You’ve seen her work in these pages. Now come see her work the room at Highland Grounds Wednesday night. The Weekly’s resident music journalist, critic and contributing music editor, Bliss, guest-hosts the monthly roots-rock show, Western Beat, with a roster of some of the most talented acts in LA and around the world, all of whom were kind enough to volunteer their services for the night.
Wednesday’s show marks Western Beat’s return to this Hollywood nightspot after several months at Molly Malone’s.
Western Beat was the brainchild of Billy Block, a Texas native and music impresario who got his start playing drums with the likes of Freddy Fender and Billy Joe Shaver. After moving to LA in 1985, he landed a gig playing Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance at the old Palomino in North Hollywood. He started Western Beat about 14 years ago, before moving to Nashville.
Wednesday’s show brings eight acts who either have made or are making their marks on the music world.
Some of the artists in the lineup, like Anne McCue, Kristin Mooney and venerable local heroes I See Hawks in LA, are working on new discs, so you can expect to hear some new stuff from them.
Nashville denizen Amelia White flies in on the wings of her terrific new release, “Black Doves,” and guitarist Dave Insley pops in from his Arizona digs.
Walkie Talkie comes back online after a few months of down time, and Michael Weston King comes all the way from England for a tour stop. Rounding out the show, Nick Randolph launches his solo act after his stint with Stonehoney.