Interview with Anthony on Turnstyled Junkpiled

Original Article: http://turnstyledjunkpiled.com/2015/01/23/hillgrass-bluebilly-socal/

 

Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal

By Gerry Gomez

Anthony Arechiga is the spark plug for local promoters known as Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal. Over the past couple of years, Arechiga and Hillgrass Bluebilly have put on an array of shows in local watering holes, Escondite, the Wayfarer, Detroit Bar, Alex’s Bar, Memphis Cafe, as well as the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival which drew a large crowds to it’s second annual event held at the Rainbow Lagoon Park this past November. Their aim is to carry the torch and further the traditions of roots music and bring it to the masses.

Effectively presenting roots, Americana, country, punk, folk and rock with bands like The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, RT n’ the 44′s, Billy Joe Shaver, Whitey Morgan and the 78′s, Blind John Pope, Possessed by Paul James, Moonsville Collective, Sam Outlaw, the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Rose’s Pawn Shop and many, many more, their mission is well underway. This January, they will continue to bring Saturday night shows along with The Kings Inn to downtown LA’s Escondite and also embark on 4th Fridays beginning January 23 at Alex’s Bar kicking off with Leon Virgill, RT n’ the 44′s, Sam Outlaw and Soda Gardocki.

Turnstyled Junkpiled got in a few minutes with the busy Arechiga and discussed his passions.

You’re into Honky Tonk, Bluegrass, Punk, Roots music, Americana, Blues, Psychobilly. With those lists of genres of music, does that just about cover the types of music you get behind and promote?

That’s about right. We just call it roots music. Although we don’t do much psychobilly stuff. Nothing against psychobilly, but like most modern blues bands, although i enjoy some of the music, I just don’t particularly feel that psychobilly and modern rockabilly are all that genuine sometimes. There of course are exceptions but rockabilly for example was something that represented a lifestyle during a specific period of time. Today if you sing about going to the hop or playing mailbox baseball or whatever it is rockabilly bands sing about, it seems contrived and psychobilly is just an offshoot of that. It’s very pigeonholed I think. There are some folks who are genuine about it though of course and that music stands the test of time like Jd Mcpherson or Big Sandy for example, although, you probably wouldn’t consider either of those rockabilly.

What is important to me about the roots music we promote is that it’s genuine.. something that makes you feel something when you experience it.

You moved out here from Texas or where exactly? Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal is related to Hillgrass Bluebilly Records out of San Antonio is it? Explain the connection.

I am from Chicago originally. My family’s been living in Texas for 10 years or so but not me personally.

The record label, Hillgrass Bluebilly Records and Entertainment is based out of Austin, Texas. My buddy’s Keith and Ryan started Hillgrass Bluebilly in Phoenix, Arizona about 10 years ago, primarily to promote roots music. Keith moved to Austin and eventually decided to start putting out records so the outfit morphed into a record label. We’ve put out records by Possessed By Paul James, Tom VandenAvond, James Hand, Restavrant, Left Lane Cruiser, and a lot more. Also a great compilation that everyone should check out called “Hiram and Huddie” which is a double tribute to Hank Williams and Leadbelly. Each contributing artist covers a song by each.

So you grew up around twangy music?

Just all types of music really. I’ve been a fan of music since I was a small child. I bought tapes as early as 5 years old. I gravitated towards a lot of the rootsier stuff in high school. My grandpa was a fan of Johnny Cash so I was exposed to him early on but my friends and I were a little different as we gravitated towards older music. When most kids were listening to hip hop or slipknot in the late 90′s, we were listening to Hank Williams.

How long have you been promoting music in SoCal?

I’ve been putting on shows and hosting events specifically for a little over 2 years. Before that, I was managing the band Restavrant and was a radio dj on 2 stations in Orange County for several years. My show, Freedom Radio focused on showcasing roots music. All in all, it’s been 7 or 8 years that i’ve been involved one way or another.

What’s the toughest thing you find in promoting a show?

The type of music that I choose to promote, I do it because I feel that the concert goers can walk away feeling like they are alive. Like we woke something in them because they got to experience something real and genuine. I love it when someone who is not familiar with the artists we host hear them for the first time because that’s what it’s all about – exposing someone to something they never knew existed and waking them up. The best example of that is a Possessed By Paul James show or a Willy Tea Taylor show. Go see one of these guys live and you’ll know what i’m talking about.

