Cosmic American Revival! With Ocha La Rocha, The Far West, California King

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.

The Far West

"Technically pure, slightly jaded, no-nonsense and honest with stellar storytelling for the every-man." The Far West came together in early 2010, each member having left other bands to pursue a unique sound they weren't getting elsewhere. Robert Black, hailing from Texas has played in dozens of bands from the plains all the way to the coasts (in both directions). In his Texas days he backed a number of bands in all day BBQ hoedowns and late night jam sessions. He even had a band share a bill with Townes Van Zandt. In Los Angeles, after working as a session bassist for several LA bands like Leslie & The Badgers, West of Texas & many others, he met singer Lee Briante. Briante comes from the fertile Hudson Valley of NY, by way of the rolling hills of Western Mass. His parents instilled a deep love of music in him from a very early age, taking him to see a wide variety of music like Arlo, Pete Seegar, Charlie Daniels and many others. Memories of rowdy irish bands burning through bow rosin in low ceiling riverside taverns stand out in his mind. Lee has been playing in bands since he was 15 or so, among others he played in the Northampton, MA ambient band paris., the Boston band 1986 and the LA based Queen Victoria. Ready to start a project of his own he made contact with Robert Black by posting a simple craigslist ad that consisted of nothing more then a Waylon Jennings video. James Williams is the bands lone CA native. He brings his unique style to the band, playing organ, piano and keys,
He has played in Biirdie, the breakups, and SpongeBob SquarePants and the Hi-Seas. and performed live on KTLA Morning News, KXLU, and KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Nick Harcourt. On top of all this, he was the recipient of his high school's Louis Armstrong Jazz Award Virgina born guitarist Brian Bachman had been playing in several bands in LA, but after sharing a bill with The Far West, he wanted in. TFW wanted him too and once the timing worked out Brian joined up and added a depth and excitement to the sound that was greatly needed. After seeing Alabama native Alan F. Rogers drum in a downtown LA bar The Far West knew they had to have him. It turned out Alan was looking for something just like The Far West, and after some mutual appreciation smoke blowing, the lineup was solidified.

Once The Far West came together they got right to work, gigging all across Southern California in places like The Echo, Pappy & Harriets, Hotel Cafe, Cowboy Palace Saloon, Taix, Silverlake Lounge & many more. The American Legion Post 416 in encinitas had become a familiar venue to them and it was here that over 3 days in December 2010 The Far West recorded an album of original songs with he help of Engineer/ Producer Colin Mclean. Done live-to-tape with minimal overdubs this record captures the live energy and beautiful tone of the Legion Post. The boys have been gigging ever since, making stops at the 2011 & 2012 SXSW festival in Austin & countless jukejoints across the southwest. They're proud to share stages with their contemporaries like Mike Stinson, Brennan Leigh, Broken Numbers Band, David Serby, The Americans, Tony Gilkyson, JD McPherson and many more.

Cal King

California King plays country music for outlaws and young old-timers. Based in Los Angeles, the band got its shit together in about 2011 playing small time gigs for big time country fans around the east side. After a few personnel changes, the band finally arrived at what you see in the photo on this page: Adam "California King" Hobbs (formerly of Boyjazz) playing bass and singing, Alex Pauley (also of Boyjazz) playing guitar and singing, Shane O'Brien playing someone else's drum kit cos he had to sell his to move here from Nashville, Uli Sinn on pedal steel and Dobro and talking in an Austrian accent and Asa Ash, on guitar, percussion, candles and good vibes.

What they're good at is making you sing along. Whether it's their own or one that we've all heard before, their music is of the type that makes it hard to tell the difference. They have shared the stage with the likes of Shooter Jennings, Ted Russell Kamp and RT n the 44s and look forward to being the song that you drink, cuss and pick up on cowboys and cowgirls to on any old night of the week.



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