DEAD ROCK WEST — the acclaimed California alt-country rock group fronted by Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen — are heading into 2018 with an array of tour dates. Their recently released album MORE LOVE (August 2017 via Omnivore Recordings) was produced by John Doe of X who helped create an album that places Wasserman and Drennen’s achingly beautiful signature vocals and harmonies in finely etched rock, alt-country and pop settings. The sound is both contemporary and timeless. Click here to listen to “Boundless Fearless Love,” a joyously infectious standout from the album which was praised by Randy Lewis of Los Angeles Times’ Pop & Hiss as he premiered the song (6/21/17) and noted it is “set to a propellant track that’s part R.E.M., part Tom Petty and part Neil Young…”
Says John Doe: “They have combined all of the influences (alt-country, gospel, Everly Bros) from their previous records into this one. Great songs. Great playing. Wonderful performances. More Love is heart & soul from two deeply original singers & songwriters.” Doe adds: “Somehow Cindy & Frank connect the dots between ’70 country & ’60 soul music. They are a modern day Gram & Emmylou singing songs that Otis & Carla would sing.”
Based in Los Angeles since 1997, Matt DeMerritt plays sax, flute, keys, percussion and melodica and has devoted his career to an exploration of music within many styles and mediums. In addition to composing and playing his own music he has been a busy session and backup musician touring with the likes of Macy Gray, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Rakim, Ghostface Killah, Brother Ali, Redman, Pharoahe Monch, Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, Orgone, Breakestra, Brazzaville, and Allen Stone. more Matt DeMerritt»
Milo Gonzalez is a guitarist born of a multi-generational family of artists and musicians native to Venice Beach. With his mother being a rock vocalist, and his step father being a founding member of the renowned hardcore punk band Black Flag, Milo grew up around heavy rock music.
Inspired to play both electric and acoustic guitar, Milo discovered a deep love for flamenco and classical guitar music, finding it’s dark, emotive, and aggressive qualities alluring and similar to that of his rock roots. Milo has developed a unique and hard to define style of music that derives as much influence from legendary guitar virtuosos such as Paco De Lucia, and Vicente Amigo, as it does from rock/metal/psychedelic legends like Black Sabbath and Radiohead.
Drew Stiles, meaning I, can’t play music at all. I just pretend so I can get chicks n money n botox.
Yes, I played Madison Square Garden, the Boston Fleet Center, Brownies, CBGBs, Webster Hall, etc.
Yes I’ve been signed to labels.
Yes I’ve done films and TV and I was featured on a Panasonic commercial, Ive been in Rolling Stone, Spin, Maxim, GQ, etc.
One of my songs even made the Top 5 in Zurichs Music Conference..
But I dont like music. It’s just noise.
I’m from NY, now in LA.
I healed a few years ago in a way hard to describe — music poured through me for a year.
I was in Switzerland.
I’m sharing that music now.
For the love of it. Because we’re hungry. To make people happy and dance. To make all the pretty girls cry. Because we’re high. Because we’re low. Because we’re drunk or ascetic. Because we can’t in good conscience do anything else.
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Paul Chesne (born June 4, 1976) is an American rock n’ roll singer-songwriter and guitarist.
He has traveled throughout the United States and played well over 1200 shows since 1999 including cutting his teeth playing upwards of 150 times at the infamous Kibitz Room in Canter’s Deli. He also held court with a 9 year residency at O’Brien’s Pub in Santa Monica.
He has written over 200 songs and released 5 full length albums and an EP featuring (here comes some name dropping):
Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Louvin Brothers), Mitch Marine (Smash Mouth, Dwight Yoakam, Tripping Daisy), Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart, Lana Del Rey, Ray Lamontagne), Keith Gattis (Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Chesney), Skip Edwards (Dwight Yoakam, Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams), The Webb Sisters (Leonard Cohen), Elvis Perkins and Willie Chambers of The Chambers Brothers.
His lyrics range from the whimsical, political and humorous to the dark and poetic.
The current backing band has been together for several hundred shows and features Eric “Dutch” Suoninen (guitar), Jason “J-Sonic” Chesney (bass) and Shane Considine (drums).
The cover of the 2005 release “Wet Dog Man” features a painting by noted guerrilla political artist Robbie Conal.
We are like here’s everything we’ve got. And some stuff we don’t. Lay it down on the line. Hopefully it will touch you in some way that promotes empathy for your fellow souls. It’s the futuristic blues or something. It’s an emotional clusterfuck or epiphany as it were. It is the chaos and rhythm and wonder and ecstasy and the blues. Better known as rock and roll.
Paula Montondo and Rebecca Stout, both veteran recording musicians who spent years in the alternative music scene in Nashville and the eastern US and are now joined together with their quirky 1920s-30s style music. Paula on ukulele and vocals and Rebecca on autoharp and vocals, they blend their fun original songs (some about technology set to the sound of the 1930s) mixed with some lesser known songs of the past.
Paula Montondo was a recording engineer for 20 years and played drums with several touring bands and played guitar and wrote in her original alt band ShaShaBoom who gained a following in the south and had regional air play as well as songs used for film and television. Since in LA she has unplugged and gone acoustic!
Rebecca Stout is also a world famous flat foot dancer and is featured in the International Bluegrass Music Museum and she heads up the dance portion of the annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Fest. In addition to her years as a unique alternative and rap artist, she now also sings in Nevenka, an Eastern European Folk Choir.
Born from the tradition of bringing good stories to music, Brother Billy’s first release “Don’t Fall Asleep on the Tracks” has conjured up spirits of the past with tales of jilted love, pointed historical commentary, and folks having raucous good time.
With the evocative puberty anthem “Red Ribbon” to the cynical retort of “Your Grand Design” he gets right to the sweet, the sad, and the naughty.
His Hopeless Choir is a revolving door of many talented musicians that give a little to help a lot in lifting up the spirit of his oh-so-spirited music.
From the snow-capped mountains of Oklahoma to the pale-painted deserts of Louisiana – from the coal-firing cost of California to the sweeping serenity of New York City – everyone could use the kind of smile that comes from spending a little time with Brother Billy.