That’s obviously not the tough part. The tough part is finding these types of artists that are one of a kind. That’s why we keep the Hillgrass Bluebilly So. Cal shows to a select amount. We don’t do the shows just to put on shows for a specific genre. We want to make sure it’s a unique experience every time and we want folks to know that they can expect to see something that can almost be life altering every time. We never want it to get redundant.

You were right in the middle of promoting the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, what is it about that festival that makes it so embraced, having gone from a moderate show two years ago to the significant size of this year’s show?

We were pretty amazed ourselves at how successful it was. It seems like people are gravitating towards a lot of this music. I think it’s because people are tired of what’s being fed to them via mainstream radio or television. Additionally, the Long Beach crowd in particular is a pretty alternative thinking group of people. That’s why we love it.

What were the successes of the LB Folk Revival Fest?

The feedback seems to be that the festival was an overall great experience. The music was loved by many, the local vendors and the overall organization.

What were the things you all will do differently next year?

If we do it again next year, we’ll probably reduce the number of performing artists. We had over 25 artists on 3 stages in just one day. Although the feedback we received about the music was all great, I think one of the only complaints was that there was just too much to see.

With Hillgrass, you put on an incredible amount of shows, how many did you do last year?

I started hosting shows and events in October 2012. That first year we did a lot of shows – probably over 30 we hosted or were involved with. This past year, we’ve probably only done about 10.

Anything new to report? Pitch? In the works? Shows in the works? Expansion of Hillgrass SoCal?

We’ll have a new website next year which we’ll have articles related to roots music, as well as show updates.

I’ve been helping my friend book some shows for something he hosts called “The Kings Inn” at The Escondite in downtown L.A. Some of those will be hosted by Hillgrass So. Cal. We’re also going to start doing a roots music night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach one Friday a month starting in 2015.

I’m also in talks with some partners about doing a roots music festival next year which is something i’ve been working on for some time, so look out for that. Lastly, we’re working on planning for the 2015 Folk Revival Festival.

Your five favorite acts?

In no particular order: RL Burnside, Willy Tea Taylor & The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark and Sturgill Simpson..

Artists of today you recommend to look into?

Possessed By Paul James (His new album is great but see him live especially), The Hooten Hallers, Willy Tea Taylor, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Daniel Romano, Tom VandenAvond, The Weary Boys, The Tillers, RT N’ the 44′s, Snakearm, Ruby Force.

If you can describe the music you promote through a few bands/artists from the past or current, who would they be?

Doorag, The Hooten Hallers, The Weary Boys, Left Lane Cruiser (listen to the song “Hillgrass Bluebilly”), The Gun Club, Rl Burnside, Fred Mcdowell, Lightnin Hopkins, Waylon, Cash, Hank Sr., Townes Van Zandt.

Press Telegram on Western Mini Festival

It’s all about going back to the roots for two Long Beach venues this weekend, with a bluegrass country show in a punk setting and an Americana-inspired theatrical/concert piece in an edgy downtown event space.

On Saturday, punk-rock haven Alex’s Bar goes a little country with the Western Mini Festival, a concert that includes a lineup of seven bands performing what organizers describe as underground roots music.

And while the roots of American music are celebrated there, spoken word and music will be used to explore the experience of being North American with Americana, a show that mixes theater, poetry and live music by the Long Beach-based theater company Riot Stage.

The latter event is Friday and Saturday at MADhaus and a vacant lot adjacent to the venue. The main show will culminate with a DJ and an after-party tonight and an acoustic music concert Saturday night.

“I think it’s going to be something people haven’t really seen before and it’s also very emotional and very personal,” said Long Beach resident Joshua Fischel, founder of Riot Stage.

Over at Alex’s Bar, the Western Mini Festival is being presented by Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California, the local chapter of Texas-based record label and events producer Hillgrass Bluebilly Records & Entertainment.

Concert headliners include western-psychedelic rockers Spindrift, which mixes film projections with live music, country-folk band the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, and the electro-punk-blues duo Restavrant. Joining them on the bill will be the Sumner Brothers, RT N’ the 44’s, Sam Outlaw and Cal King.

“People here in Long Beach are really open to this music,” said Anthony Arechiga, founder of the local Hillgrass Bluebilly chapter. “Long Beach has always had their own different vibe, it’s always been an alternative scene into underground stuff.”

