Dead Rock West + Chris Maxwell
22 Rock City Road
Woodstock, NY, 12498
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
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Dead Rock West
DEAD ROCK WEST--the acclaimed California alt-country rock group fronted by Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen—are heading into 2018 with an array of tour dates. Their recently released album MORE LOVE (August 2017 via Omnivore Recordings) was produced by John Doe of X who helped create an album that places Wasserman and Drennen’s achingly beautiful signature vocals and harmonies in finely etched rock, alt-country and pop settings. The sound is both contemporary and timeless. Click here to listen to “Boundless Fearless Love,” a joyously infectious standout from the album which was praised by Randy Lewis of Los Angeles Times’ Pop & Hiss as he premiered the song (6/21/17) and noted it is “set to a propellant track that’s part R.E.M., part Tom Petty and part Neil Young…” Says John Doe: “They have combined all of the influences (alt-country, gospel, Everly Bros) from their previous records into this one. Great songs. Great playing. Wonderful performances. More Love is heart & soul from two deeply original singers & songwriters.” Doe adds: “Somehow Cindy & Frank connect the dots between '70 country & '60 soul music. They are a modern day Gram & Emmylou singing songs that Otis & Carla would sing.”
Chris Maxwell’s debut album, Arkansas Summer, which John Burdick in the Almanac Weekly described as “…masterful Baroque Americana,” began in a makeshift studio in an Airstream trailer parked in Maxwell's backyard in Woodstock, New York. The dark confessionals of his childhood are stories of tragedy, triumph, abuse, addiction and redemption, all presented with indelible guitar hooks and artfully turned lyrics. "When the drum becomes the drummer," Maxwell sings in the jagged title track, "she beats down like an Arkansas Summer,”
Chris made his name playing perhaps the furthest thing from wistful Americana — in the ’90s, he made catchy, jagged junkyard rock with the legendary New York band Skeleton Key. Before that, he was the principal songwriter and clever guitarist of Little Rock, Arkansas’ first band to be signed to a major label, the Gunbunnies, whose Southern Gothic jangle the L.A. Times characterized “…as if the Beatles met Faulkner on E Street."
These days, Maxwell works out of his new Goat House Studio in Woodstock, where he composes and records music for hit TV shows like Bob's Burgers and Inside Amy Schumer, as well as producing and writing music for other artists (They Might Be Giants, Iggy Pop, Yoko Ono, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) as part of the celebrated production team The Elegant Too.
As for the Airstream, the last report was it's been reincarnated as an American style diner in Turkey.
Arkansas Summer is due out March 4, 2016.