Okie Weiss Album Release Show Tonight at Skinny’s Ballroom
I admit, the only thing I really knew about Okie Weiss, the only clue I had to go by, was something that frontman Peter Weiss had mentioned on Facebook for an album release show for Custom Love at Brooklyn’s LaunchPad: “We recorded an album in New York during the blizzard of ’11. I’ll be damned if we’re not gonna release it tonight during the blizzard of ’12!” Not even the driving snow would prevent Weiss and crew from producing their latest work, and we have the benefit of enjoying an exhilarating set of tracks.
Weiss was directed to me by way of Monarchs‘ songwriter and vocalist Celeste Griffin, who’s worked with Weiss before in her band and had a glowing recommendation of his work. He humbly offers two descriptions for his band’s music: Folk rock, or alt.-country. But that’s oversimplifying things a bit with so much to offer. Their style runs with several different layers of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, bluegrass, Cajun and Zydeco, all driven by the same passion for melody and transcendent lyricism that’s gotten them comparisons to artists like The Band and Neil Young. It’s all the best that you can draw from Americana.
Okie Weiss continues the celebration of their new album’s release with a show tonight at Skinny’s Ballroom, 115 San Jacinto. Low Volts opens the show at 10 p.m. Great performances in a most perfect setting. Recommended.