By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – It’s fitting that Holy Ghost Electric Show is performing at Tupelo’s 4th of July Celebration: The band makes purely American music.
“There are folk rhythms and country attitudes, but there’s rock ‘n’ roll and noise rock influences,” said the band’s guitarist and lead singer, Cody Rogers. “America’s a melting pot, and our music is the same way, a melting pot.”
The Oxford-based band’s members, Rogers, Jake Rogers, Will Shirley, Jesse James, Austin Wheeler and Connor Wroten, all like different styles of music, and it comes across in the band’s sound.
“Hank Williams influences this band as much as Danny Brown does,” Rogers said.
Rogers, a Corinth native, started Holy Ghost Electric Show as a one-man band. He started growing it into a band, and a few members have come and gone, but the current line-up is definitive.
The group released its debut album, “The Great American Holy Ghost Electric Show,” earlier this year, and it’s helped the guys find fans all over the world and at home.
“We’ve been asked to play in Germany and Australia,” Wroten said.
The band’s early shows may have drawn only a few folks, but now they have audience turnouts in the hundreds, Wheeler said.
And it’s that live show that grabs attention.
“Our live show is a lot different than our album,” Rogers said. “We didn’t start out playing in festivals. We started out playing in bars. And to get (the audience) motivated, we’d have to get their attention.”
That means putting on the most energetic live show possible.
“People remember someone throwing a bass across the stage,” Wroten said. “When you try to push someone’s comfort zone, that’s what they remember.”
Fans have watched YouTube videos of the band’s performances and now sing along to favorites like “Tin Man.”
Holy Ghost Electric Show also makes a point to meet and greet fans after a gig.
The band is already planning a new album, and it’ll focus on its home state.
“It’s going to be a concept album about growing up in a small town. We all grew up in small towns: West Point, Fulton, Corinth,” Rogers said. “I feel like Mississippi, we always show our bad side, and Mississippi is a lot more complicated than that. There’s good and there’s even worse.”
A few new songs may sneak into the set, Rogers said.
And the band hopes audiences enjoy their set at the Tupelo gig.
They’ll share the stage with the likes of the Chris Weaver Band and Bonfire Orchestra.
“We have a very energetic show, a very meaningful show. We love the music we make,” Rogers said. “It can be an experience. If it’s not for you, it will be for us.”
CHECK IT OUT
• What: 28th Annual All America City 4th of July Celebration
• When: 4th of July. Music starts at 3 p.m.
• Where: Fairpark, Tupelo
• Cost: Free
• Info: (662) 841-6440
4TH OF JULY LINEUP
3 p.m. – Strangers
3:45 p.m. – Kayla Shalon
4:30 p.m. – Feedback
5:15 p.m. – Holy Ghost Electric Show
6:15 p.m. – Bonfire Orchestra
7:15 p.m. – Chris Weaver Band
8:20 p.m. – Irma Collins
8:30 p.m. – Tupelo Symphony Orchestra
CALLING ALL SINGERS
The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Band needs patriotic singers for its July 4th Community Chorus.
There will be four rehearsals at West Jackson Street Baptist Church ahead of the performance. The rehearsals are 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and July 3, with a dress rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. July 4 and the performance at 8 p.m. July 4. You must attend at least two rehearsals to sing. To sign up, call (662) 842-8433 and include your name, email and phone number.