Based in Weatherford, Green Corn Revival never has boasted a stable lineup, but even a massive lineup shake-up this past spring put the group on pause.
Six months later, the alt-country act is enjoying a bit of a revival itself, and bandleader Jared Deck believes it’s the finest incarnation yet.
“It’s the trust I have in this group: Everyone is looking out for the best interest of each song. I feel that I can write anything I want, and this group can pull it together,” he said. “That’s been the ultimate in creative freedom for me. I’m not writing songs just for a band to play them; I’m writing songs that matter to me.”
A good chunk of the old core left to form Honeylark, while Deck, pianist (and wife) Jacy and guitarist Brandon Cink carried forward, finding vocalist Cora Brinkley-Gutel, bassist Clayton Roffey and drummer Drew Simmons to step into the vacated roles.
“I’ve been lucky to work with some fantastic musicians over the past 10 years, but people and bands come and go,” Deck said. “People move; they change course; and that’s OK. Priorities change, and it was obvious there were different goals, but we kept going because we believe in this sound. If music is your objective, then you have to keep moving.”
Even with personnel changes, Green Corn moves forward with its central cowpunk sound intact, although bearing an increasingly old-school edge since supporting a certain Oklahoma legend.
“Backing Wanda Jackson at South by Southwest in 2010 definitely revived my love for rockabilly and ’60s country,” Deck said. “Roy Orbison was the coolest person on the planet every second he was alive.”
The new members have taken quickly to Deck’s inclinations.
“I can say that this is the most efficient and natural fitting group we’ve put together,” Deck said. “The new songs have come together so quickly, and our communication is the best I’ve experienced.”
Those songs are finding their way onto a yet-to-be-titled sophomore release. With its release set for early 2013, Deck sees the group making its biggest push yet, eyeing more extended tours and — just maybe — a little more stability.
“This is the most exciting time for Green Corn Revival and our fans,” Deck said. “We’ve spent three and a half years building a sound that can’t be broken. We love what we are doing and can’t wait to share our enthusiasm onstage. We are building a new momentum, and we want our local fans to be a part of this.”
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