“The perfectly combined voices of James Combs and Erin Hawkins is the stuff legends are made of. An incredible addition to any Americana library.” No Depression
“Perfect harmony. Excellent… the new sound of the West Coast.” Americana UK
“James Combs is one of Los Angeles’ best songwriters.” Gary Calamar, KCSN
"They're the antidote to the madness of modern times. In a world of perpetual division and dissonance, they bring the primal and poignant power of ripe, heartfelt melody enriched by human harmony. In these days of chaos and endless distractions, they bring the substance of timeless, finely crafted, tuneful songs. James Combs is a musical force of nature who injects every song with genuine joy. Erin Hawkins paints these poignant melodies with luminous harmonies, creating a sound of hope that's good for the soul. When they sing “Love will finally find you, by and by,” you believe it, because it’s real. Long live Great Willow, song champions." Paul Zollo, Author, Songwriters On Songwriting
GREAT WILLOW: think close harmony singing and songwriting inspired by the best of the Laurel Canyon tradition. Mariachi horns here. Psychedelic guitar freakout there. Mandolins and resonators. Timbales and accordion. Poetic lyrics, cinematic landscapes.
Great Willow is a modern take on the "Cosmic American Music" sound championed by folks like Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, and the Byrds in another era. But their perspective/approach is decidedly contemporary - somewhere in the musical neighborhood of Jenny Lewis or Dawes or Sam Outlaw. The songs are highly personal - like a box of sun-bleached photos.
“Beautiful Twang” we call it.
Our debut album “Find Yourself In Los Angeles”, produced by John Would (Fiona Apple) and Nik Freitas (Maria Taylor), is a song cycle detailing snapshots of a relationship that gets broken and sets off a move to Los Angeles - endless, dusty, washed out, beautiful LA - where you go to start all over again. The title track snaps an image of life on arrival:
“Here you find yourself in Los Angeles
How do you make your way here in Los Angeles?
Looking up at dirty palm trees and cactus in the yard
In a neighborhood that you have never heard of
Can you make your name out on the little mailbox?
You’ve staked quite a claim out in Los Angeles”
GW’s James Combs and Erin Shawn Hawkins have shared stages with the likes of Jackson Browne, Van Dyke Parks, Robby Krieger and John Densmore from the Doors, Arthur Lee’s Love, Michelle Phillips, Micky Dolenz, Maria Taylor (Azure Ray) and Inara George and have had music featured in Showtime’s “Shameless".
James is co-creator/host of the Secret Bowl Music Series - house concert events featuring country, Americana and indie folk under the trees in LA’s Beachwood Canyon. Among other songwriting accomplishments, James co-wrote the True Blood (HBO) end credit song “Let’s Boot and Rally,” a punk duet performed by the great Iggy Pop with Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino. The song was named one of Iggy’s “20 Greatest Collaborations” by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Erin is a stellar singer, harmony arranger, cellist, and badass whistler (not to mention a striking visual artist.)
Drummer Ed Barguiarena composes film soundtracks and designs music programs at Disney Hall for the LA Philharmonic.
Bassist Jimi Hawes is a painter and has played bass with many luminaries, including The Doors.
ED BARGUIARENA/ percussion
JAMES COMBS/ vocal, guitar
ERIN HAWKINS/ vocal, cello, organ, whistling
JIMI HAWES/ bass
Our debut album “Find Yourself In Los Angeles”, produced by John Would (Fiona Apple) and Nik Freitas, is a song cycle detailing snapshots of a relationship that gets broken and sets off a move to Los Angeles - endless, dusty, washed out, beautiful LA - where you go to start all over again. The first single from the record, "many things" is now available HERE on iTunes!
Wednesday, July 10 at Americana Music Nights at Mr. T’s Highland Park Bowl with the excellent GWENDOLYN and BOB WOODRUFF (8:30pm, 5621 N. Figueroa, LA.) Free.
Friday, July 12, at the Tarzana Community and Cultural Center with our pal PAUL ZOLLO and SAUL GUITAREZ (7pm, 19130 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana, $5 donation)
September 9, Sunday, 11am-2pm, KCRW DJ GARY CALAMAR'S MIMOSA MUSIC SERIES, Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA with ROSCO and ETTA (Maia Sharp & Anna Shulze).
