Bootleg Theater Presents
The Walcotts Residency
Hamish Anderson, Joel Taylor
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.
Hamish is a rising guitar slinging blues Artist. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Hamish moved to Los Angeles in August 2014 to build his ever growing presence in the USA. Over the last year Hamish has played dates with B.B. King, Los Lobos, Wynonna Judd, Blues Traveler and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and played key spots on summer festivals including Festival d'ete de Quebec and Ottawa Bluesfest. Hamish's last EP "Restless" was released in November 2014, and led him to winning Best Blues Song for "Burn" at the Independent Music Awards in 2015. His next LP will be out in Summer 2016, and will be produced by Jim Scott.
Vic Firth Artist Joel Taylor got his start on the drums watching his brother play as a kid. With two drummers in the house, it wasn't long before Joel's mother decided that a change had to be made. When Joel turned 10, his mom urged him to switch to the trumpet. Little did she know that the trumpet was at least as noisy as the drums!
Joel continued with the trumpet into his college years, always keeping his drumming skills in his back pocket. Joel had always dreamed of being a studio musician, but after his freshman year in college, he had developed some embouchure problems. After some self-reflection, Joel realized that his best chance of making a living in the studio was to take some time off to concentrate on, and really hone his skills on the drumset. And that's exactly what he did.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 1985, Joel Taylor has been in demand as one of the most versatile drummers currently in the L.A. studio and touring scene. He has performed and recorded with artists that span the whole stylistic spectrum of the music world, such as Stanley Clarke, Allan Holdsworth, Al Dimeola, Frank Gambale, Andy Summers, Robben Ford, Colin Hay(Men at Work), Brian Bromberg, Micky Thomas (Starship), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Michael Buble', Vesta Williams, Phil Perry, Bobby Caldwell, Joe Sample, Jeff Lorber, Herb Alpert, Yanni and Freeflight. Joel is on the short list of drummers for legendary producers David Foster and Peter Wolf. He has performed on numerous Film, TV, and Video Game soundtracks including Gran Torino, Anchorman, Witches of Waverly Place( The Movie), Hannah Montana, and Jonas Brothers. He is also featured on over 100 of the drum tracks for the award winning, multi-platinum Guitar Hero II, III, Rock the 80's and Rock Band video games.