credit: Jacqueline Justice
Led by Tennesseean, Aaron Martin, and Texan Johny Fisher, Okey Dokey may be the most unexpected band ever to come from Nashville, a city never quite known for its genre benders. The band cleverly combines the hand-me-down hits of your parents' time with their own synth driven expansions of modern psychedelia. Martin and Fisher began collaborating in the winter of 2016, recording in a bedroom with guitars, synthesizers, computers, and practically anything they could find lying around the house. Over the next few months, they collaborated with various friends, most of whom are members from other bands, to create what became their debut album. "Love You, Mean It" was released in January 2017, and, even though the duo had no plans to perform live, they were on tour by March.
The year was pleasantly unexpected, and kept the band busy. The time away from Nashville helped define how little of it there actually is, and any day home was a day to write. With help from folks like Rayland Baxter, Nick Bockrath (Cage The Elephant), Liz Cooper, Caleb Hickman (Houndmouth), Erin Rae McKaskle, Katie Schecter and others, the band wrapped up production on their sophomore album late that December. “T
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