John Dunbar & the midwest tragedy band

John Dunbar & the midwest tragedy band

 Newcastle, Oklahoma, USA
BandCountryRock

An exciting band that stays true to red dirt, and original music. Given a chance this band can prove they have got an original uniqe sound.

Biography

Formed in april 2011 by John dunbar and Joniel Prouty "John Dunbar & the midwest tragedy band" hit the ground running. Playing lots of gigs in and around oklahoma city and honing their sound and skills. The goal from the start of the creation was to be an original band and not just a bar cover band. The band also recorded an ep in the fall of 2011. The bar crowds loved their set list that included their original songs, red dirt, rock, classic country, southern rock, and blues mixed in. In October 2011 the original guitar player left the band leaving a search for a new lead player. When they found Dwight Hamlin in December of the same year the band was better than ever. Writing new songs and perfecting the old ones were made easy with Dwight's incredible guitar playing. Every member has come along way from the startup of the band and is excited about 2012!

John Dunbar-
25 year old John Dunbar didnt start playing at a young age like alot of musicians. Born and raised in northeast oklahoma and now living in Blanchard, Ok. John was introduced to Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, The Great Divide, Stoney Larue, Casey Donahew, and other red dirt acts when he was a senior in high school. Thats when his love of music grabbed ahold of him. For the first time he heard music that he loved instead of just heard. At 21 years old he bought his first guitar spent time to learn the instrument, and started playing around oklahoma city at open mic nights. Meeting some people he got some encouragement to keep playing and singing. Always having forming a band in the back of his mind he met Joniel Prouty. Joniel played drums and he and John started playing together eventually forming the band.

Joniel Prouty-
Joniel Prouty 22 born and rased in Newcastle, Ok started playing the drums at 9 years old. His dad told him he would buy him a kit if he would learn "in da goda davida." (and he did) Joniel took lessons all through his youth including lessons from Dave Bowen who now plays with "Cody Canada & the departed."

Dwight Hamlin-
At only 19 years old Dwight Hamlin is an accomplished guitar player. Born in Texas and moved to Blanchard, Ok in high school, Dwight started playing guitar at 7 years old. He started a band at 15 years old called "Promises Revolt" and is still the front man for that band. Dwight was accepted to AMC UCO after high school for guitar and is currently enrolled there. He still takes lessons and is taking them currently with Alan who is the lead guitar player for "Stoney Larue" and "Mama Sweet."

Chad Purser-
Jack of all trades Chad Purser plays bass in John Dunbar & the midwest tragedy band, but the 28 year old can play guitar, drums, and sing as well. Born and raised in Pawhuska, Ok and now living in Edmond he is a vital part of this band. His steady bass flow and awesome harmonys give alot of texture to the sound. Chad has been playing guitar since childhood and studied music in college. He is also the frontman in a three piece rock band named "META"

Lyrics

The First Time

Written By: John Dunbar

they say nothing ever came out of this town
thats why I never wanted to hang around
and coming back now it seems so strange
I can hardly recognize a thing

but if you look right there thats where I stood on the front porch
in the evening air
my hand in her hair lips on mine like the first time
and if i knock will she be there step on out in this open air and put her lips on mine
like the first time the first time

its been 5 years since we said goodbye
aint it funny how time can fly
and now im outside of her old place
stareing at a memory i cant erase

but if you look right there thats where I stood on the front porch
in the evening air
my hand in her hair lips on mine like the first time
and if i knock will she be there step on out in this open air and put her lips on mine
like the first time the first time

its all coming back so clear now
the reason i left this sleepy ole town
you pushed me around stole my heart away
it still hurts standing here today

but if you look right there thats where I stood on the front porch
in the evening air
my hand in her hair lips on mine like the first time
and if i knock will she be there step on out in this open air and put her lips on mine
like the first time the first time
and if I knock will you be there and step on out in this open air and put your lips on mine like the first time the first time

Discography

"The First Time" an EP
Recorded and Produced by Dave Copenhaver @studio 7 Okc, Ok
Lead Guitar on EP played by Ryan Wolf not Dwight Hamlin

Set List

Originals:
1.Shine so bright
2.the first time
3.heartbreak kid
4.oklahoma sunset
5.loud
6.where the wind blows
7.shut it down
8.one more try
9.brand new start
10.sale my soul
11.tie me to the bed
12.push me
13.lovin you
14.High school song
15.All night

Covers:
Cross Canadian Ragweed-alabama/in oklahoma/17
Jason Boland-when im stoned
Gene Collier-boys from oklahoma
Mike Hosty-Oklahoma Breakdown
Brandon Jenkins-Feet dont touch the ground
Lynrd Skynrd-Sweet Home Alabama/Freebird
Tom Petty-Last dance with Mary jane
Johnny Cash-Folsom Prison
Reckless Kelly-Crazy Eddies last hurrah/Nobodys girl
Casey Donahew Band-High/Next time
Black Crowes-Hard 2 Handle
Steve Miller Band-Joker
Gary Alan-Right where I need to be
Steve Earle-Copperhead Road
Hank williams Jr-Whiskey Bent and hell bound
Stevie Ray Vaughn-Pride N Joy
Oasis-Wonderwall
Kenny Wayne Sheppard-blue on black
Foster the people-pumped up kicks
Semisonic-closing time
Pink Floyd-Brick in the wall
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