“It’s fashionable these days for bands to call themselves “eclectic,” or “genre-bending,” but for Denver, Colorado’s Oakhurst, those terms aren’t the result of some marketing strategy, or even of well-meant wishful thinking—they’re the simple, unvarnished truth. For proof, just look to the fact that Oakhurst has been nominated for their hometown’s independent weekly’s music awards in five different categories—or, even better, just listen to their brand new album, Barrel. Because when you get right down to it, it’s all about the music, and while the music Oakhurst makes on Barrel isn’t the kind that defies description, it’s definitely the kind that defies any one description. The result is a perfect snapshot of an upward-bound quintet that’s as broad-ranging as any you’re likely to hear all year. Produced by Joe Pisapia (Ben Folds, Guster, K. D. Lang) and recorded at Nashville’s Middle Tree Studios.”
“Qualley is eager to see how the new album turns out. For the first time, the band is working with a notable producer — Joe Pisapia, a member of the rock band Guster, and currently part of k.d. lang’s new Siss Boom Bang band. “He’ll be making the thing sparkle, without being totally, 100 percent Nashville,” Qualley said. But Qualley isn’t just anticipating how good the new album will be; he can’t wait to see just what Oakhurst sounds like in its latest form. Substituting slide guitar for banjo — “the slidey sound instead of the rolling sound,” Qualley said — is a big shift. And Hill, the primary songwriter, moves constantly through influences, from folk to Phish, Jack White to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. “Now it’s much more roots-rock Americana,” Qualley said. “There’s not much bluegrass about us if you don’t have the banjo going. The stuff we’re doing now is the most important thing. And it’s all kind of new right now.””
“Denver-based quintet Oakhurst blazes forward with an upcoming album.With a show that will never disappoint and which always keep you on your toes, these boys, with their bluegrass, blues and jazz sensibilities, light up a stage, fueling climactic moments that include instrument swaps.While lead singer and songwriter Adam Hill guides the band with thoughtfulness through epic sets.Johnny Qualley holds down the dog house bass all night with steady rhythms. Who drives the Oakhurst machine? Mister Chris Budin on drums;Rounding out the group Max Paley dominates the mandolin and electric, while Nashville- based multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lawrence Walker plays bottleneck, piano and lap steel, adding exciting new sound scape's to selections from an impressive catalogue of existing Oakhurst material.With their home grown traditional sound, Oakhurst springs forward with a renewal of spirit that digs into the spine.....”
“Oakhurst kicked off St. Paddy's fun with a rockin' jamboree.The crowd was deeply immersed into the band's quick fingered fiddlin' and toe-tappin' energetic tempo and rhythms heard within their Americana/Folk sound. Besides covering a tune by local guys, Wilco, Oakhurst had the crowd (on levels of House of Blues) feeling the essence of a steel locomotive rambling down the tracks during Train before swinging to a new version of Texas two-step in Twango. Both songs featured simplistic yet rhythmic sound that vibrantly popped to life as well as harmonizing vocals amongst the Oakhurst members while performing this feel good music. With their combination of Americana with Country/Western or Folk wafting throughout the venue, there wasn't a moment during this performance where not one person was standing still thus forgoing the urge to dance. Oakhurst's music was too contagious not to especially when the band rocked the stage..”
“Oakhurst's strongest album so far, Jump in the Get Down is a solid piece of tradition-minded bluegrass tempered with just enough of a rock edge to appeal to alt-country and jam band enthusiasts with little patience with or knowledge of the real thing. Think of it as a gateway into the likes of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. On their fourth album, Colorado-based progressive bluegrass outfit Oakhurst largely abandon the alt-country side of their sound that flourished on previous efforts like Dual Mono and Greenhorn. Even outlaw country-influenced rockers like "Soon as the Sun" and "Run Run" and the weepy trucker story "Jim and Nan" are built on the fluid mandolin and banjo lines and speedy tempos of traditional bluegrass as much as the rock & roll stomp of the rhythm section...”
"I would call it high-octane roots rock with a bluegrass injection" double-bassist Johnny James Qualley says about Oakhurst's sound. Oakhurst has developed the attitude that it can play anywhere, anytime. And fans feed off of the group's laidback disposition and contagious energy. In fact, the quintet has made a name for itself on the festival circuit by traveling around in golf carts "guerrilla-grassing" people (after a suggestion from Vince Herman). "We cruise around and provide improptu accoustic assaults," says Qualley with a laugh...
“... Not that there isn't variety. The cruise features a diverse lineup, including power-pop brooders (The New Odds), indie-rock almost-weres (Harvey Danger), alt-country cynics (The Handsome Family), Weather Channel theme-song providers (Guster), and then there are bands like Oakhurst, who have become staples on the rock cruise circuit. The Denver-based bluegrass quintet has performed on at least six cruises, beginning with a supporting gig on the "Groove Cruise," where they played mostly hallways and elevators.”
“The lead vocals of A.P. Hill takes listeners down windy roads, alongside raging rivers and to the tallest of mountaintops. Not only does he have a great vocal presence, the lyrics of the band’s original material creates vivid imagery inside the heads and hearts of listeners. Musically these young cats have some serious chops. Adam Smith seems to have a masterful approach to the mandolin and Zach Daniels is no slouch on the banjo, but these two traditional instruments in the hands of Zach and Adam crank out a sound that's far from traditional, the duo playing with fever-pitched picking and rock and roll attitude...”