The DEBUT SINGLE
Thanks for the airplay KCSN (Nic Harcourt and Julie Slater) and KCRW (Gary Calamar and Ann Litt)!
"Many Things" is the debut single from Los Angeles band Great Willow. A great chorus hook, poetic lyrics, mariachi horns, Gram/Emmylou harmonies from James Combs and Erin Hawkins, indie guitars... a gratitude song. Countrified Indie Rock. Or Indie-fied Country Rock. A Los Angeles/Laurel Canyon sound for 2017.
"Many Things” is at heart a song about gratitude. And specifically about gratitude for music and the holes it has filled in my psyche that didn't somehow get filled any other way. Spontaneity... the need for urgency ("go for broke - everything goes up in smoke - don't wait 'til morning, don't wait 'til spring.”) And to see people as they are, embrace them anyway, and express yourself openly ("unfurl your talk and learn to love with blinders off.”) It’s this weird and wild force, music, and it has provided me with almost all of my biggest thrills and deepest connections. It’s the telescope and the electricity and the bloodstream.
And for me music is essentially the lure of Los Angeles. I’d always eyed the fountain from afar but when life blew up at the last stop, i headed here. But then comes the hard part.
Finally, I thought it would be nice to start Find Yourself In Los Angeles with a gratitude song. The album does go to some darker places, too, so I wanted you to know that in the end it all worked out. Thank you for listening - we are grateful for your interest and support.
Pre-order the new album Find Yourself In Los Angeles from GREAT WILLOW and listen to "Many Things”.
you taught me how to sit
on dynamite and watch it tick
you made sure the fuse was lit
and you taught me to get over it
you said “unfurl your talk
and learn to love with blinders off”
you taught me how to drink
you taught me many things
you told me go for broke
that everything goes up in smoke
“don’t wait for morning, don’t wait for spring”
you taught me many things
without you – I’m a crooked tree
a crippled crow, a broken stone
the most wondrous thing I’ll ever see
you taught me many things
"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!
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.