By on May 14, 2012

Check out the Grand Ole podcast for this week’s show!  Matt Farber talks to Ben Redell of Ben Redell Band, and Brian Whelan of Wheelhouse.  Plus music from Jackson Tanner and Earthworm Ensemble!


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Brian Whelan is striking out on his own with Wheelhouse after having previously been the bass player in Merge Records band The Broken West and also performing as an accomplished sideman with numerous L.A. musicians (including Dwight Yoakam). His versatile, skillful guitar and bass prowess could previously be witnessed alongside contemporary country rock heroes like Mike Stinson, Randy Weeks and the incredible Tony Gilkyson. Brian also played a number of gigs with L.A. singer-songwriter Kip Boardman, in a band that also featured Wheelhouse bassist Rob Douglas (who has also played quite a bit with Stinson, Weeks, Gilkyson and other artists, including Charlie Louvin) and drummer Derrick Brown. Both Douglas and Brown were in the Vapor Records band Everest for a while. Whelan has moved over to guitar and shown that he’s a new force on the scene, a true West Coast renaissance man and a vibrant songwriter with a lot of musical interests and influences, including straight-up rock ‘n’ roll, pub rock and outlaw country. (From When You Awake)

Jackson Tanner is a country band from Los Angeles, CA. Singer Brian McGinnis and Drummer co/writer Marshall Vore. Lead Guitar Wade Jones. Bass Guitar Ben Redell. Organ/Piano John Gilbertson. Pedal Steel Brett Mielke

Ben Reddell, having played with all sorts of Americana acts over the past decade in LA, strikes out on his own with Ben Reddell Band.  Playing with a an all star band (Joe Bourdet, Maxim Ludwig, Travis Popichack, Phil Krohnengold, Rich McCulley), and in the summer releasing an EP, “The Big Dang Deal”

Earthworm Ensemble, released its first family friendly CD by the same name on February 16, 2010. Rocking guitars, fiddles, steel guitar, accordion, psychedelic bass and drum grooves, and rich vocal harmonies, make Earthworm Ensemble the new standout in family music.
The authentic and fresh sound of Earthworm Ensemble comes from a who’s who of California folk/country artists. I See Hawks in L.A. artists Paul Lacques, Shawn Nourse and Paul Marshall are joined by host of talented friends and family. The artists have variously played in bands with Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Sly Stone, the Strawberry Alarm Clock and John Denver. The wistful voices of the Chapin Sisters (including two of Tom Chapin’s daughters) add a sweet and soulful element to three of the tracks, including the resonant lullaby “Good Night Little Spaceship.” The CD also features Discovery Science Channel host and country rapper Zachariah and TexMex/bluegrass vocalist Christina Ortega.
Shawn and Sherri Nourse originally recorded a few songs they’d created for their young son Nolan, who performs on the album. These tunes formed the root and inspiration for more songs and ideas. Paul Lacques teamed up with his wife, Victoria Jacobs, to pen and record a couple of earth-friendly tunes. Mike Stinson, Brantley Kearns, Rob Waller, David Jackson and Jimi Hawes contributed their vocals and instrumental talents.
“This has been a real family effort,” notes Lacques, a steel guitarist whose musicianship has been called “sinewy” and “poetic” by the Village Voice. “We get together with these folks all the time. This collection of songs just grew organically over time from our network of musical friends and family.”


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.