Country music seems to be a genre that’s either loved or hated. But even country-lovers don’t always agree on which type is the best. Country roots music is bit of an umbrella label, including honky-tonk, folk, and rockabilly. It’s gained a foothold across the nation with artists like Pokey LaFarge and the Old Crow Medicine Show providing alternatives to Top 40 contemporary country offerings. As its name suggests, the sub-genre often has nods to the crooners of an era gone by, like Roy Orbison and Hank Williams.
In Springfield, a new band called The Old Fashioneds serve up their own throw-back tunes with country roots sounds that also include a dash of the blues. The group recently came to WUIS to share their favorite old covers, as well as fresh originals. Rachel Otwell brings us this interview with the duo, consisting of singer/washboard player/guitarist Lorin Devine, and singer/guitarist Ryan Bishop:
You can hear all four songs the band played in the WUIS studios in their entirety below:
‘Dirty Butter’ – originally recorded in 1929 by Minnie Wallace
‘Eustice’ – written by The Old Fashioned’s Ryan Bishop
‘Travelin’ Man’ – originally by Pink Anderson
‘River People’ – written by The Old Fashioned’s Lorin Devine