Subscribe
The Chatter

Civil Rights Historian Taylor Branch Releases Country Album

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reunites with college buddies to form Off Our Rocker.

By Jess Mayhugh | June 29, 2017, 10:55 am

-Off Our Rocker
The Chatter

Civil Rights Historian Taylor Branch Releases Country Album

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reunites with college buddies to form Off Our Rocker.

By Jess Mayhugh | June 29, 2017, 10:55 am

-Off Our Rocker

Get Baltimore Daily.

Sign up today and you'll get our latest stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday afternoon.

We can officially file this one under the "who knew?" category. 

Civil rights activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch reunited with his college buddies and they are releasing a country album tomorrow called Children at Play

The bandmates—Branch along with Bill Guy and John Yelverton—met in 1966 while students at UNC-Chapel Hill. More than 40 years later, they reunited to form the country band Off Our Rocker.


⇓ Article continues below ⇓

"On a lark, at a reunion, we stayed up all night recording covers from the golden era of crossover soul and British invasion," the band's website says. "Off Our Rocker rolls again—we are still demented, decked out, and delirious."

The band's latest album, Children at Play, debuts June 30 and features covers from the Beatles, Kinks, and Conway Twitty, as well as a few original songs. 

Branch went on Facebook and acknowledged that his country music debut is a bit of a curveball from his usual fodder about charged politics and race relations.

"Allow a quick chance to relieve regular work and dreary national news with surprising fun," he wrote.

Cover tracks include Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe," the Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing," and a particularly harmonious version of "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes. 

"Please circulate the link," Branch wrote on Facebook, "especially if you think one of the four original songs has potential to be crazy good instead of just odd."

He signed the message, appropriately, "all you need is love."




Meet The Author
Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor for Baltimore, where she covers nightlife, sports, food, and events.

You May Also Like


MaxSpace

Review: Wonder Wheel

Woody Allen pays homage to the great American plays of the 1950s.

Arts District

Co_Lab Books Opens This Month in Old Goucher

When architects design a bookstore, aesthetics are the focus

MaxSpace

Review: I, Tonya

Notorious ice skater Tonya Harding gets sympathetic treatment in this otherwise glib biopic.


On The Town

Ring in 2018 With These New Year’s Eve Parties and Concerts

From family fun to midnight music, here’s your New Year’s Eve going-out guide.

MaxSpace

Review: Phantom Thread

If this really is Daniel Day-Lewis' last film, what a sendoff.

MaxSpace

Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Latest installment is tons of fun—and a fitting send off for the great Carrie Fisher.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Walters Curator Says Google Arts App is Good Start But Not Perfect: The museum has more than 1,400 works represented in the app's collection.

The Rowhouse Grille Hosts LLS Fundraiser Honoring Alex Wroblewski: The 41-year-old Locust Point resident was fatally shot outside of Royal Farms in November.

Here’s What We’d Like to See in the New Penn Station: Penn Station Partners will be refreshing the century-old train station.

Former Terp Makes Catch For the Ages: Wide receiver Stefon Diggs shocks the world.

Ten Incredibly Easy Ways to Be More Active in 2018: Get creative with walking meetings, workout buddies, and local sports leagues.