Beginning in Austin, TX, in the heart of their middle school days, David Kapsner (lead vocals/guitar/piano), Michael Jekot (lead guitar/vocals), and Tyler Rush (bass/vocals) came together to transcend the barrier of blues-rock into funky psych-soul through their various music ventures. Bringing the audacious and wonderfully talented Tim Durand (drums/vocals) into the picture has recently solidified the band with a roaring sound and strength to complement their vibe. Dedication to their music has evolved The Mammoths from garage rock to sophisticated blues-funk, and constant experimentation has allowed each member of the group to always stay true to their roots. Jekot, self-described as playing in the “grunge-endrix” style, notes that Kapsner’s soul-vocals, Durand’s pure metal, and Tyler’s deep, groovy funk stand out in the realm of rock, drawing influence from all over to create a sound that is entirely new, yet curiously familiar.
“The Mammoths are an up-and-coming Austin band to watch fueled by their fiery unapologetic live shows reminiscent of a young Led Zeppelin. In meeting with these guys at AMF on their future plans, this band is clearly driven on playing hard and using the old school work ethic of making fans one sweaty show at a time.” – Alex Vallejo (Vallejo Music Group/Austin Music Foundation).
“Crisp and catchy songwriting and performances make The Mammoths new recordings jump through the speakers.” – Kevin Wommack (Playing in Traffic Records)
OJR is American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Oliver John-Rodgers.
After relocating to Nashville from New York in 2014, he independently released Nashville Demos (2015), an ambitious collection of songs—ranging from outlaw country to indie-folk to The Brian Jonestown Massacre-inspired psych-rock—self-produced entirely on the Apple software GarageBand.
“Numb,” the album’s single, saw notable success on Triple-A radio throughout 2016, earning OJR opening slots for Grace Potter, The Black Angels, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Nada Surf, Galactic, and Railroad Earth, to name a few—along with glowing coverage from NPR, a shoot with Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, and a sync placement on the Amazon Prime original series “Sneaky Pete.”
2020 sees OJR continuing the Nashville Demos series with Nashville Demos, Vol. 2, out early in the year.