Meandering Orange

at The Adobe Bar

December 28, 2012 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Time: 6:30pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 4:00pm     Ages: All Ages    
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Most Mid-Southerners will surely be familiar with My-Tea Kind, the Tahlequah, Okla. based band whose original lineup centered around three beautiful sisters. Sarah Garde, Bonnie and Anna Paine all grew up in a musical environment and were mentored by the Green Country area’s best musicians. This background, including performing in Randy Crouch’s band Flying Horse, would well prepare them for formi
ng their own touring act.

With Sarah drumming, Anna on bass and Bonnie on vocals and percussion, the girls would join with guitarist James Townsend to win the inaugural Wakarusa festival’s play-in competition, Battlerusa, as well as the 2004 award for ‘best new band.” The band’s sound has continued to grow and evolve since then and they have never stopped playing. My-Tea Kind has returned to perform Wakarusa and other festivals and specials events like the Harvest Festival at Mulberry Mountain. But as Bonnie has relocated to Colorado and become focused on her other band, Elephant Revival, shows for My-Tea Kind started becoming all too rare.

It’s in an effort to get out play more that My-Tea Kind has for some recent events morphed first into 3/4 Kind then My-Tea Kinda, playing in a trio format sans Bonnie. But never to content leave well enough alone, the band began collaborating with another Tahlequah troubadour Joe Mack, to fill out the latest, most ominous Okie folkadelic project, Meandering Orange.

Himself a fixture in the Oklahoma music scene, Mack has always had a relentless schedule of solo shows, but is also well known for his work as a member of The Skillbillies, Bill Erickson’s New Migrant Workers and pairings with fellow Okie song slinger Carter Sampson.

Living in the same town, with so many shared acquaintances and interests, these musicians long ago became close friends. But now that friendship and musical bond has expanded into a real performance schedule. Meandering Orange has also already performed some high profile gigs including an opening slot for legendary bluegrass mando man Sam Bush at Cain’s Ballroom, and the summer of 2011 shows the band performing all across Oklahoma and Arkansas at festivals and historic venues including Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Festival in Ozark, AR; SimmerFest in Tahlequah, OK; Landry’s in Fort Smith, AR; Roxie’s Roost in Tahlequah; The Colony in Tulsa and The Art of Living in Tahlequah.

Longtime fans of both bands will find plenty to love here; My-Tea Kind devotees will be seduced by Townsend singing the MTK tunes "Oh So Small" and "Kaleidoscope," and even "Angel in Red." The vocal interplay in this band is between the two gentlemen, and performances will also include Joe Mack songs like his staples “Little Feet” and “Fortune Teller.” The two guitar format allows for elaborate jams and improvisation; both guitarists are given a solid rhythmic core on which they base their explorations, and both solo ably but without showing off.

“When we get together, it’s all about rock ‘n roll and sharing the groove. Meandering Orange is such an enjoyable musical challenge; we all have to branch out and reach for the sound,” Mack said.

Citing influences like Built To Spill, Pixies and The Grateful Dead, Mack is clearly ambitious in what Meandering Orange is shooting for musically with this new band. Whether creating the proverbial “tension and release” through musical changes in texture, tempo, harmony or syncopation, Meandering Orange strives to develop a listener interest, resolving the musical question in a way that leaves the audience intrigued, but not confused. Meandering, in fact.