Rock, Americana, Bluegrass
A.P. Hill – Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Max Paley- Mandolin
Johnny James Qualley – Double Bass, Electric Bass
Chris Budin – Drums, Vocal
Daniel Lawrence Walker – Guitar, Vocals
It’s fashionable these days for bands to call themselves “eclectic,” or “genre-bending,” but for Denver, Colorado’s Oakhurst, those terms aren’t the result of some marketing strategy, or even of well-meant wishful thinking—they’re the simple, unvarnished truth. For proof, just look to the fact that Oakhurst has been nominated for their hometown’s independent weekly’s music awards in five different categories—or, even better, just listen to their brand new album, Barrel. Because when you get right down to it, it’s all about the music, and while the music Oakhurst makes on Barrel isn’t the kind that defies description, it’s definitely the kind that defies any one description.
The result is a perfect snapshot of an upward-bound quintet that’s as broad-ranging as any you’re likely to hear all year. Produced by Joe Pisapia (K. D. Lang, Ben Folds & Guster) and recorded at Nashville’s Middle Tree Studios, Barrel takes a noticeable turn from the bluegrass leanings that characterized the band’s previous effort, Jump in the Get Down. On Barrel, the band finds it self with a whole new sound. That’s not to say that there isn’t continuity in the prominence of acoustic guitar, mandolin and even some banjo throughout. In fact, there’s even a taste of just-about-straightforward ‘grass in the tribute to one of the group’s heroes, John Hartford.
Loose and Prosperous (2001)
Greenhorn (2004), Big Bender Records
Dual Mono (2005), Big Bender Records
Jump in the Get Down (2008), Big Bender Records
Barrel (2012), Oak Horse Records