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All you really need to know about Brooklyn-based Oakley Hall is that they're named after an obscure American novelist and they've toured with Bright Eyes.
The rootsy six-piece's tour stops in New London at the Oasis Pub Saturday on its way to Philadelphia and the Midwest.
The band combines warm harmonies, fiddling and fuzzy guitar tones to great effect — at times hearkening to country's Emmylou Harris and Graham Parsons while other times putting down more straight ahead rockers.
The song “Rue the Blues” from the group's 2007 release “I'll Follow You” shows off all of the band's strong suits in a single compact, three-minute tune.
So if you're in the mood for some good, old-fashioned American music, you're in the mood for Oakley Hall. Fittingly, they'll be partnered with New London's own roots kings and queens, the Paul Brockett Road Show and the Roadside Attractions.
— M. Matthew Clark
Oakley Hall, Paul Brockett Road Show and the Roadside Attractions, 9 p.m. Sat., Oasis Pub, 16 Bank St., New London; $5; 447-3929. Article UID=bc484c43-c799-48d1-b646-1812b7a1b9e5