Cosmic American Revival! with Whispering Pines, Christian Lee Hutson, Ocha La Rocha, DJ Mitra Khayyam of Midnight Rider and more special guests TBA

Whispering Pines

By the summer of 2008, the Whispering Pines were now established as a local attraction in the small Los Angeles community of Echo Park. A place with a subtle rock and roll pedigree of its own, Echo Park has been sung about by Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne, and Steve Young, inhabited by future ‘Eagles’, and frequented by Gram Parsons to only skim the surface. Whispering Pines too found it a suitable environment in which to dig into their music and that they did, coming up with a good amount of original material in a short amount of time. After a few months of ‘wood shedding’ in their small studio, David Burden made arrangements with his friend, musician/producer Jason Soda to record the band. They went into the late, great, singer/songwriter Elliot Smith’s resurrected Van Nuys, CA recording studio and cut a full length album. Sonic inspiration having always been derived from the old LPs they had spent years collecting, Whispering Pines knew that they had to have a recorded sound as vintage as their tastes. Jason Soda’s production and Elliot Smith’s funky analog studio were perfectly suited to give them just that.

Their debut album, called 'Family Tree', was self-released in January of 2010. Fantastic reviews from underground media at home and abroad and respectable independent sales followed. A national summer tour was booked and every date diligently seen through. Whispering Pines, by this time, we're becoming very comfortable together and confident as live performers. Alot of club work followed throughout the west coast and the southwest where the band learned how not only to play a tight 'showcase' set of their original material, but also to keep a roadhouse audience on the dance floor for hours, all the while auditioning fresh material with the thought of beginning work on a follow up record. A successful 'Kickstarter' campaign and careful budgeting got a second record underway.

It is now 2012, after nearly a year in production, Whispering Pines' Self Titled album is completed. The band brings a new confidence derived from their performing experiences as well as a more focused sense of identity and purpose. Sounding comfortable in their own skins, they continue to stretch out stylistically and embrace their idiosyncrasies. Songs reveal concise arrangements, ragged-but-right vocals, and mastery of vintage-inspired style. The albums song sequence is designed with an ebb and flow that adds further cohesion to the material and weaves the four singers and their songs together in a naturally appealing way. Again, in keeping with the bands analog and tape recording preferences, the album was
tracked and mixed by Mark Rains at his Station House studio in Echo Park as well as with Jason Soda at New Monkey. Additionally, the private recording studio of Soda's band Everest was employed for some overdubs. Whispering Pines are grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm they're received thus far, are eager to carry on in style, and are gearing up to make sure their new creation is heard.

Ocha La Rocha

Ocha la Rocha began in 2004 as Johnny la Rocha’s studio project, and quickly evolved into a live act that debuted in 2005 to ply the music scenes of Atlanta and Los Angeles. Initially OLR paid tribute to the classic southern rock of la Rocha’s Georgia hometown, but soon absorbed the burgeoning psychedelic-country sounds of the West Coast. Ocha Scores represents the band’s first label release (JAXART Records) and was produced by Kristofer Sampson (Ponderosa, New West Records) and Johnny la Rocha in Atlanta, Georgia. Recorded between tours over the course of 2 years, Ocha Scores includes the contributions of accomplished supporting musicians including J.T. Hall (Ponderosa), Chandler Rentz (Snowden), Milton Chapman (Barreracudas) and Lee Harraway on pedal steel. The album was reworked by Niko Bolas at Capitol Records and mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville. OLR’s music has been used in feature films like Hot Tub Time Machine and Going the Distance and most recently in the season finales’ of Sons of Anarchy and The Jersey Shore. The band currently resides in Los Angeles and will be touring the West coast Spring/Summer 2013 supporting their August 6th release.

Christian Lee Hutson



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