This Week! Sunday, April 21st 5:30-9pm at THE ECHO (upstairs 1822 Sunset)! free/all ages
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TED RUSSELL KAMP
CD RELEASE PARTY FOR NIGHT OWL
Easily his most autobiographical work, the newly recorded Night Owl, documents the many phases of a man comfortable in his own skin, yet constantly searching for more answers to the mysteries of life. The record reflects the sound of several cities Kamp has become familiar with from country music roots of Nashville, the rock-gospel blues of Tulsa and Texas and the cosmic American country rock sounds of L.A. All of the songs were written on the road or in brief breaks from touring and the record, produced by Kamp, was actually recorded in L.A, Nashville, Fort Worth, Tulsa and Helsinki, Finland.
"If only Nashville was pumping out country songs with that kind of understated pathos ... another fine set of melodic country rock tunes on Night Owl. infused with warm soul ... with a grace and plainspoken honesty. Modesty and an unwillingness to play games likely prevent Kamp from getting the acclaim he deserves. Don’t let the heartfelt, soulful music suffusing Night Owl pass you by."--The Big Takeover
"The Laurel Canyon mythos rings true throughout this Americana set. This is definitely California desert country with the top down. With his gritty self styled voice. Like Bob Dylan’s Nashville recordings (or the) soulful country tracks that came out of Muscle Shoals. Ted Russell Kamp pays tribute to a lot of American music heroes (while) weaving gravitas throughout this song cycle."--Music News Nashville
Pulling the name from the classic Band song "W.S. Walcott's Medicine Show" The Walcotts are just as the song suggests, a collective of "saints and sinners...all kinds of people you might want to know"
"Dr John and Tom Waits spend a night drinking together somewhere between New Orleans and Los Angeles. A great cross-pollination of R&B, Soul and Country" -No Depression
"If you are missing the music of Levon Helm, look no further"-L.A. Record
"It’s the essence of true L.A. Americana music where country, blues, folk, gospel, jazz and country come together with an unforced, spontaneous and uncontrived feel." -Turnstyled Junkpiled
"Like the ghost of Levon Helm, and songs like “Should Have Been Me” mix six or seven instruments together playing a great hook, without crowding one another out" -San Diego Troubadour
SMOOTH HOUND SMITH
Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin' folk-blues duo comprised of "One-Man-Band" Zack Smith (guitars/vox/foot drums/harmonicas) and Caitlin Doyle (vox/percussion). Established in 2012, they write, record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues.
On The Backporch
ELLI PERRY AND SAMANTHA HARLOW
Elli Perry began her career as a singer/songwriter/guitarist at age 12, when she started finagling her way onto barroom stages around her native state of Georgia. Since then, she has written, recorded, and produced multiple albums, toured aggressively across the United States, and busked on street corners and in train stations around the globe. Her wanderlust has lead her to share the stage and collaborate with a vast array of artists, including Ryan Bingham, The Nappy Roots, Wheatus, and Sonya Kitchell. After a year of writing and reflecting in her adopted home of New Orleans, Elli is back on the road in support of her latest effort, "The Salt & The Sea." This collection of songs, which has been described as "Southern Gothic Folk," reflects the dark beauty of her Appalachian roots. Aching vocals reveal stories of loss and doubt that could have been pulled from the pages of other pained Southern writers, like William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Byron Herbert Reece. "The Salt & The Sea" will be released in Spring 2013, along with an accompanying series of music videos.
Like most love letters, Samantha Harlow’s new album is unflinchingly personal, filled with the sort of deep, dark secrets one normally spills to friends behind closed doors. For Harlow, a country singer/songwriter steeped in the tradition of Patsy Cline and Gillian Welch, those secrets are tuneful enough to share with a wider audience. They’re the blood that pumps through her own Love Letters, a collection of country ballads, sad-eyed folksongs and rootsy rockers that explore everything from her upbringing in Minnesota to her bar-tending days at a Nashville honky-tonk. This is an album about heartache and hangovers, about boys and barstools, about looking back before you move on.
Kenny Vaughan -- acclaimed guitarist for Lucinda Williams, Marty Stuart, and dozens of other roots-rock heavyweights -- co-produced Love Letters, which was recorded during a four-day weekend and mixed entirely to analog tape. Other Nashville musicians chipped in, too, adding layers of pedal steel guitar and smokey organ to Harlow’s eight songs. On an album filled with top-notch players like keyboardist Jen Gunderman and drummer John McTigue III, though, Harlow is still the star, making Love Letters the kind of melodic missive you find yourself reading again and again.
“I came up with the title while we were tracking,” Harlow explains. “Album titles have always been the part that plague me; they have never come easy, but this one came out of thin air. Every song is a love letter to someone, whether it be someone who has passed through my life in an instant, or someone who has never left my side. There's a mix of sadness, with an undercurrent of joy and some sense of understanding that run throughout, much like love in real life.”
April 21: Smooth Hound Smith/ The Walcotts/ Ted Russell Kamp (CD Release Party)/ Elli Perry and Samantha Harlow
April 28: RT n' The 44s/ Ronnie Fauss/ Eagle Rock Gospel Singers/ Andrew Sheppard
May 5th: Slim Zwerling & the Yums/ Rich McCulley (Record Release Party)/ Grant Langston & The Supermodels
/ The Dahls
May 12: Ryan Traster/ Amy Blaschke/ Brian Whelan/ Leggy Peggy
May 19: New American Farmers/ Jeremiah & The Red Eyes/ Eileen Jewell/ TBA
May 26: NO SHOW
June 2: Sam Outlaw/ Drive He Said (Maxim Ludwig)/ Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants/ Baba
June 9: TV Mike & The Scarecrows/ Michael & The Lonesome Playboys/ Rich Mahan & The Cocktail Heroes/ Years of Suns