Poor and in love is a deep vein for singer-songwriter types, and the Oak Creek Band does it particularly well. The opening song on the outfit's debut EP, "1934," is touching and sincere, beautifully sung by Arizona natives Jenna Cunningham and Daniel Watters. The two moved to Denver in July 2009 and formed the band soon after, pulling their rhythm section from local jam outfit Frogs Gone Fishin'. After "1934" closes with the line "We had our love to keep us warm," the record gets a little more gospel and backwoodsy and a little less moving. But still, plenty of promise here. This is a very polished first effort, probably a product of the fact that Watters and Cunningham have been making music together since high school. Here's hoping they keep at it.
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