Towards the end of their busiest year to date, the UK’s brightest new Americana talent O&O are wrapping up 2018 with the release of their brand new single, the reflective, acoustic-led ‘Rolling On’ (SoundCloud / Spotify / Youtube). With an impressive run of festivals that started back in March at C2C and took in Cambridge Folk, Wood Festival, Buckle & Boots, and the inaugural Black Deer among others; live BBC radio performances across the country; and the release of their debut EP ‘Truth Comes Out’ to a hugely positive critical response (“A very fine addition to the UK’s burgeoning Americana scene” – Folking.com; “One of the most exciting acts in and around the UK country scene at this moment in time” – CelebMix), it’s safe to say this London based Israeli-American duo have begun to make their mark.
Describing ‘Rolling On’ in their own words, Orian & Obadiah said: “This song is about striving for something, or working towards a goal in life, and persisting through setbacks, self-doubt and the passing of time. We wrote this song from our perspective as artists striving for success in the music industry, with all the challenges that entails. Musically, the waltz feel has a natural rolling quality to it that we thought fit well with the lyrical theme. We had the opportunity to work with an incredible pedal-steel player, Scott Poley, who added his magic to both ‘Rolling On’ and ‘Truth Comes Out’.
O&O will bring their unique folk-tinged songs to London Roots Festival on Wednesday 14th November 2018, sharing the stage with fellow rising artist Jake Morrell at The Slaughtered Lamb – limited tickets available here. The ‘Truth Comes Out’ EP (featuring ‘Rolling On’ is available to stream/download now on all platforms.
“‘Truth Comes Out’ is an impressive debut and sets these guys up nicely to make even bigger waves on the UK country scene in the coming years” – Building Our Own Nashville
“One of the most exciting emerging Americana/Folk duos.” – Thrive Global
“‘[O&O’s] harmonies are spine tingling. There’s no denying that the pair have a bright future ahead…the next few years will be massive.” – Lyric Magazine
O&O are comprised of Colorado-native, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Obadiah Jones, and Israeli vocalist, Orian Peled. “The shared dream of a career in music led us both halfway across the world to the classrooms of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), where we met for the first time.” While performing together in various projects during their three-year course, O&O established their deep connection as a songwriting partnership and were awarded the unique opportunity of a one-on-one songwriting session with Sir Paul.
“Upon graduating and with student visa expiration dates looming, we knew there would be no country where we could both live and work together,” Obadiah recalls. Determined to overcome the bureaucracy, they found an unlikely solution – to live and perform on cruise ships. A six-month stint in the Caribbean ultimately led them on a two-year journey, performing for thousands, honing their distinct sound and learning their craft, while touring far reaching parts of the world, from Alaska to the Greek Isles.
This long and winding road led the truly international act to their current home, London, where they hope to become a mainstay in the fast-growing Country and Americana music scene in the UK. Although relatively new to the London scene, O&O have already made their presence felt on the local live music circuit over the last twelve months, with support slots for artists including Australian Music Award nominees, the Germein Sisters, and a number of club and festival appearances. Their live show features the duo’s distinctive, close-harmony sound with an Americana flare – Fleetwood Mac meets The Civil Wars.
Their self-released debut single ‘Traveling’ – with the “perfect harmonies” praised by sites such as The Daily Country and Building Our Own Nashville, showed all the signs of early success, with support across the British music scene, while proceeds from the single and donations raised during a series of pop-up concerts in collaboration with Busk In London and Network Rail went towards raising awareness of national charity Youth Music and its music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. More recently, the duo were one of the highlights of this year’s Country to Country festival at the O2 Arena, with W21 Music describing their “lovely harmonies”; and one of a handful of acts chosen to record an exclusive Under The Apple Tree acoustic session at the event, aired in a special edition of the show on Chris Country Radio.
Following the release of two further standalone singles this year ‘Some Days’ & ‘Tears In The Rain’, with videos premiering on major US site The Boot & The Bluegrass Situation; the duo’s debut EP was released in September 2018 and available to stream/download now.