Morgan O'Kane w/Taylor Brashears

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Every detail of Morgan O’Kane’s life has potential for grand romanticism. The son of middle-class parents in suburban Charlottesville, Va., O’Kane left home to find the world, hopping freight trains and hustling for food. He taught himself the banjo when a fall left him in a wheelchair for a year. Even the Brooklyn home he shares with his girlfriend and their son, despite its apparent harmony and coziness,  doesn’t seem completely settled — it’s an Airstream trailer, an icon of the open road. But getting too sentimental about his backstory might water down the impact of his music: a raw thread of hell-raising punk spirit running through old-time mountain music; a no-nonsense stomp, dripping with sweat and ringing with his Levon Helm-channeling shout. Playing the perfect foil to O’Kane’s necessary roughness is local teenage country-Western phenom Taylor Brashears, a prodigiously talented singer and multi-instrumentalist who cut her teeth on bluegrass. Brashears’ debut EP, produced by The SteelDrivers’ Tammy Rogers and featuring contributions from Jim Lauderdale and the McCrary Sisters, showcases the young singer’s versatility by drawing on vintage pop and Texas swing.

—STEPHEN TRAGESER

Tue, Aug 20 | 9:00 PM
The Stone Fox
$5
18 and over
[Venue Details]

Morgan O'Kane

Brooklyn NY  |  Folk



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