Pilgrim

Singer songwriter Beau Roberson is a rapidly rising star in Tulsa.  He leads the band Pilgrim known to be an incredibly tight live unit with a solid fan base that has grown as the band as they evolved. It's more of that Tulsa Sound mixing rock, funk, country, and blues with a high-energy, tight delivery.

Easy People is the studio follow up to their rollicking debut, Live at The Colony. Beau Roberson, acoustic guitar and vocals, is the heart and soul of the band and has been stepping out as a solo act on occasion which further emphasizes the power of his singing and songwriting prowess. His rhythmic style of playing locks in nicely with drummer Paddy Ryan (John Fullbright, The Secret Sisters, Colour Revolt) to create the underlying swamp boogie grooves that lay the foundation for their brand of that elusive sound that oozes from the Tulsa area.

Down-home lyrics pair nicely with their gritty, soulful sound in a way that makes you want to kick off your shoes, grab a drink, and shake that thing. Just as impactful are the slower passages, which find Roberson introspectively digging deep into personal reflection on relationships, life, regret, and just getting away from it all. There’s a definite maturity in the songwriting and playing, which can be expected from a band that also includes Cody Clinton of Desi & Cody on electric guitar, Chris Kyle of Dustin Pittsley Band on keys, Eric Arndt of Bird Dog on bass, as well as Jesse Aycock of Hard Working Americans on lap steel / pedal steel. Recorded mostly live at Fellowship Hall Sound with Jason Weinheimer over the course of a weekend, you get a nice, warm production quality that captures the band at their best.

Highly recommended for fans of: J.J. Cale, The Gourds, John Prine, and CCR

Discography

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Members

  • Beau Roberson
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    Role / Instrument:
    Acoustic Guitar / Vocals
  • Cody Clinton
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    Role / Instrument:
    Guitar
  • Eric Arndt
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    Bass
  • Paddy Ryan
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    Role / Instrument:
    Drums
  • Chris Kyle
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    Role / Instrument:
    Keys
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Media

Photographs

  • Show poster 1
  • European tour promo
  • The Oklahoma Room at Folk Alliance International 2016
  • full band picture taken in the crow's nest at The Colony

Audio

Darkness of the BarThe Oklahoma Room at Folk Alliance 2018Play →
Get Me Outta This CityEasy PeoplePlay →
NE OKEasy PeoplePlay →
John Prine TuneEasy PeoplePlay →
Field Day AfternoonEasy PeoplePlay →
Can't Let GoEasy PeoplePlay →
Easy PeopleThe New Tulsa Sound Vol 2: The Church Studio SessionsPlay →
My Heart Is MineLive at The ColonyPlay →
Same Old CompanyLive at The ColonyPlay →
Wheels Fall OffLive at The ColonyPlay →
Jenny BabeLive at The ColonyPlay →
Awful ToneLive at The ColonyPlay →
Oh So BlueLive at The ColonyPlay →

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Press

If you open up a dictionary and find the definition of Tulsa Sound then you're bound to find a lot of examples. Here's one that oughta sit near the top: Pilgrim. The Tulsa act shouldn't be listed too far away from all-star JJ Cale or a contemporary like Paul Benjaman. Pilgrim hasn't released a proper album in too long. It's been five years since "Live at The Colony" was recorded at the singer-songwriter hotspot/dive bar with free popcorn. Frontman Beau Roberson is making a strong return with "Easy People," which hits shelves Nov. 6 via Horton Records. Album highlight "NE OK" is a good place to start on the album. It's, obviously enough, about living in Oklahoma. Roberson sings about scaled-down living and fishing alongside his dog Lefty, who graces the album's cover. The recipe for this year's stellar run of Tulsa releases remains the same: a weekend of live tracking at Fellowship Hall Recording combined with great accompaniment. Patrick Ryan (drums), Cody Clinton (guitar), Chris Kyle (keys), Eric Arndt (bass) and Jesse Aycock (lap steel/pedal steel) contributed to the album.

— Nathan Poppe - NewsOK (Oct 27, 2015)

#26 in Top 100 albums of 2015 - Motion is a key ingredient on Easy People, the recent release from Pilgrim. It comes from the full album play being a great match for long car trips; its songs possessing the magic that makes outside images part of a soundtrack unique to the journey. Easy People glides with the hum of rubber underneath you, the flow of the songs a road rhythm, speeding up when the exit turns into highway on “Get Me Outta This City”, going to a steady roll that tracks a hundred miles in the space of a song on “Can’t Let Go”, and slowing to feel its own heartbeat quicken on a returns home (“My Heart is Mine”).

— The Alternate Root Magazine (Feb 10, 2016)

Beau Roberson has an easily identifiable voice. He has a sort of signature growl which erupts with effortless delivery that makes a very bold, self-confident and definitive statement about his talents as a vocalist. Add to that a burning jam and some loud, proud guitar work and you have one of the more exciting songs on this compilation. Equally as sexy as the first track, but in a far less subtle way, Roberson will command and demand your attention for the better part of five minutes with an exercise in blues rock that will absolutely drain your soul.

