The music of Will Overman is at once melodic as it is relentless, as refreshingly unique as it is familiar and evocative. Overman’s music is rooted deeply in the South yet transcends genres and convention, blending essential elements of rock, blues, and country toward a collective swell reminiscent of the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Marshall Tucker.
A Virginia native, Overman - who made it through two levels of NBC’s The Voice - pairs sleek vocals, with haunting rhythm and introspective melody. He takes on love, life and loss. All with an edge driven deep in reality. Whether performing solo or with a full band, Overman is a young Bruce Springsteen, (think “Nebraska”). He’s a folksinger and a rocker (think “Born to Run”), fronting a talented group of musicians swinging from flawless riffs to intoxicating beats.
Overman is quickly building a reputation as a fan favorite at music festivals including MerleFest, Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, Front Porch Fest, and Appaloosa Roots Music Festival. He’s slated to play at the 2017 Lynchstock, is a finalist in the “Rockn to Lockn” contest, and submitted a video to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.
Will Overman Band’s debut album, released in June 2016, is a nod to Southern fried rock at its finest and most influential. The self-titled release includes boogie rhythms and driving guitar leads. His lyrics extol the values, aspirations, and excesses of Southern working-class young adults.
The Huffington Post writes: “WOB’s sound is a throwback to bands such as the Allman Brothers, and Marshall Tucker Band - with shades of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, the Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, and even Glen Campbell. But don’t mistake this for a country band or try to categorize them as Americana. Because as lush as the melodies and the lyrics are - they appear to be written by someone much older - this album just plain rocks. Just as you’re lost in a haunting melody, the electric guitar, bass and drums kick in. You’d also never know that this band has been perfecting its sound together for mere months rather than years.”