Posts Tagged ‘Zach Gray’

NMF VIDEO UPDATE: The Non and the Cloud Collision Orchestra playing at the Sooner Theater

April 29, 2010

VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” episode 18 – Michael Huff

April 18, 2010

Michael Huff doesn’t spend too much time in his native state of Oklahoma anymore, but his songs have a good chance of spending time inside your head.

The folk singer is a senior at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., but Huff visited Stillwater earlier this semester to play a couple of acoustic songs.

And Huff clashed with Stillwater in the best way possible.

While playing the song “Little Birdie” off of his debut album, he walked past a store named Rhinestone Cowgirl, a building painted with colors louder than an Aerosmith concert inside of a Chuck E. Cheese.

And at that moment, Huff’s clever tune and dylanesque performance directly channeled a time where sitting on a porch and relaxing was a national pastime.

And the porch is where a lot of his music comes from.

“(My band) would all be hanging out, and we’d start passing around a guitar,” Huff said. “It’s exciting to (play) together. We’re family up there (in Nashville).”

His song “Little Birdie” felt like something you want to pass on to your children, even though Huff’s album cover would fit in with your parents’ vinyl collection.

Huff said his songwriting process comes natural.

“I’m trying to learn what the hell (I’m) doing writing songs and why songs written 100 years ago are still being sung,” Huff said.

Take a second to appreciate Huff’s old sound that hopefully won’t die young.

“I’m going to give (music) my best shot,” Huff said. “I’ll write songs all my life whether or not I can make a penny off of them.”

VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” house show #2 with SHERREE CHAMBERLAIN part two

April 14, 2010

And this is the last of our house show videos from this semester.

Let’s make some more next semester.

Who’s down?

VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” episode 17 – GENTLE GHOST

April 9, 2010

Norman natives Gentle Ghost visited Stillwater last month to not only play an incredible live set (complete with more than 30 guitar effects pedals) but also play an acoustic song.

Also, Seth McCarroll (the frontman with the spectacles) talks about the band’s new record “Family” coming out next week thanks to Nice People, Record Store Day at Guestroom in Norman and the Norman Music Festival. All good things.

VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” house show #2 with SHERREE CHAMBERLAIN part one

April 5, 2010

VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” house show #2 with JACOB ABELLO

April 3, 2010

VIDEO UPDATE: Sherree Chamberlain Band in the studio

March 25, 2010

  • And don’t forget you can see Sherree Chamberlain Band, Jacob Abello and Gentle Ghost for free FRIDAY, MARCH 26.

VIDEO UPDATE: Soundchecking with The Low Anthem

March 4, 2010

It was the calm before the storm.

Hours prior to the Avett Brothers taking stage in Midwest City last night, a quartet from Providence, R.I. named The Low Anthem played a stunningly simplistic and beautiful set of folk songs.

And before that “on.” got a chance to film The Low Anthem during its sound check.

We got lucky.

Its practice was perfect.

VIDEO UPDATE: Fatty Lumpkin feature and The Flatland Travelers playing “So Long” in the snow

February 26, 2010

I recently chatted with the members of Fatty Lumpkin this week to discuss its show tonight and where in the world the name Fatty Lumpkin came from.

Here’s the story.

Urban Dictionary’s Web site offers some dastardly and entertaining definitions of Fatty Lumpkin, but the music this Texas trio is making should be more than enough to pique your interests.

The jam band Fatty Lumpkin will join Stillwater’s The Flatland Travelers for a show on Friday at 10 p.m. at Vault, 716 S. Main. St.

Besides playing the same bill this evening, the bands share a drive to conquer stages bigger than those in Stillwater. Both bands competed in a contest earlier this month and won a chance to play the Wakarusa Music Festival in Arkansas this summer.

Fatty Lumpkin has played Wakarusa once already. The trio was the first to play the 2008 festival which ended with a performance from the Flaming Lips.

Before any of this happened, Fatty Lumpkin was a band name stuck inside the head of lead singer Kelyn Crapp. The band started as a five piece in high school but slimmed to a trio eight months ago. Now Crapp, Seth Myers and Matt Dixon live together to focus on music.

“Music is something that can’t be conquered,” Myers said. “We try to write our music that way to include improvisational parts so we don’t play the song the same way.”

Drummer Dixon said using an open-ended style allows the band a lot of freedom to explore sounds. The band has been working to capture these sounds on an album in what Dixon called “a long process.”

It has been a year since Lumpkin started working on its album, but in a week it will be released. Myers said he worked closely with the self-titled album and has spent the past few years working to become a sound engineer. He has helped record with artists like Don Henley and Chuck Rainey.

With an experimental sound and Wakarusa lined up, Fatty Lumpkin might become part of your vocabulary.

VIDEO UPDATE: Brother Gruesome, The Boom Bang and DEERPEOPLE at Vault (Feb. 20) PART TWO

February 23, 2010


Now that I have your attention, please take a look at the remainder of video coverage from Vault’s show Saturday.

Your ears won’t thank you, but your heart will.