The Diamond Light, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Fort King

The Diamond Light

Los Angeles based rock 'n' soul band The Diamond Light formed over long summers and weekly blues jams back in rural New Hampshire. Singer and guitarist Griffin Young began writing songs with drummer Ian Ochs almost ten years ago in Ian's father's band. Playing together in bars with their parents throughout high school, they eventually paired up with guitarist/vocalist Brian Stanley to form the f
inal incarnation of The Diamond Light. In 2007, the band began to make their way West, with all of the members eventually landing in Southern California.

After two years of writing and playing around LA, they released an EP entitled Krotona in the summer of 2009. Named after the monastery-turned-apartment complex Griffin and Brian called home, the EP was produced by neighbor-turned-mentor John Chelew (The Blind Boys of Alabama) at Pacifica Studios in Culver City, CA. 2010 saw the release of the energetic, blues-rock driven EP Seeds in the Street, followed by extensive dates around Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. Their electric live performances have been fueling a rapidly growing fan base.

In 2012, The Diamond Light teamed up with multi-instrumentalist/singer Trevor Menear and began writing material for a full length record. Returning producer Joseph Holiday (Seeds in the Street), and new friend/recording guru Niko Bolas (Neil Young, My Morning Jacket) helped transform their Laurel Canyon rehearsal space into a fully operational recording studio. The resulting 12 songs to emerge from 2 months of writing and documenting in seclusion will form The Diamond Light's debut, full-length record due in late September.

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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Wednesday, June 19 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Satellite