JCL Productions and CJAY present
Texas King, w/ Okay Mann, and Lushings
Tues, April 25
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN MOVED OVER TO THE PALOMINO!
The Palomino Smokehouse
109 7 Ave SW
Doors 7:00 pm, No Minors
Tickets on sale now
Direct link: https://modern-love.ticketleap.com/texas-king-w-okay-mann-and-guests/
“When you hear us, I want you to know it’s gonna be a crazy night,” Texas King frontman Jordan Macdonald grins. “We’re the good times boys. Leave your troubles at the door, because you’re not gonna be able to hold them with those two beers in each hand.”
The soundtrack to your favorite memories, Texas King have put 250,000 miles into their van over the past decade – touring all over North America alongside acts like Big Wreck, Last Dinosaurs, and The Glorious Sons – and there’s thousands more miles to go. Best known for their high energy live show, the rock n’ roll band from London, Ontario were influenced early on by Kings of Leon and The Black Keys. Since 2013, they’ve been cutting their teeth on the road and in the studio, so far releasing one album and two EPs that capture the show- stopping passion they’ve brought to stages that include Vancouver’s Ambleside Festival, Ontario’s ParkJam and Hillside Festivals, and Québec’s Festival D’ete!
Texas King’s third EP is their biggest and boldest record yet, capturing a world of warmth and wonder in five heartfelt, honest alt-rock outpourings. It’s a story of reckoning and redemption, nostalgia and hope that sees Texas King’s Jordan Macdonald, Melvin Murray, and Phil Spina following up from where 2021’s Changes EP left off: “I did make some changes, and I thought it was smooth sailing,” Macdonald says. ““But that’s the thing about change – one moment you’re fine, the next you’re not: The waters got rough, and the boat has capsized.”” In-your-face singalongs and heavy-hearted power ballads reflect the heat, the urgency, and the desperation of the moment – yet through thick and thin, Texas King shine with the strength and resilience of a band that will play anywhere, at any time, and for anyone who wants to listen. Give Texas King’s music a spin, or even better, catch them at a show.
Meet Katlin Mathison, otherwise known as Okay Mann: a schoolboy heart with wandering toes whose childhood fascination with campfire singalongs sent him across the pond for a mentorship with Paul McCartney, a gold single in Norway, and eventually led him back to the harsh weather and friendly faces of Manitoba, Canada.
A year later, armed with a new moniker and a suitcase of songs born of a Winnipeg winter, Okay Mann returned to the cobblestone streets of Liverpool, UK to record his debut release. He teamed up with Norwegian producer and friend Nils Børstrand to create a unique timepiece: by combining modern recording technology with traditional analog methods, ‘Little Mersey’ is a sonically intriguing piece that’s as hard to place historically as it is sonically. Okay Mann’s debut is a snapshot of the city that helped shape him, caught on magnetic tape.
The artist released another single and music video in 2018 (filmed during a short layover in Iceland), which has garnered over 1M streams. ‘It Won’t Be Long’ tells the story of a lonely man left behind – the tune’s uplifting pop sensibility helps the dark lyrics hide in plain sight. With patient production and a melancholy twinge of honesty, it begs the question: “What would you do to be next to the one you love?”
Hard-panned acoustics, a rolling baritone guitar, soft trumpets, and a bubbling floor tom bolster Okay Mann’s cutting vocals on his next release, ‘Ring Road’, with its infectious chorus and energetic production. Recorded at Vancouver’s 12th Street Sound studios, the track was then volleyed back and forth between the artist and long-time collaborator, London-based producer Chris Hewitt. Hewitt’s depth of experience in-studio and as a live engineer brought a fiery spirit to the reflective lyrics, which work through the frustration of trying to face the future with two feet planted firmly in the past.
Now based in Calgary, Okay Mann is currently releasing a string of upbeat singles ahead of a full-length album later this year. Listen for heart-on-your-sleeve rock & roll that worships the hook but keeps thoughtful storytelling front and centre. His is the tale of a curious nomad: living and dying, one song at a time.