Green Corn Revival
Green Corn Revival formed in the spring of 2009. Jared Deck (lead singer/guitar) enlisted longtime friends, Ryan Houck (lead guitars, steel guitar) Natalie Houck (lead singer, percussion), and Kenny Holloway (drums) to play/arrange/record new songs with him, and the group soon expanded to include Brandon Cink (bass guitar), and Jacy Deck (keys).
Deck wrote many of the songs that would form “Say You’re a Sinner”, the band’s first album, in fall/winter of 2008. His “landscape” of eclectic memories and experiences from his Western Oklahoma youth became the blueprint for a new sound, and a new project.
“I’d really rather not admit that the songs are about heartache” the "Holly/Orbison-esque" frontman shared charmingly, during an interview in autumn 2009.
Even so, the two-part, 11-song album has been embraced by fans and acclaimed by critics since its release in September 2010.
“…it’s about reconciling what you thought growing up, about the world, life, people, religion, love, etc., with what you think now… and how that changes you…”, Deck mused, when asked about the themes of GCR’s music.
Having been labeled Countrypolitan, Roots-disco, Cow-punk, Retro-Rock and the like by fans and press, the band prefers making up their own Western OK inspired genres, such as “Rodeohead”, “Shoegraze”, “Emoo”, and the ridiculous list goes on…
The Weatherford, OK natives hit the ground running in 2009, and have played regionally as well as locally, including many festivals, such as SXSW 2010, NX35, Norman Music Fest, Tulsa International Mayfest, Sundance Access Film Music Festival 2012, and several multi-state tours during 2009-2012.
GCR worked with the Legendary Wanda Jackson, opening for and backing the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer, multiple times in 2010/2011 as she toured her new record produced by Jack White, “The Party Ain’t Over”. Highlights included playing SXSW with the Queen of Rock, and opening for/backing her at her Album Release show in hometown, Oklahoma City, to a sold out crowd, in January 2011.
Other notable musicians GCR has played with include The Heartless Bastards, Ha Ha Tonka, Hot Club of Cowtown, The Watson Twins, The Low Lows, Cotton Jones, and many more.
GCR’s entire discography, including “The Oklahoma EP (2009), and debut album, “Say You’re a Sinner”(2010) (self-released) was produced and recorded by Ryan and Jared in the Houck’s studio, North Broadway Studio, in Hydro, OK. Upon the Studio's 2011 move to a turn of the century, 3-story downtown building in Weatherford, OK, the asthetic space doubles as the band’s “home away from home” where they rehearse, write, record, and sometimes just hang out.
“After several reviewers mentioned Sergio Leone in their reviews of “Sinner”, we rented “Once Upon a Time in the West” and the band curled up on sofas to watch it together”, Natalie Houck shared.
“We’re a family at this point. A run of the mill, dysfunctional family..." she winked.
“Say You’re a Sinner” (named for a line in the album’s haunting eleventh track, disco-baptismal hymn, “Blue Water”) has garnered reviews from popular music blog Twangville, Maverick Magazine (UK), Americana.UK, There Stands the Glass (premier Kansas City Music blog), NPR, and local love from the The Oklahoman, The OK Gazette, and Oklahoma Today, among others. The album was included in numerous “Best of 2010” articles and lists, including, The Oklahoman, The OK Gazette, OKC’s The Spy 105.3 radio, and numerous music blogs.