And while there’s no question that bands that jam are best heard when seen, these guys have packaged perfectly that very experience into a tight-knit collection of songs that flow flawlessly from one to the next. If the listener didn’t know better, they’d likely think they were recorded all in one night, or in the depths of a studio where they had slaved to get the right sound. From the passionate “Ain’t No Woman” to the soulful “Road to Freedom” and the hard-hitting “Master Green,” the album cries out to those willing to listen.
— - Ryan Boldrey, Local Spins

Our “Porch Rig” - an acoustic version of The Strapping Owls is great for small listening rooms, house concerts and porches.

The Strapping owls are a tuba-bassed power-trio for the ages who throw down electric-blues, funk, jazz and soul. Their collection of original songs are seasoned with inspired improvisational jams, all melding into their own brand of “live-wire soul.”

Nicholas Barron delivers deep blues tones with his soul grabbing voice, dynamic guitar and heartfelt lyrics, pulsed forward with driving, colorful drumming from Larry Beers and the groove making, funky, rock and roll sousaphone of Fred Bueltmann.

The Strapping Owls have been members of Swimmer, Uncle Heavy and the Seeing-Eye Horns, Mucca Pazza, Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra, Ezra Furman, Ben Joseph, Sonia Dada, The Charming Beggars and more...

Individually or together they have shared stages with such notable acts as:
The B-52s, Al Green, BB King,The Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Subdudes, Dark Star Orchestra, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Jon Cleary, Buckwheat Zydeco, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Karl Denson, Widespread Panic,Charlie Hunter, Rebirth Brass Band, Luke Winslow King, The Kyle Hollingsworth Band and Willie Nelson.



The cover image of our debut album,  Live Wire Soul.

The cover image of our debut album, Live Wire Soul.

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