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The Romany Rye: Country-Rock Beauty – OK’d By Kings of Leon

by David Browne on Feb 14, 2011

. Photo by Laurem Ward.

Who: Harmony-drenched countryrock collective from Big Bear, California. Matthew Followill (of Kings of Leon) dubbed them a band to watch in 2010.

Sound: Snug harmonies over twangy guitars. "I love country songs influenced by gospel and soul," says
frontman Luke MacMaster. "Mavis Staples singing 'The Weight' on The Last Waltz  – that blew my mind."

Battle of the Bands: Followill once invited MacMaster to play in a Strokes-vs.-Kings of Leon baseball
game: "The Strokes took baseball so seriously. But we destroyed them, 18-9. I caught the last out."

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