Back Again, the new, independently released EP from Southern California-based band Oak Street Blues [OSB], is out now through the band’s imprint, SloMo Records. Physical and digital copies are available for purchase at the group’s official store, and digitally through Amazon and iTunes.
Back Again follows 2013’s Calico, and it sees the band uphold the hallmarks of their signature sound, while once again expanding naturally. “The title of the album, Back Again, comes from a lyric in ‘The Long Holidays’ track on the album, ‘here and there, and back again … man, I love these long holiday weekends.’ It’s simple, but the truth,” says Oak Street Blues founding member, lead singer, and guitarist, Chris Hall. “Who doesn’t love a holiday weekend? We do. The song itself is actually about a buddy’s band, Long Holidays, a local band in L.A. that we’ve played many shows with. They had one heck of a party one three-day weekend that was so much fun that it inspired a song and the name of an album.”
Produced by Robin DiMaggio (Don Felder) and Brett Cookingham, with artwork by James Vela, the EP’s six tracks strike a delicate balance between indie, alternative, pop, and even a little country. Highlight tracks include country homage “Girls With Boots,” lyrically unique “Beautiful Tonight,” and a song that needs no introduction, “Doing The Best That I Can.”
Prior to its release, the EP earned the distinction of being featured in the Amoeba Records “Record Store Day” gift bag on April 18. This is the third time that the band has partnered with Amoeba Records, this time supplying the record chain with 400 physical copies of Back Again, which were free with every purchase at the Amoeba store in Hollywood.
Oak Street Blues is the solo project of Chris Hall, a 15-year veteran of several bands spanning genres as diverse as gangsta rap, rockabilly, and electronica. His recent hits have that great old country feel, with honky-tonk sounds and stories of simpler times. The blend of traditional country music and rock, combined with elements of pop music, gives Oak Street Blues its crossover appeal. The band is filled in with local pros on bass, drums, and lead guitar. Rotating members in to keep the sound fresh and exciting worked well for Back Again.
OSB have recently performed all over Southern California, from Molly Malone’s in Santa Monica and the Farmer’s Market in Canoga Park, Northridge and Ventura, to NoHo Food Truck Fest in North Hollywood and Black Light District Lounge in Long Beach.
Since their formation in 2009, Oak Street Blues have become known for their unique mix of traditional country and alternative rock, combined with elements of electronic and pop. Their music is designed to be fun and lively, while their shows are entertaining, amusing, and sometimes a bit over the top.
“Sometimes it’s nice to just get away from your daily life to enjoy a fun-filled concert that will make you laugh and jump around,” says Hall. “Country and rock and roll come to life at our shows. We will definitely entertain you.”