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Spindrift, a Los Angeles-based band that formed in 1992, is led by singer-songwriter Kirpatrick Thomas. During performances, the band projects films onto the stage, mostly things like spaghetti Westerns or grindhouse films. At the Long Beach show, the band will perform to pieces of its own film called “Spindrift: Ghost of the West,” a musical documentary created during a five-week tour through Western ghost towns.

“I’m excited for the other acts that are coming out and performing. This really helps people get more familiar with our style of genre, the younger acts doing this kind of folk-country-western music. It’s really exciting to be part of it,” Thomas said.

The Western Mini Festival is preceding the larger Long Beach Folk Revival festival, which last week announced its return on Sept. 27 at Rainbow Lagoon Park with about 25 acts on the bill.

Coincidentally, the Americana event at MADhaus is being presented by Long Beach Folk Revival, and while it will include some Americana music, it also will touch on many other musical genres, as well as poetry and even food to tell the North American story.

“We’re trying to make people feel really; we want people to get emotional with this. We have a history in this country of good and bad. But we also want them to be entertained,” said Fischel, who is not only the theater company’s founder but is also a singer, actor and director.

The piece will include Fischel as one of three main characters, along with Jonelle Thais Holden and Andrew Predoza. A cast of nearly 20 other singers and musicians also will take part in the show.

Americana will be made up of several segments that span different time periods in North American history, from the 1800s through the present. The segments will deal with things like guns, slavery, sexual identity, food and the importance of the dinner table in modern culture.

Food will take a leading role at the Saturday night version of the show; things will start off with a 5:30 p.m. dinner prepared by Long Beach chef Paul Buchanan, who will serve a seven-course meal inspired by the show for dinner-ticket holders.

 

http://www.presstelegram.com/arts-and-entertainment/20140423/long-beach-celebrates-americana-music-culture-with-two-major-events-this-weekend

Everything Long Beach on Western Mini Festival

Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California to host a Western Mini Festival featuring headliners L.A Western-Psych rockers Spindrift, Central California Country-Folk outfit The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and Electro-Cow-Punk Blues duo Restavrant. Also on the bill are acclaimed touring Americana-Country act The Sumner Brothers (ironically from Canada) as well as local favorite Country-Folk Noir act, RT N’ the 44’s, Country act Sam Outlaw and finally proud country band, Cal King to round out the lineup. Originally set to take place at Echo Country Outpost but due to un-disclosed reasons, the venue closed it’s doors. Luckily, Alex’s Bar jumped on the opportunity and we couldn’t be more excited to bring it back to Long Beach to where we started the Hillgrass Bluebilly So. Cal Chapter. With the dark and comfortable yet punk rock atmosphere of Alex’s Bar, drink specials from Sailor Jerry Rum, BBQ, Food Trucks, some of L.A’s best cowboy bands and phenomenal touring acts, this party is set to make a mark on the underground country music scene.  Fans are encouraged to purchase discounted pre-sale tickets in advance as space is limited.
Spindrift  is a psychedelic western band that hails from Los Angeles, California.The mists of Spindrift began casting their hypnotic haze upon the eastern shores of the United States in 1992. For the next decade, the captain of the mothership, singer/songwriter/guitar-slinger, Kirpatrick Thomas (a.k.a. “KP”), sailed the sonic sea, letting the music carry him and his band to faraway places to perform for audiences around the world. Eight records later, Kirpatrick felt the undeniable pull of the west and ventured into the sunset in search of a new world.
On his journey, he met up with the Brian Jonestown Massacre, who took him out on tour with their band – a detour that would set the stage for the next incarnation of Spindrift. Ultimately landing in Los Angeles, Kirpatrick became fascinated by the history and heritage of his newly adopted home. Desert landscapes inspired new musical sound-scapes that paid homage to old western movies. For a time, KP bounced from sea to sea, simultaneously working on his classic psyche-pop album “Songs from the Ancient Age” with his east-coast band members, while also recruiting his gun-toting west coast contingent. L.A. musicians and desert dwellers embraced his bluesy psychedelic shoegaze and experimental explorations, and soon, Spindrift “west” would be born …and a new psychedelic western revival movement would begin. Bio by Mary Patton. Read the rest here:http://www.last.fm/music/Spindrift/+wiki
Also headlining at the mini festival are The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. Take two Americana singer-songwriters, an indie-rock veteran of a drummer, country-born bassist, and metal-bred pedal steel player, and what do you get: the rough-hewn yet driftwood-smooth; rebel-headed, but heart-of-gold sound of The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. The outfit includes singer-songwriters Willy Taylor and Chris Doud, drums and art Aaron Burtch, Taylor Webster Bass and vocals, and Multi-instrumentalists, Matt Cordano and Chandler Pratt. Any Outfit member may tell you that it’s plenty just to be at the pinnacle of a local music scene embracing roots and Americana music, but, as one recent convert put it, “the rest of America needs to hear this noise.”
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Restavrant has become known as one of the best live bands in Southern California. “Restavrant are two screemin freeks – term used so respectfully from adorable Victoria, Texas, that use expired license plates for drum parts and bodily drag truly addled hillbillyism into the digital age. They engineer a sloppy collision between Hasil Adkins and DJ Assault that boils down to beat, guitar and rooster-at-sunrise screaming, and behind them the drunkest dancers fall obediently in line.”-The Echo
Chester A. Arthur at IRT Magazine had this to say: “Combining deep blues and hip-hop beats better than anyone since the late, great R.L. Burnside, this is the album the Black Keys should have made with Dangermouse.”
About Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California: Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California is a promotional chapter of Hillgrass Bluebilly Records & Entertainment (Austin, TX). Hillgrass Bluebilly Records & Entertainment was founded in 2005 and originally focused on building events around underground roots music. They were instrumental in building the roots scene in Phoenix, AZ, hosting shows with such acclaimed acts as Bob Log III, Ralph Stanley, Scott H. Biram, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Possessed By Paul James, and many more. Eventually the founder settled in Austin, Texas and morphed the company into an award winning record label, releasing albums by Texas Country legend James “Slim” Hand, Scott H. Biram, Left Lane Cruiser, Possessed By Paul James, Restavrant, Tom VandenAvond, and more.
Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California was founded in 2012 to carry on the tradition of the founder’s vision of bringing awareness to underground roots music to the west. In just over one year, Hillgrass So. Cal has hosted events with such notable acts Billy Joe Shaver, Wayne Hancock, Sean and Zander, Possessed By Paul James, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Miguel Garcia & The Vaquetones, Frank Fairfield, Charlie Parr, Jake La Botz, Rose’s Pawn Shop and many more, as well as co-organizing the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival.
The Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California Western Mini Festival is Saturday, April 26th from 5pm-2am at Alex’s Bar 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA.
Tickets: $10 advance (before 04/26/14) / $12 day of show (available at the door or online at http://www.alexsbar.com/event/168462)
For additional info visit  www.hillgrassbluebillysocal.com.

