"ONE OF FOLK POP'S BEST KEPT SECRETS." -LA weekly
“THE MISSING LINK BETWEEN LOW AND JOHN LENNON.” -Paul Lester, UK Guardian
“JAMES COMBS IS ONE OF LOS ANGELES’ BEST SONGWRITERS.” -Gary Calamar, KCRW, GO Music Supervion
ED BARGUIARENA/ percussion
JAMES COMBS/ vocal & guitar, songwriting
ERIN HAWKINS/ vocal, cello, mandolin, accordion, & whistling
RICH McCULLEY/ guitar
Think close harmony singing inspired by the best of the classic Laurel Canyon “Cosmic American Music” tradition. Mariachi horns here. Psychedelic guitar freakout there. Mandolins and resonators. Timbales and accordion. Poetic lyrics, cinematic landscapes. It’s its own thing but finds inspiration in the music of Gram/Emmylou, Buffalo Springfield, Gene Clark (check out GW’s cover of “With Care From Someone”), Devotchka and Calexico. “Beautiful Twang” we call it. The songs are also contemporary and highly personal - like a box of sun-bleached photos.
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, Maria Taylor (Azure Ray), Arthur Lee’s Love, Eleni Mandell, and Inara George and have had music featured in Showtime’s “Shameless"and HBO’s “Dexter”. James is also creator and co-host of the Secret Bowl Music Series - house concert events featuring Country, Americana under the trees in LA’s Beachwood Canyon.
Fun Factoid: James co-wrote (with Gary Calamar) the True Blood (HBO) end credit song “Let’s Boot and Rally,” a hard driving 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.
Drummer Ed Barguiarena is a film composer, producer, arranger. Rich McCulley is a songwriter and master of western guitar whose playing has blessed countless albums by LA luminaries. We can’t wait for you to hear “Find Yourself In Los Angeles.”
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!
NO UPCOMING SHOWS
September 30, Saturday, 5 pm
“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.