MP3 The Brian Odell Band - Rise Above It All
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Brian Odell (guitar and lead vocals)
Brian first picked up a guitar in the fall of 1995 during his sophomore year of High School. He had been actively participating in school choirs since grade school but this was his first experience with an instrument. With no previous experience and only minimal instruction from friends, Odell has become a self-taught guitar wonder boy. He does not read nor write music in the traditional sense, instead uses tablature, a graphical representation of the guitar strings and frets. The music comes from his soul, with honest lyrics that strike deep. âWhatever song Iâm singing . . . I try to remember the feelings I had when I was writing it . . . I try to bring those emotions out in my performanceâ. With influences ranging from Dave Matthews Band to Green Day and James Taylor to Jack Johnson, Odell has created a musical lifestyle and future for himself. Brian has recorded two independent CDs and has sold a little over 2000 to date. His song topics include love, heartbreak, internal struggle and good times with friends. With his laid-back, trusting and sensitive manner he presents a serious and engaging stage presence that continues to capture each audience he finds himself performing for.
Gregg Ritchie (upright bass, electric bass, backing vocals)
Gregg has been playing bass since he was 9 years old, beginning in the strings program in the Lake Oswego schools. Being trained in classical music all his life, he performed overseas with the Portland Youth Philharmonic then went on to study bass at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Since then heâs been playing as a freelance bassist around Portland, enjoying all styles of music that the bass plays a part in. Now, as a member of The Brian Odell Band, he continues to play on his Warwick Corvette electric bass and his 1899 German flatback upright bass. Greggâs bass and musical influences include Edgar Meyer, Charlie Mingus, Lawrence Hurst, Zoltan Kodaly, Chris Thile, Les Claypool, Jeff Bradetich, Mary Goetze, Curtis Daily, Dave Matthews, Stefan Lessard, Ludwig van Beethoven, Herman Jobelmann, Larry Zgonc, Susan Brumfield, Sting, Jason Harrod & Brian Funck, Rich Mullins, Ray Brown, Ken Baldwin, Elvis Presley, U2, Serge Koussevitzky, Flea, and Aaron Copland.
Josh Hackett (drums and percussion)
Josh started drumming near the beginning of 2002 after an informal âjam sessionâ with some friends on a plastic bucket. Shortly after picking up the drums, Hackett started studying under the instruction of Charles Neal of Quivah. His major influences include Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band. Joshâs musical influences include The Police, Counting Crows, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, The Postal Service, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The Soulshaker - Nick Clearwater (Turntablism and percussion)
Nick, a.k.a. The Soulshaker, grew up with music as a keystone to his childhood. He could often be found banging out the rythyms on the nearest pot, pan, and table top. Around the time of his sixteenth birthday his parents finally decided to give him a more traditional forum. With his first full drum kit in his possession, Nickâs interest in music reached new heights. He started listening to more electronic music from artists like: Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Prodigy. Shortly thereafter, he found himself enjoying the offerings of the house music scene and DJ mixing. Nick finally acquired a pair of turntables during his junior year at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. Initially, he focused only on mixing house music. When he began offering his services as a DJ to the numerous house and frat parties he became more exposed to hip hop and Top 40. Nick found himself adapting his stylings on the turntables once again after graduating from Linfield and being introduced to Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter, Brian Odell. The two started experimenting with mixing two musical styles normally not combined. As the two polished their sound, The Soulshaker began performing shows with Odell at various Portland venues.
The Brian Odell Band was born from numerous informal jam sessions between mutual friends. Odell and Ritchie had performed together on numerous occasions between 2001 â 2003 which helped form the foundation of the new band. When The Soulshaker and Odell started collaborating, there was now more of a sense of urgency to finally put together a new, unique band. After a few discussions on who to enlist as the drummer, Nick Clearwater helped recruit Josh Hackett. After a couple of admittedly questionable jam sessions, the sound of The Brian Odell Band came together. Mixing the tried and true formula of the singer/songwriter with infectious drum rhythms, funky yet melodic bass lines and fresh flavor of turntableism puts The Brian Odell Band in a genre all itâs own. Youâre sure to find something you love about the sound and style of a band that is a welcome breath of fresh air to the Portland music scene.
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