The Rounders have been spreading their web of tightly woven bluesy-rock across Oklahoma for several years. Known for their soulful and engaging live performances and skilled musicianship they have developed a solid reputation and reasonably substantial fan base. Now, after releasing their first album on a label (I Wish I Had You on Blind Pig Records), the band has decided to part ways.
Graham Lee Brewer spoke briefly with guitarist Ryan Taylor about the band’s decision to go their separate ways:
You guys recently put out an album. When you were making the album did you already know it would be your last?
No, we had no idea while we were recording our last album, that we would eventually be breaking up. In fact, that period kind of represents the apex of our career as a band. We were hoping to use the momentum from releasing an album on a record label to land a booking agent, but that wasn’t the case.
This is an obvious question, but tell me why you guys have decided to disband.
We have disbanded as a result of several factors, none of which are all that interesting. My standard line about this is, “oh you know…that damn subprime mortgage crisis.”
Is anyone in the band going to be pursuing other music projects?
I would like to think all of us would continue to play music in some capacity, since it has been such a wonderful and interesting experience. But you just never know. I can only speak for myself, and I plan on trying to write and release material for as long as I’m physically able.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or about your experience as a musician in Oklahoma?
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have hailed from the Sooner State. There is much to offer in terms of talent, diversity, enthusiasm, etc. And above all, there is an awesome sense of community in the OKC music scene. Did I say community? I’m sorry. I meant backstabbing cut-throat competiveness that has aged us way beyond our years.
• What: The Rounders’ FINAL SHOW!
• Where: The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western, in Oklahoma City.
• Time: 9pm
• Cost: $5
– posted by Graham Lee Brewer