Grand Ole Echo

The Echo Presents

Grand Ole Echo

Susan James, Ladies Gun Club, Leslie Stevens (solo)

Sun, September 9, 2012

5:00 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

Free

This event is all ages

Grand Ole Echo
Grand Ole Echo
Susan James
Susan James
Critically‐acclaimed
 singer/
songwriter 
and 
musician 
Susan
James' 
versatile voice
 and 
unique 
guitar 
work
 engage
 her
 fans 
on 
disc
 and 
onstage, 
as 
she has 
toured
 nationally 
as 
a 
solo
 act 
with 
artists 
including 
Lindsey Buckingham, 
Bob
Weir,
 Ratdog, 
and
 Richard
Buckner, 
as 
well 
as 
opening 
for
 artists 
such 
as
 Son
 Volt,
 Rufus
 Wainright, 
Billy
Bragg, 
Richard Thompson, 
David
Lindley, 
Daniel
 Lanois 
and 
others.
 She's
 back 
after 
a hiatus 
with 
her 
new 
album,
 "Highways, 
Ghosts,
 Hearts 
&
 Home"

 which
 was released 
February 
2011 
and 
is 
still 
in
 the
 Jam
 Band
 charts 
at 
#27.
 Her psychedelic 
California
 country‐folk
 sound 
is 
captivating
 audiences 
all 
over the
 U.S. 
and
 Europe.

Ladies Gun Club
Ladies Gun Club
It makes sense that two of the South's finest grassroots singers had to hoof it all the way to Hollywood to find each other. In a sea of indie rock bands, the unabashedly Appalachian voices of SALLY JAYE and SARAH ROBERTS make for a stunning anomaly. Teaming up not only made sense, it felt destined. 
Soon after meeting, they borrowed the name LADIES GUN CLUB from an actual ladies' gun club in North Carolina and, happily for all us displaced Southerners, commenced to makin' bona fide roots music in the midst of Tinseltown. 

There's an exponential factor that kicks in when these richly nuanced, haunting voices pair up. Deftly supported by like-minded players, LGC's self-titled debut EP is a study in graceful restraint. Banjos, fiddles, slide guitars, mandolins, horns, glass percussion, accordion and the like take shifts weaving elegant, sometimes dark, textures around the Ladies' standout duets and solos. The result is an eclectic mix of 6 original songs, each casting its own brand of eerie.



Two outstanding vocalists with a deep understanding and appreciation for music that’s as equally dark and haunting as it is hook setting.
Peter Grumbine, NO DEPRESSION
Leslie Stevens (solo)
Leslie Stevens (solo)
"Canyon Country Bands are as common as brush fires in LA but the thing that separates this combo apart is the voice of the titular Leslie...a rounded shining thing that evokes Patsy Cline¬πs sass and sorrow in one swoop." - LA Times

"Leslie & the Badgers are quietly turning into one of the city's best...what makes the songs magical is the way Stevens spruces up the retro country-pop settings with clear-eyed and thoughtfully incisive lyrics." - LA Weekly

"As the heart of its expressive ability, Leslie Stevens' voice is the picture of gorgeous restraint, a refined mixture of urbane sophistication and genuine country honey...radiant with style and intellect...her singing is more about movement than volume, and it's what makes it an enduring marvel." Flagpole Magazine

"A fresh, ear-pleasing sound that's attracted a growing Eastside following...'Los Angeles' and pleading 'Winter Fugue' serve notice Stevens is a writer to watch." - Pasadena Weekly

"Seasoned as the weather itself...like a gypsy caravan picking up musicians and fans along the way...real enough to steal one¬πs heart away." - LA Record

"Roomful Of Smoke is an unexpected pleasure and a record that fans of Whiskeytown and Neko Case will find as comfortable as a well-traveled pair of boots...too many standout tracks to list...'Los Angeles,' sounds like it was inadvertently left off Case's Canadian Amp EP, while 'My Tears Are Wasted On You' will likely rocket up the country charts as soon as some savvy producer convinces one of Nashville's cookie-cutter starlets to warble her way through it." - My Old Kentucky Blog

"...led by adorable, sweet-toned singer-songwriter Leslie Stevens whose pipes and presence recall such honest and heartfelt vocalists as Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent and Alison Krauss, with a touch of Patsy Cline's guilelessness...literate, emotionally-accessible, sometimes whimsical and always heartfelt lyrics...." - MOG dot com

"This album has more class in a follicle of its metaphorical hair than most new country has in its entire existence...That class is established early on by Leslie Steven's soothing voice. You can't help but be reminded of Emmylou Harris when you hear her voice but you will never be confused by it. Ms. Stevens can sing country, R & B, blues, or anything else that may come her way…You best have your ear to the ground on this. It's that good and you can expect to hear a lot more from this amazingly talented band." - No Depression
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com