The talent: Amanda Loughren (lead vocals),
Jon Purdy (lead guitar),
John Rohlf (drums), Brian Sanny (bass)
The sound: Top 40 country and classic rock
The gigs: Oct. 30, 9 p.m., Meskwaki Casino in Tama; Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Halloween Party and Costume Contest at The Stockyard in Wayland; Nov. 7, 9 p.m. at Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon in Iowa City
The rest of the story: www.lockren.com
What do you get when you mix a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, a heap of Shania Twain, a touch of Led Zepplin, a sarcastic bassist and a guitarist who has been playing 13 years longer than his lead singer has been alive?
A musical stew that tastes slightly like cowboy and leather and Eastern Iowa’s very own Lockren.
Lockren is a melting pot of diverse talent brought together to cover and re-imagine top 40 country hits across the state, all tied up with a 22-year-old lead singer who’s been rocking socks off for nearly a decade already.
Formed in 2005 out of the remnants of a group called Diablo, Lockren has been delivering fun, high energy shows for over four years now. They love what they do, and they try to deliver that message on stage.
“We have the same energy for five people as we do for 1,000,” says bassist Brian Sanny, who described their style as “kick butt country, kick butt rock and roll.”
At a Lockren show, the audience should expect covers ranging from modern stars like Carrie Underwood all the way to classics like Johnny Cash, and everything in between. The group makes sure the audience is involved and having fun.
How Lockren came together is a study in random connections and cosmic kismet.
When current sound man Arnie Benning started putting together talent out of the remains of Diablo, he was introduced to Amanda Loughren by way of her friend’s grandmother, who happen to play in a band Arnie knew. He was blown away by her demo, and started putting together talent around her, including John Rolf on drums and lead guitarist Jon Purdy, who’s been around long enough to have played in bands opening for the likes of Tommy Bolin and Deep Purple, Jackson Browne and ELO. Thus, Lockren (a respelling of Loughren) was born.
They hope to add to their resume early in 2010, when Amanda and Brian finish enough original tracks to produce an album.
In the meantime, they’re having fun traveling Iowa and showing that, no matter how different they may be, it all sounds the same when they’re on the stage.