MARIETTA – A group of Marietta will release their self-titled debut album on February 8.
Oyo is a six member band from Appalachia formed from jam sessions out of the back of JustAJar Design Press in Marietta. Gathered around a single microphone, his performances mix honky-tonk, barn dance and indie rock.
With traditional acoustic instrumentation, the band members are: Aaron Martin, vocals, fiddle and mandolin; Cole Adair, vocals and guitar; Michael Bond, vocal guitar, keyboards, harmonica and spoons; Bobby Rosenstock, banjo; Drew Tanner, bass; and Joe Ryckebosch, drums and washboard.
Oyo’s debut album features 12 original songs by Martin and Bond that take the listener on a road trip through the mountains of West Virginia to the Deep South, the American West and points beyond.
Along the way, they encounter the heartbreak of complicated relationships and the ecstasy of connection, while capturing the raucous energy of their live performances.
The full album will premiere on Ohio University/NPR affiliate WOUB, with a digital release on February 8. Oyo will celebrate with an album release party on February 11 at the Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta with special guest Drift Mouth. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and attendees will receive a free CD of the album the night of the show.
The album was recorded in the sanctuary of an abandoned church in Elkins, W.Va., by Ben Townsend of Questionable Records.
It was mixed and mastered by Bond at Datawaslost Studios in Marietta. The other performers were Heather Hannah on vocals, Andrew Gilmer on dobro, Ben Townsend on fiddle and Read Connolly on pedals.
The album cover is by Bobby Rosenstock and Joe Ryckebosch with photography by Shannon Brown.
Singles from the album are now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and on his website, oyotheband.com.