Bootleg Theater Presents
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
Ruby Force, Jamie Drake, Anna Vogelzang
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 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.
Ruby Force, the musical brainchild of Erin McLaughlin, captures her personal journey of self-discovery...marked by a maturity and ease in tone, lyrics that elicit confidence in the midst of questions, and a flirty playfulness that will melt anyone's heart. All this - with an invitation to listen and engage in her twisted tales of life and love, lost and gained.
Evolutionary War is Ruby Force's debut ten-song record. It transports a listener through McLaughlin’s own experiences – from her upbringing in the yellow-hued fields of the Southwest, through the dank, fluoresced streets of urban metropolises, and across a myriad of international seas. Enlisting the collaboration of musical luminaries such as Elijah Thomson (Everest, Delta Spirit, Father John Misty), Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins, The Archs, Foxygen), Frank Lenz (Pedro The Lion) and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), McLaughlin keeps good company on the sojourn as these creative partners inject a wealth of heart, brains and guts into her already soul-wrenching compositions.
‘After the first pass through Evolutionary War, it is clear that we are witnessing only the emergence of an exciting new artist, as the songs weave through a host of familiar musical genres creating an exciting hybrid of past, present and future. If this independently produced release is any indication, the future is glittered with Ruby Force.’ - Eli Thomson
Jamie Drake has been a familiar name in the Los Angeles songwriting scene since her debut (When I Was Yours) in 2010. She attracted folk music lover and Academy award winner, Tim Robbins, which led to their collaboration and tour. A songwriter for a father, and the constant moving from place to place shaped the versatility her work is characterized by, which led to her role in the Off-Broadway folk musical, Lonesome Traveler. The New York Times mentioned her ability to embody the voice of Judy Collins: “quietly claiming the show’s best moment in a revelatory version of ‘Turn, Turn, Turn." Since her solo release, she has explored various musical landscapes (Nobel, Burning Branches, Dear Lemon Trees) including topline released via Armada Music, cuts on various releases, and co-produced two albums. She's a featured voice in film music and can be found in writing rooms across Los Angeles. Her most exciting work to date is sophomore follow up, Make A Spark, produced by Jamie and fellow music partner, A.J. Minette. Make A Spark awaits a release date. Jamie is a founding member of a women’s songwriting group, has worked with The Boys and Girls Club and volunteers regularly with The Art Elysium.