Holy Folk plus guests

Holy Folk

Holy folk is a collaboration between LA songwriters Keith Waggoner, Josh Caldwell, Ryan George and Jonathan Hylander.

The project began in 2009 as a studio venture between Caldwell and Waggoner, who at the time, played together in the band, Les Blanks.

Holy Folk first released a free 4 song digital EP in 2011 entitled Heavy Hands, which was produced by the band at Waggoner's Fernwood studio in Silver Lake. The EP was generally well received, buoyed by it's first single, "Kind Hearts (Keep Giving)", which received multiple soundtrack placements in 2011 and 2012. Loudvine.com called Heavy Hands "a must have", deeming the record:

"an acoustic sound locomotive, powerful in its sounds, wonderful in its ability to touch you on so many different levels.".

George and Hylander joined the effort in 2012 and began contributing material to the new record. George also performed and sang lead vocals on a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" which was released as a digital single in April of 2012.

After several months in the studio, Holy Folk has finished recording their debut full-length, Motioning, which they plan to release this spring. The ten-song LP, produced at Fernwood, is the first collaborative effort between the four songwriters and features contributions from several local musicians, including Brian Soika, Tony Lyman, Charlene Haung, Shannon DeJong, JR Sage, Samson Crouppen, Tony Nichols and Lex Roohani.

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining
After the release of their 2011 album, Nice to Meet You Again, Southern California’s, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining decided to try a different approach to producing/distributing their songs for the follow-up project. Front man/songwriter, Trevor Beld-Jimenez, thought it would be an interesting notion to record sets of tracks throughout the year and release one single per season, beginning with summer. Each session was recorded at a different studio, in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and various artists were brought on to do the design for each cover, including Kyle Field, Jason Bays, and Seth Pettersen. The Seasonal Singles were initially released online as they were individually completed. The vinyl pressing of Tall Tales and the Silver Lining marks the birth of these twelve songs in a physical media format, and is the band’s first release with Rocketship Records.
While performing extensively throughout California, the band has played shows with a myriad of notable acts, such as: Dawes, Kurt Vile, Deer Tick, Little Wings, Kimya Dawson, Blitzen Trapper, Neal Casal, Beachwood Sparks, Langhorne Slim, Mother Hips, Tom Brosseau, and many more. The group is influenced and motivated by a wide array of artists ranging from the likes of The Rolling Stones to Burt Bacharach, Neil Young and Crazy Horse to David Gates, and Minor Threat to Tom Petty. Beld-Jimenez states that the songs on this album find their messages stemming from “friendships, longing, love, an arch-nemesis, partying, depression, joy, babies, and family.” Tall Tales and the Silver Lining recently celebrated their fifth anniversary as a band, in one form or another, and this compilation is their sixth release.

Fort King, nom de guerre for Ryan Fuller, a songsmith who grew up in Ocala, FL and resides in Los Angeles. Steeped in old folk traditions and country blues like Mississippi John Hurt, his outsider view of LA life made him something of a citified crooner of New Weird Americana. "Black Palms" is a dirge of nascent teen suicide in a country setting. "Osceola" highlights the psychology of the Seminole Indian warrior, much as Neil Young chronicled new world holocausts in his "Cortez, the Killer." Heartbreak is also a theme and Ryan's fingerpicking and soft delivery have invited comparison to Elliott Smith.



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Holy Folk plus guests with Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Fort King

Friday, May 17 · 8:30 PM at The Echo