Charlie Overbey & The Broken Arrows
Charlie Overbey has been a staple in the Los Angeles Music scene since the early 90's as a musician, a promoter and then spent years as a booking agent.
After the tail end days on the Sunset Strip with Big Bang Babies Charlie drifted back to his punk rock roots and Joined Cowpunk band Custom Made Scare, recorded their debut album with Side One Dummy records which came out immediately following a vacation in federal prison and later played with Deadbolt for many years and then Formed Charlie And The Valentine Killers who toured with David Alan Coe, The Supersuckers and more.
Charlie finally sobered up and started writing what would become the Broken Arrows EP~ The California Kid produced by Charlie and Mixed by Grammy Award Winner Ted Hutt ( Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Chuck Ragan, Dropkick Murphys and more) and Paul Kilmister who happens to be the Son of Lemmy.
Some heavy hitters such as Zander Schloss, Steve Soto, Colleen Duffy, Jonah Smith, Jake Margolis and Ted Russell Kamp recorded on the album.
After recording, Charlie then carefully constructed a band of Music Veterans and long time musician Friends that he had always wanted to play with that would be comfortable with heavy touring and would quickly mold into a Band of Brothers.
Jimmy James of The Hangmen, Lead man Dave James of The Superbees, Pedal Steeler Jordan Shapiro of The Supersuckers, Joe Ginsberg of Chuck Ragan and the wind brought in a new Cali arrival from Rhode Island, Drummer Charlie Nicienski.
Bassist Terry Love and Steeler J.C August have stepped in to help out with some of the heavy road work and conflicting schedules.
The band is touring and writing with plans of recording their debut full length LP later in the year with Ted Hutt Producing and Mixing.
It's full steam ahead for this band of LA Music Vets!
with special guests Pete Anderson
Pete Anderson is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning producer and groundbreaking guitarist, who melds blues and country to forge a style all his own.
Long considered one of the world’s best-of-the-best Tele-twangers, musical pioneer Pete Andersonhas never been satisfied with maintaining the status quo. The last 10 years has found Anderson focusing on his solo career – perfecting his craft & honing his musical vision. On “BIRDS ABOVE GUITARLAND” the Detroit native Anderson delivers a set of all-original music — a rich roots music gumbo of blues/funk/swing/country twang with a splash of surf music and a dash of jazz. And TONE — always tone…”
Pete Anderson is most widely known as the musical partner to Dwight Yoakam, (a little ‘side project’ that wound up helping to change the face of contemporary country music!) whose records he produced/arranged/and played on from 1986-2003 resulting in sales of 25 Million+ recordings. Anderson is well known as a pioneer in the roots-rock genre and was an early champion of the Americana movement, where he had a hand in introducing the world to artists such as Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Michelle Shocked and Rosie Flores. He is also a renowned band-leader who has appeared on “SaturdayNight Live”, “David Letterman” , and “The Tonight Show” (19 times since 1986) and has played over 3,000 live shows in upwards of 15 countries around the world. While Pete Anderson’s work as a producer/arranger/guitarist has resulted in acclaimed records in the Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Red Dirt genres of music, his focus as a solo artist has always been his first musical love – The Blues.
With years of critical and commercial success to his name, Pete Anderson is focusing on his musical roots. In 2006 he was approached by Guitar Center to help judge and organize their “King of the Blues” guitar competition, the largest in history. Anderson created all of the backing tracks that the contestants used in competition, acted as a judge and bandleader at the finale which featured B.B. King one year and The Black Crowes the next, and a Pete Anderson produced EP was a prize for the winner.
Reverend Guitars now has 4 Pete Anderson signature guitar models. The latest – Reverend Guitars’ PA1-RT – was just introduced at Summer NAMM July 2013 . Its predecessor, Reverend’s PA-1 first introduced in 2010 – received the “Editor’s Pick” from Guitar Player Magazine as well as rave reviews from all other guitar magazines. Also available from Reverend are the Pete Anderson Eastsider S and the Eastsider T.
From the blue collar, mixed race neighborhoods of Detroit to Hollywood’s early roots-rock scene and country music stardom to the new digital music industy and beyond, Pete Anderson’s talent and innovative spirit have not only set him apart from the herd, but ensure his continued presence as a bright spot in the future of the American roots music scene.
Pete is also a renowned bandleader who has played over 3,000 live shows in upwards of 15 countries around the world and has appeared on Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, and The Tonight Show (19 times since 1986). Pete has released 5 critically acclaimed solo records on his own label Little Dog Records with another one in the pipeline.
Don't bother asking The Mastersons where they're from. Brooklyn, Austin, Los Angeles, Terlingua; they've called each home in just the last few years alone. If you really want to get to know this husband-and-wife duo, the better question to ask is where they're going. Perhaps more than any other band playing today, The Mastersons live on the road, perpetually in motion and always creating. Movement is their muse. On tour, in the unpredictable adventures and characters they cross, in the endless blur of skylines and rest stops and dressing rooms and hotels, that's where they find their greatest inspiration, where they hone their art, and where they crafted their brilliant new album, Transient Lullaby.
"When you travel like we do, if your antenna is up, there's always something going on around you," reflects guitarist/singer Chris Masterson. "Ideas can be found everywhere. The hardest thing to find is time."
