Andy Adams , Kyle Reid, Levi Parham on Sat, May 4, 2019

Andy Adams is an Oklahoma City based musician who has been performing around the City and State for over ten years. Vocally he possesses a wide spectrum of range and a variety of tone. He uses these aspects to add vivid and dramatic effect to enhance the mood and movement of the stories in his songs’. In combination with his guitar work this takes his narratives into enchanting tone poems. The authentic vocal commitment and scope of the narrative brings the listener out of the mundane and into a new world full of possibility.

Andy’s guitar techniques incorporate the essential Delta Blues style with a definitive Americana slant into a modern tradition of folkie fusion. The expanse of the rhythm spans the distance between the thunk of a chain gangs chuck and the winds’ long kiss as it whispers in the willows on a sultry summer night.

Many of his lyrical textures are literate self-contained accounts of everyday people with everyday problems. Each composition complete in soul and story in its own personal universe. Some of his more personal songs are boldly romantic in this time of shallow detachment and project a serious understanding of the love that makes relationships function without stress.

Andy Adams is an attractive bundle of talent. He can stand with the best vocally, as well as, on guitar, bass, harmonica.

A native of Oklahoma, Parham’s music draws on the rich songwriting traditions of his home state. “Perhaps it’s something in the [Oklahoma] water — the same iron-heavy tap drink that Woody Guthrie sipped on as a young man — that leads to an inherited sense of melody, ” said The Bluegrass Situation. “Whatever it is, Levi Parham has it.

With influences from the worlds of blues, folk, soul, rock and country music, it’s Parham’s ” soulful, gritty and tender voice” (The Boot) that brings it all together into a sound that CMT described as “enticing” with “a melancholy feel.” In June 2016, Parham released an album titled These American Blues that reached #25 on the AMA charts, and was #1 in the EuroAmericana Charts for 2016. No Depression called it “a must have in any music aficionado’s collection” while Elmore Magazine called it “a remarkable feat of musicianship”. The album marked Parham’s third release, following up his 2014 EP Avalon Drive and his 2013 debut An Okie Opera.

After the release of These American Blues, Parham left Austin based record label Music Road Records. “Things don’t always go like they could, but it’s all good.” calls out Levi Parham on the title track to his new album [It’s All Good]. Reminding everyone not to sweat it when faced with the circumstances much out of one’s control, Parham shouts “I ain’t scared, I ain’t worried, I’ve got friends and they’d be here in a hurry.”

Parham called on those friends, most of whom were part of the long admired “Tulsa Sound”, and invited them down to Muscle Shoals, AL to make a record in a studio that was once the home of legendary Muscle Shoals Sound, now called Portside Sound. “I’ve always been a big admirer of the music that’s been made in Muscle Shoals, from Aretha Franklin to The Allman Bros. So I got this idea to bring the ‘Tulsa Sound’ and mix it with the ‘Muscle Shoals Sound’ and see what happens.” What happened in August 2017, with musicians Paul Benjaman, Lauren Barth, John Fullbright, Jesse Aycock, Dylan Aycock, Aaron Boehler, Dustin Pittsley, Michael Staub, and Lauren Farrah, was a combination of mean soulful guitar riffs and loose vibey grooves, with hints of inspiration and influence from Derek And The Dominos, The Band, The Rolling Stones, and The Allman Bros.

It’ s All Good is now available worldwide, released on Horton Records in US and Continental Records in Europe.

 

Kyle Reid leads his band, the Low Swingin’ Chariots, in a joyful revelry of original swing tunes, as well as classic New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz, and Western Swing tunes. Reid’s original tunes sound at once familiar yet new and exciting, blending well with the classic standards played by the group and the low, sonorous quality of Reid’s voice is well balanced by the hot accents of the rhythm section and the sweet melodies of the brass section. The band is made up of accomplished, nationally touring local musicians, all hand picked by Reid for their prowess, creativity, and camaraderie.

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Kyle Reid works tirelessly to bring his brand of jazz and swing into the local music scene. —NewsOK.com