When The Holley Brothers take the stage you may have an idea what's coming. But until you hear them play, you have not an idea how good it can be.
Decked out in cowboy hats, collared shirts, jeans and boots and with a full-time fiddle player at the ready, you can bet they're going to play some country music. Here's the bet where you place your money: they're going to play it with the ability and enthusiasm of a stadium-quality band.
From the first note to the last, one thing's for certain you're going to walk away lifted.
This is the impression I got and have since heard about from band fans and there are many since their winning performance during the Battle of the Bands at the Great Plains Coliseum a couple of weeks ago.
"The Battle of the Bands was exciting; it's good to see Lawton trying to support live music again and we are looking forward to what is in the future," said Danny Holley, acoustic guitar and fiddle.
Consisting of Danny Holley; bassist and brother Waylon Holley; Stuart Robertson, fiddle; Ralph Spears, lead guitar; and Rod Roadrick on drums; the live show is where they get to show off. Evidenced with their CD, "Holley Brothers Band: Live From Oklahoma City," the band is consistently entertaining and on top of their game.
Danny and Waylon were born to make music. They say it's in their blood.
The Holley Brothers mix genres to draw inspiration for their performances, playing everything from Bob Wills and George Strait to ZZ Top and Prince. They also incorporate their expanding original catalog into the set seamlessly. The Holley Brothers have performed all over Oklahoma and Texas traveling as far as Monticello Utah. They have opened for acts such as Josh Abbott, Granger Smith, Moe Bandy, David Allan Coe, Mark Wills and Gary Stuart.
The band is slated to play the Kickstand Bar at Lawtonka tonight. Other local shows coming up include a Sept. 14 gig at the Red Dirt Grill in Lawton and on Sept. 15 at Cowboys in Sterling.
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It's a good weekend for fans of local live music this weekend. The Mayor's Blues Ball kicks off with a weekend with tasty live treats sure to bring the curtain down for the local summer season with its special electricity that keeps growing each year.
While you're out Medicine Park way, it's worth stopping by legendary Les & Dora's on Oklahoma 49 after 10 p.m. Rusty Traywick and Friends will be bringing the electric blues tonight. Soul Survivors will take stage Saturday night and "Big Pete" Piehnik will take the stage Sunday night to close out the weekend with a dose of acoustic blues and ballads. All shows begin at 10 p.m. and there is no cover to enter. If you get there before the bands start, Piehnik said it's a great place to catch the sounds emanating from near Medicine Creek.
Piehnik added that the weekly, Sunday night open mic and jam session is cancelled this weekend but will pick back up next week.
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Lawton metal monsters Komatryp will be opening for Psychostick Saturday night at The Conservatory in Oklahoma City. Contact the band via its Facebook page for details or to purchase $10 tickets to the show.