When: Wed., Nov. 11, 8 p.m. 2015
The title of Fifteen, Green River Ordinance's first studio album in three years, has a dual meaning for the hard-working quintet. In addition to marking the fifteen years that have passed since the five bandmates first began making music together, fifteen was also the average age of the band members when the group formed. In the decade and a half since they first convened in their hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, Green River Ordinance—named after their home state's law forbidding door-to-door sales—has built a potent body of effortlessly accessible, instantly memorable music, while winning the loyalty of a fiercely loyal fan base that's stuck with the band through thick and thin. In the course of their journey, the five longtime friends have steadily evolved into a one-of-a-kind creative unit whose musical and emotional depth reflects the faith, integrity and mutual trust with which they've always approached their music and their career. Green River Ordinance's thrilling evolution continues on Fifteen, which matches irresistibly infectious melodies and insightful, forthright lyrics with rootsy, rousing musical flights and soaring vocal harmonies. Such catchy, upbeat tunes as "Always Love Her," "Keep Your Cool" and "Hold Me Together," and such intimate, personally-charged numbers as "Simple Life," "Endlessly" and "Heart Open" offer an artful balance of electric and acoustic textures, and resonate with the singular mix of craft and heart that make Green River Ordinance a special band. "We weren't afraid to go to some new places and push the boundaries a bit on this record, and that was very much in our minds when we were working on it," states frontman Josh Jenkins. "At the same time, though, we were trying to do what we've always done, which is just trying to share who we are and tell our story. And hopefully, people will recognize their own experiences within that."