“The perfectly combined voices of James Combs and Erin Hawkins is the stuff legends are made of … an incredible addition to any Americana library.”
“Perfect harmony. Excellent… the new sound of the West Coast.” Americana UK
“JAMES COMBS IS ONE OF LOS ANGELES’ BEST SONGWRITERS.” -Gary Calamar, KCRW
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, Maria Taylor (Azure Ray), I See Hawks In LA, and Inara George and have had music featured in Showtime’s “Shameless". James is also and 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. (fun Factoid: James co-wrote (with Gary Calamar) 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. )
Singer Erin Hawkins is a stellar 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. Guitarist Rich McCulley is a telecaster master whose western twang moves have blessed countless albums by LA luminaries. We can’t wait for you to hear “Find Yourself In Los Angeles.”
ED BARGUIARENA/ percussion
JAMES COMBS/ vocal, guitar
ERIN HAWKINS/ vocal, cello, mandolin, accordion, whistling
RICH McCULLEY/ guitar
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!
Stay tuned for more upcoming shows soon!
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!
May 18, Friday - Great Willow Acoustic at Odd Nights at the Autry Museum, 8pm. 4700 Western Heritage Way, - Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027
June 2, Saturday, Secret Bowl Music Series House Concert in Beachwood Canyon (write for address/details - laurelcanonLA @gmail.com)
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
July 8, Sunday, KCSN Live Stage, 12pm 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd 91367 Woodland Hills, CA
July 15, Sunday, Love Street Festival, Laurel Canyon, details TBA
LISTEN FOR JAMES AND ERIN'S RECENT APPEARANCE ON ANDRAS JONES' RADIO8BALL PODCAST HERE: www.radio8ball.com
More shows coming soon!
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.