By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Lifestyle Editor
Wednesday night in McKinney isn’t exactly known as the night to catch one of the hottest bands taking the nation by storm. But heads up, people, this coming Wednesday night is just that. Sons of Fathers is coming to town, kicking off a nationwide tour with a little pre-tour fun, playing an intimate set just for us, courtesy of Spoons Café on the Historic downtown square.
CMT describes their sound as “Rip-roaring…Texas studded with gospel influenced harmonies” while Rolling Stone gushes about their “wide open roots and folk rock.” Described by legendary producer Lloyd Maines (think Joe Ely and Uncle Tupelo) as “The Everly Brothers meets Neil Young and Merle Haggard and The Clash”, the “airtight harmonies” of frontmen David Beck and Paul Cauthen are turning the heads of all who have the pleasure of hearing their sound.
Sons of Fathers is made up of David Beck (bass, vocals), Paul Cauthen (guitar, vocals), Dees Stribling (drums), Regan Schmidt (lap steel/guitar), Tony Browne (guitar) and Bryan Mammel (keys).
While vocalist Cauthen hails from Tyler, Texas, Beck makes his way to the world of music from San Marcos. Cauthen earned his vocal chops singing in church, learning to play the guitar and harmonizing at the knee of his Church of Christ preacher grandfather. Beck, the son of Bill Whitbeck, touring bassist with Robert Earl Keen, literally grew up in and around music tours and studios.
Beck is quoted as saying, “We’ve learned from what our fathers and grandfathers have done and put those lessons into our lives.”
On April 2, Sons of Fathers released their follow-up offering, “Burning Days” to their 2011 self-titled debut, with NPR featuring the lead single, “Roots & Vine” in their heavy rotation as “one of the 10 songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing.”
To be a part of this unique opportunity, get to Spoons Café early and grab a seat. Show starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17.