Bridges & Borderlines

by Oklahoma Uprising

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    Bridges & Borderlines is about the borders that divide and the bridges that connect us all.

    “We had been sending tracks back and forth over email for years. I would throw down a guitar part at the T. Hodge Lodge and send it to Zach. He would add drums, percussion, and other instruments at his home studio and send it back. At first we were just messing around, we didn't even have a gigging band, but in 2016 we decided to make something of the recordings..

    With Zach on the drums and me singing and playing guitar we then added Travis Lyon of the Dead Armadillos on bass. The three of us already had chemistry from a previous band we had played with. After we had the band locked in we started getting serious about producing some music to put out to the world and getting back on stage. We outlined what songs we liked the best and continued our tradition of emailing tracks back and forth, this time with a bigger goal in mind. All the lyrics were written by myself and/or Zach with the exception of Ain’t Living which was co-written by me and JD Smith of the band Rugged Grace, and a traditional standard that is on my solo release.

    For Travis’s bass parts, he would drive to Zach’s home studio in Ark City, KS. I continued to spend time with my old friend Travis Hodge at the T. Hodge Lodge in Shawnee, OK to do most of my parts. I would crash on the couch and we would wake up early and do sessions. A lot of these sessions are where I got the recordings for my solo release Lodge Sessions as well.

    I feel right at home at the T. Hodge Lodge. Not only did I used to live there but I've been hanging around there since 1999 when Travis and I became bad influences on each other. Together, we went from writing cheesy songs on a Washburn guitar to recording them through a cheap Radio Shack microphone. Since the amateur days, Travis and his dad Randy Hodge (Papa Hodge) have invested a tremendous amount of time and money to become a state of the art, incorporated, professional recording studio complete with 5 rooms, pianos, organs, and an entire room wall-to-wall with amps and guitars. The high quality sound in the recordings are a testament to the wide selection of gear he keeps on hand, not to mention his skill as a tenured engineer.

    With the trio together and high tech recording gear at our fingertips we decided to contact some salty musicians to add some spice to the songs. The first pick was a no-brainer. Bryon White of the Damn Quails was a good friend of ours and we had made lots of music in the past. When I was younger, he kind of took me under his wing as a songwriter and musician. Bryon did most of the lead guitar on the songs as well as Brent Krueger.

    I was introduced to Scott Hunt at a gig in Oklahoma City with my friend and fellow music maker Buffalo Rogers but not before performing a few songs with Hunt on stage. Scott Hunt is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met not to mention one of the most multi-talented musicians on the scene. We were thrilled when he agreed to work on the songs. Hunt put down fiddle, mandolin, dobro, and banjo parts for the songs.

    We could have kept the songs like they were with the talent that had already worked on them but when we added Brett Gilbert on the keys and my sister Hannah Mosman on background vocals it really added another dimension to the music.

    After we had all the parts down for the songs, Hodge and I glued ourselves to his computer for days to get all the parts edited, mixed, and ready for mastering. Hodge made me leave the room so he could do whatever secret magic he does to really make them shine. (He says it’s a family secret only the dog knows, and he’s not telling anyone)

    Some finishing touches and BA-DA-BING we have a collection of songs to release to our friends, family, and fans. We decided to release them as a series of EPs to have a steady stream of new music, and kind of categorize them thematically. The single Armed & Dangerous May 26th, 2017, Bridges & Borderlines EP June 24th, 2017, my solo EP Lodge Sessions September 15th, 2017, and finally Valley of the Wolves November 11th, 2017.

    I have a hard time writing anything about the music making process without thanking all the kind people that have helped us out along the way. Our families who take care of our duties while we’re making music, the people who volunteer to help out at shows loading and unloading, shooting video and just showing up to support us. We have had an overwhelming response to our music and we are truly grateful!”

    -Joel T. Mosman

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Ain't Living 03:43
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Running Wild 03:48
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Rock Bottom 04:19
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Bridges & Borderlines is about the borders that divide and the bridges that connect us all.

“We had been sending tracks back and forth over email for years. I would throw down a guitar part at the T. Hodge Lodge and send it to Zach. He would add drums, percussion, and other instruments at his home studio and send it back. At first we were just messing around, we didn't even have a gigging band, but in 2016 we decided to make something of the recordings..

