What do Nickel Creek, Paul Simon, John Prine, The Band and the Avett Brothers have in common? You might hear their songs covered at a concert by Oil & Renegar, a trio with eclectic tastes in music. The group consists of three siblings, Josh, Will and Maggie Renegar, who grew up in Lone Hickory, near Yadkinville, NC. The group’s name, besides being a play on words, provides a convenient way for non-locals to learn how to pronounce “Renegar.”
Oil & Renegar’s mix of music can probably best be described as Americana or roots music. But basically, they play songs which appeal to them, and those same songs seem to be enjoyed by their audience. They might play a Johnny Cash classic sung by Josh followed by a Brandi Carlile ballad covered by Maggie’s pure voice. You might also hear a Beatle’s classic or a Tom Petty song. But it all seems to go together because the group enjoys playing great songs, no matter the source.