Park Presents Old Man Markley with Fire Next Time and The Reverend Rambler

Old Man Markley

Old Man Markley are not your run-of-the-mill band. They're not a traditional bluegrass band, nor a typical punk band. Instead, the band meld elements of both genres into a musical style that has resulted in a boot-stomping good time for fans around the world.

An amalgam of LA’s finest punk bands and seasoned bluegrass musicians, Old Man Markley is creating music that defies boundaries. Founded in 2007 in the sunny San Fernando Valley, OMM cut its teeth playing countless jams of bluegrass standards and covers of distinctly un-bluegrass songs done bluegrass style. Soon, out of the chaos grew original material that combined everything the band loved about all the different styles of music the members grew up playing and writing. The band played its first official show in 2008 at a small bar called the Old Towne Pub in Pasadena. The show yielded a capacity crowd and sold out of beer, and people literally danced on the bar.

Now three years strong, the love for Old Man Markley continues to grow. The band’s debut album “Guts ‘N Teeth,” was recorded by Joby Ford of L.A.’s punk champs The Bronx and released in January 2011 on Fat Wreck Chords. OMM has had the honor of sharing bills with such legendary acts as NOFX, Flogging Molly, Against Me!, Bad Religion, Wanda Jackson, the Devil Makes Three, Youth Brigade, and The Reverend Horton Heat. Look for OMM to be having fun at every show-- and for the crowd to be having even more.

The seven piece – rounded out by Johnny Carey (vocals, guitar), Annie DeTemple (autoharp, vocals), Joey Garibaldi (bass, vocals), Jeff Fuller (drums), Ryan Markley (washboard), John Rosen (banjo) and Katie Weed (fiddle) – roared onto the scene in 2010. Their unique blend of punk rock sensibilities, ear for pop melodies, and deeply rooted love for bluegrass caught the ear of Fat Wreck Chords, who released OMM's debut album Guts n' Teeth in 2011.

Word quickly spread of the their incredible live shows, and over the next few years the band found themselves shredding strings on stage with the likes of Flogging Molly, The Reverend Horton Heat, and NOFX. Old Man Markley were quickly embraced by the punk rock community for their incendiary performances. At the same time, bluegrass fans warmly welcomed the band, earning OMM a #8 debut on the Billboard Bluegrass chart for Guts n' Teeth. From rivets to rhinestones, even the world of glossy country music embraced OMM, yielding them a slot at California's country festival mecca, Stagecoach.

After two years of relentless touring and winning over thousands of fans, Old Man Markley returned to the little house in Southern California where it all began to record their follow-up album, Down Side Up. With Fat Wreck Chords owner and NOFX frontman Fat Mike in the producer's chair alongside singer/guitarist Johnny Carey, Old Man Markley plucked, bowed, and strummed their way through thirteen galloping new songs.

"With the support of Fat Mike, we went out on a limb with this album," says Carey. "We didn't restrict our creativity and can't wait for the world to hear the variety on our album."

It paid off. Down Side Up debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. OMM followed the release with multiple tours across the United States, and international tours through Canada, across Europe, and in Japan, to play songs for old friends and new fans. A more cohesive unit than ever, Old Man Markley overflows with passion for their craft and for each other. Just have a listen for yourself.

Fire Next Time

Long dark winters in Northern Alberta have a way of tearing at your soul. Fire Next Time provide the soundtrack to cold, desolate landscapes, dark prairie nights and whiskey fueled nights at the local honky tonk. Their catchy choruses will have the saddest sap singing along, happy to have company in their misery. Now, that isn't to say that the bearded bards come across as another dreary emo band. In fact, Fire Next Time are the perfect live band, singing songs along with the crowd, creating a genuine performance that contains all of the energy and religious fervor of a Southern revival. The most cynical attendee will leave feeling rejuvenated, all of their darkest sins absolved by the church of FNT.

The Reverend Rambler

The Reverend Rambler (AKA Matt Colpitts) might not be an ordained man of God, but his passionate rhythm and blues inspired tunes will have you feeling the spirit something fierce. Catch him performing as a one-man-band or flanked by sister Karli Colpitts on vocals and brother Sean Multan on harp. Either way, The Rev's live shows are guaranteed to have you foot stompin' and testifyin' all night long.



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