The Far West – Alison Self opens!

The Far West – Alison Self opens!

Mar 11, 2015 |  0 comments
Date: Mar 11, 2015 Time: 8:00 PM Price: $12 in advance/$15 day of show Type: AltCountry

Technically pure, slightly jaded, no-nonsense and honest with stellar storytelling for the everyman.”
The Far West came together in early 2010, each member having left other bands to
pursue a unique sound they weren’t getting elsewhere. Robert Black, hailing from Texas has
played in dozens of bands from the plains all the way to the coasts (in both directions). In his
Texas days he backed a number of bands in all day BBQ hoedowns and late night jam
sessions. He even had a band share a bill with Townes Van Zandt. In Los Angeles, after
working as a session bassist for several LA bands like Leslie & The Badgers, West of Texas &
many others, he met singer Lee Briante. Briante comes from the fertile Hudson Valley of NY,
by way of the rolling hills of Western Mass. His parents instilled a deep love of music in him
from a very early age, taking him to see a wide variety of music like Arlo, Pete Seegar, Charlie
Daniels and many others. Memories of rowdy irish bands burning through bow rosin in low
ceiling riverside taverns stand out in his mind. Lee has been playing in bands since he was 15
or so, among others he played in the Northampton, MA ambient band paris., the Boston band
1986 and the LA based Queen Victoria. Ready to start a project of his own he made contact
with Robert Black by posting a simple craigslist ad that consisted of nothing more then a
Waylon Jennings video. James Williams, Keys, has played in Biirdie, the breakups, and
SpongeBob SquarePants and the Hi-Seas. He has performed live on KTLA Morning News,
KXLU, and KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic with Nick Harcourt. James has shared the bill with
Mates of State, my ex-girlfriend’s favorite band, thereby winning the breakup.His permanent
medical records include that I drink cosmopolitans. Taylor Negron once called him a poseur.
Chicago native Aaron found his true passion for music when he picked up his first guitar at
fourteen. He’s played was an integral part the Chicago band, Dorian Taj. Aaron has also been
seen playing with Clip Art, Dick Prall, The Eighth Grade, The After School Special, Hobo and
Boxcar, Face for Radio, Coldcock Jones and the Shithawks, The Last Vegas, and Keith Scott.
On the drum perch, a California native and Los Angeles music scene stalwart, Travis Popichak.
Travis is a hotly sought after drummer in LA, as much for his drumming as his unique and
flamboyant style of dress. His mutton chopped mugg has been seen behind the kit for Paul
Chesney, Leslie & The Badgers, Welldiggers Banquet, Ben Redell and countless others.
In early 2013, The Far West began working with Mongrel Music Booking, an inspiring
development and a welcome reward for years of hard work. The Far West have been gigging
all across Southern California and the southwest at places like El Rey, The Echo, The Satellite,
Pappy & Harriets, Hotel Cafe, Cowboy Palace Saloon, Taix, Silverlake Lounge & many more.
They’ve been winning accolades all along the line from bands and critics in all kinds of genres.
In the summer of 2012 The Far West opened a sold out JD McPherson show at The Echo and a
week later a sold out Nick 13 at the 1,000 seat El Rey Theater.
Their debut album was recorded in Encinitas, CA where the American Legion Post 416 had
become a familiar venue to them. The crew at the legion opened up the doors to the band,
and over 3 days The Far West recorded their originals with he help of Engineer/ Producer Colin
Mclean. Done live-to-tape with minimal overdubs this record captures the live energy and
beautiful tone of the Legion Post. The band is currently working on their 2nd album, pairing
again with producer Colin Mclean.

a3167129718_10Reltone Records artist Alison Self plays country, blues and folk music of different varieties on the ukulele and these days, is mostly seen with a guitar. Sassy, sweet and self-assured, she has been described as Richmond’s chanteuse “with a huge voice unlike any other female singer in Richmond.” Alison has been performing since 2006 when she started learning to play as a way to make money and pass the time while hoboing around the country. It soon developed into a number one priority that hasn’t seemed to let up. From DIY events to late night bar gigs to farmers markets to street corners, Alison has become a well known musician in the Richmond roots circuit. Alison performs mostly solo but also in several duet projects.

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