I’m a highly motivated female singer /rhythm guitar player with several new collaborators, and we’re starting up an Americana project based primarily on classic honkytonk/Bakersfield Sound and various forms of raucous early country. Female artists and proto-rockabilly performers were a piece of this story and we also do their repertoire.
We’re all former punk types and fans of the high energy and power of this music, and I believe an act like this is missing in the Bay Area right now. We would like to start by developing a cover band focusing on Bakersfield Sound/honky-tonk/early bluegrass/Texas swing/country before 1970, develop a tight band, and then hopefully branch into originals and Americana after we’re solid on the roots material. California made extremely important contributions to country music history and much of this history is still alive and well in the state. Let’s be a tiny part of that.
-I sing well, have good stage presence, and play fairly basic rhythm guitar. In the past I've have played a bunch of other instruments and stringband music.
-I'm great at harmony singing and interested in folks who can sing the punchy Bakersfield harmonies and bluegrass harmony with me. Definitely open to someone else swapping off on lead vocal.
.-I've put some serious time into old-time Appalachian music in the distant past- ballads, fiddle music from various regions, bluegrass gospel, etc.
-I generally have mixed feelings about much rock-based/blues-based Americana because it's so often a caricature of country or folk ("like country but whinier"), but that sounds like an opportunity to do it better.
-Hank III is probably the closest thing to what I have in mind for original music, but I'm open to deviating from a purely vintage-sounding formula
-many of us have lived in the South or Southwest and have roots in this music, though this isn’t required.
- I don't generally like "singer-songwriter" folk music, and don't want to do a poorly arranged wall of acoustic strumming. I really care about playing music with some kind of recognizable roots in traditional country/bluegrass/rockabilly.
My influences are mostly music from before 1970, and then again modern dark Americana such as 16 Horsepower or Devil Makes Three, with a few modern retro country artists like Dwight Yoakam, Hank III, Dale Watson, The Mavericks, The Derailers, and Wayne Hancock. Not sure where the crossover between these unrelated styles is- let's do a new take on Americana!
-This ad has generated a lot of interest, and I think this idea strikes a chord and that people would be receptive to it.
I'm in my 40's and from a punk background. Currently I do a lot of interesting art with small arts festivals and interactive arts communities.
I am not interested in playing with people much older than me because I'd like to have at least something socially in common with my fellow musicians.
My huge country/bluegrass/folk classics playlist for inspiration:
Some sources of the actual repertoire we’ve been playing:
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