The Live Oaks
The Live Oaks (formally Evan & the Live Oaks) are a throwback folk & roll band from Oakland, California that pays homage to late 60's, early 70's pop music. Songs that make you think, and a band that gets you movin'. Like Creedence meets The Band. The band ranges from a two piece all the way to a 11 piece with horns and backup singers depending on the stage and budget. Lead by drummer/singer Evan Lanam, the group of friends has been touring extensively the last 3-4 years and have been opening for notable acts touring through the Bay Area. Recently helped sell out premier venues in San Francisco, both the Rickshaw with Larkin Poe, and The Independent with Sweet Plot, they are on a roll and are not slowing down.
Evan has been fortunate to share the stage with Larkin Poe, Lindi Ortega, Sweet Plot, Shinyribs, Kelley Stoltz, Insects Vs. Robots, Willy T. Taylor, Rainbow Girls, Coffis Brothers, Tommy Alexander and hundreds more.
Recorded at Tim Green’s studio in Grass Valley with Blake Severn on guitar and bass, Neil Layton on drums and keys, and Pete Grant on pedal steel, the album was recorded over a span of six months in 2016. The arrangements are performances — earnest, unencumbered, and deeply reverential to both the classiness of the Byrd’s “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” and the guts of T.Rex’s “Electric Warrior.” Rockne’s voice is of it’s own dimension. There’s a delicacy in delivery that’s reminiscent of 60s songwriters, coupled with moments of something totally unhinged, psychedelic, and point-blank rock & roll. More consistent though is her unequivocal emotiveness, that can be described as nothing other than classically country. This is an album with an undeniable permanence. There’s a history to this music that’s perhaps more emotional and sensory than actually historic — something felt, something sensed, a mistaken nostalgia maybe for something that’s right here in the present, happening in all the quiet, dark corners of this country.