. As neon signs buzzed and beer bottles clinked, the Sherree Chamberlain Band flew through a set of several songs in front of about 300 listeners.

“Sherree’s insane,” Morris said with a laugh over the phone. “When she got that mild concussion, I couldn’t really tell the difference. She’s crazy anyway … It was the perfect show. We didn’t have time for rehearsal, and we played like she had rehearsed for hours.”

Fast forward through the summer to last Sunday.

The rainy afternoon and the allure of bed sheets delayed Chamberlain from an interview, but she quickly apologized for her tardiness and began detailing her active morning.

She worked on music and prepared for the two classes she started teaching at Edmond Santa Fe High School this semester, but she got overwhelmed and hit the hay again.

She said she’s having a “24-year-old meltdown.”

“I’m feeling so old, and I don’t know what’s going on. I’m having anxiety about everything,” Chamberlain said. “I’ve been listening to music I love, lately. I keep going, ‘I wish I could be in this band, or I wish I could be in that band. Why am I not writing music I love to play?’”

She’s balancing a lot, though, teaching classes and preparing for a sophomore album.

Her debut, “Wasp in the Room,” was a gentle folk album that embellished the singer’s talents and her simple, elegant songs.

After a visit to Stillwater on Saturday, she’s taking “a little step away from the cutesy pop singer/songwriter and a little bit more toward being a cohesive band and setting a mood.”

No matter what happens, music is going to be around Chamberlain.

She lets her students at Edmond Santa Fe listen to music while they work. One afternoon a student walked up to Chamberlain and wrapped headphones around her ears. It was her album playing.

Sometimes her students aren’t the biggest fans though.

“I heard one of them the other day go, ‘Miss Chamberlain, I downloaded your stuff off of LimeWire,’” she said.

Another kid asked what she sounded like. He responded with a review saying Chamberlain’s music is weird. Something you’ll either love or hate.

If her student’s review and a car accident won’t stop her from making music, little will.


2010 predictions and anticipations in the music world

January 11, 2010

I wrote this little story for the Daily O’Collegian.

Although I just regained the ability to construct full sentences after the Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs exploded my mind at their third annual New Year’s Eve Freakout in Oklahoma City, I’m still going to pull myself together to make music predictions for 2010.

On the grand scale, I’d like to see Kanye West make an album that’s fun to hear. If I have to listen to one more depressing roboballad, then I’ll drown my laptop in the bathtub with little remorse. Speaking of West, 2010 will be the end of the auto tune.

It will occur when Owl City of “Fireflies” fame will auto tune an already auto tuned song. The results will be fatal and fiery, but will sound only OK.

On a more local level, I hope every artist I mention will be household names by the end of the semester.

The Non, an instrumental quartet from Oklahoma City, will release one of the smartest and most interesting albums of the year. “Tadaima” comes out next week, so luckily the world doesn’t have to wait long.

The new songs are so technical they could puzzle a dozen engineers, but they’re also as accessible as bad food from Taco Mayo. Make sure to give The Non a listen.

Stillwater acts Colourmusic and Other Lives have new albums in the works.

Colourmusic’s upcoming “Pink” album is going to freak people out in the best way possible. The upbeat, sing-a-long style of the old Colourmusic is swallowed in a single gulp by a loud, bold rock style.

Simply put, Colourmusic now sounds mean and that’s good.

After our ears recover from Colourmusic, they can find comfort in Other Lives. The Stillwater natives traveled throughout the U.S. last year and even played Lollapalooza in Chicago.

Expect more soulful, melodic tunes from Other Lives this year.

As far as live shows, make sure to check out Taddy Porter, The Boom Bang and The Pretty Black Chains if you want your socks rocked off.

To relax, check out Sherree Chamberlain, The Uglysuit and Ali Harter, who’s playing in Stillwater at the end of this month.

It’s freezing now, but all this music should keep you warm.

“on.” episode three – Taddy Porter

September 1, 2009

Something was in the air when Joe Selby and Andy Brewer sat down to represent Stillwater band Taddy Porter for an “on.” interview and performance. Besides the music, the most obvious thing was a mosquito. Guitarist Selby noticed the pest on his arm while playing “Long, Slow Drag.” He continued strumming his guitar while the creature drained his blood. Luckily, listening to Taddy Porter has the opposite effect. The duo slowed down its rowdy, electric tunes for an acoustic set in Stillwater’s Strickland Park on Main Street. Taddy Porter’s set was as engaging as the duo’s hair is long.

  • INTERVIEW with Taddy Porter
  • SONG ONE – “In the Morning”
  • SONG TWO – “Long, Slow Drag”
  1. episode one – Andrew Arterbery
  2. episode two – BrotherBear