For the last seven years, The Mastersons have kept up a supremely inexorable touring schedule, performing as both the openers for Steve Earle and as members of his band, The Dukes, in addition to playing their own relentless slate of headline shows and festivals. It was Earle, in fact, who pushed the duo to record their acclaimed debut, Birds Fly South, in the first place.
"Before we hit the road with him in 2010, Steve said, 'You'd better have a record ready because I'm going to feature you guys during the show,'" remembers fiddler/tenor guitarist/singer Eleanor Whitmore. "We didn't even have a band name at the time. We were going through all these ideas and Steve suggested, 'Why don’t you just be The Mastersons, and that was that."
Upon its release in 2012, Birds Fly South was a breakout critical hit on both sides of the pond, with Uncut awarding the album 9/10 stars and Esquire dubbing The Mastersons one of the “Bands You Need To Know Right Now”. Two years later, they followed it up with Good Luck Charm, premiered by the NY Times and praised by Mother Jones for its "big-hearted lyrics, tight song structures, and sweetly intertwined harmonies." Pop Matters ranked it "among the top Americana releases of 2014," while American Songwriter called it "a perfect soundtrack for a summer of warm nights and hot, lazy days," and the Austin Chronicle praised the band's "spunky wit and rare measure of emotional maturity." The album earned The Mastersons slots on NPR's Mountain Stage and at festivals around the world, from San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Australia's Byron Bay Bluesfest.
With endless touring came new levels of comfort and confidence, and when it was time to record Transient Lullaby, The Mastersons knew they wanted to take a different approach than their first two releases. The band set up shop at Arlyn Studios in Austin, TX, where Chris shared production duties with longtime friend and collaborator George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard, Band of Heathens). Together, they chased a sound that was subtler and more evocative, deeper and more contemplative.
"A lot of what we listen to when we have some rare time off is what we consider late night music," explains Chris, who previously played guitar with Son Volt and Jack Ingram among others. "The last record was bright and jangly and we wanted this one to be vibey and dark. A lot of the stuff is very performance-based and not at all fussed with. We've grown so much more comfortable in our skin that we really weren't trying to sound like anyone other than ourselves this time around."
"We've had a lot of time and a lot of miles to refine our sound and our style of singing," adds Eleanor, whose resume includes work with Regina Spektor and Angus & Julia Stone. "I think the depth of our songwriting has really grown, too. Part of the time we're writing on a tour bus with Steve Earle, and the bar for poetry is pretty high when you're within earshot of one of the greatest songwriters alive."
Rich with Eleanor's stirring string arrangements and Chris's masterful guitar work, the songs on Transient Lullaby more than live up to the challenge. The album opens with "Perfect," a loping duet written partially in Washington, DC, and partially in Newcastle, England, that paints a portrait of two broken lovers who still manage to find a strange optimism in this challenging world. Spare and affecting, the song puts the spotlight on the duo's intoxicating vocal harmonies and makes for an ideal entry point into an album full of characters facing down difficulty and darkness with all the grit and humility they can muster. "Fight," written in a downtown Cleveland hotel, is a wry wink at the battlefield of marriage ("I don't wanna fight with anyone else but you"), while the fingerpicked "Highway 1" twists and turns on a California road trip through an emotional breakup.
"Life's not easy," reflects Chris. "It's hard for everybody, and I don’t see it getting any easier. All you can hope for yourself is grace when walking through it, and someone to prop you up when you need a little help."
Though it's a deeply personal album, Transient Lullaby is not without its political moments. The Mastersons found themselves on tour in Lexington, KY, during the height of Kim Davis' obstinate stand against the Supreme Court's same sex marriage decision, and so they penned the infectious "You Could Be Wrong" in a dressing room before taking the stage with "Love Wins" draped across their guitars. "This Isn't How It Was Supposed To Go"—a cosmic country duet written in Cologne, Germany—has taken on new layers of political meaning in 2017, while "Don't Tell Me To Smile" is a tongue-in-cheek feminist anthem, and the gorgeous, slow-burning "Fire Escape"—which came to life in a hockey rink locker room in Alberta, Canada—suggests that the only solution to a polarized world of fear and distrust is to find strength and guidance in our loved ones.
"As we look at the world political landscape, global warming, a refugee crisis and the uncertain times we’re all living in, rather than lose hope, we look to each other," Chris says. "It’s a little brighter than Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but not much."
Ultimately, the road is at the core of everything The Mastersons do. "Happy When I'm Movin'" reflects their constant need for forward momentum, both physically and emotionally, and the title track paints the pair as "pilgrims of the interstate" on an endless voyage. "No I don’t unpack my bag / Traveling from town to town," they sing in beautiful harmony. "Set ’em up and knock ’em down / Where there’s work and songs to sing / You’ll know the place where I’ll be found / If you don’t want to be alone / Then come along."
For The Mastersons, all that matters is where they're headed, and the songs they'll write when they get there.
Pearl Aday, is following up her critically acclaimed debut record "Little Immaculate White Fox" in 2015 with "Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry".
Pearl has joined forces once again with the venerable Jim Wilson, long time bassist for Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, and the leader of his own successful groups, Motor Sister and Mother Superior.
This new collaboration sinks it’s teeth into the California Country sound, with contributions from renowned guitarist Philip Sayce, the legendary Jay Dee Maness on pedal steel, Fred Mandel (Alice Cooper, Elton John, Queen) on keyboards, and was produced by Jay Ruston.