Before they joined forces in Hollywood, Kentucky multi-instrumentalist Jeff Hortillosa and California singer Kelley Jakle were both accomplished songwriters in their own right: Hortillosa supporting Austin “trashgrass” five-piece Whiskey Shivers and Jakle gaining recognition beyond her local scene with a college a cappella group. But when these star-crossed collaborators met on the set of Pitch Perfect 3, sparks flew and that chemistry gave birth to a new, diverse duo, Robin Alice.
Jakle’s pop-rock vocal tendencies mesh surprisingly well with Hortillosa’s Americana arrangement style, and the five songs on their debut EP obscure the lines between an impressive number of genres and influences. Mixed by Grammy Winner Chris “Frenchie” Smith (and engineered by Kris Wade), Here and There is out this Friday but let’s go ahead and take a gander at the forbidden fruit with a premiere of the album’s centerpiece, “Sinner”!
For the Lankford brothers, a family reunion is basically just band practice. Barrett, Mason, and Lincoln Lankford (and de jure sibling Caleb Pace) have been performing as Folk Family Revival for years and in light of their genre-specific name, this Houston-based four-piece switches up their sound with each new album. Their eclectic energy has earned them opening spots for the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard and more, and today they release their brand new full-length, Electric Darlin.
Plug into Electric Darlin with the album release show, 8PM tonight at Sam’s Town Point and enjoy a breakdown of the record’s fictional protagonists, “Pro And The Con”!
Photo: Trish Badger
Nineteen-year-old singer-guitarist Carla Geneve may have already solidified herself in the West Australian rock scene, but she’s eager to make her name known well beyond the Down Under. This young Perth power chord addict only got started in 2017 but by last year Geneve had already earned seven West Australian Music Award nominations, including wins for both Best Single and Best Rock Act.
Tomorrow Carla Geneve drops her self-titled six-song debut EP and to help iron out the details, check out a single that reckons with romantic internal strifes, “Yesterday’s Clothes“!
photo by Michael Minasi for KUTX
Calling Lee Fields a veteran soul artist is an absurd understatement. He released his first single in 1969, almost 50 years ago, but like his late friends Charles Bradley (who Fields took on his first tour) and Sharon Jones (who was once Field’s backup singer) Fields suffered years of obscurity before attaining his rightful success.
In his recent Studio 1A interview Fields told us how spaceships, planet earth, and god are all connected to love, and as a man married to the same woman for fifty years, when Lee Fields talks about love it’s best we listen. His latest record It Rains Love is about what he knows best–the endless hurt and the unparalleled happiness love can bring us in a way that only someone with his experience can, a way that only true soul music can.
Host: Elizabeth McQueen
Audio Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Producer: Deidre Gott
Cameras: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, Michael Manasi
Though he was just a newborn during Woodstock and only got his driver’s license two years ago, the spirit of psychedelia, independence, and youthful rebellion has always been front and center for Stephen McBean and his rock outfit Black Mountain. The Vancouver quintet has been going hard since 2004 but in light of his newfound horsepower (in the form of a 1985 Dodge Destroyer fixer-upper), singer and guitarist McBean needed to push the group’s musical tachometer to its redline.
This fifty-going-on-sixteen scenario paved the way for Black Mountain’s fifth full-length, Destroyer, an album that puts you in McBean’s shotgun seat while he pops the clutch with heavy riffs and scratches paint off the labels “stoner rock” or “space rock” like the bumper stickers they are. Destroyer is out now and Black Mountain joins us at the Mohawk this Fall, so let’s ascend the peak with “Pretty Little Lazies”!
Photo: Olivia Jaffe