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by Lee Zimmerman
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Forget the odd moniker; for the last decade or so, I See Hawks in L.A. have led the resurgence of a style of West Coast country rock that redefines the music of the Byrds, Burrito Brothers, Poco and the early Eagles. So what better route to take than to create an all-acoustic LP that brings the music back to basics while revisiting high desert terrain. A single listen to the song “I Fell in Love with the Grateful Dead” offers all the affirmation necessary, an ode to sunny days, idyllic environs, hippie chicks and the joys of hitting the highway. Likewise, songs like “Bohemian Highway,” “Dear Flash,” “River Run” and “Highland Park Serenade” emit a campfire-like glow, with acoustic guitars, fiddle, banjo and dobro providing a sepia tinted back porch feel. Those in search of a sound that’s mellow, melodic and as freewheeling as a cluster of tumbleweeds ought to find reason to keep these hawks in their sites. (www.iseehawks.com)

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