Rosehill is built on friendship

The Texas country duo of longtime pals Blake Myers and Mitch McBain opens for Whiskey Myers on Saturday at the Wormy Dog Saloon in Oklahoma City.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: April 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013

For Blake Myers and Mitch McBain, their friendship and music are closely intertwined.

After all, the two guys who now make up the duo Rosehill first became friends because of their mutual love of Texas country.

“We didn't become friends until our senior year of high school,” McBain said. “Blake was having a soiree at his parents' house one night after a football game and a mutual friend of ours invited me over. There was a guitar laying around and I just picked it up and started playing it. And it was almost like a challenge, like Blake walked up and was like ‘Do you know any Texas country?' And I was like, ‘Well, yeah.'”

Their friendship began that night to the tune of Pat Green's “Nightmare.” Despite their divergent personalities, it has thrived through their two marriages, three childbirths (Myers and his wife have two children, while McBain and his wife have a daughter) and two different bands.

In music and in conversation, they maintain an easy, familiar harmony.

“Blake's the talker. I'm the rocker,” McBain declared playfully in a joint phone interview with his buddy and bandmate.

“Well, he's right, but I wouldn't say it like that. I would say that we do balance each other out,” Myers added wryly.

Oklahoma fans will get the chance to hear the charming duo live when they open for fellow Texas band Whiskey Myers on Saturday night at the Wormy Dog Saloon. Since McBain is originally from Yukon — his family moved to Texas when he was 8 years old — he especially enjoys performing at the Bricktown venue.

“Family and friends from way back come out and we get to play for them,” he said. “The Wormy Dog's been around forever.”

McBain and Myers, now 29, grew up together in Cypress, Texas, on Cypress Rosehill Road. Shortly after graduating as friends from Cy-Fair High School, they co-founded the alt-country band Texas High Life, which boasted a rocking sound and party attitude. The country quintet released two albums, opened for Texas music standouts like Honeybrowne and Bleu Edmondson but also weathered a tragedy when original drummer Keith Binder died.

by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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