Join us for the Oliver Bravado CD Release party!
Calder’s Revolvers, Hangman's Hymnal, Sawmill Joe, Ancient Elk
1578 South Broadway
Denver, CO, 80210
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
ohnny Ray packed his suitcase and guitar and said goodbye to Milton, Florida. Despite being known as the “canoe capital of the world”, the small town just didn’t fit any more. As he settled into Denver, Colorado, he began working at a local pizza joint where he met drummer Jeff Wilkins. The two became friends and, sharing a common interest in music with the benefit of owning instruments, began playing together. Soon after, Oliver Bravado was officially formed with Johnny Ray on guitar and vocals and Jeff playing drums. A few months later, Alex Bowman joined the band and added his technical music knowledge and upright bass.
Oliver Bravado embraced the Denver music scene and began laying a solid foundation and fan base as they played open mic nights and small venues. Brilliant lyrics, magnetic melodies, and an engaging stage presence have set Oliver Bravado apart from other acts and helped the band grow tremendously in its short existence. The band’s upbeat folk'n'roll is catchy, clever, and reminiscent of punk and blues. Moreover, Johnny Ray, Jeff, and Alex are equal parts charismatic and genuine, providing fans with an almost personalized experience at each show.
Andy Schneider, Brad Johnson, Cole Strain, Sam Gault
Braden Rauen- Violin, vocals, guitar
Mark Rossi- Vocals, banjo, accordion, guitar
Dave Lamothe- Upright bass
Matty Boehm- Drums and percussion
Sean McIntyre- Guitar and vocals
Jesse Mitchell- Mandolin
Joe "Sawmill Joe" Cheves is the stuff of country-blues legend. When not recording music and playing in dive bars, Cheves works at Olde Tyme Lumber, six miles south of Boulder, where he lost a finger [in May of '12]. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, before moving out to Minnesota to get a job in the iron mines (as mentioned at the beginning of "The Trade"), Sawmill Joe has lived in Colorado for about five years now. With the release of this new album, he may have found a home for good. This debut sounds like a humble beginning for a man with obvious talents.
Sawmill Joe's story isn't the only thing that sounds like it came straight out of the Mississippi Delta—the songs on his self-titled album sound like they could have been recorded by Alan Lomax himself. They're simple, heartfelt, and at times angry or sorrowful. This is the stuff that comes from the roots of the roots; it's not imitation and it's not affectation. Vocally, Joe can go from gravelly growl to cracking high-pitch country twang in one song. When most the songs consist of a simple blues guitar line and vocals, the feeling and passion in Joe's voice comes through clearly, and it's one of the highlights of the music.
"American Dream" is a love song that takes aim at money and religion, with the chorus, "If love don't count for somethin' won't you please tell me what does?" On a song like "Destitute Blues," you can easily peg some of Joe's influences, like Mississippi John Hurt or Blind Lemon Jefferson. But where some artists would go over the top and just record a cover song, Sawmill Joe remains original. Listening to Joe's songs, it's hard to believe music like this is still being made in the 21st century. These songs about struggle and love are a soundtrack to one man's life, but they are relatable and memorable regardless of where you come from.
psychedelic, garage rock,operatic, yodeling, only partly kidding.
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