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When you take a powerful voice with a touch of southern inflection, add great songwriting that paints pictures with vibrant lyrical images and sweeping melodies, and dress that up in a suit of rock ‘n roll clothes, what you get is Orchard Fire. At times reminiscent of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers being fronted by Miranda Lambert, Orchard Fire is a country rock band that is equal and heavy helpings of both parts of it’s genre’s namesake.
The heart of this band are the songs. Songs that when stripped down to just Melissa Odom’s expressive alto, her acoustic guitar, the fiddle, and the mandolin, are patently country, almost bluegrass at times. Songs that tell stories of love and life in full color. The ringing, crunchy guitar work of Justin Odom and the big pocket drumming of his brother Jared Odom transport the tunes from campfire to pumping rock club. It’s a fresh and inspiring sound.
“Orchard Fire has swagger and grace, and onstage they shine with charisma. I’ve seen them take the stage for a cold audience who didn’t know them or their music to a man, and win them over handily by the end of the set. Their music stays with you, and you find yourself singing the chorus of “Now or Never” or “Lullaby” weeks later. There is so much going on in those songs musically and the blend of styles make it so much more interesting than much of what you hear from typical country radio.” – Byron Neighbors, Byron Amplification
Check out Orchard Fire’s sites below and also be sure to follow them on their social media pages for more updates from this great band on the rise!
Watch Orchard Fire perform 100 Proof live in 2014 below!