http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/western-mini-festival-alexs-bar/

Long Beach Register on Western Mini Festival @ Alex's Bar 05/2014

 

Like roots music? Western Mini Festival rolling into Long Beach

On Saturday night, Alex’s Bar will be having a hoedown of sorts as it plays host to a Western Mini Festival put on by the Southern California Chapter of Hillgrass Bluebilly, which is doing its best to turn Southern California into a roots, rockin’ hub.
This definitely won’t be your dad’s Bob Wills Western Swing show, although the echoes of Wills and Bill Monroe definitely will be there.
The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Spindrift, local favorites Restavrant and RT N’ The 44s will be among the bands performing. Variously, the groups have been described as Western psych rock, electro-cowpunk, country noir, Americana and country folk and rock. Collectively, though, they can all trace to the burgeoning roots music movement.
The event was originally slated for the Echo Country Outpost in Echo Park, but when that venue suddenly shuttered, Alex’s stepped into the breach.
Among the groups performing is the six-man The Good Luck Country Thrift Store Outfit out of Oakdale in Northern California, who are touring the area. Bass player Taylor Webster took time to answer five questions.
Q. What do you think of the roots scene in Long Beach?
A. This is our third time playing Alex’s. I think (roots) is starting to take hold. There are a lot of great bands playing there. It seems there’s a good scene developing there, and we’re hoping we can be a part of it. This is a good chance to get in with actual roots bands; I’m really looking forward to it.
Q. To what do you attribute the rise in interest in Americana and roots music?
A. I’ve been playing this type of music for 14 or 15 years. When we picked it up, nobody was doing it. I think people want to connect to a simpler way of life. The big record labels and corporations have created a mono-genre, and people are reaching out for something else. (Roots) is easily accessible, and I think people are thirsting for that.
Q. In what way do the bands you’re playing with complement your band?
A. They’re all amazing. I guess we just come from the same scene. We’re doing it for the honesty of the music, and they’re kind of doing the same kind of thing.
Q. You’ve been compared to Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Wills and even Neil Young. How do you describe your band’s music?
A. We’ve got six guys so we’re eclectic. We’ve got the traditional instruments, but our pedal steel player will also mix in a flying V rock guitar. It’s hard to pinpoint what we are. We don’t have any rules when we write and play. It’s all original music.
Q. Does coming out of the Cowboy country of Oakdale help?
A. We have a giant rodeo here you have to come through if you’re on the circuit. It’s a ranch culture here. When we were younger, there were only 10,000 people here. All our songs are based on where we’re from and I think that comes across in what we do. It’s honest.
Contact the writer: gmellen@lbregister.com