With Zach on the drums and me singing and playing guitar we then added Travis Lyon of the Dead Armadillos on bass. The three of us already had chemistry from a previous band we had played with. After we had the band locked in we started getting serious about producing some music to put out to the world and getting back on stage. We outlined what songs we liked the best and continued our tradition of emailing tracks back and forth, this time with a bigger goal in mind. All the lyrics were written by myself and/or Zach with the exception of Ain’t Living which was co-written by me and JD Smith of the band Rugged Grace, and a traditional standard that is on my solo release.

For Travis’s bass parts, he would drive to Zach’s home studio in Ark City, KS. I continued to spend time with my old friend Travis Hodge at the T. Hodge Lodge in Shawnee, OK to do most of my parts. I would crash on the couch and we would wake up early and do sessions. A lot of these sessions are where I got the recordings for my solo release Lodge Sessions as well.

I feel right at home at the T. Hodge Lodge. Not only did I used to live there but I've been hanging around there since 1999 when Travis and I became bad influences on each other. Together, we went from writing cheesy songs on a Washburn guitar to recording them through a cheap Radio Shack microphone. Since the amateur days, Travis and his dad Randy Hodge (Papa Hodge) have invested a tremendous amount of time and money to become a state of the art, incorporated, professional recording studio complete with 5 rooms, pianos, organs, and an entire room wall-to-wall with amps and guitars. The high quality sound in the recordings are a testament to the wide selection of gear he keeps on hand, not to mention his skill as a tenured engineer.

With the trio together and high tech recording gear at our fingertips we decided to contact some salty musicians to add some spice to the songs. The first pick was a no-brainer. Bryon White of the Damn Quails was a good friend of ours and we had made lots of music in the past. When I was younger, he kind of took me under his wing as a songwriter and musician. Bryon did most of the lead guitar on the songs as well as Brent Krueger.

I was introduced to Scott Hunt at a gig in Oklahoma City with my friend and fellow music maker Buffalo Rogers but not before performing a few songs with Hunt on stage. Scott Hunt is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met not to mention one of the most multi-talented musicians on the scene. We were thrilled when he agreed to work on the songs. Hunt put down fiddle, mandolin, dobro, and banjo parts for the songs.

We could have kept the songs like they were with the talent that had already worked on them but when we added Brett Gilbert on the keys and my sister Hannah Mosman on background vocals it really added another dimension to the music.

After we had all the parts down for the songs, Hodge and I glued ourselves to his computer for days to get all the parts edited, mixed, and ready for mastering. Hodge made me leave the room so he could do whatever secret magic he does to really make them shine. (He says it’s a family secret only the dog knows, and he’s not telling anyone)

Some finishing touches and BA-DA-BING we have a collection of songs to release to our friends, family, and fans. We decided to release them as a series of EPs to have a steady stream of new music, and kind of categorize them thematically. The single Armed & Dangerous May 26th, 2017, Bridges & Borderlines EP June 24th, 2017, my solo EP Lodge Sessions September 15th, 2017, and finally Valley of the Wolves November 11th, 2017.

I have a hard time writing anything about the music making process without thanking all the kind people that have helped us out along the way. Our families who take care of our duties while we’re making music, the people who volunteer to help out at shows loading and unloading, shooting video and just showing up to support us. We have had an overwhelming response to our music and we are truly grateful!”

-Joel T. Mosman

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released June 24, 2017

Produced by: Travis Hodge, Zach Wiederstein, and Joel T. Mosman
Lyrics By: J.D. Smith, Zach Wiederstein, and Joel T. Mosman
Music By: Joel T. Mosman, Zach Wiederstein, Travis Lyon, Scott Hunt, Bryon White, Hannah Mosman, Brent Krueger, Brett Gilbert

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Oklahoma Uprising Guthrie, Oklahoma

Alternative Country band fronted by singer/songwriter Joel T. Mosman. Lyrics about overcoming adversity rise up through raw electric guitars as a symbol of Mosman’s journey from self-destruction to self-actualization. Artistic influences include Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Reckless Kelly, and Son Volt. Oklahoma Uprising is about the fight against existential hardship within and without. ... more

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