Legendary R&B and Gospel singer Mavis Staples returns to Live Oak with her latest album, "If All I Was Was Black" (ANTI- Records), ten songs about an America that is still facing the racism that Mavis marched against with Martin Luther King Jr in the ‘60s. This album embraces the idea that the country can redeem itself, that we can, one by one, each rise above our worst selves.
The best rock music has a story to tell. JD McPherson's new record chronicles a series of upheavals, frustrations, roadblocks, and kismet—a cross-country move, failed creative relationships, a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity, and learning to love making music again by letting go.
From his home state of Arkansas to his home in Los Angeles, Joe Purdy has recorded a baker’s dozen worth of albums. Steeped in the tradition of folk artists such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs, he applies his unique skills as a writer, vocalist and passionate observer and participant of our times to his music.
The Dustbowl Revival is an Americana Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. Dustbowl is touring behind their self-titled, fourth studio album which spent three weeks on Billboard charts, hit #1 on Amazon Americana-Alt-Country, #2 on Amazon Folk, and has spent 13 weeks on the Americana radio chart peaking in the Top 20.
The songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”
Aki Kumar's debut album for Little Village Foundation, “Aki Goes To Bollywood”, is a true representation of his musical DNA — classic 1950s/60s Bollywood and down-home American blues. Recorded at San Jose's world-renowned Greaseland studios and co-produced by Aki Kumar along with multiple-BMA nominee/winner Kid Andersen and Little Village Foundation's Jim Pugh, this project features outstanding music delivered by the SF Bay Area's finest blues musicians.
Bryan Titus Trio returns to Live Oak with their bluegrass and American roots music. Recently touted as a “Postmodern Barn Dance” band, they write and perform toe-tapping tunes that evoke themes and melodies of yesterday with a pinch of modern irony.