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Tyson and Brian both grew up in Oregon City and have been playing together in many, many bands for just about 20 years now. The last band that they were in together was called The Red Dakota Revival show, which was also a lot of fun in a more rock and roll sort of way.
Red Dakota had a couple side projects initiated by the ever prolific singer Mr.Andy Miller. Brian's side project, Buffalo Nickel, introduced him to the banjo and clawhammer style of old Carter Family era musicians. Tyson's side project, Buckets and a Six String , got him in to simple, scaled back drums and blues. After Andy left, moving across the country to New York town Tyson and Brian sought to continue in these directions and Fathers Pocketwatch is the result.
Ryan joined us in 2012 adding drums, percussion and train whistles to the dynamic as well as a "can-do" attitude which has empowered us to set sights on recording our first full length record at Portland's Type Foundry Studio this October.
We also have the honour of playing some gigs with a violin player named Dave.
This band is F-U-N! Kids love it, adults with a foot to tap love it, we love it. We play a mixture of about 20/80 old time standards/original songs written in an old-timey voice. Tyson made his own drums and bass out of suitcases and a washtub. Brian plays his banjo and jumps around a lot. We all hoot and holler and do our best to harmonize. We actively encourage audience participation and everyone has the best time when it becomes a group effort.