Big Cedar Fever
Big Cedar Fever is a string swing band out of central Texas that specializes in classic western swing and jazz. Three part harmonies and tight musical arrangements draw listeners in, only to be taken away by the classic style and lyrics that relic another time and place.
Grand Ole Echo
"THE STONED, STEELY SOUNDS OF '70S COUNTRY MUSIC LIVE ON IN ECHO PARK — ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS, AT LEAST. BREEZY AND BOOZY VIBES ABOUND AT THE ECHO EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON FROM SPRING TO FALL AT GRAND OLE ECHO, AN OPEN-ENDED COUNTRY SHOWCASE THAT FEATURES ALL MANNER OF BUZZED OUTLAWS AND COUNTRY-FRIED SONGWRITERS BUT ZEROES IN ON THE HAZY DAYS OF WILLIE AND WAYLON AND RONSTADT. THE PARTY TAKES ADVANTAGE OF BOTH THE ECHO'S MAIN PERFORMANCE SPACE AND ITS SUNNY BACK PATIO, WHERE RAY'S BACK PATIO BBQ SERVES UP SLOW-ROASTED PORK ON A WHITE HAMBURGER BUN FOR $6 A POP. KIDS ARE WELCOME AND RUN FREE WITH JOYOUS ABANDON; HANDSOME YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN LOUNGE AROUND WITH CANS OF BUD; VINTAGE WESTERN SHIRTS AND COWBOY BOOTS HANG FOR SALE ON RACKS BY THE SIDE OF THE STAGE. IT'S THE MUSIC, THOUGH, THAT KEEPS FANS COMING BACK EVERY WEEK, WITH HOT-SHOT LOCAL ACTS SUCH AS COUNTRY-FRIED ROCKER ELIJAH OCEAN AND THE FLAWLESS BLUEGRASS HARMONIES OF DEAR LEMON TREES SHARING THE STAGE WITH TOURING AMERICANA ACTS. CAN'T-MISS SPECIAL TRIBUTES, LIKE THOSE DEDICATED TO MERLE HAGGARD AND TOWNES VAN ZANDT EARLIER THIS YEAR, BRING OUT SCORES OF L.A.'S FINEST ROOTS SINGERS AND MUSICIANS. IF YOU SQUINT HARD ENOUGH, YOU COULD MISTAKE THE WHOLE AFFAIR FOR A NASHVILLE HOUSE PARTY CIRCA 1978".- CHRIS KISSEL , LA WEEKLY
"That's just one example of the type of collaborations in store at the Grand Ole Echo, whose definition of Americana is much more wide-ranging and diverse than its Nashville namesake, booking everything from southern rock to psychedelic alt-country to bluegrass to old fashioned honkytonk." - Jonathan Bernstein, American Songwriter
The Echo Park crowd knock back longnecks and listen to bands that can include (former) local fixture, Mike Stinson,or former members of the Blasters. Members of Wilco, and The Black Crowes have been known to show up and even take the stage.” - Los Angeles Magazine
“Sunday afternoons, put a kick in God’s day with the Grand Ole Echo, a downhome celebration with three live bands plus and old-timey jam and bbq on the back patio.” - The Pasadena Weekly
During the winter of 2015, four pals from the Los Angeles Country Music circuit (Stephen Musselman, guitar; Dan Destiny, fiddle; Elijah Ocean, bass; Aaron Goodrich, drums) started running Honky Tonk classics in a garage in Echo Park. Since then, this original quartet has grown into a collective of some the best players in the area. They are The Countrysiders, and they back everyone from national acts to local legends onstage and in studio.
The group started as a local traditional throwback, playing covers from the Golden Age of country music. Ocean combined his love of the hard country vocal stylings of Lefty Frizzell and Cherokee Cowboys-era Ray Price with Musselman's Chet Atkins and Don Rich influenced guitar work. They soon developed a reputation as the tightest country band in the Los Angeles area, and were invited to be the house band for a 2016 Townes Van Zandt tribute at the Grand Ole Echo. That night, the group backed over a dozen local artists including Jaime Wyatt, Sam Morrow, Brian Whelan, and Gethen Jenkins. As all the performers gathered for an impromptu closing rendition of the recently passed Guy Clark's "L.A. Freeway," it was clear to audience and artist alike: Los Angeles Country Music had a new chapter in the making, and it would be written under the name, "Countrysiders."
The group built off the momentum of the show and found themselves in high demand. Over the next 2 years, members backed up Sam Outlaw and Michaela Anne on a national tour that ended at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, and toured alongside Nikki Lane, Zephaniah O'hora, Sam Morrow, and Jaime Wyatt.
Between road gigs, The Countrysiders are a highly sought studio band in Los Angeles for the cutting edge of country music. Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal) and Michaela Anne are among the artists they have backed in studio.
Recently, the group has evolved as Goodrich left Los Angeles in 2017 to pursue a career in Nashville and the Countrysiders expanded into a collective of the best pickers, singers, and writers in West Coast country music. The common bonds of friendship and love of true country music, however, remain steadfast as The Countrysiders continue their exploration of classic country music sounds from pre-war to meta-modern.
The Countrysiders closed out 2018 as the house band for the country portion of the Winter Dance Party at the Echoplex, and are booking now for 2019.