Grand Ole Echo

The Echo Presents

Grand Ole Echo

Whispering Pines, The Americans, Phoebe Bridges, Sutter Zachary (on the back patio)

Sun, April 14, 2013

5:00 pm

Echoplex

Los Angeles, CA

This event is all ages

w/ The Grand Ole BBQ

Whispering Pines
Whispering Pines
Whispering Pines began with the mutual friendship between Joe Bourdet, Brian Filosa and David Baine. All three of whom played for a time with musician/producer Jonathan Wilson, playing guitar, bass, and keyboards in his combo respectively. Whilst the story goes back much further, starting with Wilson is important as it was as his backing band that they began calling themselves Whispering Pines. The name was inspired from Richard Manuel's song 'Whispering Pines' and appealed to the group’s deep love for the music of ‘The Band’ and of the multitude of musicians they influenced.

Although the seed that would become Whispering Pines was planted with the name, it wouldn’t take its present form for some time. Wilson's project was unceremoniously dissolved in 07’ and the three players went their separate ways for a while, occasionally playing together, with Wilson, and a few other local acts. The catalyst for the bands ultimate formation came with the arrival of drummer/percussionist Joe Zabielski, whom Bourdet had played with in the interim and in whom he had found like-minded enthusiasm. With a rhythm section in place the group realized that they had no obvious front person nor a desire for one. They had, however, all individually been developing their singing and songwriting abilities and were keen to test themselves. Songs were developed and they began demoing with some old borrowed ampex equipment to add 'vibe'. During this early period David Burden, a high-school friend of Dave Baine's, jammed at one such session and was added to the combo almost immediately. A singer, songwriter, blues harpist, and visual artist, 'Burd' as he's known brings a multitude of talents to the band both artistically and organizationally. The lineup now featured four singers and four songwriters, each singing lead on his own compositions.

By the summer of 2008, the Whispering Pines were now established as a local attraction in the small Los Angeles community of Echo Park. A place with a subtle rock and roll pedigree of its own, Echo Park has been sung about by Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne, and Steve Young, inhabited by future ‘Eagles’, and frequented by Gram Parsons to only skim the surface. Whispering Pines too found it a suitable environment in which to dig into their music and that they did, coming up with a good amount of original material in a short amount of time. After a few months of ‘wood shedding’ in their small studio, David Burden made arrangements with his friend, musician/producer Jason Soda to record the band. They went into the late, great, singer/songwriter Elliot Smith’s resurrected Van Nuys, CA recording studio and cut a full length album. Sonic inspiration having always been derived from the old LPs they had spent years collecting, Whispering Pines knew that they had to have a recorded sound as vintage as their tastes. Jason Soda’s production and Elliot Smith’s funky analog studio were perfectly suited to give them just that.

Their debut album, called 'Family Tree', was self-released in January of 2010. Fantastic reviews from underground media at home and abroad and respectable independent sales followed. A national summer tour was booked and every date diligently seen through. Whispering Pines, by this time, we're becoming very comfortable together and confident as live performers. Alot of club work followed throughout the west coast and the southwest where the band learned how not only to play a tight 'showcase' set of their original material, but also to keep a roadhouse audience on the dance floor for hours, all the while auditioning fresh material with the thought of beginning work on a follow up record. A successful 'Kickstarter' campaign and careful budgeting got a second record underway.

It is now 2012, after nearly a year in production, Whispering Pines' Self Titled album is completed. The band brings a new confidence derived from their performing experiences as well as a more focused sense of identity and purpose. Sounding comfortable in their own skins, they continue to stretch out stylistically and embrace their idiosyncrasies. Songs reveal concise arrangements, ragged-but-right vocals, and mastery of vintage-inspired style. The albums song sequence is designed with an ebb and flow that adds further cohesion to the material and weaves the four singers and their songs together in a naturally appealing way. Again, in keeping with the bands analog and tape recording preferences, the album was
tracked and mixed by Mark Rains at his Station House studio in Echo Park as well as with Jason Soda at New Monkey. Additionally, the private recording studio of Soda's band Everest was employed for some overdubs. Whispering Pines are grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm they're received thus far, are eager to carry on in style, and are gearing up to make sure their new creation is heard.
The Americans
The Americans
The Americans perform original rock & roll and traditional American music.
Venue Information:
Echoplex
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026