Old Man Markley is a seven piece punk bluegrass band. They have been described as, “Banjo punk soaked in a picture book, from minute one to seven in richer party liquor”. What a perfect combination for St. Patty’s! After listening to their latest Down Side Up, I would have to say that OMM has found an excellent mix of eclectic styles. Their vocal harmonies are spot on and as I was caught up in the melodies I could see people dancing to the picking style brought about by the bluegrass instruments. More on the side of traditional that non, these guys and girls will definitely provide some awesome drinking music. As they state in their promo material, “they’re not a traditional bluegrass band, nor are they a typical punk band. Instead, the band meld elements of both styles into a cross-pollinated “newgrass” amalgam”.
Rounded out by Johnny Carey (vocals, guitar), Annie DeTemple (autoharp, vocals), Joey Garibaldi (bass, vocals), Jeff Fuller (drums), Ryan Markley (washboard), John Rosen (banjo, vocals) and Katie Weed (fiddle, vocals), Old Man Markley 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. Over the next few years, the band found themselves scootin boots on stage with the likes of Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, The Reverend Horton Heat, NOFX, The Descendents and Against Me!.
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, Down Side Up. NOFX frontman Fat Mike and singer/guitarist Johnny Carey shared production credits. “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.”
A more cohesive unit than ever before, Old Man Markley overflows with a passion for their craft and for each other that is both audible and infectious as their instruments dance between seamless harmonies in what will surely be one of the year’s most unique and catchy albums.
Should be an excellent time at Smiling Moose…I would suggest getting your tix early!!!
***It was previously reported that Dropkick Murphys would be headlining this show. This was a mistake on our contacts part. We apologize for any over excitement and disappointment!