Smokey & The Mirror, husband & wife duo Bryan and Bernice Hembree, together with Norman’s own Terry Ware, will take the Winter Wind stage at 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 20, 2019 in the Depot, 200 S. Jones. Tickets for the performance are $20.
Based out of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Hembrees, as Smokey & The Mirror, have toured nationally/internationally over the past decade. They tour most often as a duo, but good friend Terry Ware joins them on stage for this show. Whatever the configuration, the interplay of their two unique voices coupled with engaging, accessible songs, form the foundation of Smokey & The Mirror. The band has supported tours for Old Crow Medicine Show, The Wood Brothers, I’m With Her, Elephant Revival, John Fullbright, and many of their musical heroes.
The Hembrees work tirelessly on many musical and creative pursuits. They are committed to others’ music as much as their own. They have found that the most satisfying path to longevity in music is to put others’ art in the spotlight or to inspire others to find their voice. Bernice is a music educator and has worked in private instruction with the I’ll Fly Away Foundation’s songwriting program for elementary students, and to develop a music curriculum for the Fayetteville Montessori School. Bryan co-founded the Crooked Crow Songwriting Retreat for working songwriters with good friend and fellow musician, J Wagner.
"The thing I love most about this band and the evening with them is not only the powerfully beautiful voice of bass player, Bernice Hembree, or the well-written songs of Bryan Hembree, sung with his rustic, true American voice – it’s the energy they bring on stage and to the audience!” wrote Chris Roberts, Red Arm Music. “You can tell when they are performing; they truly treasure what they do. They feed off each other to the point it’s sometimes hard to tell where the guitar stops and the bass starts!”
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. Contributors include: Cindy Merrick - Therapy in Motion; Hugh & Keri Young; Skye Diers - Gingerbread Nursery School; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; Tom McAuliffe - Don Cies; and The Montford Inn. Friends are: EB Dancer; Danna Primm; Bob Schlegel; and Lazy Circles Brewing.