“Artist to Watch” (Sounds Like Nashville) Country music duo Everette — comprised of Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia — made their Grand Ole Opry debut this past Saturday, January 29.
Bringing their “high-energy grooves and airtight harmonies” (Billboard), the duo humbly walked into the hallowed circle and performed for the first time, showcasing their organic blend of “gritty rhythms with wavering harmonica and mesmerizing slide guitar” (Taste of Country).
“Standing in the circle playing music with my best friend for an Opry crowd packed with friends, family, in-laws and outlaws was truly a magical experience I’ll never forget and will surely be hard to top,” says Olympia.
“From the moment I walked into the Opry House, I could feel the spirit and the weight of a rich and beautiful tradition,” says Rupard. “To be able to step into the circle and perform felt like we got to tap into that spirit and be a small part of the story. I’ll never forget that unique feeling.”
They performed their songs “Momma I’ll Be Okay” from their latest project, Kings of the Dairy Queen Parking Lot – Side A, and their just-released rendition of “Man of Constant Sorrow,” which received a standing ovation. Listen to their version of “Man of Constant Sorrow” HERE.
Deciding to record “Man of Constant Sorrow” was a no-brainer for the duo, as Everette wouldn’t be “Everette” without this song. The duo named themselves after George Clooney’s philosophy-spouting, folk-singing character, Ulysses Everett McGill, in the popular movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” in which “Man of Constant Sorrow” was the theme song.
Bonded by their love of the film and the emotional lyrics behind the song, Everette took to TikTok to cover the track and received an overwhelmingly positive response from viewers.
They even had a fun, full-circle moment with Dan Tyminski, who recorded the award-winning song for the movie, when he joined them for a candid TikTok performance of the track. After accumulating over 603k views, the duo knew had to get a recording session on the books to pay tribute to the song and movie that brought them together — as Everette.
As only Everette can, the reimagined track oozes with their signature laid-back gritty twang and back-porch vocals, depicting a man’s rough and rambling journey through life into death.
For more information on Everette, visit: https://weareeverette.com.
Rooted in contemporary country, rock & roll, southern storytelling, and heartland hooks, Everette’s music unfolds like the soundtrack to a backyard party where the kegs are tapped, the music is loud, and everyone’s on the guest list. Signed to Broken Bow Records, the duo was selected for CMA’s second EVER KixStart Class as one of the three acts chosen out of nearly one hundred candidates. Named after George Clooney’s philosophy-spouting, folk-singing character in O Brother, Where Art Thou? — the guys honed their craft in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they cut their teeth playing four shows a week while attending Western Kentucky University. There, they attracted a diverse community of fans and friends from teachers to hippies to working professionals. Learning that they fit in with everyone and everyone fits in with them, this helped whittle Everette’s salt-of-the-earth songwriting and top-shelf musicianship, which soon led them to Nashville. Already accumulating rave critical review, Everette’s music has been described as “high-energy grooves and airtight harmonies” by Billboard, “soulful, laid-back twang-pop with clever lyrics and catchy hooks” by Rolling Stone and “… laid-back couple of dudes who blend gritty rhythms with wavering harmonica and mesmerizing slide guitar” by Taste of Country. In late 2020, they released their project, Kings of the Dairy Queen Parking – Side A. Most recently, the duo just made their Grand Ole Opry debut and released their rendition of the song, “Man of Constant Sorrow.” For more information on Everette, visit: https://weareeverette.com.
One of my favorites from Everette.
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