OMW is excited to announce that our bluegrass version of "ICE ICE BABY" is featured on the new DIY Network TV Show "Vanilla Ice Goes Amish"!!!
We couldn't be more stoked about rocking with VANILLA ICE!!!
Get your copy of the song on iTunes, and thaks for the support.
ALL THE BEST!!!
-Old Man Whickutt
...now keep reading our BIO :)
“You’re derned if you do, and derned if you don’t.”
These words were first uttered in 1975, by a crotchety old man that went by the name “Whickutt”. The main character in a children’s storybook written by Mary Calhoun, Old Man Whickutt taught a story of being an individual and not becoming overly concerned with the opinions of onlookers. 1975 also breathed life into the first of a musical duo of brothers that would one day take the advice of the old man, and do it their own way.
Brothers born in Greenville, NC and raised in Raleigh, NC, Marcus and Rob Hall were raised in a household full of song. Their mother’s side of the family was rooted in Western North Carolina, and old folk songs and mountain music were enthusiastically sung around the campfire during their annual retreat to Toe Valley in Celo, NC. Mother Kate played ukulele as a youth, and the underrated autoharp later in life. The boys loved singing with their mom, as sing-a-long tunes filled the air on long road trips in the family station wagon. Their church in Raleigh, Hayes Barton Baptist, also played a large role in their musical development. Marcus and Rob were members of the youth choir, took part in seasonal musical productions, and always looked forward to singing with their high-energy, autoharp playing youth minister Ben Vogler.
The brothers went their separate ways following high school, Marcus staying in Raleigh to attend NC State University and Rob heading to Greenville to attend ECU. The college years proved to be an opportunity to grow musically, as both boys individually learned from friends and roommates with musical talent. It was not until a fateful year abroad in Scotland that Marcus first picked up a guitar. A friend in Edinburgh took Marcus under his wing and walked him through some basic chord structures, and the hook was lodged. Marcus returned to college the following year, signing up for classical guitar classes and filling a singing void by joining a Men’s Vocal Club. Rob had begun his own instrumental interest, soaking up knowledge from close friend and Chatham County Line stringed instrument virtuoso John Teer. Marcus and Rob were on a like timeline, miles apart.
Their individual musical paths collided in 1998, as the Hall family embarked on a 45 day cross country road trip. It was this journey that opened the door for the boys to fuse their musical passions, and the two-man band
OLD MAN WHICKUTT first took form. Their range of musical influences too varied to list, would include Johnny Cash, NWA, Pearl Jam, John Hartford and Frank Boggs as a mere sampling. Music that was passionate and true, heard in the vocals and instrumentation of their favorite artists, could best describe their taste in music. Over the next 10 years, OMW’s own musical style would emerge. A fusion of bluegrass, folk and American roots music, the brothers harmonize their homespun lyrics on tunes that range from soft ballads to loud, hard-driving foot stompers. Their songs intend to provoke thought, laced with the honesty of true human feeling. Falling back on personal experience and constant self-examination, the brothers don’t hold back when telling their tale.
Brother from another mother, Greg Tart, joined the OLD MAN WHICKUTT band late in 2007. Best buds since high school in Raleigh, Greg & Marcus started playing guitars together while living in Atlanta, GA. Late night apartment parties & open mics at local pubs & restaurants were a regular occurrence. Who knew that in time, the “Stoned Goats” of Atlanta would re-connect back in their hometown of Raleigh, NC to expand the journey of OMW.
And so the old man’s words continue to resonate throughout the music of
OLD MAN WHICKUTT. The boys know they’re “derned if they don’t” tell the story the way they feel it should be told. So the next time you hear that
OMW is excited to announce that our bluegrass version of "ICE, ICE, BABY" is going to be featured on the new DIY Network TV Show "Vanilla Ice Goes Amish"!!!
The premiere episode is set to air on OCT. 12 @ 10pm.
We couldn't be more stoked about rocking with VANILLA ICE!!!
Please help us spread the word by sharing with all your friends. The show is going to be AWESOME!!!
Thanks in advance and thank you so much for your support!!!
OMW on 88.1 FM WKNC (Raleigh, NC)
We have been invited to join the Cosmic Cowboy (Andrew Loyd) on 88.1 FM WKNC (Raleigh, NC) on his Sunday morning show...The Church of Bluegrass and the Truer Sounds. The show will be on Sunday June 10 @ 9am.
We couldn't be more thrilled & honored.
Come join after our radio spot for a jam session outside of the studio on Harris Field.
We'd love to see you there!
OMW STUDIO RECORDING!!!
OLD MAN WHICKUTT is excited to get back in the studio & continue our journey to record more tunes!!!
I Won't Drive No Minivan will be immortalized today.
We are thrilled to be recording with Jerry Brown & Andrew Marlin at the Rubber Room Studio.
Jerry has recorded many great artist including the likes of Doc Watson, Jack Lawrence, Mike Auldridge, Moondi Klein, T. Michael Coleman, Jimmy Gaudreau and an array of other stars.
Andrew is one half of the incredible duo MANDOLIN ORANGE.
We hope to nail I Won't Drive No Minivan & get it up on the website and Itunes shortly after recording.
GET READY FOR OMW TO WHICKUTTIZE SHAKORI HILLS FROM THURS. - SUNDAY!
Raleigh, NC -- The band Old Man Whickutt is made up of diehard NC State fans who take a playful swipe at UNC Chapel Hill with their song “When Jesus Comes Back.” With more than 42,000 views on YouTube, the song has captured the attention of NC State friends who have invited the band to help the University celebrate their 125th birthday on April 2 at Reynolds Coliseum.
The band, comprised of Marcus Hall, Rob Hall, Greg Tart and Craig Thompson, continues to revel in the interest their song is receiving. Thrilled that their tongue-in-cheek point of view on the State/Carolina rivalry is such an unexpected hit on YouTube, the band now plans to offer the single for sale beginning April 2 on CDBaby and iTunes and will donate a portion of the proceeds to The V Foundation, in honor of legendary NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano. The song will cost .83¢, in tribute to the 1983 NC State National Championship Basketball Team.
"The way this thing has taken off is proof that amazing things can happen when you stay true to yourself and your values. We're singing about two things we undeniably love, and at the same time making people laugh. The response from both sides (NC State and UNC) has been the most entertaining part of the whole thing. As long as people know we're laughing with them, we're satisfied to no end," says Marcus. "And we start to shake just thinking about playing in Reynolds Coliseum!"
For a copy of the song, song lyrics, interview or performance requests, please contact Greg Tart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"WHEN JESUS COMES BACK"
OMW WILL BE CELEBRATING MARCUS' BDAY BY RECORDING
"WHEN JESUS COMES BACK" FOR WOLFPACK NATION!
WE'LL HAVE THIS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE SOON!!!
Shakori Hills 2012 Spring Festival Band Submital
OMW is excited to officially submit our "GOODS" to The Shakori Hills Grassroots 2012 Spring Festival.
Two years ago OLD MAN WHICKUTT placed 2nd place in the Shakori Grassroots Band Competion. This past 2011 FALL Shakori Hills OMW took 1st place in the Grassroots Band Competion. Needing to get back to our LOVING wives & children, we were not able to play our Sunday spot on stage.
Soooooo....our hope is to earn a spot to actually play the festival this year during the weekend.
WE LOVE THE SHAKORI HILLS FESTIVAL!!!
If you haven't been...you are missing out.
Check out their website at: www.shakorihillsgrassroots.org