Leftover Cuties: Some things are eternal. Love songs. California sunsets. The ukulele. Leftover Cuties embody all of that goodness on their debut album Places To Go. Produced by Tony Berg (Bob Dylan, Michael Penn, Jesca Hoop), the eleven breezy, sophisticated songs evoke a magic-hour stroll on the beach with a special someone. Who knows what year it is? Who cares when the songs are this sweet? To call Leftover Cuties retro or throwback would be too easy, and frankly dismissive. Sure, the music fits beside Billie Holiday, but it’s also current in its sex appeal, its sophistication, its confidence. The Cuties’ music – plied with upright bass, accordion, the brushed drums, and yes, ukulele – is not slavishly old-timey, but honors its forebears in the right way. Melody. Sharp playing. Stylized, confident, character-laden singing.
Clayton Joseph Scot: Clayton Joseph Scott was born on the west side of Los Angeles in Venice, California. He began his music career at the age of two when his life long musician father bought him a guitar and the “Born in the USA” vinyl. Clayton set up an American flag and turned a garbage can upside down as a drum proclaiming he wanted to be Bruce Springsteen when he grew up. Since that time Clayton’s musical journe y has taken him around the world playing music across Europe, Asia, and the United States. During a trip to India in 2008 Clayton began writing and performing his own material. When he returned to the United States, indie label Sweet Mercy Records (www.sweetmercyrecords.com) based in Ashland Oregon discovered Clayton while playing a show at a wine bar. The label established a working relationship with Clayton developing five of his songs they featured on his debut maxi-single “Heavy Rest” released through Sweet Mercy in early 2010. An opportunity to work on a motion picture soundtrack in early 2010 with Serafini Films brought Clayton to Los Angeles. The transition back to his native city proved fertile ground for the young singer songwriter as he began to compose a plethora of new material and built a fan base in Los Angeles. Clayton’s most current compositions have earned fans up and down the west coast playing in various cities across California and Oregon. Currently Clayton is finishing his next album at Konscious Studios in Santa Monica.
The Dustbowl Revival:
The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, CA-based folk orchestra playing a raucous brand of ethnic roots music. An ever-evolving collective of up to twelve musicians including washboard, trumpet, tuba, clarinet, trombone, banjo, mandolin, pedal steel, blues harp, kazoo and more, Dustbowl’s riotous dance-your-ass off sets bring you on a tour of traditional American music with a thoroughly modern twist. Think Dylan and The Band meets The Devil Makes Three meets Satchmo down in New Orleans. “Bluegrass-swing like the Blue Ridge miners from the 1920’s heading into town for dancing and drinking.” –MUSIC SPECTRUM