The Everybodyfields – Nothing Is Okay

by Woody on May 30, 2008


Let’s start off with this statement: I love the She and Him album. It got boatloads of hype, lived up to it and has been one of my favorites this year. But couldn’t the hype machine save just one spoonful for this wonderful band out of Johnson City, TN? The Everybodyfields are every bit as worthy and their album Nothing Is Okay is better than She and Him’s Volume One.

This is the third release for The Everybodyfields and the first on Ramseur Records, home to The Avett Brothers. The Everybodyfields are fronted by Sam Quinn & Jill Andrews and completed by Josh Oliver and Tom Pryor, who provide just the right amount of pedal steel, guitar and keys to accompany these fantastic vocalists. Typically I am not one to judge a band on appearances, but Ms. Andrews is drop-dead gorgeous, every bit equal to her beautiful voice, and Quinn sports a wondrous set of Mutton Chops that would make any red-blooded man envious. I don’t know which makes me more excited.

Quinn and Andrews dated during their first release. They broke up soon thereafter, but fought to keep the band together. According to other press, the breakup wasn’t addressed at all on their second release, but they hit it head on with Nothing Is Okay. “I think we are just getting it all out on this one,” Andrews said of this album. “It’s been almost a healing sort of thing.”

Nothing Is Okay is truly one of the most beautiful albums you’ll ever hear. While the material might be sad and melancholy in nature, the quartet makes the hurt feel therapeutic. The lovely interplay between Andrews and Quinn is truly a joy to let wash over you. As with their label-mates, its the vocal interplays and harmonies that create something special. Splt ’em apart and I think you’re left with two decent performers, but The Everybodyfields are a shining example of the old saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” They’re going to be at Schubas in Chicago this Sunday.

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The Everybodyfields – Aeroplane

The Everybodyfields – Everything is Okay

The Everybodyfields – Don’t Turn Around

The Everybodyfields – Lonely Anywhere

The Everybodyfields – Leaving Today

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

bobby May 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm

great songs

oz May 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm

I listened to this album all day yesterday and really enjoyed it. Much better than She and Him in my opinion.

jim June 1, 2008 at 7:01 am

saw them live a couple weeks ago
just amazing – beautiful soaring harmonies
and devastating melancholy

Cristina June 1, 2008 at 1:29 pm

I have to agree with Oz. I personally enjoyed these guys far more. Great pick!

Steve Shirk June 2, 2008 at 9:32 am

Woody, how was their Schubas show last night? Sorry I couldn’t make it.

Woody June 2, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I took my kid to the Cubs game. He ate too much Cotton Candy. I drank too many beers. The Father of the Year ceremony is on Saturday. Tickets still available.

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