September 25, Tuesday, Larchmont Charter School Benefit concert, Hollywood
October 20, Saturday, SECRET BOWL MUSIC SERIES HOUSE CONCERT, Beachwood Canyon Private residence
October 27, Saturday, Hotel Cafe, Arthur Autumn album release concert, 1623 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
LISTEN FOR JAMES AND ERIN'S RECENT APPEARANCE ON ANDRAS JONES' RADIO8BALL PODCAST HERE: www.radio8ball.com
July 22, Sunday, 12p,-8pm Love Street Festival, Laurel Canyon, with members of legenedary bands The Doors, The Monkees, The Mamas and Papas, Love and more!
July 8, Sunday, KCSN Live Stage, 12pm 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd 91367 Woodland Hills, CA
June 19, Tuesday, LA Music Critic Award winners showcase. The Mint LA. Great Willow perform with Pi Jacobs, Ted Russell Kamp, Cindy Alexander and more. 6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90035
June 2, Saturday, Secret Bowl Music Series House Concert in Beachwood Canyon (write for address/details - laurelcanonLA @gmail.com)
May 18, Friday - Great Willow Acoustic at Odd Nights at the Autry Museum, 8pm. 4700 Western Heritage Way, - Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027
May 8, Tuesday, Flower Moon Records "Friends and Family Volume 1" compilation release party, Resident, DTLA. Great Willow perform along with Maria Taylor, Louis Schefano, Nike Freitas and more!
April 4, Wednesday, 9pm. JAMES COMBS SOLO
James plays a solo set of all new songs to celebrate the launch of Great Willow's week long run on Andras Jones' fantastic Radio8Ball podcast! Lot 1, 1533 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles.
March 21,Wednesday, Radio 8 Ball taping
James and Erin join Andras Jones for a taping of his musical oracle podcast, Radio 8 Ball. (previous guests have included John Doe, Inara George, Viggo Mortensen, Allen Toussaint, John C Reilly and many more.) Show will air the week of April 3.
April 4, Wednesday, RADIO8BALL
James and Erin are guests for a week long run on Andras Jones' Radio8Ball podcast. Guests seeking cosmic answers from Great Willow's songs include "Songwriters on Songwriting" author Paul Zollo, KCRW DJ Gary Calamar, rock auteur Willie Wisely, Canyon rock masters I See Hawks In LA's Paul Lacques and Victoria Jacobs, actor Kate Arvin,and screenwriter Jamie Mayer with boy wonder Sander Combs. Listen here: www.radio8ball.com
MARCH 23, Friday,7:30pm
GREAT WILLOW join canyon rock legends I SEE HAWKS IN LA in performance at The Coffee Galley Backstage, 2025 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 9100
December 14, Thursday, 9pm
Great Willow live with Louise Goffin and Marjorie Fair. Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
September 30, Saturday, 5pm
“Find Yourself In Los Angeles” Album Release Party - with I See Hawks In LA - Secret Bowl Music Series (6102 Dorcas Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90068)
October 22, Sunday, 11 am
KCRW DJ Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Music Series with Paul Kelly. Federal Bar,5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
October 30, Monday, 12 noon
KCSN Stage At The Village at Westfield, Topanga
August 10, Thursday
The Cinema Bar, Culver City w Thee Holy Brothers, 9 pm
3967 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
The Pop Hop Books,
Lyrics as Poetry book release party
reading & concert 5-7 pm
5002 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
APRIL 2, 2017:
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, a Night of Angelino Original Protest Songs.
Hotel Café, Sunday, April 2, 8-10pm, $15
This Sunday, Great Willow, Azure Ray's Maria Taylor, Louis Schefano, Reggae star Rocky Dawuni, Blake Hazard, Grant Langston, Marvin Etzioni, Tony Gilkyson, Emily Zuzik and a lot of other really talented artists are going to play original protest songs at Hotel Cafe. I hope you'll come. We need political music now more than ever. All profits go to the National Immigration Law Center.