Mixing warm, pastoral indie rock, touches of psychedelia, and the buoyant sounds of early-’60s pop, Okey Dokey was formed by established members of the Nashville music scene in the mid-2010s. They made their full-length debut with Love It, Mean It in 2017.
Vocalist and visual artist Aaron Martin and guitarist Johny Fisher met when they briefly played together in a band in 2013. Martin had been invited to join the group after doing artwork for them, then ultimately left his position to make more time for art-related projects. The duo started playing together, however, and called themselves Okey Dokey with Fisher on guitar and Martin singing. They drew on a collective of musicians from area bands to flesh out the lineup. Okey Dokey’s first album, ‘Love You, Mean It’, arrived in early 2017 with the lead single “Wavy Gravy” taking over the blogs of the time. Their early success led them to play Austin City Limits Music Festival later that year, and in 2018, the duo returned with a fresh batch of singles, including “When They Get Older” featuring Rayland Baxter . Two years later the band emerged with their dynamic, genre-spanning sophomore effort, ‘Once Upon One Time’. The band frequently collaborates with other artist friends like No Vacation, Liz Cooper, Arlie, Devon Gilfillian, and more on other albums. In 2022, Okey Dokey released a covers album of their favorite artists and inspirations entitled ‘Karaokey Dokey’.
Currently, the band is recording their new studio album with Jonathan Rado (of Foxygen, prod. credits include The Killers, Whitney, Weyes Blood, Father John Misty, Cuco, Houndmouth). The first single “Late Riser” releases on 3/24/23.
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