Bootleg Theater Presents
The Walcotts Residency
Jessica Childress, Puscie Jones Revue
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Dr John and Tom Waits spend a night drinking together somewhere between New Orleans and Los Angeles. A great cross-pollination of R&B, Soul and Country -No Depression
"If you are missing the music of Levon Helm, look no further" -L.A. Record
Armed with a large lineup, the Los Angeles-based band — whose membership includes two singers, a horn section, a fiddle player, a pedal steel guitarist, a pianist, and a rhythm section — take inspiration from more than a half century's worth of American traditions. The result is a sound that nods to the Band's folk-rock, Little Feat's swampy jazz, Bruce Springsteen's heartland anthems, and everything in between. It's broad, big-sounding music, with the Walcotts swelling their lineup to as many as nine members during their acclaimed live shows.
The name, of course, is a reference to The Band's "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show," a 1970 tune that paid tribute to the traveling medicine shows of Levon Helm's youth. For a group that proudly wears its influences on its sleeve, though, the Walcotts aren't some revivalist band, stuck mimicking the retro sounds of an era that's long since past. Instead, they make roots music for a modern age, with songs that spin stories and melodies that take aim at the heart as well as the head.
Formed in 2012, The Walcotts began spreading their music through multiple TV and film placements, while also earning a well-deserved rep as one of the West Coast's best live bands. Opening dates with Honeyhoney, Steve Windwood, and Chris Isaak came first, followed by a West Coast tour with Chris Stapleton in 2015, mere days after Stapleton swept the CMA Awards. Live, the Walcotts bring the nuances of their recorded material to life, with every show building upward toward an explosion of horns, organ, guitar and dual vocals.
The Walcotts will continue building upward in 2016, when their full-length debut — featuring co-writes with John Alagia (Dave Matthews, John Mayer) and some co-production by Ross Hogarth (John Mellencamp, Melissa Etheridge) — is released.
Jessica Childress is an LA-based singer/songwriter reminiscent of the golden age of classic soul, with an enormous voice that combines traditional R&B with a rock n' roll energy. SInce her national music debut on Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice, she’s opened for Charles Bradley, The Family Stone, Patti Labelle, Allen Stone and performed at SXSW, Sunset Strip Music Festival, Long Beach NYE, and Bottlerock Napa 2017 - including an appearance with Michael Franti during his set.
Jessica's debut album, Days, was produced by Callum Connor (Anderson .Paak producer/DJ), Alex Elena (Alice Smith, Citizen Cope) and Topher Mohr (Mayer Hawthorne/guitarist). The first single, “Far Away”, was released on SoulTracks.com and debuted on Apple Music (#2) and iTunes R&B Hot Tracks. The video for “Starting Today” premiered on Atwood Magazine in August 2017. Days, the album, is slated for late Fall 2017 release.
Puscie Jones Revue
Pusice Jones needs no introduction, but in case you're a bad listener: PUSCIE is an acronym that stands for the Pursuit of the Un-inhibited and Stimulated Core Inside of everyone. Puscie Jones is a man, a band and a movement. A belief system, a way of living, permission to be your truest self. Stylistically the band plays originals and covers that fall into the 1970's funk and soul genre. Puscie himself is the frontman, backed by the vocals of Baby DynOmite and Eve Savage, Jason Taylor on guitar, Thomas Rojo on bass, Alex Mello on keys, Jeramy Lewis on drums, Joe Schmeltzer on sax and Matt Von Roderick on trumpet.