JEMEZ MOUNTAIN HAWKZ
The Family Folk Explosion rock n roll roadshow will be returning to Sparks Ranch in Sonora, CA on April 20th. With killer family support from openers Fpod Bpod and Annie Girl & The Flight (not to mention an all new Family Folk Explosion line up featuring members of some of your favorite bands and introducing the wonderful Lauren Barth)
Anyone who went last year understands that this is not a party to be missed. Tickets will be available within a few days so check back!
Check out this bedroom demo from a couple of years back or so of the still unrecorded (well, obviously recorded but not on an album or otherwise available) Mother Road, or just Highway 1. I tracked this in my old Mission District flat that I shared with my long time running mate Mikey Green. This song has taken various forms, mostly in the rolling bluesy california country direction, but this take on it was a bit more new wave (especially for me, but I do have some more electro psych folk coming your way soon. Enjoy…
Jeff Davies and Mark Matos working through the kinks. Former Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Jeff Davies has recently taken MM into his Echo Base and joined the ranks of the Os Beaches collective. Catch Davies’ return to SF when Os Beaches support Dead Skeletons (Anton Newcombe’s Icelandic discovery and sometime side project.) on May 3.
Back in the Spring of 2011, while I was in Tucson, AZ mixing Coyote & The Crosser at Nathan Sabatino’s Loveland Studio, I was asked by the omnipotent Father Of Desert Rock, Howe Gelb, to join his Melted Wires super group in a concert at the Rialto Theater, where we helped raise a considerable chunk of change to help keep music education in Tucson’s elementary schools.
Howe has been a huge inspiration to me both as a musical visionary and as an elder of the western underground music community. Papa Gelb. The group on this night included not just Howe and I but also Victoria Williams (Queen Of The Mojave), Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle (Grand Duke Of The Central Valley sun), and John Parrish (PJ Harvey’s long time producer). I felt lucky to be a part of it, to take my place amongst these giants of the Weird Western thing.
You invited me to the party, and now I won’t leave. I got my own band of mountain top peakers and we are knocking down the door.
Welcome to the Party.