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Oklahoma Uprising is an Alternative Country band led by Oklahoma songwriter Joel T. Mosman. Raw and lyrically rich with Americana elements cover themes from comeuppance to community action, and more by way of allegorical storytelling. Songwriting influences include Sturgill Simpson, Tom Waits, and Gillian Welch. Musical influences include the Drive-By-Truckers, Leon Russell, and Mike McClure.
Mosman and Oklahoma Uprising began performing in 2007 and have since taken the stage as a support act for artists including country music legend Roy Clark, Jason Boland, Arlo Guthrie, and many more. Mosman and his band also have deep music making roots with Bryon White and Gabriel Marshall of The Damn Quails. Stages performed include the Tower Theatre, Will Rogers Theatre, Burford Theatre, and festivals including Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Red Brick Nights, and Norman Music Festival.
Mosman appeared on the Rise & Shine Morning Show on Freedom 43 TV, at the Oklahoma Rodeo Opry, as well as multiple podcasts and radio shows all over Oklahoma. In 2017, Mosman was honored to place in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest with his folk song “Letter To Woody” taking 2nd to Beau Jennings. In 2017 the song Rock Bottom written by drummer Zach Wiederstein was featured in the the film “Documentary at the End of the World" by Mostly Harmless Media about a series of events that unfolded during the 48 Hour Film Festival during filming at the Tower Theatre. Projects by the band have been featured in print publications, and blogs around the state including The Oklahoman, The Gazette, Cellar Door Music Blog, Nathan Poppe’s Middle of Nowhere Blog, and Little Okie Land.
“When we started the band, I just wanted to make good music. As the songs began to reveal themselves, I realized that a lot of them were about my struggle to become a better person... and how I’m always failing at it!” Mosman says. “We’re family guys, we’re out in the community, pretty much everyone in the band is either a teacher or a church worship leader or both- but we still like to party!”
“When you come see one of our live shows there could be a range of different instruments on stage. We might have a banjo player sit in one night and a saxophone the next. Even though we identify as an Alternative Country band, you might hear elements of rock, bluegrass, Motown, folk, blues, roots, and more. We can also change from an all original band into a cover band that plays wedding and parties. We just like to play to the crowd and have a good time no matter what stage we’re on.”
In addition to fronting the band, Mosman is a worship director, wedding DJ, freelance writer, video blogger, promoter, and associate at T. Hodge Lodge, Inc. (Stage and studio production). He is family and community oriented and an active citizen who maintains a line of communication with legislators, and other community leaders. Mosman is available for solo performances, or as the frontman for a three to six piece band and even sits in as an improvisational side man with other artists.
Zach Wiederstein, the band’s drummer, percussionist, and songwriter, was born and raised in Shattuck, OK. Zach is a physical education teacher and football coach. Travis Lyon, the band’s bass player, is a father, worship leader, math teacher, basketball coach and adjunct professor from Cherokee, OK. Wiederstein and Lyon met Mosman in 2007 while playing in a Red Dirt Country band along with Bryon White from the Damn Quails. White was also in another band with Mosman and introduced him to Wiederstein and Lyon. Mosman soon joined as a guitar player. “I was always really happy they let me tag along with them” Mosman said “I’ve always looked up to them musically. They're just all around good dudes!” The band eventually parted ways but Wiederstein and Mosman continued to make music until 2016 when they invited Lyon to join them again to form the band ‘Oklahoma Uprising’. In 2018, Wiederstein’s long time friend Stuart Godfrey joined the band on lead guitar. Godfrey is also a worship leader and works full time with children on the autism spectrum. Oklahoma Uprising prides themselves on being a versatile, professional band that is easy to work with.
“I enjoy the song's leisurely pace and the sincerity in Mosman's delivery as he navigates his roots. ‘Keep an eye up above / But don't stare at the sun’ is a great line.” -Nathan Poppe The Oklahoman/Middle Of Nowhere on the song Call Me Crazy
“Mosman has been performing music in Oklahoma since 2007, but he started Oklahoma Uprising last year as a way to make music with a purpose that served more than his own ego. The band’s name goes along with its mission: to raise the state up by promoting the culture and art found within it.” -Ben Luschen - The Oklahoma Gazette
“The Oklahoma Uprising album is sonically rich and layered with performed and tasty instrumentation...the tonal quality of the finished product is excellent.” -Bryon White/The Damn Quails Little Okie Land
“If it seems like the song was a no-brainer to write and perform, that's a testament to the casual performances, which gloss over the high level of artistry that is actually present here.” -Evan Jarvicks, Cellar Door Music Group
“Their love of Oklahoma culture and values fuels their involvement with their fans, students and the people on the fringes.” -Tahlequah Daily Press
“Events of the last few years inspired him to form a band, Oklahoma Uprising, and write a song he calls "Talkin' Oklahoma Blues". Joel performs this Woody-Guthrie-Bob-Dylan-esque ditty for us in the Tower Studio, which follows the trials and tribulations of a man whose home is wiped out by a tornado and ultimately winds up finding himself in jail.” -John Souders, WAFTI SHOW
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