The Okratones, the South's hottest swingabilly folkgrass trio was born when a couple of longtime Seacoast NH musical stalwarts came together in, of all places, Mississippi. Cecil Abels, known far and wide as 'Mr Sippy,' grew up in a musical family in Carrollton, MS. Singing in church, at picnics, and just about everywhere else made harmonizing as natural as breathing. His stint in the US Navy took him to New England for the better part of 30 years, where putting together music festivals, spreading around good BBQ, and fronting and playing guitar for and mandolin for acoustic bands became a way of life - including the New England Bluegrass band. Lead guitarist and singer Wendell Haag, mussel biologist by day and musician by night, is a native of Kentucky who has lived and played in the Oxford, MS area for 14 years. During that time, he's played a variety of musical styles including bluegrass, gospel, R&B and jazz. He was a core member of The Sincere Ramblers, the bluegrass and traditional acoustic music quartet that was the house band for Oxford's Thacker Mountain Radio program for many years. Kevin Guyer, the third Okratone, moved to Mississippi three years ago from Seacoast New Hampshire, where he was a mainstay of the local music scene and founding member of several of the area's roots-music bands. Particularly at home with rockabilly and hillbilly boogie, he slaps the doghouse bass and adds another vocal element to the Okratones. And now, make room for the fourth Okratone. Accordionist Mark Yacovone plays and records with the Okratones at every opportunity. The Okratones meet on common ground that includes classic bluegrass and honky tonk, soulful 70s country, high-harmony gospel, western swing, rockabilly, and R&B. In addition to their originals, the Okratones dig deep in the archives of artists such as Hoyt Axton, Riders in the Sky, Jesse Winchester, Lefty Frizzell, Greg Brown, Flatt and Scruggs, Moon Mullican, and Faron Young. With discussing everything from fried food to branding cattle, if you aren't in the mood for a little fun...y'all stay home.