This Week’s Grand Ole Echo! And roots music news…

By on May 31, 2012

***Thursday is the Americana Music Association Nominee Announcement Ceremony for 2012 Americana Honors & Awards.  They’re announcing at The Grammy Museum in downtown LA at 11am.  John C. Reilly will Announce the Nominees with Performances by Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams
Jim Lauderdale to Host/Featuring Buddy Miller & the Americana All Stars (Greg Liecz, Don Heffington, Don Was).  The event, co produced with the Porchlight Sessions, will stream LIVE (11am PST) on the web at, and on the Americana Music Association’s Facebook page:

***Friday has Old Californio playing a show with Northern California’s The Mother Hips.  This all goes down at The Bootleg Theatre in Silverlake: 2220 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90057 (213) 389-3856  Doors 8:30/$15  to purchase tix in advance:
The two bands will also be playing Saturday night in Santa Barbara at Soho:  The concerts will be an excellent opportunity for folks in the LA and Santa Barbara areas to see two of the premier bands in California that follow in the West Coast traditions of song based improvisation and musical exploration.

Old Californio was recently in the news when Van Toffler of MTV wrote an article for The Hive “Seven Songs to Take You Through Your Weekend”.  To read and listen to the full article: 
And in conjunction with their show at the Independent in San Francisco Friday, June 15th where they will be playing their seminal debut album “Back to the Grotto” in its entirety, The Mother Hips are pleased to announce an offer of the entire album as a free download. This is the original version and master of the record that The Mother Hips released in 1992.

***And finally!  Sunday, June 3rd, we’ve got a raging show for you!  This week’s show starts off on the maintage with Skyline Drive a band that prompted to say this, “…if Nashville would quit churning out pretty faced, no-talent, auto tuned hacks and look to the Indie/Alt country scene and groups like Skyline Drive, as a whole I think the country music industry would be in a much better place. ”  Following Skyline Drive with be Foo Fighter, Chris Shiflett with his country outfit, The Dead Peasants.  The Band sets aside Shiflett’s big guitar sound played through a distortion pedal and a loud amp in favor of twangy electric guitars and his beloved Martin acoustic.  Rounding out the night on the indoor stage are Echo Park’s version of Southern Rock, Whispering Pines.  As Mike the Knife says, “Whispering Pines… a tuneful, creative ensemble mining strains of country, folk, and rock music with very satisfying results. Adept and entertaining with their chiming/twanging/sliding guitars and hearty vocal harmonies. {the Pines}are descendants of Southern Cali forebears such as The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco and the Eagles, with varying degrees of rock, roll, and rustic in their DNA. What a perfect way to spend an early spring twilight in the City of the Angels.”
Not enough music for you?  Well, out on the backporch we have The Coals, LA Weekly called the band “a rare and beautiful thing to behold.” Rooted in Jason Mandell’s earthy baritone and elegant songwriting, The Coals have opened for Gillian Welch at Largo, shared the stage with Tim Easton, and in 2010 released their debut album, “Bring Your Love on Back,” featuring guest performances by Sara Watkins and Patrick Park.
As always:  free/all ages/5:30-9pm/1822 Sunset in Echo Park CA 90026
No BBQ but you can order 2Boots pizza through your bartender! 


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.