O.I.E. Records

February 16, 2007

“Grassroots promo gives us a huge advantage over the majors,” says McGlasson. “They don’t see gaining one fan at a time as a legitimate business model, whereas we do. Also, I wanted to be as diverse as possible, and build a fan base for the label along with the artists. I think it’s our focus on musicians—and music oriented toward them—that will give us long-term credibility.”

vonFrickle Arryhthmia

Guitarists Lee Fehr and Ken Thornton move fluidly between King Crimson-esque prog, and dark and moody ambient music.

Andreas Kapsalis Trio Andreas Kapsalis Trio

Kapsalis employs an “eight-fingered,” all-tapping style that drives this acoustic world-jazz-fusion trio.

Backyard Tire Fire Skin and Bones

Full-frontal blues-rock with a Southern edge, led by Eric Anderson’s visceral, Neil Young-like garage-rock tone.

Balance II Balance II

Guitarist Brian Moritz leads a prog-pop ensemble that features former Dixie Dregs Rod Morgenstein (drums) and Dave LaRue (bass).

Curtis Blue Electric Cool

Curtis Fornadley—whose debt to Jeff Beck and Eric Johnson is readily apparent—offers up a blues-jazz-rock hybrid.

Sons of Science Thrust

O.I.E. founder McGlasson’s project specializes in progressive metal, but can just as adeptly handle a hyper-fueled take on Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

John Blakeley & Ron Nagle Tan Mantis

Blakeley’s reverb-soaked surf guitar merges with Nagle’s smooth-jazz keyboard arrangements on this easy listening outing.

Isaiah Sharkey Skyliner

Sixteen-year-old jazz guitarist Sharkey goes to town on nine George Benson-ish takes on lightly funky jazz.

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