THE BROKEN NUMBERS BAND / LESLIE STEVENS / THE BEN REDDELL BAND!
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8pm: THE BROKEN NUMBERS BAND / LESLIE STEVENS / THE BEN REDDELL BAND! FREE SHOW
November 30, 2012
The Broken Numbers Band, a multi-instrumental 5 piece based out of Los
Angeles, California, play feel good, american rock music, combining
crafted and tasteful songwriting with sweet vocal harmonies, an honest
and sincere work ethic, and a classic musical sensibility that is
clearly drawn from the soil and from the soul."
Leslie Stevens may just be the sweetheart of the rodeo. Not your
traditional rodeo, mind you: this one's a traveling road show, a
displaced menagerie of vintage country rock, Laurel Canyon folk and
haunted gypsy jazz.
Roomful of Smoke, the new LP from Leslie
Stevens and The Badgers, shuffles and swaggers to the march of a
different drum. It's a glittering showcase for Leslie's pitch-perfect,
honeyed croon, a lighter-than-air twang that channels Emmylou, Dolly
and Neko Case in the same understated breath.
legendary studio maven David Bianco (Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Teenage
Fanclub), Roomful of Smoke merges Leslie's sultry vocals and poignant
lyrics with the unhurried polish of the Badgers, a crack team of
musicians with studio chops and record collections to match, a
versatile set of musicians equally at home with Western Swing, Texas
two-step and dialed-down LA folk rock.
Born in Chicago and raised
in St. Louis, Missouri, Leslie began singing in her church choir,
eventually migrating to Los Angeles for college, with further stays in
Italy and New Mexico. Writing songs the entire time-she was in LA punk
band Zeitgeist Auto Parts for a spell-Leslie later found steady work at
soundtrack composer Hans Zimmer's studio in Santa Monica and provided
original compositions for cult filmmaker Owen Land. Armed with a fresh
batch of songs, Leslie then set out to recruit musicians who could help
her realize her eclectic vision.
Roomful of Smoke begins with a
lovelorn paean to the group's hometown, "Los Angeles," charting the
ambitions and frustrations of life in that city, with Leslie backed by
fingerpicked guitar, bowed bass fiddle and Hammond organ. On the title
track, "Roomful of Smoke," they unleash the twang, venturing into
driving roots rock with overdriven guitars and the occasional Fleetwood
Mac melodic flourish. The band plays a different hand on the hypnotic
"Old Timers," a lush, elegant gem that explores friendship and the
possibility of loss. It's a fan favorite for good reason, with rich
storytelling, clever imagery and a memorable chorus.
are Wasted on You" is pure vintage Nashville gold, with Leslie
delivering a vocal lead to rival other Canyon Cowgirls of late. The
arrangement ebbs and flows with effortless grace, from the waltzing
fiddle lines to the liquid mercury of the spot-on pedal steel.
Ben Reddell Band
You may recall Ben Reddell from his place on the bass behind L.A.'s
Leslie Stevens&The Badgers cq -- he's the tall, mustachioed
longhair who seems like he'd have been equally at home playing with
Willie Nelson as with Roky Erickson. But Reddell has a guitar and a band
of his own, too, and a voice that comes out as weatherbeaten and
world-weary as any classic Texan troubadour. (Hey, Guy Clark? Townes Van
Zandt? Is there room for one more to share that bottle of the strong
stuff?) If you saw the film Heartworn Highways, and if you
laughed and then tried not to cry at all the appropriately hilarious and
heartbreaking moments, you're primed for Ben Reddell's band. They'll
ready the beer if you've got the tears.
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