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Timelessness can’t be manufactured. Music either cuts across the years, feeling right at home in yesteryear AND the unfolding now, or it doesn’t. From the get-go Dave Gleason has crafted songs and executed them in a way that hums timelessly, country rock that’d fit in fine on a scratchy old turntable at Merle Travis’ house, blasting from an 8-track player in Waylon Jennings’ pickup truck or serenading crowds during intermission at a Tom Petty show today. Gleason strikes down to country’s hard beating heart and draws out the stuff that’s made folks turn to this music for comfort and delight since it wandered out of the Appalachias in the 1930s.

Gleason’s new long-player, Turn and Fade, coalesces his many charms into his strongest, toughest song cycle to date. Turning the guitar roar up a notch or two, Gleason muses on the things that keep us up at night and the things that keep us moving over the next horizon. This is music for living on the ground, a soundtrack to carry us from paycheck to paycheck and coax a smile from the most down-turned days.

Gleason first began honing his craft in the fertile crucible of the San Francisco Bay Area, exploring what a modernized California country sound might be. A few years back he rolled south into Los Angeles and Ventura, where he’s continued to explore the lingering possibilities of Nashville, Bakersfield and Topanga Canyon. It’s a move that’s toughened up his sound and fully unleashed his inner shredder, two things in full flower on Turn and Fade, which moves Gleason into the company of enduring stalwarts like Chuck Prophet, Peter Case and Kevn Kinney, as well as solidifying his place as one of the torchbearers for Merle Haggard, the Louvin Brothers, The Byrds and other country pillars.

Not everyone can sell a line like, “If you’re going through hell, then stop by and see me,” yet Gleason makes it seem effortless on Turn and Fade, where the Neon and the Wine washes over us in a vaguely baptismal way. The hurt of living and the healing of it lies in these grooves, the ache of lonely nights and the grip of the Blue Side of the World, but also something that makes your boots shuffle and inspires you to buy another round for everyone.” Dave Gleason was a fixture on the West Coast Honky Tonk/Americana circuit since the early 1990′s through 2010-until a recent move placed him in Nashville,TN. With four albums of his own to his credit (and countless lead guitar sessions for other artists), Gleason has shared the stage with Jim Lauderdale/Charlie Louvin/Dave Alvin/Albert Lee/Bill Kirchen and Mike Stinson to name just a few. Dan Forte/vintage Guitar Magazine says of Dave Gleason’s latest album “Turn And Fade”…’Throughout, Gleasons offers enough new wrinkles to stake his claim as more than merely another “new traditionalist.”

The Psychedelic Cowboys

THE PSYCHEDELIC COWBOYS - Established in 1997, The Psychedelic Cowboys were an initial “spark” in the resurgence of the West Coast Americana music scene. Founding member and songwriter John Harlan formed the band on the concept of “weaving together a blend of folk, country, jug band and psychedelic music” in a way that would sound unique yet tip a hat to noteworthy sixties influences such as The Byrds, Kaliedescope, and Hearts and Flowers. In 1999 the group delivered their debut record entitled, “Tragic Songs and Hop-A-Longs”. The “Tragic” record was met with high critical acclaim from publications such as Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Daily News. For the next few years the group would perform at numerous venues in Los Angeles and throughout the West Coast. After two final performances in Virginia City, Nevada in April 2002, the group took a five year hiatus to deal with parental matters and to record what would be the long awaited follow up to the “Tragic” record. In 2007, the group’s critically acclaimed CD entitled, “Jangle Waltz an observation by The Psychedelic Cowboys” was released on the German label Taxim and is currently being distributed worldwide.

The Easy Leaves

The Easy Leaves – California Country is Back!

The Easy Leaves run at the front of the Country music herd in their beloved California, headlining and filling big rooms (Great American Music Hall, The Independent, Mystic Theatre), main stage set at Outside Lands Festival (where Willie Nelson told them 'We should play together again'!). CMT premieres their videos, has them for in-studios ...

But more to the point, they write, record, and perform incredible songs. Songs that are meticulously crafted, and have great capabilities of (just plain) moving people. Under the guidance of Merle Haggard's music, and countless other important poets, The Easy Leaves have written their own collection of poetry for the common man.

The 78 Project, a documentary by Spike Lee's music supervisor currently on the festival circuit, recreating Alan Lomax's historic journey to capture important American Folk music on its home porches found, recorded, The Easy Leaves for their film (alongside Rosanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Justin Townes Earl, Richard Thompson and other great talents). NPR, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times have featured it, and The Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and the Alan Lomax estate are active advisors.

The Easy Leaves have been hired as sole support on shows and runs by Dwight Yoakam, Junior Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep At The Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jim Lauderdale and Los Lobos. The Easy Leaves are fantastic live! A real deal honky tonkin good time!

Their ambitious new release, Fresno (April 7th 2015), finds the boys truly bringing the honky tonk into the studio, as they continue their pilgrimage as proud ambassadors for California Country music.

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Grand Ole Echo with Dave Gleason with The Psychedelic Cowboys, Terraplane Special, The Easy Leaves

Sunday, September 22 · 5:00 PM at The Echo