The album was produced by Chad Copelin at Blackwatch Studios in Norman, Oklahoma. Joining Jennings on the album are Ryan Lindsey (Starlight Mints) on piano, Jeff Shoop (Rosie Thomas, Ester Drang) on bass and James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro The Lion) on drums.
It’s odd that Beau Jennings classifies himself as an indie rocker, considering that his sound resembles artists like Cross Canadian Ragweed and Pat Green more than Spoon or The Shins. All the droning electric guitars in the world can’t hide the fact that this New York songsmith has his heart firmly planted in southern soil … it could just be some of the best you’ll hear this year.
– Soundcheck Magazine
Occasionally channeling the energy of young Bruce Springsteen, other times the delicate vocals of Jeff Tweedy, Jennings has quietly crafted an Americana masterpiece with Holy Tulsa Thunder. It’s Nebraska through a Being There kaleidoscope. It’s a late night requiem for the lost stomping grounds of youth that forever stand tall in our memories. It’s a drinking record. Pour yourself a whiskey and give it a spin!
– Raised on Indie
The claim on the press notes is that this is a drinking album and this is quite true. A bottle of sour mash, a sunny day, and this record would make fine bar-fellows indeed.
This is a Brooklyn alt-folk suffused with old Midwest.
– CNET Download
The album is terrifically pleasant with hints of all sorts of other alt-country and singer songwriter type bands … it really is a terrific rookie solo release.
– Jersey Beat
A live video from Jennings and the tracklisting after the jump.
01. Holy Tulsa Thunder
02. San Juan Capistrano
03. Bob Dollar
04. The Opolis
05. Eastern Clouds
06. In My Veins Again
07. In Time For Spring
08. Girl From Oklahoma
09. I Woke Before The Dawn
10. Tulsa Sound