Radio 1190 Presents: Y La Bamba

A busy year for Y La Bamba, touring with Lumineers (confirmed to go back out together in 2013) dates with Avett Brothers, Dengue Fever, Amadou and Miriam, Tinarawen … Festival performances : Pickathon, High Sierra, New Noise, Santa Monica Pier Series … Chris Funk (Decemberists) producing the new record.

#1 record on 2012 :

Rolling Stone album review and stream:

With their new album, Court the Storm, Portland OR’s Y La Bamba return with a haunting second full-length of delicately crafted art folk. “The voice is most effective when it’s indistinguishable from the emotion of the lyric as well as the drama of the rhythm and chords” says NPR’s Felix Contreras when discussing Y La Bamba’s stunning front- woman, adding “…Luz Elena Mendoza stands very near the front of this pack.” On Court the Storm, these ethereal vocals combine with bittersweet melodies and thrumming Latin-inspired rhythms to form an indie pop masterpiece.

Luzelena Mendoza’s songs draw from her strict Catholic upbringing as an only daughter of a Mexican immigrant and the vocal harmonies of the Latin music she grew up around. Extremely sick after returning from a spiritual quest in India, Luzelena took in a white six-toed cat to keep her company as she fought to regain her physical, emotional and spiritual health. She christened her new feline companion Bamba, a name that she incorporated into a moniker she used for a batch of lo-fi home recordings and performances at open mic nights.

Mendoza quickly captivated the attention of a group of musicians, including current Y La Bamba members Michael Kitson (percussion), Eric Schrepel (accordion), and Ben Meyercord (bass). Impressed by Y La Bamba, Chris Funk of The Decemberists offered his production skills pro bono for the band’s proper debut album, Lupon. Percussionist Scott Magee and guitarist Paul Cameron would later join soon after the recording of Lupon. Much of the eclectic new Court the Storm was written during a winter-born collaborative process between Luzelena and Paul, whose guitar playing and vocal melody style helped the band build on the ideas first established on Lupon.

Esme Patterson

With appearances playing with various groups on “All Things Considered”, “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show,” folk and roll songstress Esmé Patterson has just finished her first solo album of original songs November 20th via Greater Than Collective. Described by Patterson in an interview as "raw," All Princes, I is greatly influenced by Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and Feists's Metals. American Songwriter called it “a warm, organic-sounding album that splits the difference between indie pop, folk-rock and coffeehouse jazz” in their full album premiere. Providing collaborations on the album are Nathaniel Rateliff, Roger Green (formerly of the Czars), Ben Desoto (Czars, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bare Bones), Genevieve Patterson and Sarah Anderson (Paper Bird), Carrie Beeder, Eric Moon, Mike Fitzmorris, Will Duncan, and many more.

Patterson is a founding member of the band Paper Bird, and has performed with them in venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. She lives in Denver and loves it very much.

Clouds & Mountains

With the ethereal glimmer of sunset clouds and the massive
maturity of ancient mountains, the aptly named Clouds and
Mountains is the new solo project of Colorado music scene
fixture Macon Terry. Best known these days as the bassist of
Denver folkster phenoma-band Paper Bird, Terry has been
cultivating this crop of fresh tunes from his wilderness
refuge on the craggy slopes of Kitteridge, a small community
nestled in the foothills of the Rockies. The effects of
this ruggedly serene landscape on Terry's songwriting are
evident: while the sly quirks and subtle rhythmic tricks that
characterized Terry's previous projects are still present, the
music of Clouds and Mountains by and large echoes the
expansive majesty of the American West, with shimmering
guitar and shuffling country drums supporting
contemplative big-sky inspired lyrics and alluring yet
accessible melodies.



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