NORMAN — Austin’s The Possum Posse is a big band with a lot of family connections.
Jomo Edwards plays guitar and drums, while his brother, Lincoln Edwards is on banjo. Upright bassist Brian Wolfe is married to back-up vocalist Maggie Wolfe. Mandolin player Marty Clifford and guitarist Jes Clifford are father and son.
Together they play an irreverent style of amped-up bluegrass that throws convention out the window and invites hilarity in the front door.
Tomorrow the Posse will be playing the Norman Music Festival and it’s their first ever show in Oklahoma. Edwards previewed their performance, describing a rapid-fire conglomeration of music featuring song jokes and stage shenanigans.
“It won’t be a concert where we just get up there and play our songs,” Edwards said. “It’s more like an interactive show.”
Edwards writes most of the group’s lyrics and brings a keen sense of humor developed during his upbringing in Abilene, Texas.
Take, for example, an excerpt from his original composition “Baptist Girls,” that goes: “She don’t drink/ she don’t
spit, don’t cuss and don’t fight/ but that’s all out the window on a Saturday night ... ”
Edwards said the lyrics are an amalgamation of his entire high school dating experience into one song.
“I was growing up in a place where the Baptists are kind of in charge of everything,” he said.
He said that his band’s musical chops have developed considerably since their early shows. They do play songs that aren’t their own but not in the typical fashion. Think Bone Thugs N Harmony’s “Crossroads” but with banjo and guitar.
“We cover other people but it is usually girlie pop songs, rap or hip hop,” he said. “You’ll recognize the tune but it’s not really comparable to the original.”