Two up-and-coming Oregon bands are heading south, with a motley assortment of classic rock, country twang, Brazilian song and beyond. Jive Coulis and Good Job Honey will be stop by for a co-op concert at South Lake Tahoe’s Brothers Bar & Grill Saturday.
Good Job Honey is out on its first extensive tour, preparing to record its debut album and celebrating a recent wedding.
A trio including Austin Robert (guitar, ukulele, vocals), brother Sean Robert (vocals, lead guitar, percussion) and April Tone (glockenspiel, frog), this band plays a wide range of musical styles.
“We’re really widespread; we have country songs, we have Bossa Nova,” Austin Robert told Lake Tahoe Action. “I guess the way to describe it would be an acoustic trio.”
He described Good Job Honey’s mission statement: “to evoke emotion and provide happiness through music.”
Good Job Honey’s family ties recently grew considerably stronger, as Sean Robert and Tone married Saturday, June 29.
Rock band Jive Coulis formed in Colorado in 2005, before relocating to Southern Oregon a few years later. Eric Leadbetter (guitar, vocals) and Jordan Mack (bass) are currently joined by Good Job Honey’s Sean Robert (drums). The group plays original tunes influenced by a mix of ‘70s rock and acoustic rock, Leadbetter said.
Improvisation is another essential element of the band, both within individual songs and each concert’s set list.
The group has released two albums to date and can select from around 100 songs onstage, the guitarist said.
“It’s pretty fun just to kind of go up on stage and not really have too much of a plan, kind of just an idea of what songs we want to play, and just kind of make it happen organically as it goes with the improvisation,” Leadbetter said.
Now on tour through Oregon, California, Utah, Colorado and Montana, Jive Coulis and Good Job Honey are employing a progressive method of travel. Leadbetter and Mack recently purchased a touring bus and converted its engine to run on used vegetable oil.
“It’s just been a super cool learning experience,” Leadbetter said. “It’s been like ‘Diesel 101’ to us, learning how the engine works and getting the vegetable oil system rocking. It’s been pretty fun.”
The musicians have been canvassing for fuel, accepting donations of waste kitchen grease and oil to help with tour costs.