Produced by Elliot Johnson
Art Design: BEX
Photo Cred: MJ Minutoli
Yikes. It’s been 2 years as of this month since I’ve updated this thing. I’m not entirely sure who’s gonna read this, but I’ll get you up to speed if you are.
My band Rohlk & Reason ultimately but amicably dissolved roughly a year ago after a summer spent recording at a basement home studio here in Richmond, VA. We all had various things that pulled our lives in different directions that caused us to lose focus and motivation. We ran out of time and energy and the band ran out of steam. We’re all still good friends though and know that it’s for the best.
I decided after that I needed a bit of a break from my own music, so for the past year I’ve been involved with almost a dozen different musical projects. It’s been a fun and exciting learning experience, and I’ve still been writing and working on songs along the way. I’ve become a much more well-rounded and competent musician due to these collaborations, and it has informed and influenced my writing in an exciting way.
I’m finally ready to get back out there armed with only my voice, my guitar, and these songs I’ve been working on. New recordings are on the horizon, but for now I need to get back to basics and really road test these songs. I’m already slightly overwhelmed by this daunting undertaking, and in some ways it feels like I’m moving in reverse. In this digital age we live in, it’s so very easy to get distracted and overcomplicate things. But I know now that this simplified step back approach is the only way forward for my music and the only way to get through this thing called life. Electric word, life. It means forever, and that’s a mighty long time.
It’s been a while, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy!
We’ve officially simplified our name to Rohlk + Reason (you can check out the new site here). We also recently recorded a new 4-song EP with House Studio DC, and we’re excited to share the final product with you!
We were fortunate enough to be a part of the 2013 House Artist Grant Program which you can learn more about here.
We did a lot more than just record a new EP while in DC, but I don’t want to give it all away just yet. For now, check out this video of us from the acoustic session we did. More news and videos like this are on the way, so stay tuned!
Please + thank you,
PS: We just added a new member, and he’s a beast on guitar. Unfortunately he wasn’t with us while in the studio, BUT he will be a part of Rohlk + Reason from here on out. Introducing Tyler Delsack AKA Sackadelic
Recently recorded a cover video with my good friend Shivani Bhatt. We did a mash up of two of my favorite songs: Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al”
It was super fun putting a folky acoustic spin on these 80s smash hit songs that I un-ironically & unashamedly love. Big thanks to James Swisher, my fellow band mate, for recording the audio + video at his home studio space.
Andrew Rohlk & The Reason! Update: We’re now simply called Rohlk and Reason!
Out of all the crazy band names we had to choose from, why this one? You want to know the reason behind The Reason?
Well too bad, you’re not in the band. These guys are though.
Keys: James Swisher aka Swish
Drums/Percussion: David Price-Gibson aka DPG
Thanks to Andy Pigsley for the gnarly pics!
The “Somewhere in Between” EP is here! You can buy and download by clicking below!
I put a lot of time, energy, and money into this project to get the sound I wanted on my own terms. I’m proud to say I did it independently in a timely manner without spending a fortune. A lot of that is thanks to Colin Healy who helped me record and produce this EP. Without his talents and his insight, the end results would not have been the same.
I’m at a time and place in my life where things are a bit foggy. I feel slightly older and wiser, but still only have a rough outline of what comes next. What I do know is that I can’t wait to play these songs live. I hope to see you at some shows, and maybe we can figure this out together.
I am not at the end or beginning, it’s true. I’m somewhere in between the two.
To listen + download this song, click here or below.
Some of you may remember this song from my Big Meadow Sessions video.
So the next single from “Somewhere in Between” is here! And it’s not Sunday! Single Sunday was probably a one time thing, so I hope you enjoyed it. I realized most people are busy on Sunday nights, myself included! D’oh.
You just never know what to expect, so stay tuned here for more updates!
Thanks for listening!
Today’s the day. The 1st Single Sunday has arrived!
Here’s the lead single from my new EP. So give it a listen, and let me know what you think!
To download this song, click here or above. (The download is name your price, so if you want it FOR FREE simply enter zero dollars.)
There’s more Single Sundays to come, so stay tuned! The next song might not be next Sunday, but the one after that (2 weeks). I say this without certainty since we’re still in the mixing phase for the other tracks. I don’t want to promise anything and have it be rushed. This song was done a little bit ahead of the others, so I was anxious to let you in on it!
Thanks for reading & listening,
PS: I almost forgot! The lyrics to “Put You In a Song” are below.
So go ahead and say Bob Ogburn out loud. Still not funny? Ok, I guess it’s a you-had-to-be-there joke that only Taylor and I find hilarious. That’s not even a real person as far as I know, but Taylor Ogburn sure is. And boy, what a guy.
Beyond being hilarious and one of the most genuinely talented creative people I know (music stuff, video stuff, other stuff, etc.), he’s also insanely driven in pursuing a full time career as a musician. So much so, in fact, that he’s planning to road trip out to LA with mainly just his guitar and the bare essentials. He’ll be playing shows along the way and blogging & vlogging his adventures…..
Before he goes, he’s throwing one last hurrah here in RVA with a weekend of food, fun, and music of course. And it’s all going down at a barn, house, thing…. It used to be a barn? Now it’s a house….whatever, it’s cool. I promise.
Campfire, corn hole, and lots of music. Come one or both days! I dare you not to enjoy yourself.
Sept. 29 & 30 | House/Barn Show 7PM at 32 Cobblestone Circle Henrico, VA 23238
Read all about Taylor and follow his journey to LA over at his site: http://taylorogburn.com/
Please and thank you,