Saturday, June 28, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-O.A.R.
Roots rock band O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) has taken a university campus following and taken it to major label success and international acclaim. They will probably appeal to fans of guys like Dave Matthews. The band started with lead singer guitarist Marc Roberge (born Oct. 4, 1978 in Silver Springs, MD) & drummer Chris Culos. They were childhood pals. While attending high school in Rockville, MD in 1996, they recruited guitarist Richard On and bassist Benj Gershman to start a band. They all moved to Columbus, OH to attend Ohio State University and added sax player Jerry DePizzo. They started performing locally and recorded demos. They released the demos independently and this got them a lot of attention on college campuses and on the internet. Eventually they got the attention of producer John Alagia. He has worked with acts like The Ben Folds Five and John Mayer. This earned O.A.R. a contract with Atlantic/Lava 142 Records and the 2003 CD In Between Now And Then was their first major label release. Their music is very solid rock in the vein of roots rock. It's a cut above the usual. They also got a lot of attention by performing the theme to the ABC TV series Extreme Makeover:Home Edition. Their 2005 CD Stories Of A Stranger charted even better especially on Adult Oriented Radio. They've also sold out Madison Square Garden a couple of times. O.A.R.'s new CD All Sides will be released on July 15. As long as they stick to this roots sound and don't go too commercial, O.A.R. should continue to do very well. Here's the video for Right On Time by O.A.R. featuring an appearance by NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Jr.