Rustic vibes at Rittenhouse Studios with Under the Oak

Chris Peace, Adam Monaco, Maggie Pope, & John Fisher of Winding Way Records.

The first time I heard Under the Oak was at Dawson’s Pub in Manyunk. Adam, Maggie, & Chris are all so laid back and casual that I was stunned by their sound and artistry. I’m not typically one for Folk - Americana, but I found myself truly enjoying Under the Oak’s music.

When they kicked off the their first recording endeavor, Big Sky, they asked me to shoot some b-roll for them and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to hear more of what they were about.

I met up with the band at the Rittenhouse Soundworks studio, which is pure old school Philly rustic. After a short walk you emerge in the main space with its hardwood floors, exposed wood beams, and enormous skylight that floods the expansive room with natural light.

Listening to playback, it was heard not be moved by the tracks. Maggie’s voice can be both warm and haunting, and when Adam & Maggie sing together the rich, intimate, inviting quality immediately draws you in to the Folk, Americana, Indie-Rock sound. I instantly loved the title track Big Sky, but ‘Bring Me a Carpenter’ is mesmerizing. From my perspective it had shades of Margo Timmins from the Cowboy Junkies (ala their ‘Lay it Down’ album), and Patty Griffin’s ‘Living with Ghosts’… It’s just beautiful.

Big Sky will debut on the local Winding Way Records label and will be available on CD, and Vinyl!

For updates on their music, performance dates, and to learn more about the band, please visit the Under the Oak website.

Adam Moncao

Chris, Maggie, Adam

John Fisher

Adam & Maggie

Adam Monaco