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Folk-country duo The O’s will join the Dirty River Boys for a show Friday night at Black Oak Casino’s Willow Creek Lounge in Tuolumne.
Between the band’s two members, Taylor Young and John Pedigo, The O’s have pretty much seen it all as musicians.
Pedigo got his start playing in rockabilly, country and punk bands, and Young has toured the world with David Bowie and MC5 as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and Young Heart Attack.
Based in the small but tight-knit music scene in Dallas, Texas, it was only a matter of time before the two like-minded musicians crossed paths.
After years spent performing with various rock bands, both were looking for an outlet to perform and record their own songs. Pedigo picked up the banjo, Young took over on guitar and kick drum, and they created a duo called The O’s.
The collaboration was an instant fit, and the result is a seamless blend of Americana, country, and folk music with pop-savvy melodies and a sly sense of humor.
While it’s hard to nail them into a genre, it’s exactly that wide appeal that has allowed them to win over crowds on tour with everyone from Old 97’s to The Polyphonic Spree to Little Big Town and Scottish alt-rockers Del Amitri.
Their eclectic influences are expressed on their new album “Honeycomb,” which include standout tracks “Fourteen Days” and “Brand New Start.”
“We were all set to record the album at a studio in Dripping Springs, Texas, but the month before we were scheduled to record, the entire studio was ruined by a flood and we were displaced,” Pedigo said. “We had to figure something out fast — like two weeks fast.
“We had just played a show at a venue called the River Road Icehouse in New Braunfels, Texas, and they have these cabins behind the venue that they normally just let bands crash in. We thought, what if we just book one of those cabins and bring the gear in there?”
“We rented two cabins for two weeks, and the other cabins were housing people who had lost their homes in the flood. We recorded from noon to four in the morning every day,” Young added. “There were four of us, living and working in these two tiny cabins right behind the venue. There were shows at night, and we’d have to stop recording sometimes when the band was playing.
“But those distractions are all what makes the album — the collective experience of just being out there, cooped up in these little cabins,” he said. “We were sleeping five feet away from where we recorded. We would wake up and jump right into it. Grab a beer, record for 12 hours, pass out for five hours, wake up again, grab a beer and start recording again.”
“We all had to stick together,” Pedigo added. “At the end of the day, it sounds exactly how we felt.”
That sense of camaraderie and creative collaboration runs through the music on “Honeycomb.” The O’s will continue to tour through the winter and spring in support of the album. They play Black Oak Casino in between stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
• What: O’s with Dirty River Boys.
• When: Friday, 9 p.m.
• Where: Willow Creek Lounge, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.
• Admission: Free.
• Information: blackoakcasino.com