Skytown's New "Blackbirds" Music Video Pays Homage to the Fans Who Helped Create It

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Oklahoma's Skytown just dropped a new video. 

BLDGBLKS Band Skytown.

BLDGBLKS Band Skytown.

In 2012, Dale Crain (vocals/lead guitar), Tim Burress (acoustic guitar/vocals), and Eliot Cooper (drums) gathered to write lyrics, record songs, and play at family gatherings and house parties. After playing more and more gigs, the trio began accumulating additional members, including Jason Ford (vocals/acoustic guitar), John Edens (electric guitar) and Dave Williams (bass), to make up the now six-piece acoustic alternative rock band that is Skytown.

Upon performing with their complete lineup, Skytown immediately took hold of their hometown of Tulsa, OK, and they haven’t let up since. They keep themselves busy, booking shows anywhere between 7-8 weeks in advance, and they continue to consistently gain an energetic fan base wherever they play.

This past summer, Skytown played several major music festivals, including: Wakarusa, Backwoods Music Festival, Rocklahoma, East Meets West Battle of the Bands, the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a few smaller regional festivals. While staying true to their core members, the group often collaborates with new and auxiliary members for some performances.  

a skytown show.

a skytown show.

Skytown has played at various venues across Oklahoma and have shared the stage with the following: All About a Bubble, We the Ghost, Framing the Red, Dellacoma, Black Hole Gypsy, Fists of Rage, Drugs Delaney, Kick Tree, Bruce Flea, Saving Abel, Seven Days Lost, Sage Cook of Elephant Revival, Nashville Pussy, Andy Frasco, Mountain Sprout, and The Floozies.

Their recently released album, Outshine the Sun rings true to their high-energy acoustic rock identity, with each song carrying its own unique feel. I’m a sucker for the ‘swaying in the pub with drinks clinking and beer galore’ rock anthems, so one of my favorite Skytown tunes is “Drove Me to Drink,” whose chorus shouts:

“So we sing one for the whiskey, and one for whores,

and one for the nights shit-faced on the floor.

And one for the cocaine, and one for the blues.

And one to forget all I know about you.”

For the more faint-hearted listeners, fear not: not all of Skytown’s lyrics are this outwardly punk rock, but they all do carry a lyrical punch to them. Many of their songs have a rock ballad feel, with energetic rhythms and choruses that bring everyone together. Other favorites of mine from Outshine the Sun are “Belly of the Whale” and “American Puppet Show.” The combination of Skytown's foot-stomping tunes and their storytelling lyrics make them a band to keep an eye on.

The group recently released a music video for their hit song “Blackbirds,” which features fan-submitted footage from various live performances. It’s a beautiful representation of how these guys rock, so check it out below!

Be on the lookout for more news about Skytown on BolderBeat, and in the meantime, you can listen to their music on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Watch the “Blackbirds” video:


Music Video Footage Credits: Rocklahoma footage: Axis Entertainment & Aerovision Productions, Cain’s Ballroom footage: Marshall Baker, The Vanguard Tulsa footage: Kevin Mayfield, Album Release Show footage: Kassondra Green, Edited by BLDGBLKS Music Company.

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.