Easy People is the studio follow up to the rollicking Live at The Colony that was recorded five years ago at Tulsa’s historic original music dive bar. Beau Roberson, acoustic guitar and vocals, is the heart and soul of the band and has been stepping out as a solo act on occasion which further emphasizes the power of his singing and songwriting prowess. His rhythmic style of playing locks in nicely with drummer Paddy Ryan (John Fullbright, The Secret Sisters, Colour Revolt) to create the underlying swamp boogie grooves that lay the foundation for their brand of that elusive sound that oozes from the Tulsa area.
Down-home lyrics pair nicely with their gritty, soulful sound in a way that makes you want to kick off your shoes, grab a drink, and shake that thing. Just as impactful are the slower passages, which find Roberson introspectively digging deep into personal reflection on relationships, life, regret, and just getting away from it all. There’s a definite maturity in the songwriting and playing, which can be expected from a band that also includes Cody Clinton of Desi & Cody on electric guitar, Chris Kyle of Dustin Pittsley Band on keys, Eric Arndt of Bird Dog on bass, as well as Jesse Aycock of Hard Working Americans on lap steel / pedal steel. Recorded mostly live at Fellowship Hall Sound with Jason Weinheimer over the course of a weekend, you get a nice, warm production quality that captures the band at their best.
Highly recommended for fans of: J.J. Cale, The Gourds, John Prine, and CCR.