Desi & Cody
Desi & Cody at Lou’s Rocky Road Tavern
Welcome to Part Seventeen of our ongoing Woodyfest 2018 coverage. This installment showcases Tulsa duo Desi & Cody. found this writer still covering the entertainment at Lou’s Rocky Road Tavern. Erik “The Viking” Oftedahl and Blake Lankford had cleared the stage, making way for Tulsa duo Desi & Cody. Husband and wife Cody Clinton and Desirae Roses-Clinton entertained the audience with their sarcastically humorous indie rock, which No Depression describes as
[…] sun drenched harmonies and chamber pop textures [fused] into […] futuristic folk.Small, Sloan, “Desi and Cody’s Yes, This Is Killing Us is Delightful Futuristic Folk,” No Depression, .
The pair met in college when Roses-Clinton heard a live performance of Clinton on the radio and resolved to see him perform in-person. They became friends that night and later started dating. The two shared a home by the time Clinton joined Leon Russell’s band.
Yes, This Is Killing Us is a beautiful record and a fun, wild ride — a contender forbest of 2018.[I] can’t wait to hear what Desi and Cody do next.
Clinton started recording his first solo EP and happened to hear Roses-Clinton singing in the shower. He described his reaction in an interview with No Depression:
I was like Cash, Garrett,
What is that? That’s amazing! She was singing hardcore, super crazy high opera type stuff. I was like
No Depression, .
The Age of Whatever: An Interview with Desi and Cody,
Misfortune Makes Music
Desi & Cody’s latest album, Yes, This Is Killing Us, is based on their experiences touring as a married couple. Clinton had previously contended with alcohol addiction but had been sober for nine years. But then the musicians each lost their fathers in a short time span. At the start of a European tour Clinton relapsed. They would spend the entire tour and much of the following year
just getting wasted.Small.
The resulting collection is boisterous, darkly funny, mocking, and sometimes poignant, showcasing the pair’s strong storytelling chops. Besides the original material, Desi & Cody cover Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games,” albeit in an entirely novel arrangement.
Enough time and distance have passed for the humor to shine through — simultaneously fresh and nostalgic, the collection’s blend of s Motown and girl-group pop melded with touches of s new wave keep everything from collapsing under implied misery.
For their Woodyfest set, Desi & Cody were joined by drummer Micah Moseby, bassist Tyler James, and lap steel guitarist Mike Kindell.