The Captain Ledge Band
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The Captain Ledge Band

Wilburton, OK 74578, USA | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Wilburton, OK 74578, USA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Americana Folk




""No Need to Cry" Premier"

Favorite bands exist everywhere. We all have our personal favorites. There is the bar on the corner that has its own favorite bands, who play every other week to the same loyal patrons. There are city favorites, where people will gather at the local watering hole, the country fair, or the municipal theatre to see them perform.

Then there are bands who have a region-wide following, in some cases they could be the unofficial “state band”. Captain Ledge Band is one of those groups. Based out of Wilburton, Oklahoma and comprising of Cliff Downing, Jeana Coleman-Downing, Lonnie Lay, and Justin Joslin, Captain Ledge Band are a genre-blending band who combine country, folk, bluegrass, and southern rock music. Think of them as more folk version of Tedeschi Trucks Band, and it is easy to understand why they are a favorite in the southern states.

Today, we have the privilege of sharing the band’s latest single, “No Need to Cry”. The melody of the song may sound familiar (from Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”), yet it has been further stripped down and given a blues-folk flair. The song’s theme could be the sequel to that hit single from nearly three decades ago, as the band speaks of redemption and second chances. It could be the anthem of a fallen hero who has returned for one last opportunity to make things right and reclaim his name. It could be an anthem for all of us who are seeking that one chance to find hope and glory.

Hear “No Need to Cry” below. The single is from Captain Ledge Band’s forthcoming album, Rumors of the Great White Skunk, which will be released on Friday.

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"Weekend Showcase 2.20"

Here is the weekly rundown of the past week in new music. Find 51 songs on the Weekend Showcase 2.20 edition, featuring artists from 17 countries: Australia, Belarus, Canada, England, Germany, Finland, France, Iceland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, the United States, and Wales.

The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list of articles from the past week.

Enjoy the great music and discover music’s hidden gems.


Bonefield – “Window” (single premiere)
Captain Ledge Band – “No Need to Cry” (single premiere)
Loud Forest – Loud Forest (debut album premiere)

Albert Man – Cheap Suit (self-released)
Band of Skulls – By Default (BMG)
Black Honey – Headspin EP (Foxfive Records)
FURS – Just Kids (The House Band Co.)
Hunter As a Horse – The Two Magics Vol.1 EP (Valley of Fire Recordings)
Iska Dhaaf – The Wanting Creature (Brick Lane Records)
Mutual Benefit – Skip a Sinking Stone (Mom+Pop Music, Spunk Records, Transgressive)

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 20 – Dabble, The High Violets, Horse Thief, Joseph Arthur, Quinn
The Matinee May 24th – Bad Wave, Cadence Kid, Casket Girls, Glass Spells, Hidden Charms, Queue, Swimming Tapes, WILDES
The Matinee May 25th – Evy the Gaffer, Fieu, Lake Jons, The Lightning Year, New York Movie, Paul Mayson
The Matinee May 26th – Antrru, The Belafontes, Bows, False Advertising, Fusilier, Jenny Hval, No Joy, Solomon Crook
The Matinee May 27th – angelic milk, Forebear, Jack Ellis, Jackal Onasis, ROOXX, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Saturday Sampler for May 28th – The Amazing, Gordi, Gothic Tropic, Gwenno remixes John Grant, Karl Blau, Kris Oslowski, Meat Eating Orchids, Todd Terje & The Olsens, The Van T’s, Work Drugs

Islands play Ritual (photo essay)
She Shreds 10th Edition Release Party at Market Hotel (gig review and photo essay) - The Review

"Top 20 Playlist Vol. 13" - Spreading the Seed - Melbourne, Australia


Rumors of the Great White Skunk - May 10, 2016
Produced by Cliff Downing and Sweetwater Studios 

Great White Skunk - April 14, 2014
Produced by Cliff Downing



Considered folk, Americana, country, or  bluegrass The Captain Ledge Band is first and foremost family.  Husband wife Cliff and Jeana Downing began performing together somewhere around eight years ago, and the music family has grown to include Justin Joslin and Lonnie Lay.  The band's four part harmonies  combined with the string quartet of two guitars. mandolin, and acoustic bass gives that feeling of home listening to their music.  Inviting and honest, The Captain Ledge is what the listener hears in their soul regardless or genre.

"Rumors of the Great White Skunk set to release May 2016 was the result of a connection made in in New Orleans with representatives of Sweetwater Studios who approached the band after seeing their showcase performance at the House of Blues,  The he Louisiana Music Factory and Bamboula's in the French Quarter during the Cutting Edge Music Festival and Conference in 2015.  As a result the engineers at the Grammy winning studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana took the music and completed the final mixes and mastering of the upcoming sophomore release by Tje Captain Ledge Band.

2015 - London (Croydon Radio)

 New Country FM (Germany)

 "Neurologically Poor" charts at #1 two consecutive weeks on Number One Folk Music

 "Threadbare" featured on The Quinn Radio show and #1 three consecutive weeks on  Number One Folk Music Charts.  

 "Threadbare" featured on  CMT, and ZEUSS (music video)

December 2014 – Named “Folk Band to Watch in 2015” by


Band Members