At the Side of the Road
In 2005 as Daniel Orcutt was recording the final touches on a CD for his group The Nick Strange Band, he by chance met Jessica Oberholtzer and she came to the studio to sing some backing vocals. This was the musical equivalent of a lighting strike. Her outstanding abilities as a vocalist and song interpreter inspired an evolutionary process culminating in the performing duo: Jess and Dan. In early 2009 they released "At the Side of the Road" a collection of songs that feature Oberholtzer singing in a stripped down acoustic musical setting. Ranging from guitar and vocal songs that ease along like slow country side stroll, to a blue grass stomp, to ethereal grooves overlaid with custom instruments designed and built by Daniel Orcutt, an Electric Guitar-Harp and Six String Electric Cello. "At the Side of the Road" takes the listener on 12 song journey through varied landscapes then finding themselves comfortably back home again. As one person put it "It's like an awesome road trip, without the traffic and gas prices."