The Echo Presents
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
The Wild Reeds, The Herbert Bail Orchestra, The Bones of JR Jones
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 18 and over
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
Will Wadsworth formed The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers in the winter of 2010 following a failed relationship, a band dissolution and a scary airplane ride. In order to respark his interest in music, he and his roommate, Jeremy Horton, gathered friends together to sing old Gospel songs. They sang songs inspired by their love of Washington Phillips, The Staples Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe – you know, the real classics – and held house parties just so they could perform. Soon enough, a large, shifting group of people came each week to join in on the weekly jams. There could be anything from 8 to 18 participants, depending upon the night. Wadsworth and Horton, realizing this might work in a club setting, pared down the group to core members, and they began performing around Los Angeles. In 2014, they recorded their first album with Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, J. Roddy Walston and the Business). Heavenly Fire is an explosive barn-burner, taught with electricity and highlighting Kim Garcia's remarkable singing. It provides an articulation of their sound, honed over those many group parties, into a band that has become a rousing celebration of traditional Gospel sounds with rock foundations.
The Wild Reeds
The Wild Reeds can be defined by one word: Harmony. However, the music is nearly indefinable. The sound from this LA based band fronted by Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe and Sharon Silva dips in and out of multiple genres - some etherial folk, a hint of country twang and some rock and roll rhythm (from Nick Jones and Nick Phakpiseth), but it all comes back to the root of this band's power: the fact that Lee, Howe and Silva harmonize like triplets separated at birth.
In the past year, the Los Angeles based band supported such acts as Noah Gundersen, Langhorne Slim, Della Mae, Spirit Family Reunion and Israel Nash and they've made appearances at Way Over Yonder Festival, The Bluegrass Situation Festival at the Greek in LA, Outside Lands, Echo Park Rising, Claremont Folk Festival, and Lightning in a Bottle.
The Wild Reeds released their formal debut album "Blind and Brave," in August 2014 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. The album, produced by Raymond Richards at Red Rockets Glare Studios (Local Natives, Parson Redheads, Honey Honey, Dustbowl Revival), expounds on loss, love, growing up, and the experience of artists and workers alike pursuing their dreams.
The start of 2016 finds The Wild Reeds crafting new material for their second release in Los Angeles, resting after full US tours in the fall with stops at the AMA Festival in Nashville in September, The Bluegrass Situation Festival at the Greek Theater in LA and the CMJ festival in New York in October, and gearing up for a busy year on the road.
". . .that's the power of the L.A. band, whose songs are clear and memorable, potent and sometimes delicate. . . Next year ought to be a big year for The Wild Reeds, and this Tiny Desk Concert will show you what I mean." - Bob Boilen, NPR MUSIC
"I've been watching this over and over." - Paul Krugman, The New York Times
"The Wild Reeds sent bolts of lightening through the Basement bar, making new fans of smiling audience members hanging on every harmonized note." - Annie Galvin, Popmatters
"From the L.A. roots scene come The Wild Reeds, who make folk-pop that is rich in three-part harmonies and camaraderie." - NPR All Songs Considered
The Herbert Bail Orchestra
The Herbert Bail Orchestra creates musical narratives that are epic tales. Taking the listener on a journey through the dark heart of the American West, emerging with a silver lining of hope and optimism. One of LA Weekly's BEST CONCERTS TO SEE IN LA. "A DANCEABLE WILD WEST SHOWDOWN, if sheriffs and outlaws resorted to dance-offs instead of gun duels." says K. Beachum of Violent Success. "RICH IN STORYTELLING…." says Kevin Bronson of BuzzBandsLA. "FOOT STOMPING FOLK" says the Las Vegas Weekly. Formed in 2011 by longtime friends and creative collaborators A. Frattolillo & A. Katz, Herbert Bail now acts as a collective alter ego for a band of 9 strong players. Featuring instrumentation from acoustic guitar, accordion, fiddle, horns and banjo to the electric guitar, keyboard, bass, drums and percussion. "Great orchestration" says LA Record. A. Frattolillo, singer- songwriter, "almost sounds like Tom Waits and Neil Diamond had a voice baby" says MySpoonful, "bottom line: Herbert Bail leaves you amazed."