Winners Never Quit

Ramoth-Gilead has been very busy this past year, but we will get to that in a minute. First let's talk about the present. Ramoth Gilead and His Affiliads will be performing at the Gypsy Market Battle of The Bands in Mineola, Texas on Saturday, October 8th. Specifically, they take the stage at 2:30pm until 3:00pm. Ramoth performs as a solo artist the majority of the time so this group effort will be a treat for those who can make it to the show. Ramoth has assembled an ensemble of talented East Texas musicians who he has dubbed "His Affiliads."

This is not the first competition Ramoth has participated in. Recently he has auditioned for some well known contests such as "The X Factor", "Amateur Night at The Apollo" and "America's Got Talent." Unfortunately he was not chosen for any of the above, but that didn't dampen his spirit. Following these rejections he went on to win a talent contest in Pennsylvania and a Singer-Songwriter competition in Bullard, Texas. He hopes to continue his winning streak on October 8th.

Ramoth Gilead continues to travel the nation offering his unique talents to those who will listen and maybe even those who won't. With the winnings he has accumulated, including a deal with a recording studio, Ramoth has begun the process of recording his next studio album. You can keep track of all Ramoth's upcoming shows here.

The Wind & The Warble

Clay Parker

The Wind & The Warble

(OHR-004 / Release Date: 09-01-11)

Old House Records is proud to present The Wind & The Warble, the debut release from Clay Parker. With this offering, Parker has firmly planted himself in the American Folk tradition once prevalent in those same South Louisiana communities that he calls home.

Musically, this batch of songs shares themes of love and loneliness with a healthy dose of humor and tragedy to boot. Recorded straight to tape in the winter of 2011, each song captures a spirit of honest performance and raw live energy rendering a recording that has an un-fussed over, genuine appeal. From blues to ballads, Parker represents his craft well.

RIYL: Doc Watson, Hank Williams, Mississippi John Hurt

Song List:

Neither One Of Us Should Be Alone Tonight (4.6 MB unzip after download)
MHW Blues
Tell Me So
Ways Of A Woman Blues
Holy Lowly
First Shot Missed Him
In The Morning
Nowhere To Fly
New World Warbler
Poor Boy A Long Way From Home

You can pre-order The Wind & The Warble now!

It will be shipped to you on or before 09-01-11.

Coming Soon...
Clay Parker In Baton Rouge
Rise Up! Christmas Is Here Again.

This African-American spiritual was collected on the islands offshore from South Carolina and Georgia and first published by William F. Allen, et al (1867). Some scholars think it originated as an adaptation of a British folksong, while others point to a Welsh carol as a possible source. Wherever this song originated it has drifted through the years mostly unheard and unappreciated. Brad Wofford, of The Southern Sea, brought this carol to the attention of fellow Old House Record's artist Joshua as a possible candidate for the annual OHR Christmas Carol. Once Ramoth-Gilead contributed lead vocals this song became the obvious choice for this year's offering. We are proud to pass this on to you and yours. Merry Christmas!

Ramoth-Gilead: Lead Vocals

Joshua: Background Vocals, Electric Guitar, Kick Drum, Hand Claps

Brad Wofford: Background vocals, Banjo, Xylophone, Organ, Mellotron, Acoustic Guitar

Recorded by: Josh Evans and Brad Wofford

Mixed and Mastered by: Josh Evans

© 2010 Old House Records

Magic Men

Tree With Lights has written and recorded a Christmas song of sorts called Magic Men. It's a little modal folkish ditty about an evil king...or at least willfully ignorant and a tad bit arrogant.

Hark! It's Christmas Time.

Old House Records' artists Tree With Lights, Ramoth-Gilead and Yellow Bird have come together, via the interweb, this holiday season to revisit a Christmas classic. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is here for you to enjoy in its new incarnation. So, gather around the Christmas tree, pour yourself a glass of eggnog and enjoy this free holiday track.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

The Southern Sea vs. Cobra Kai

The Southern Sea covers your favorite song from The Karate Kid. Recorded with an iPhone...quick, acoustic, raw, and mostly on pitch. Enjoy and remember to sweep the leg.

