Grand Ole Echo
Following in the tracks of Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard and George Strait, Caleb Caudle makes pure country music rooted in the genre's glory days, back when melody, mood and message ruled the roost. It's not contemporary country-pop, nor is it part of any underground outlaw scene. Instead, Caudle's music finds the middle ground between the classic twang of late-Seventies/early-Eighties country and the dusty stomp of modern-day Americana.
Raised just south of the Virginia/North Carolina border, Caudle cut his teeth on the road, building his audience one mile at a time while sharing the stage with the likes of Jason Isbell, Dawes, Robert Ellis, Patterson Hood, Justin Townes Earle, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and John Moreland, among many others.
His last album, 2014's Paint Another Layer on My Heart, drew critical praise from far and wide and landed Caudle on more than 40 year-end best-of lists. For his new album, Carolina Ghost, Caudle returned home to his native Piedmont North Carolina. "This record is all about making life changes," says Caudle, who co-produced Carolina Ghost with longtime collaborator Jon Ashley (Avett Brothers, Dawes, Band of Horses). "I kicked booze about a year and a half ago and moved back to North Carolina and fell in love. So it all feels like a new start, really."
Recorded at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC, Carolina Ghost mixes Caudle's voice with the swoon of pedal steel, the swell of B3 organ, and layers of electric guitar. The light, layered arrangements swirl up memories of Haggard classics like Big City and Going Where the Lonely Go — but the end result is pure Caudle, shot through the optimism of guy, nearly a decade into his career, that's discovered not only the thrill in hitting the highway, but the comfort in putting down some roots.
I See Hawks in L.A.
“The finest country rock band on the planet” – MOJO
“One of California’s unique treasures” – Dave Alvin
"To say that I See Hawks in L.A. traipse down a going-their-own-way path through that old
folky Americana and classic California country rock thing doesn’t quite begin to describe the
sheer scope of this band’s wiiiide-open vision. The short version is, they’re adding muchneeded
musical and lyrical complexity to the old forms, blending and stretching both the
emotional and sonic terrain to thrillingly new and unfamiliar points beyond. Hear it for y’self
to best effect yet on the band’s new Mystery Drug, another wickedly surreal blast of
psychedelicized country and rock and poetic honkytonk chops.”
-- John Payne, L.A. Weekly
“A superb ensemble with a serious pedigree in California's roots-rock scene. They earn marks
before playing a note for a song called ‘I Fell In Love With The Grateful Dead’ but it’s a key
signifier. The spirit owes something to Workingman’s Dead/American Beauty but even more
to the Dead’s 1981 live acoustic ‘Reckoning’. Waller’s rich baritone and some smart, sharp
and decidedly dark lyrics provide the cherry on the Garcia.” – Uncut
"Their songs are rife with mournful social commentary, environmental tragedy, wily humor,
outsider guile, and political undercurrent. Seldom has there been an album with such joyous
music-making, such corrosive, acid-etched lyrics." – WM Smith, No Depression
“They know how to lock into a solid groove and ride it like a bucking bronco, and that’s the
hallmark of all great country bands.” – J. Poet, Crawdaddy
Ruby Force, the musical brainchild of Erin McLaughlin, captures her personal journey of self-discovery...marked by a maturity and ease in tone, lyrics that elicit confidence in the midst of questions, and a flirty playfulness that will melt anyone's heart. All this - with an invitation to listen and engage in her twisted tales of life and love, lost and gained.
Evolutionary War, her debut effort, is a full length album, set to be released in 2015 via CatBeach Music. It transports the listener through McLaughlin’s own experiences – from her upbringing in the yellow-hued fields of the Southwest, through the dank, fluoresced streets of urban metropolises, and across a myriad of international seas. Enlisting the collaboration of musical luminaries such as Elijah Thomson (Everest, Delta Spirit, Father John Misty), Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins, Foxygen), Frank Lenz (Pedro The Lion) and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), McLaughlin keeps good company on the sojourn as these creative partners inject a wealth of heart, brains and guts into her already soul-wrenching compositions.
‘After the first pass through Evolutionary War, it is clear that we are witnessing only the emergence of an exciting new artist, as the songs weave through a host of familiar musical genres creating an exciting hybrid of past, present and future. If this independently produced release is any indication, the future is glittered with Ruby Force.’ - Eli Thomson
Pretty like a pistol, and sassy like a tequila sunrise, soulful redhead Dominique Pruitt is here to shimmy your coconut tree with her own brand of retro pop that'll have you craving a classic convertible getaway to a mid-century modern paradise. At age 9, Dominique's course of her young life was changed when she saw the John Waters' film Cry Baby, and there it was--she was madly in love with all things 1950s, especially the music, and there was no escaping it. As she got older, everything about the 1940s and 1960s snuck into that special place in her heart as well. Her musical style follows the same cues with major nods to the sounds of bygone eras, updating her pop Patsy Cline and 60s beach vibes with hints of Nick Lowe and The Cramps. Growing up high on a hill in “the” Valley outside of Los Angeles, she made up imaginary friends when she was a small child, and this is where her love of story-telling began. Her parents and all of their friends were professional musicians, so being surrounded by eccentric music makers was just normal life. Her singing career started as a young girl, and her first audience was actually her horse, who would listen while walking for hours on a dusty trail. She’s a flea market treasure scourer, a tiki drink sipper, a rhinestone cowgirl--really, she still has horses--and loves all that sparkles. Today she still sings to her horse, but much more so for her fans around Los Angeles. Dominique has an interesting writing partner, her Dad (with a pretty weird past)…but that's a whole other story. She is ready to release her debut, and can’t wait to let everyone hear what she's been cookin' up.