The Bluegrass Situation presents:
THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION: “Southern California’s home for everything bluegrass, folk, and Americana” Think Los Angeles is all about pop stars and surf punks? Think again. The bluegrass and Americana spirit is alive and well in LA, and has been for as long as there have been wooden floors to tap your toes on. From Woody Guthrie’s Golden State ramblings to the Kentucky Colonels on The Andy Griffith Show, from the Newgrass and Laurel Canyon sound of California natives Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson to a new generation of musical prodigies in San Diego’s Nickel Creek and Santa Monica’s Gillian Welch, the bluegrass scene is one of Los Angeles’ finest and longest-hidden treasures. But why keep it a secret? We think some light deserves to shine on this situation, on its history and on the wave of burgeoning musicians, fans, and venues blossoming throughout the southland. That’s why Amy Reitnouer’s BLUEGRASS LA blog and Ed Helms’ annual LA BLUEGRASS SITUATION festival at Largo have joined forces to create THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION, your first resource for fans, musicians and venues all over the country to be in the know for what’s happening in the old-time music scene. Showcasing local artists, venues, and upcoming shows, the site also seeks to demonstrate to the world the amazing talent and local fan base that await them in LA. We’re here because we love the music, we love the community and we love our city. And we think you will too. Discover Los Angeles’ best kept secret: THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION.
The Wild Reeds:
Beneath the hair and the torn tights lie the folk-rock melodies and jazzy overtones that is The Wild Reeds. Since December 2009, The Wild Reeds have shared a common purpose, to work hard and develop good, honest music that reflects the deepest caverns of their hearts. The Wild Reeds is composed of three parts, the enchanting Natalie Nicoles, the fearless Sharon Silva and the high-spirited Kinsey Lee. The three young women rotate around the stage exchanging roles and tossing around a variety of instruments such as guitar, harmonium, banjo, auto harp, and mandolin while wooing their audiences with their acclaimed three-part harmonies. The Wild Reeds strive to create music that, like their lives, reflects a constant state of progression. As brave young women in the ruthless realm of the Los Angeles music scene, these ladies carry the day with their playful personalities and eclectic talents. The band name was inspired by the Chinese parable, The Oak and the Reed, the band, like the reeds blowing in the wind, embrace a surprising strength when they overcome the trying storm. To date, these lovely ladies have independently released two albums (Songs for the Morning, Afternoon, and Evening and Even When the Strong Winds Blow), toured the West coast, and played a myriad of places in the Los Angeles music scene. We can only expect to see more exciting messages come from these highly motivated musicians. Stay tuned, educate yourself, and enjoy the inspiring and salient tunes of The Wild Reeds.
10 String Symphony:
Two 5-string fiddles, two voices, the occasional banjo and resonator mandolin. Acoustic/Folk/Old-time/Blurrrgrass Madness. Please clap between movements.