You can’t fully appreciate the long history of recorded music without taking the time to look at the breakups. Whether it’s for good or for the season, Okey Dokey is the product of that natural reformation that occurs when musicians part ways. Fronted by visual artist Aaron Martin and The Weeks’ guitarist Johny Fisher, these two former band mates made the rare decision to revisit creating music together in Fisher’s small cabin about 20 miles outside of Nashville, TN. What occurred was a well-blended mix of everything they loved about classic Motown combined with a dash of their psychedelic storytelling roots. With the record and touring band including a revolving group of musicians from bands such as Wild Child, The Weeks, Rayland Baxter Band, Morning Teleportation, Bully and Sol Cat, their upcoming debut album ‘Love You, Mean It’ has a little bit of treasure for every type of listener.
“Johny asked me if I was interested in making some music after the break-up of Sol Cat and a few other bands in town,” Martin explains. “I loved the idea, but wanted to do something a bit more involved than a band. I wanted Johny and I to become the face of the project and for the band to consist of friends of ours who are also peers in our scene. After we started making music we realized that we had found our sound quicker than expected. So the next step was collaborating. Once there, we brought in around 20 friends from other projects to either perform or record with us. It has become an exciting project that takes some unexpected attention but is obviously worth it.”
‘Love You, Mean It’ is released on March 3rd via Exag Records, pre-order here.