— Michael Canter - Jivewired.com (Dec 29, 2012)

Emerging Artist Spotlight – Pilgrim Chris B. Critter Singer songwriter Beau Roberson is a rapidly rising star in Tulsa, one with whom Current readers should acquaint themselves. Roberson leads the band Pilgrim who have a long standing Sunday gig at The Colony bar on Harvard. When Roberson isn’t playing music on the stage of the Colony, he’s also a bartender there as well. Like a few people I know, it seems he almost never leaves the Colony. Who can blame them? It’s a damn fine place to find yourself with quality live music any night of the week. The Colony has become such a breeding ground for live music that the various artists have all joined with their favorite bar in releasing a compilation album. Roberson is featured, along with other acts like Dead Sea Choir, Paul Benjaman, the Stone Trio, Vandevander, Gogo Plumbay and the Panda Resistance. The now increasingly famous disc is called “The New Tulsa Sound”. The very name of the compilation is a direct reference and subtle tweak at the well known local genre. The classic rock blues variation exemplified by Leon Russell and JJ Cale. Beyond the obvious comparison to the ‘original’ Tulsa sound, many of artists featured on the disc also have prominent connections to the red dirt. Among the New Tulsa Sound artists are names like Dustin Pittsley, Jesse Aycock, Sage Flower, Philip Zoellner, and Chris Becker. If they aren’t exactly making red dirt music themselves, all of these musicians have close ties to that parallel local scene. No one should come to a Pilgrim show expecting expecting traditional country, but Roberson like those others does also have direct connections to Stillwater and red dirt. Like any good okie teen, Roberson tells me his favorite album in high school was Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “Live and Loud at the Wormy Dog” disc. However Beau’s connection to that band runs a little deeper. Beau Roberson’s older brother Ted lived in the famous Stillwater Yellow House along with Cody Canada, Stoney Larue and Jason Boland. The elder Roberson co-wrote “Alabama”, one of Ragweed’s bigger hits. If that red dirt pedigree isn’t enough, Beau Roberson was taught his very first guitar chords by the Roger Ray and the other members of The Stragglers. Beau tells me after imparting this lesson he was told “there, now you know as much as your brother... Good luck!” Pilgrim’s take on the Americana sound is different than the Stillwater red dirt approach but Roberson does pay tribute to a similar list of songwriting influences. When I mention John Prine, Roberson tells me he is a big fan . As I begin to hesitantly tell Prine’s silly story about “the happy enchillada,” Roberson is able to finish the joke for me, revealing he’s seen Prine enough times to know the bit. Roberson also gives props to legendary lonestar songwriter Robert Earl Keen, sometimes covering his “Corpus Christi Bay”. Other than Roberson, the line up of Pilgrim is fairly fluid and with so many like minded musicians hanging around The Colony that works quite well. Any Pilgrim gig will offer an all-star line up. A typical Sunday night session will feature Roberson on rhythm guitar and vocals being joined by Cody Clinton on lead, Chris Kyle on keys, Eric Arndt on bass and Patrick Ryan on drums. Clinton is an immensely talented guitarist with a nearly ubiquitous presence in the Tulsa musical community but is most well known for his band The Bishops and his newest project Cody & Desi. Kyle is also a top notch player often seen with Wink Burcham but also with the band Ego Culture. Arndt is well known for his former band Hero Factor, but his new group Refund Division will be a household name before long. Ryan and Roberson both attended Broken Arrow high, demonstrating that sometimes the connections you make in high school last a lifetime. Ryan just recently returned from a tour drumming for nationally known indie rockers Colour Revolt. Pilgrim music is an eclectic Tulsa appropriate mix of classic sounds. You have your rock, your funk, your blues and your country. The resulting sound is wholly original but if comparisons must be made I would say Pilgrim at times reminds me of both Widespread Panic and Wilco. Roberson’s lyrical phrasing often reminds me of Jeff Tweedy’s way with words and when he sings more softly Roberson’s voice is even reminiscent of the Wilco frontman. However when he growls deeply or bellows loudly Beau suddenly sounds more like WSP’s John Bell. Also like these bands the full Pilgrim sound is lush and organic with bass and organ grooves laying the groundwork with tasty fluid guitar runs over the top of it all. Sometimes the best way to provide a description is to make a comparison, but the finger pointing at the moon is not the moon. Thus when talking about Pilgrim, all my allusions to Tweedy, Bell (or for that matter Prine and REK,) these are all just reference points. I am trying to convey to you something ineffable about music that I have found to be wholly original and incredibly powerful. Pilgrim have their regular gig Sundays at The Colony 2809 South Harvard Avenue in Tulsa. Roberson occasionally picks up another night there as well, so check the schedule at www.TheColonyTulsa.com The best way to check out Beau, Pilgrim and the whole host of New Tulsa Sound bands is live and in person. Short of that, be sure to pick up their compilation album. Find it online at www.TheNewTulsaSound.com You can also find it at local retailers like Dwelling Spaces, Ida Red and Starship. A more significant Pilgrim web presence is coming soon as is a new album. For now you can find them at www.facebook.com/pilgrimband

— The Current (May 1, 2011)