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You might think this trio hailed from a locale such as Amarillo, TX or Nashville, TN. Well, if you thought Bakersfield, CA you’d be close as these three joined forces in an Echo Park (L.A.) living room over a decade ago. Apparently longtime fans who cherish the band’s acoustic gigs can now rejoice as New Kind of Lonely is an all-acoustic record with 13 slices of genuine Americana straight from the heart. Guitarist Rob Waller handles the lead vocals, but the other two musketeers, guitarist/dobro player Paul Lacques and bassist Paul Marshall harmonize the dickens out of these songs (on this record the band adds a drummer as well as banjo, fiddle and accordion players).
The songs themselves create some magical imagery but heck, just listen to these songs titles: ” I Fell in Love with the Grateful Dead”, “Big Old Hypodermic Needle”, “Bohemian Highway”, “Hunger Mountain Breakdown” and “Your Love is Going to Kill Me.” If you think the band is like an antithesis of 70’s AOR drifters America (“Sister Golden Hair”) well, you may be right, just trade “Ventura Highway” in for one “Bohemian Highway’ and you’re all set. Sound fair?
They take their music seriously, but with a real looseness create a warmth (with no lack of humor) that a lot of alt country bands seem to lack.