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.