The Southern Sea | You're The Best

Talk of the town.

Just in case you thought no one had taken notice of that fine group of people known as The Southern Sea below are a few kind words some people have said about the new record.


In a veritable sea of indie-rock bands vying for a table scraps from online press with gimmicky nonsense that’s as short-lived as a blog post, it can be difficult to produce material that takes advantage of modern music but remains true to the craft of songwriting. And to gain attention for that hard work can be near impossible. Nonetheless, bands like Southern Sea, whose debut album (the follow-up to an EP) is the work of years of intense writing, recording and producing, push forward with smart genuine tunes that buck the trend of pop music towards fleeting bullshit.

Much likeAustin’s Lovely Sparrows, The Southern Sea use a breathtaking variety of instruments and styles to create dense crafty songs that truly deserve the label of "Fine Art," both for its immediate likeability and the obvious commitment to practiced songwriting that conceived these songs in the first place. Like a good novel, each song allows its roots to naturally sprawl into lifelike backdrops but recoils into tight climactic melodies before things begin to fall apart. Lyrical themes capture both natural and domestic (and on-stage) anxiety, at times as expertly as the musical arrangements but sometimes appear too prosy than the band’s artistic style warrants. Ultimately, it’s difficult to definitively describe what the band have managed to create without either analyzing the parts, or grouping it into the tiresome "indie" genre, so I would implore you to click play below and draw your own conclusions.


When a disc begins with banjo picking over predominantly acoustic instrumentation, my interest is piqued. The Southern Sea delicately handcrafts their music with nuance in mind. Somewhat of a mix of Mercury Rev, Sufjan Stevens, and Death Cab For Cutie, these guys play this soft hybrid of looping, Midwest acoustic/electric with a carefree spirit. Toes are bound to be tapping when you take this for a spin on a country drive.

The entire thing is seamless and fluid. Strong tracks include “These Things Always End Badly”, “Quarks Passing Through A Hypochondriac”, “Trucks Are Roller-Skates”, and “I Bought A Used Camera From A Website”. I am extremely impressed with the quality of this disc, the mixing done by T.W. Walsh (Pedro The Lion). Lazy afternoons have never felt so good.


If there is one band in this entire list that needs to be playing to packed houses, it’s The Southern Sea. If you live in the DFW area and are familiar with the local scene, imagine if Voot Cha Index had bothered to have the maturity to get along, add a touch of Bridges and Blinking Lights and Pilotdrift and you’ve got The Southern Sea. Otherwise, think the youthfulness of the Decemberists, the whimsy and artistry of Ladybug Transistor, a touch of Flotation Toy Warning, the dreaminess of Math & Physics Club and add a dash of Kermit the Frog banjo goodness and you have a band that should be making a lot of other Metroplex bands very, very nervous.


A friend of mine introduced me to The Southern Sea a couple of months ago and I was instantly smitten. They have a sound that reminds me of folk versions of either A) The Flaming Lips or B) The Uglysuit. So basically, if Wayne put down the crazy home made double neck guitar and picked up a banjo you would almost have the sound of The Southern Sea.

Their awesomely titled Theoretically, yes. Honestly, no. is out now and I highly suggest you pick it up.


The Southern Sea from... you guessed it, the South. Particularly Texas. I'm really glad I stumbled upon them. They sound like a folk version of Death Cab. If Death Cab just stuck to what they were doing before Narrow Stairs, it would've been golden. Anyway, the Southern Sea is chill out indie rock.

You should listen to all the songs on their page. Omnichords, banjos, xylophones, synths, theremins, organs, weird bells and every other instrument. It's good.


In a sly turn of self-deprecation, Greenville's The Southern Sea launches its first full-length with a track called "These Things Always End Badly," which lyrically bemoans the faulty set-ups of a local stage while the band admits that, as the crowd wants punk rock, "We play quietly/Our set's too short and we lack energy/No lead guitar, no jumping or Flying V's." There's a subtle humor to the song, though, given the optimistically lush sonic soundscape its deft instrumentation and arrangement paints. And this duality—subtly optimistic takes on somber themes—is actually the common thread that strings this delightful indie-pop disc together.

