“OK, you guys... I just bought your CD and all I can say is, YOU OWE ME A DINNER. I Burned my dinner BECAUSE I couldn't stop dancing!!! Wow, if you love to dance or like Western two stepping...this music is unbelievable! ”
— Carol Rowsey
The Obed River Band Music Questions and Answers
Q. What kind of music does the Obed River Band play?
A. Many people say we are a country music band. Some say we write a lot of love songs, and that our songs remind them of folk songs, while others simply say that we play good music to dance to. While all of this is true, we like to think of our music as a way of expressing how we, as musicians and just plain good ole boys feel about life in general. We write about what it was like growing up and what we have learned throughout our lives. We write music that we think speaks to the heart and soul. We simply call it - "Obed River Band Music".
Q. Does The Obed River Band write all the songs on their albums?
A. Most of the songs are written by bass, fiddle, and mandolin player Steve Sisco. A gifted lyricist and musician as well as a talented singer. Steve has written many of our contemporary songs as well as a wide variety of gospel songs. Steve's son, Tyler has also written and co-authored some songs with his father for the band. Dallas McCalister, drummer, and vocals is also a gifted songwriter that has written songs for the band. The album inserts indicate who wrote the song or songs on our albums and we indicate who wrote the single tracks as well.
Q. Does the band create the music for the songs they write?
A. The answer to this question is a resounding yes! One of the most exciting things this band does is take the lyrics the guys come up with and create the music that they call "Obed River Band music". They will all tell you that the most fun they have is creating the music for their songs.
Some of the songs come together quickly, says Steve, while others may take several sessions to come up with the right sound and rhythm we're looking for. Once we go back and forth with each other in every part of the song, and we all agree that it's what we're looking for, we get excited about it and then we play it over and over until we have it just right!
Q. Who does the recording and mixing of the Obed River Band music?
A. Another one of the great attributes of this band is the many gifts and talents outside of writing and playing the songs. Steve Sisco is very good at knowing what it takes to make a great sound recording. Each band member contributes to the finished product by listening over and over to each new song and adding their input so Steve can continue t edit the song until all members are satisfied with the results. Dallas' song "Beverly Jean" was produced by Larry Rogers, famed music producer and owner of Studio 19 in Brentwood, TN.
The band also utilizes the talented engineers at Sound Lab in New Jersey for the final mixing of some songs the band has created.
Q. Who handles the sales and marketing for the Obed River Band and How Can I Book The Obed River Band For an Event?
A. Dallas McCalister (drummer, singer-songwriter) is also a copywriter. His background in marketing is another valuable asset for the band. As an example, the album covers and designs for the Facebook Fan Page, the band's Website design, copy, Internet marketing, Logo, etc., are all created and managed by Dallas. Photos were taken by a friend of the band and photographer Patricia McBride. Website powered by Bandzoogle. All copy is written, produced, and designed by Dallas McCalister.
Thank you for your support, it is a great honor for us to create, and perform our music for you.
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The Obed River Band