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CALICO the band is a California band in the deepest, most natural
sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker (all caps, please) is shorthand
for California country as if that weren't vividly apparent from the first
moments of Under Blue Skies, the group's resonant, accomplished sophomore album,
with its musical intricacy, lyrical eloquence and timeless immediacy. The
thought-provoking, tightly harmonized songs of founder/leaders Manda Mosher and
Kirsten Proffit exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons
famously dubbed Cosmic American Music.
The sound of Under Blue Skies is informed by the duo's shared love
of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Eagles, the Everly Brothers, Fleetwood Mac
and, of course, the Beatles. Their songwriting touchstones include Joni
Mitchell (whose "Ladies of the Canyon" they cover on the album), Bob Dylan,
Neil Young, Jackson Browne, The Band and Tom Petty. Mosher and Proffit feel so
connected to this classic music that they're able to bring it into the present
tense and make it their own.
We're passionate about carrying on the tradition by incorporating
our influences, but through a new lens, says Proffit. "The reason our music
comes across as honest is because we're not trying to be anything but
ourselves - this is who we are and what we do. We have been lucky enough to have
that California sound permeate who we are since our childhoods."
About Grant Langston:
one foot in the deep country music traditions of North Alabama and another in
the telecaster twang of California roots and Americana, Grant Langston is an
artist that defies the typical toe tag of modern music.
the textile town of Gadsden, AL Grant was raised singing and playing in the
church. He spent his adolescence playing bass for the King James Version gospel
quartet, and helped pay his way through Auburn University touring the dive bars
of Alabama and Georgia with a rock band.
a move to Los Angeles he began writing and playing the roots music that
Nashville didn’t want — honky tonk and full of attitude. 5 albums followed Road
Side Service (2004), Koreatown (2006), Live in Bakersfield (2007), Stand
Up Man (2009), and Working Until I Die (2011). Countless tours
of the US and Europe opening for Dale Watson, Band of Heathens, Wayne “The
Train Hancock”, Ben Harper, and I See Hawks in LA. A multitude of placements in
TV and Film, most notably HBO’s hit series True Blood, round out the
also co-founded The California Roots Union in 2014. This
organization’s mission is to promote and support California roots and country
music with media outreach and as a production company. He also has a musical
side project, JOLENES, with LA music legends David Serby and Dan Janisch.
Doors open @ 7pm / Show starts at 7:30 pm