Oakhurst puts a good cowboy boot forward on dual mono

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Oakhurst puts a good cowboy boot forward on dual mono

Oakhurst
Dual Mono
Big Bender Records
3 out of 5

Old timey string quartet meets honky-tonk rowdies, Oakhurst has played over 30 venues in Colorado and isn’t about to stop; the band throws down years of “busking” (street performance) onto a 14-song album called Dual Mono.

The Denver-based performers combine their rowdy roots with bluegrass and the ‘zen’ mastership of producer Matt Kowal of the Reals. Teetering between high energy that pulsates from your speakers and mellow acoustic moans, the album relocates its audience to a bizarre street performance filled with unparalleled musicianship.

Dual Mono was recorded in novel fashion at locations across the state, including an adobe cabin down near Walsenberg in southern Colorado. Three tracks were recorded there during a three-day blizzard, around a cluster of mics in the living room of said cabin, while the band was snowed in. No overdubs whatsoever.

Dual Mono is the follow-up to the band’s Big Bender debut Greenhorn and it’s evident that the band is continuing to add rings to their tree as they grow and mature as musicians.

—   Alex Samuel

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