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/roots-611312-music-country.html

Long Beach Post interviews Paul Givant of Rose's Pawn Shop on Folk Revival Festival 2013 & Hillgrass So. Cal

This Saturday, November 16, a group of energetic local leaders have collaborated to create the first Long Beach Folk Revival Festival. Starting at 11AM, nearly two dozen acts will grace two stages. Headlining the show is Rose's Pawn Shop, an LA based band that's been touring the country in advance of their upcoming album release. 

Their first album, The Arsonist, came out in 2006 and, with changes the lineup in 2009, they released their second album, Dancing on the Gallows, a year later. Lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist Paul Givant admits that the genre of Americana came late to him. 

"I grew up more with rock, alternative, pop, and even jazz, but when I was in my late teens, I started getting into more American roots/folk artists. It started, first, through Grateful Dead's more folk oriented stuff, which led me to Bluegrass artists like Bill Monroe and Flat and Scruggs. I listened to a lot of Woody Guthrie and folk revival stuff like early Dylan, and more modern throw-back roots stuff like Gillian Welch and Old Crow Medicine Show. 

"Eventually, the idea that came along for me was to create old time American music, but give it a more aggressive rock approach with drums. Similar to what The Pogues, first, and later groups like Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys did with Irish music. We're not quite as punk as those groups, but the energy is similar on a lot of our stuff." 

The band stood out in the L.A. rock scene, and garnered lots of positive attention. 

"We'd be the only band on bill doing the kind of stuff we did. but we'd always get a lot of love and positive feedback from people because of our energy and for being unique, but still holding our own amongst the other rock groups. However, we soon discovered there was a lot of folk revival, Americana, and alt-country stuff happening all over L.A. and we fell in with a lot of those bands. That scene is still pretty strong in L.A. today. 

"Truth be told, L.A. is a tough town for music. It's just so saturated. We always felt the most love out on the road, in other parts of the country. And in places like Washington state, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, even Virginia and Tennessee, that's where we've been able to build up the majority of our fan base." 

American folk music never really died. The form has been discovered, rediscovered, and renewed continually since it's early origins. Givant agreed that the term 'revival' is a bit misused. 

"Folk music, or what's been labeled Americana, has been going on throughout the America for longer than there has been recorded music, and it hasn't stopped. These so-called 'roots' artists have always been there. It's just that, every 20 years or so, it pops back up into the mainstream in some way or another, and then it's called a revival. But this type of music has never gone anywhere. The fan base for it, and the lovers of this type of music, never go away. It's the musical subculture that never dies, as far as I can tell." 

When it comes to the art of songwriting, Givant tries to create music that transcends form. 

"Maybe the genre influenced my songwriting more in the beginning, but I feel, in the last few years, that I don't really try to write in the Americana genre. I feel a lot of my songwriting is more in the vein of the folk-rock singer-songwriter approach, more influenced by Elliott Smith and The Beatles than, say, Hank Williams. But then we take those songs and kind of put them into Americana folk, sonically, with the banjo, fiddle, upright bass, etc. Usually, our songs start with a melodic idea that creates a feeling in me that i can relate to, and they grow from there." 

Growing up, Givant's family played music for fun. 

"My father played clarinet a little bit, and he'd take it out of the closet now and then and play, but it was just a hobby for him. My mother played a bit of piano and organ, and we'd sing holiday songs while she played at Christmas, but both my parents were never huge music lovers like I became. 

"Music was one of my escapes in junior high and high school, and something that became supremely important to me in a way that it wasn't for the rest of my family. I did have a great-grandfather, who lived in Minnesota back in the day, who was a band leader of several working bands, including a polka band and a mandolin string band. I have some old pictures of him with his bands, so maybe that's where I get it from." 

