Marc Ford is an American singer-songwriter and blues-rock guitarist. He's just finishing up a stellar album as of yet to be titled, of soulful tracks produced with British producer Stew Jackson of the brilliant band Phantom Limb.
A former lead guitarist of the rock and roll jam band The Black Crowes and the leader of his own bands (Burning Tree, Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club, Jefferson Steelflex, Fuzz Machine, Marc Ford & The Sinners), Marc has seen the world and come to see the light. His sensitive lyrics are infused with hope, devotion, soul and weariness. Having travelled a long road, the former side-man steps forward on his own material with an evolving voice that grows stronger and lyrically more poignant with each release.
Little Brother is proud to be there along side Marc in his journey as he increasingly moves to the fore of his intimate sound and of his journey. Also an accomplished producer, a bit of knowledge honed from taking many positions in bands, projects, and stages works to Ford's growth and we believe it shows in these samples.
Offering up everything from twang-tinged melodic pop to full-fledged country rock, Long Beach based Damngivers have delivered one damngood EP. With vocals somewhere between Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan, front-man Gerry Gomez has created a solid debut that’s as catchy as the finer moments of Wilco, yet captures the raw energy and power of 70s songwriters like Lou Reed or Neil Young. Lyrically, Gomez has a knack for the witty side of things. Kicking off the momentum, with the cleverly titled, “Your Mouth Doesn’t Know What Your Mind Oughta,” the short but sweet, five song EP, takes turns from forlorn love pleas (“Lift Me Up”), to harmonious mid-tempo cuts (“Plan on Me,” “The Angler”), that are all as much personal commentary as they are life philosophy. With harmonica, pedal steel, electric guitar and an array of acoustic instruments, Damngivers are never shy on production value. Each song manages to have its own unique flare while remaining homogeneous as a whole. Though Gomez certainly provides the good ol’ country hurt, with lyrics like “There’s a snowstorm frostin’ up your cold cold heart,” (“Lift Me Up), with dynamic arrangements in tow, he always manages to bring out the sunnier side of the So-Cal Sound. Closing out the album with “Stupid Things,” Gomez’s tongue-in-cheek take on love, this pop induced gem falls nothing short of taking listeners back to the days when Ryan Adams use to get MTV airplay: in other words, alt-country that is hooky enough to appeal to just about anyone, but rich enough in roots to command respect from classic purists. This first effort from a savvy and diverse artist, proves to be yet another contribution to the slew of the fine music that is coming out of the Southern California area. The Damngivers are playing shows in and around Los Angeles, and if their live performances come anywhere close to the uplifting energy they master here, then they are a band Angelenos won’t want to miss.
Pulling the name from the classic Band song "W.S. Walcott's Medicine Show" The Walcotts are just as the song suggests, a collective of "saints and sinners...all kinds of people you might want to know" "Dr John and Tom Waits spend a night drinking together somewhere between New Orleans and Los Angeles. A great cross-pollination of R&B, Soul and Country" -No Depression "If you are missing the music of Levon Helm, look no further" -L.A. Record "It’s the essence of true L.A. Americana music where country, blues, folk, gospel, jazz and country come together with an unforced, spontaneous and uncontrived feel." -Turnstyled Junkpiled "Like the ghost of Levon Helm, and songs like “Should Have Been Me” mix six or seven instruments together playing a great hook, without crowding one another out" -San Diego Troubadour
The hardest working keys and harp man in the Long Beach and Southern California blues scene, Mike Malone steps out to present his own batch of original soulful tunes. Right at home with all the artists on this night's bill (Mike is a frequent fixture with Marc Ford and Damngivers - see video), this night is a celebration of Mike presenting his own songs with the love and support of some of his closest musical compadres. Long overdue in being heard for sure, Mike brings it every performance he does - which are many! He's a first call session guy, harp player, biker, and soul-brother. He sings of life and how it's been lived in his gritty view of it. In his backing band should be John Bazz of the Blasters, Stephen Hodges (best known for his work with Tom Waits, Mike Watt and T Bone Burnett), AND Marc Ford! This performance is NOT to be missed.