His is an easy, folksy sound— like a springtime thunderstorm— and his special acoustic show will make for a perfect Saturday evening.
Beau Jennings is returning to Claremore's to Musician's Haven, on Saturday, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The Inola native may have left home to pursue his musical aspirations, but Rogers County has never left his heart.
Jennings grew up in Inola but now calls Norman home. After a brief fling with the piano in middle school, he got his hands on a guitar while he was in college at the University of Oklahoma and there was no going back.
"I had no plans of really getting into it but a friend loaned me a guitar and I started trying out some chords and ended up really liking it," he said.
From about 2005 to 2012, Jennings was the lead vocalist and songwriter for an indie- rock/Americana band called Cheyenne. He said they started as an Oklahoma band, but found themselves in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2012 the band broke up and Jennings went solo.
His sound? Jennings describes his solo style simply as "a little folk, a little rock."
"My sound is influenced by what I heard in the house growing up—Johnny Cash and church music," Jennings said. "Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash—those are my main guys."
Jennings' website boasts a new creative project—a documentary film and accompanying album entitled The Verdigris: In Search of Will Rogers, retracing Will Rogers' life journey from coast to coast and retelling his story through original songs.
Jennings said in 2015 his album was named “#1 Okie Album of 2015” by Literati Press, and in 2016 the film premiered on public television stations across the United States through American Public Television, eventually earning a nomination for a Heartland Emmy.
Jennings and his cerebral acoustic sound will be at Musician's Haven Saturday night, and Jennings said he can't wait.
"I'm really looking forward to it," he said. "I haven't played in Claremore in a long time. It's a great town and it's going to be a great show."