Givant took up the drums, and took great pleasure in playing live with bands, but it was a high school romance that inspired him to write his first song. 

"It was pretty horrible. I remember, more, the feeling of writing my first song that I thought was pretty good. It felt amazing to actually feel like I expressed something that was true, for me, in a song and have it come pouring out in that way. 

"I remember my first gigs as a singer and songwriter as being pretty terrifying, and being really nervous to the point of shaking. It was so much more exposed than being a drummer, but I remember feeling good about it, and proud that I did, once it was over." 

Givant and the band have been crafting new material while they've been touring, and expect their new album to be released early next year. 

"Our fans have had our last album now for over 3 years. They're ready to hear the new stuff. We've been playing a lot of the new stuff, and its been well received. We're excited about it. We're also really excited about the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival. Its the first year they're doing it, I understand, So I'm excited to see how it all comes together. There are a lot of amazing bands and musicians involved, so we're honored to be a part of it. Anthony, from Hillgrass Bluebilly Los Angeles, is one of the organizers and has great taste in bands. He's pulled together a lot of great people, so I think it should be a pretty amazing event." 

Rose's Pawn Shop performs on the main stage at 9PM. Tickets, and information about the festival, including a $40 Farm To Table lunch catered by Primal Alchemy, can be found at FolkRevivalFestival.com. For music, photos and lots of other band info, visit RosesPawnShop.com. 

http://lbpost.com/life/music/2000003050-rose-s-pawn-shop-headlines-saturday-s-folk-festival

 


OC Weekly on Western Mini Festival @ Alex's Bar 2014

It’s back to the roots this Saturday at Alex’s Bar as Hillgrass Bluebilly and tons of their twangy friends take over for a mini-fest—that means lots of bands, but no three-hour drive or parking hassle—featuring aggressively idiosyncratic strains of country music. LA’s Spindrift make soundtracks for films that don’t quite exist yet, like some kind of cosmic combo of Ennio Morricone and the Fifth Dimension Byrds, while fellow top-of-the-billers Restavrant start whereHasil Adkins left off and head toward high-volume insanity. Plus, you also get the well-loved RT n’ the 44s, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Sam OutlawCal King and the Sumner Brothers. Hootin’ encouraged, hollerin’ mandatory. 
Sat., April 26, 5 p.m., 2014

http://www.ocweekly.com/2014-04-24/calendar/western-mini-fest/


OC Weekly on Sean & Zander show at Detroit Bar in 2012

Put the punk rock in the cowboy hat—or maybe just boots and a bandolier—and you got the revved-up Americana of the Hillgrass Bluebilly organization, who take two genres, three chords and the truth and end up with a bunch of bands bouncing around between the Gun Club andHasil Adkins. Tonight, it’s headliners Sean Wheeler (of the much-loved Throwrag) andZander Schloss (of basically every band and also from Repo Man) doing Tom Waits-meets-Roky Erickson doom roots along with guy-girl duo Crushed Out doing ’56 rock ‘n’ roll with ’76 style. (So if you ever thought a New York Dolls song romantic, you best believe you’ll be in L-U-V.) Also on deck are fearsome twosome Restavrant, who play homebuilt drums with backwoods aplomb. A night for people who like to double-fist their music and their drinks both. 
Sat., Nov. 17, 9 p.m., 2012

http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-11-15/calendar/sean-wheeler-and-zander-schloss/

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OC Weekly on the Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California Kickoff Event 2012

Texas label Hillgrass Bluebilly believes in just about what you’d think—or hope—they believe, which is a shotgun marriage of roots, Americana, country, punk, folk and rock, all delivered by bands that’d actually seem pretty at home hoisting a shotgun, should the occasion demand. Their Hello-California! show is helmed by the perfectly selected Restavrant, who even with a couple guys on deck are still very much in the tradition of one-maniac-bands like Hasil Adkins and Bob Log III. It’s hollerin’ amplified by electricity, and it’ll rush through your brain like a jar of white lightning. Also on the bill are LA’s RT n’ the 44s, doing their own ramshackle country with instruments they built themselves. A good ol’ fashioned Sunday kick-in-the-ass! 
Sun., Oct. 14, 3 p.m., 2012

http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-10-11/calendar/hillgrass-bluebilly-socal-kickoff/full/