Opera House: Two New Bands, 6/29/2013

Trends and styles may change in music, but there are just some things that are timeless…like songwriting from the heart with ear-catching melodies and rich harmony vocals.

Sons of Father

Sons of Fathers

The team of David Beck (a stage name as his real name is David Whitbeck) and Paul Cauthen were both playing music around San Marcos, Texas, when they recognized that it might be a good move to combine their talents. They originally went by the name Beck and Cauthen until another, more famous “Beck” took notice. The duo became Sons of Fathers, a name that makes sense, because both men have musicians in their families. In Cauthen’s case, his father was a touring musician and his grandfather was a gospel player who taught him to play guitar. Sons of Fathers is a band with a soaring, original sound that belies their young age. They have been compared to the Avett Brothers, The Byrds, and The Everly Brothers – albeit with an infusion of Texas grease…

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Honey Island Swamp Band

Honey Island Swamp Band

Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in San Francisco, Honey Island Swamp Band has developed into one of hottest new bands coming out of the South. The band includes Aaron Wilkinson (vocals, mandolin, guitar, harmonica); Chris Mulé (vocals, guitar); Sam Price (bass, vocals); Garland Paul (drums, vocals) and Trevor Brooks (keys). Their sound, described as “Bayou Americana,” has won multiple Best of the Beat Awards from Offbeat Magazine for “Best Emerging Artist,” “Best Blues Album” and “Best Roots Rock Artist.” Most recently the band was named “Best Roots Rock of New Orleans” in both 2011 and 2012 by the Big Easy Awards, New Orleans’ most prestigious arts and entertainment honors. Cane Sugar is the band’s first nationally released album following three self-released recordings.

The two hot, up-and-coming groups, Sons of Fathers and Honey Island Swamp Band, appear at the historic Sheridan Opera House. Concerts take place Saturday, June 29, 9 p.m. (Doors are at 8:30 p.m.) Tickets, $22, are available here.

For a preview of the show, watch this video featuring Honey Island Swamp Band.

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