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“This gifted duo is equally versed in blues, funk and Southern boogie, evoking the long shadows of Lowell George and the Allman Brothers, while managing to put an idiosyncratic spin on those towering legacies.  Featuring a deft rhythmic touch and a merciful absence of bombast, guitarist Daniel Fields and drummer/keyboardist Joe MacPhail weave their sundry roots influences into a vital, dynamic tapestry, virtually free of the clashed exertions that plague so many contemporary roots-based acts.”  - Elizabeth Bracy


"We gotta say we're insanely excited for the New Bern debut of The Oblations this month! This Chapel Hill-based duo will rock The Brown Pelican on Sept. 15th and bring you a unique and mind-bending display of musical prowess. Daniel Fields' jazzy blues-driven guitar work meshes perfectly with Joe MacPhail's insane display of talent as he plays both keys and drums, giving this duo a larger than life feel. Come hang next Friday for some excellent free tunes!" - Grant Golden

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"The Oblations - Sonic Adventurers"

"The Oblations are a two-man band from North Carolina. With Joe MacPhail simultaneously playing keyboard and drums and Daniel Fields on guitar, The Oblations combine blues, folk, psychedelic rock, jazz, electronic, and world music into a cosmic soup that takes listeners to a fresh soundscape that both delights and inspires."


Reviewing The Oblations' performance at The Harvey Mansion in New Bern: "The sounds of this duo mimic that of a four or five piece ensemble but in reality, there are only two players offering the musical blends. I happen to love their story and description as found on their Facebook page! This Carrboro based duo is one fat sounding two-man band. Their music is thought-provoking and built on blues traditions." - Tracey Stone