Honestly, No. isn't without flaws, though: The Southern Sea relies a littletooheavily on a combination of Modest Mouse's Good News for People Who Love Bad News and Death Cab For Cutie's Transatlanticism—two great records, yes, but two records whose directions have been followed to death just a few years after their release. Still, unlike so many others before it, The Southern Sea is able to capably blend these influences into a somewhat unique, off-kilter patchwork.

There are two sides to this fence: Fans of the genre will predictably champion this effort; detractors of it will no doubt naysay its too-obvious direction. But this much should be inarguable: On its first full-length release, Greenville's best-kept secret firmly establishes itself, quite capably, among the premiere indie-pop outfits in the region.


In this week's print edition of theObserver (at some newsstands already, but on your internet now), you'll find a review of The Southern Sea's Theoretically, Yes. Honestly, No. in our Home Grown CD Review section, which, really, despite the thoughts of one quick-to-comment reader, is meant as quite the positive review.

The fact that there are some obvious sonic connections to be made between the Great Northwest's Death Cab/Modest Mouse sounds of a few years back and this debut full-length from the Greenville quintet isn't necessarily a damning thing; in fact, I even go so far as to say in the review that, "The Southern Sea is able to capably blend these influences into a somewhat unique, off-kilter patchwork." But, even beyond that, I also say this:

There are two sides to this fence: Fans of the genre will predictably champion this effort; detractors of it will no doubt naysay its too-obvious direction. But this much should be inarguable: On its first full-length release, Greenville's best-kept secret firmly establishes itself, quite capably, among the premiere indie-pop outfits in the region.

Plus, I'd say I'm a fan of this genre. (Yeah, so I liked The O.C.Sue me.)


In 2005 the folks in The Southern Sea released their debut EP titledSimple Machines for Complex Problems. The EP was well-received. Since that time, the band obviously took their time writing songs and recording this, their debut full-length album. It was worth the wait.Theoretically, Yes. Honestly, an extremely intricate and well-crafted album full of wonderfully cool modern progressive pop tunes. The best frame of reference would probably be to compare these songs to The Flaming Lips. But unlike other bands whose music fits in such a category, the folks in this banddo notsound like copycats. The smooth, smart tunes on this album rely heavily on studio technology...but the vocal melodies are never buried underneath too many messy layers of crap. These songs are not predictable and yet...they are extremely easy on the ears (and mind). Smooth and just slightly different...Theoretically, Yes. Honestly, No.hits the bull's eye dead on. Cool tracks include "These Things Always End Badly," "Quarks Chasing a Hypochondriac," and "I Bought A Used Camera From a Website" (gotta love them song titles). A super nice album from start to finish...really nice warm sound quality courtesy of producer T. W. Walsh.

Recommended. (Rating: 5++)

New Album, Cornerstone Music Festival, Twitter

March 3rd marked the release of The Southern Sea’s new record, “Theoretically, yes. Honestly, no.”, the band’s third album and first full-length. You can order your copy straight from Old House Records, download a digital copy from ITunes or even have your local record store order it for you. The band has been playing a slew of local shows to promote the new record and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to everyone who has come out to support them.

Speaking of shows, TSS will be performing at this year’s Cornerstone Music Festival in Bushnell, Illinois along with another Old House Records artist, Ramoth-Gilead.  Cornerstone holds a special place in our hearts, and has meant a lot to people throughout the 25 years it has been going on. We are very excited to get to be a part of this event. You can go to to see the full schedule and find out more about this amazing event.

To keep up with what is going on at Old House Records you can now sign up for our e-mail newsletter straight from the website, or you can contact any of our artists and let them know you would like to receive updates. You can also follow Old House Records at or find our page on Facebook.

