Spring has hit L.A. and with Spring comes the return of the GRAND OLE ECHO (“GOE”) at the Echo (http://attheeacho.com). Welcoming it’s seventh year, the Grand Ole Echo is the Spring and Summer long friendship-sparking Americana, Alt-Country, Bluegrass, and Country (not to mention beer,whiskey, and pizza) filled afternoon “down home style” shows doubling as “congregations” of sorts for the individuals (fans, artists, and musicians alike) that comprise the L.A. and surrounding areas of these musical genres.
Kim Grant (owner of KG Music Press and one of the GOE original and current producers in collaboration with the Echo’s Liz Garo) and Justin Smith (drummer of Old Californio) recently came into the KITR – InTraffikRadio studio and along with Special Guest Jennifer Gibbons gave us the low-down on this year’s line-ups, how the GOE originated, what to expect for those who’ve never been to one of these shows, etc.
This episode featured music from:
Mark Lennon – “Before the Fall”
Michael and the Playboys - “Last of the Honky Tonks”
Whispering Pines – “Come and Play”
The Far West – “Either Drunk and Cold”
Old Californio - “Jewels and the Dross”
Marvin Etzioni featuring Maria McKee - “You Possess Me”
Damngivers – “Plan on Me”
Cliff Wagner and the Old #7’s – “I Miss You”
Brian Spence and the Transcendent Hula Hoop – “Call Me Down” (unannounced but played after Cliff Wagner’s track)
GRAND OLE ECHO SCHEDULE (all shows start at 5pm):
(visit http://kgmusicpress.com/thegrandoleecho.cfm for latest updates and rest of schedule)
April 15: Jeremy Little, Nearly Beloved, Old Californio/ Backporch: Walter Spencer and Friends
April 22: The Sunshine Brothers, Jennifer Gibbons, The Far West/ Backporch: Cliff Wagner’s Old #7
April 29: Loves It (from Austin), Christopher Lockett, The Fur Traders (record release party)
May 6: Angela Bruyere, Brian Spence and the Transcendant Hula Hoop, Grant Langston & The Supermodels/ Backporch: Hot Club de LA
May 13: Ben Redell, Stephen David Austin, Wheelhouse/Backporch: The Earthworm Ensemble with Larry Santoyo
May 20: Guest Curator Julie Richmond (Carolina Chickadee) with some bands from Texas and The Swamp Coolers on the backporch!
May 27: No Show: Memorial Day…go and get yourself to a BBQ!
June 3: Skyline Drive, Chris Shifflett and The Dead Peasants, Whispering Pines/Backporch: The Coals