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The Romany Rye soon to be the next must-see Little Rock band

Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 2:43 PM

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 Luke MacMaster with dudes who are soon to be Little Rockers.

How's this for awesome cosmic justice? The story goes like this: Talented local backing band drops everything to tour the country and record an album with mercurial local singer/songwriter. Local singer/songwriter ditches talented local backing band. Members return to service industry jobs, gig as much as possible. Then! From California, an already nationally regarded singer/songwriter hears about our backing band, decides he wants them to join his band, tour the country and make a record.

That's what's happening to the erstwhile Natives -- Jesse Bates, Ryan Hitt, Judson Spillyards and Joshua Spillyards -- who backed Chris Denny until fairly recently. Through members of Dawes, who toured with Denny and the Natives, the guys met Luke MacMaster, once the leader of a buzz-y California band called The Colour, who now records as (already Kings of Leon endorsed) The Romany Rye. And hit it off. Now, in two weeks, MacMaster's headed to Little Rock for a couple days. Then, he'll return in May, live and practice and play out with the guys in advance of an already-booked two-month North American tour opening for The Delta Spirit. The band's farewell-to-Little Rock gig will be Sunday at Riverfest.

Keyboardist Whitman Bransford (of Mammoth Orange and Silverton) is also part of the group.

Get a preview of Romany Rye songs here. I'm thinking this is gonna go over well here and elsewhere.

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