MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 8, 2012

Brave Men bring ‘it factor’ to Roxy

By Leilani Roberts Ott
Phoenix Correspondent

— Brave Men is rock music with a twist.

The Tulsa trio of longtime musicians and vocalists are bringing their sound at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave.

Greg Reeves, drummer, vocals and graphic artist; Jerry Smith, lead vocals and guitar; and Ric Berryman, bass and vocals; have been together about two years.

“This band is packed with energy,” Reeves said. “With three pieces, everyone pulls their weight.”

Reeves and Smith have played together off and on since high school in Tulsa. All three musicians started playing and singing as children. Berryman is also a songwriter, something he started just out of high school, he said.

“I’ve been playing all my life,” said Berryman, a self-taught musician. “I started playing in church. I broke my momma’s heart and started playing rock.”

He took a break after 25 to 30 years and is back doing what he loves with Brave Men.

“We’re having a great time,” Berryman said. “I play music to satisfy myself. These guys have the same attitude.”

Smith agreed.

“This is the most fun I’ve had playing music,” Smith said. “This is the right place, at the right time. We are doing exactly what we want.”

The band uses artistic styles of the 1930s and ’40s for their posters and T-shirts designed by Reeves. Their manager and producer, Scott Russell, calls it a throw back to the old pin up style.

“The second time I heard them, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” Russell said. “They’ve got that it factor. They connect with the audience.”

This will be their first time to play at The Roxy. They are excited to see what the theater is like. Smith said they hope they draw a crowd, but whether they are playing to two people or 1,000, they bring energy.

“Once we get it rolling, we keep it going,” he said.

If you go

WHAT: Brave Men in concert.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: The Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave.

ADMISSION: $10, available at the door.

INFORMATION: (918) 684-6363.