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Review: The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra – An Experience of Steel Bliss

Dacia Hooks November 18, 2013 Reviews No Comments


914050_10153540221475647_1908915045_oOklahoma City had the pleasure of listening to The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at Urban Roots on Saturday, November 16th, and the experience was truly delightful. The Fourchestra hails from Asheville, NC. This was their first visit to our great state.  Oklahoma’s own Adam & Kizzie opened for the group, performing a few songs from their album, the Book of EEDO Vol. 1, as well as their splendid rendition of our state song that made me more proud than ever to be an Oklahoman. A warm Urban Roots welcome was given to the members of the Scales group as they took the stage.

I had the opportunity to view videos of them on several popular media sites prior to the concert, but no video can do any justice to the phenomenal musical stylings of the Fourchestra; the live experience of hearing their blissful music defies description or digital duplication. The group consists of Jonathan Scales making sweet sounds on steel drums, bass guitarist Cody Wright from Charlottesville, VA expertly lifting the steel drums, and drummer Phil Bronson of Spartansburg, SC providing the foundation of the sound. The band played several originally composed songs from their four albums as well as a few covers.

Along with Jonathan’s masterful manipulation of the steel drums, he also gave commentary on a few of the pieces the group played. Scales tells the audience that “The Longest November”, from one of his earlier albums, was inspired from post graduation attempts to make a living as a musician. Faced with failure to book an adequate number of shows to sustain bare expenses, he committed to writing a song a day, “The Longest November” was one of those. Jonathan also noted while the month of November that year seemed particularly long, it did result in a number of pieces for his second album. The group also covered an arrangement of “Kiss from a Rose”, which can be found on their most recent album, that was magically mystical and different yet somewhat familiar and comforting.

The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra was well received by the audience at Urban Roots and we would love to see them again on their next tour. If you missed them this time, you can keep up with the tour dates and purchase albums from their website at http://www.jonscales.com . Rest assured, Culturocity will be following this group. Stay tuned.

Dacia Hooks

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