Country group OSMR led by Round Hill Music writer Marcus Kiser, along with Brent Lain and Brian Smith, revel in “making their own rules, one song, one sip at a time” on their new single, “Sweet Life.”
This group seems to live by the “making their own rules” tenant when it comes to career decisions as well.
Instead of pursuing the traditional model of playing several showcases around Nashville in an attempt lure in label interest, the band has signed on to open a string of shows for The Cadillac Three in May.
“I’ve done a couple of acoustic versions of the songs, but we haven’t played them full-band yet,” Kiser says. The band has been in the studio prepping their upcoming EP Sweet Life with Round Hill writer/producer Danny Myrick.
Myrick added, “We didn’t want to do the same old thing, so this opportunity came up and we thought it was a great opportunity. We’re also meeting with labels to let them hear the music for the first time. If they want to do the in-town showcases we can, and they have, but it will be cool for labels to come see them in front of real fans and doing normal shows.”
During a recent visit to the MusicRow office, the band played a trio of tracks from the EP, including “Back Pocket,” as well as the title track and “Looking at You.” Jimmy Robbins, Kiser and Myrick co-wrote “Sweet Life.”
The only outside cut from their upcoming EP, “Back Pocket,” came courtesy of an accidental song pitch. After one session, The Cadillac Three’s Neil Mason intended to send Kiser a demo they had recently worked on.
“He sent it to me and I was like, ‘Um, that’s not the track I just sang on.’ He said, ‘Oh, sorry, I sent you the wrong song.’ But it was a song he and Ryan Hurd had written with Aaron Eshuis. I said, ‘Is this a song pitch? Because I really think we could do this song.’ I sent to everyone else and they loved it. And Ryan Hurd killed the demo, he was amazing.”
OSMR’s EP, Sweet Life, releases April 28.
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About the AuthorJessica Nicholson is a staff writer with MusicRow Enterprises. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine, TasteofCountry.com and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]
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