Theoretically, yes. It's done.
The Southern Sea CVR

The Southern Sea
Theoretically, yes. Honestly, no.
(OHR-003 / Release Date: 03-03-09)

Four years ago The Southern Sea quietly released the six-song EP, "Simple Machines for Complex Problems"—a painstakingly intricate project that was completed by sheer will and a blood pact between the founding members. The positive response from an ever-growing fan base and some much-deserved attention from the far edges of the online universe justified the blood lost.

"Theoretically, yes. Honestly, No," the band's first full-length offering and first release for Texas-based, Old House Records, is less bloodletting and more of a joyous celebration of that which came before.

Two years after releasing "Simple Machines," one of the founding members, Billy Hale (Vocals/Guitar), left North America and headed for Cambodia. Before he left, the band got some more music down on tape. In the midst of an ice storm, holed up at IBC studios in Irving, Texas, with some engineering help from Michael J. Scheuchzer, five new songs were born. Over the course of the next two years, in various home studios throughout the state, four additional songs were birthed, cared for and nurtured into maturity.

With the new band line-up, Brad Wofford (Vocals/Guitar/Rhodes/Banjo), Marc Atkinson (Guitar/Theremin/Bells), Cory Phifer (Drums), Chad Spier (Bass/Vocals) and Samantha Spier (Vocals/Tambourine) and these nine new songs, plus a closer, that has been with the band ever since TSS's debut, "Nina and the Wrong Note", The Southern Sea were set to unveil their new record. Beginning four years after "Nina," and ending four years after "Simple Machines"... this record occupies time.

Continuing on themes familiar to TSS fans, the songs document family unrest, the fears of playing live and respect for the natural world. While references to Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys still apply, and the banjo, Theremin and bells still find their way to center stage now and again, this record is a step forward. There is now an urgency to the music and a feeling that this is no longer a "project", but is now a living, breathing band.

So, with another record crafted with loving hands, and some brilliant mixing from T. W. Walsh (Pedro The Lion, Headphones, Soft Drugs), The Southern Sea offers "Theoretically, Yes. Honestly, No" as a blood pact between them and you.

RIYL: Dr. Dog, Deerhoof, Page France, Flaming Lips, Grandaddy

Song List:
These things always end badly (2.9 MB unzip after download)
Foxhound and the red riding overcoat
How my computer became my friend (IIci)
Quarks passing through a hypochondriac
Blood spilled in a coastal village
Nature Rules
Trucks are roller-skates
On holiday in the American Southwest (Vacation)
I bought a used camera from a website
Girl at terminal B

You can pre-order Theoretically, yes. Honestly, no. now!
It will be shipped to you on or before 03-03-09!

A Christmas Party
Southern Sea Radio
The Southern Sea recently performed two songs for Rough Cuts From Studio 333, a radio show put on by a local East Texas conglomerate. TSS performed the song "Vacation" and an unreleased song, "The Strangler". Both will be aired June 15th between 6pm and 7pm. You can catch the performances and an interview with Southern Sea guitarist, Marc Atkinson, locally on "The Breeze" 95.3 or 102.3 and online everywhere else in the world. Plus, you can hear earlier performances on the show by Ramoth-Gilead here.
Who is T. W. Walsh?
He's the guy who will be mixing The Southern Sea's forthcoming record. The Southern Sea has been working diligently for the past few months to get some new music out to those that have been waiting and to those that didn't even know they were waiting. The new record will be a suitable full length follow-up to 2004's EP "Simple Machines for Complex Problems". You can check out who else T. W. Walsh has worked with here.
High Court of Love
Happy Valentine's Day from Old House Records. Here is the real story if you never heard it.
New Website
Old House Records has a fancy new website thanks to the diligent efforts of Conrad Spann, Brad Wofford, Justin Thigpen, and Ryan Harris. So, browse around and let us know what you think of the place. You can find out more about the designers of this site here.
Ex Audio Tui Viscus

The Old House Records 2007 Sampler is now available to purchase on Itunes. So, go download the record and then write a review. Just search for Old House Records or by the individual artist name.


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