The Oblations are a two-man Blues/Funk/Rock band from the triangle area of North Carolina. Joe MacPhail's setup is comprised of drums and a keyboard, which he plays at the same time. Daniel Fields plays slide and electric guitars with a host of a effects pedals. They both sing. Though only a two-piece, they easily (and to the amazement of the audience) produce the sound of a trio or a quartet while entirely avoiding the use of pre-recorded tracks or loops. This unique setup expands the boundaries of live instrumental performance through a combination of modern technology, physicality, and musicality. With over a decade of experience playing together in various projects, The Oblations share a unique musical telepathy, and invite you to join them on a funky, textural, and personal journey informed by the last century of of American music. Their live shows are generally more upbeat and groove-oriented than their eponymous live album, but The Oblations pride themselves on meeting the needs of any environment, and for any audience. 

The rest of this EPK describes their influences, and their two other live configurations: The "Oblations Unplugged" stripped down keys & guitar duo, and their Full 5-piece Live Coup De Grace, "The Oblations ft. The Dino Horns".


The Oblations are inspired by the artistic visions of Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Hiatus Kaiyote, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Taj Mahal, and J Dilla. The Oblations blend a dedication to instrumental expressiveness with a love of strong songcraft. Their songs owe as much to Bob Dylan or John Hiatt as they do to D'Angelo or Erykah Badu. Live, they supplement their original material with cover songs by Howlin' Wolf, The Meters, Sly Stone, and Outkast. The Oblations channel their influences through their own life experience, creating a visceral, funky, and euphoric sound that is sure to leave an impression. The Oblations are products of the modern era, and as a result their music is an amalgamation of genre.


 As is apparent from their recorded material, The Oblations are not just a rock band, but have expertise in multiple forms of Blues, Jazz, Folk, and Classical music. For venues and concert series that want an elegant, stripped down sound, the Oblations perform as a keyboards & guitar duo, forgoing their pedals and drums. The result is a lush rendering of their material, while featuring the same songwriting, solos, and musical telepathy that is their hallmark. 


The Oblations are enormous fans of their three-piece horn section, The Dino Horns. The horn section consists of Danny Abrams (Baritone and Alto Saxophones), Danny Grewen (Trombone) and Esteban Gonzalez (Trumpet). The horn section are members of groups as wide-ranging as Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, Katharine Whalen and Caique Vidal & Batuque. Capable of improvising complete three-part horn lines on the spot, the Dino Horns are a visual and auditory delight that augments the expressiveness of The Oblations and takes the group to higher heights. The full Oblations/Dino Horns configuration have a Monthly Residency at 2nd Wind in Carrboro NC, are regular performers at the Cats Cradle Backroom, and always bring a generous helping of infectious positive energy to a room. This configuration has the most energy, raw musicality, and power of any of the live setups. It is perfect for Festivals, Concerts, and Public Events.  


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