The Walcotts

The Walcotts

Callison Nash, AJ Hobbs

Thu, July 27, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Saint Rocke

Hermosa Beach, CA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

This is a General Admission ticket. It does not guarantee seating.

For seating upgrades, please call 310-372-0035

The Walcotts
The Walcotts
Pulling the name from the classic song "W.S. Walcott's Medicine Show", The Walcotts are just as the song suggests, a collective of "saints and sinners...all kinds of people you might want to know"

Based in Los Angeles, CA The Walcotts are a 9-piece Americana-Rock band complete with a horn section, pedal-steel, violin, organ/piano, guitar, bass and drums that owes as much of their sound and influence to Motown & Stax as it does classic Rock'n'Roll, Country and swampy New Orleans Jazz and Blues.

They've been compared to everyone from The Band, Tom Waits, Dr John, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and even Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem (Muppet Show Band).

The Walcott's live shows and EP (Vol. 1) has received great response/reviews from No Depression, LA Buzz Bands, LA Record, San Diego Troubadour, Music Connection and American Songwriter.

The Walcotts have had their music placed in Film and TV over the past few years since they started and will be releasing their debut album in the fall of 2015.
Callison Nash
Callison Nash
Forget Everything, but Forget Nothing... That’s the philosophy Indie-folk rock /Americana artist, singer, songwriter Robin Berg of the band Callison Nash has adopted to achieve a myriad of accomplishments in his action packed life and that’s what he brings to his anxiously anticipated EP, Forget Everything.

This new chapter for consummate adventurer, Robin Berg, is actually a full-circle return to a flourishing music career that he admits he just wasn’t ready for when he began writing and performing live, years ago. “You should constantly explore the world. I have thrown myself at a bunch of different things and mastered most them,” says the man who travels the world in search of new adventures. “ But it is singing and songwriting that has always been my greatest passion,” says Berg, who currently lives in Southern California.

Acting as Vin Diesel’s stunt double in XXX, fending off sharks and alligators, skysurfing, escaping bear attacks, and running his own TV production company featuring over 400 episodes, is just not enough for this self-described adrenalin junkie anymore. In early 2012 Robin Berg was finally able to channel that passion into his life-long love of singing and songwriting. “Everything I do has brought me to this moment and definably made my songs better for it. I believe it is all about the song and I really want to move people with my words.”

Move people is exactly what he does. The singer/ songwriter has attracted the ears of some of the industry’s most discriminating music makers, Grammy award-winning producer/ engineer, John Jaszcz, and former major record label executive/producer Dick Williams, They heard about Robin through a mutual friend and immediately wanted to be part of it. “Robin Berg is someone who has lived the experience he writes about, he's not a wannabe act living in a fantasy world,” says Williams. “His extensive knowledge of film and music, combined with exceptional songwriting instincts, gives him a distinct advantage.”

A songwriter by nature, with rock n’ roll fire in his veins, Robin Berg has created a sound that’s infectious. Many will agree; his intimate lyrics, coupled with lush vocals and melodies that linger, are what set this indie-rocker apart.

Forget Everything is now available in every major online music store and streaming platform. Make sure to keep up with Callison Nash, the new king of Americana and Indie Folk Rock, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.
AJ Hobbs
AJ Hobbs
AJ Hobbs doesn’t just make country music—he makes what he likes to call Outlaw Soul. His music brings the spirit and storytelling of the great country outlaws and melds it with a sweet soulful sound inspired by Texas music, R&B and gospel. As the late great Hondo Crouch once said, “You can’t forget memories,” and so AJ Hobbs’ music is all about turning his own memories into song, and moving the folks who can’t forget theirs either.

AJ’s story begins in Riverside County, California, in a dusty, one-stoplight desert town populated mostly by truck drivers and tumbleweeds. AJ got his nickname from his grandpa who used to call from Texas long distance, yelling hey AJ! into the phone as if the physical distance between them effected the volume. He held his first guitar before the age of four, thanks to his daddy who was a classical guitar player first, but a drinkin’ man a close second. While AJ learned from an early age what happens when daddies drink too much and can’t keep their hands off the women they love, or the children they made, there was one good thing he did pick up from that man: how to hear the soul of a good country song. Hee Haw was on every Sunday and long drives to the city were often to the classic sounds of Buck, Willie, and Waylon, along with then contemporary giants like Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys and Dolly Parton. The man who would eventually turn his back on AJ in the long run had planted a seed that grew into a love for stories told best by the strings of a guitar.

In the early 80s, AJ, mom and little brother packed everything they had into a Caprice Classic and headed to the beach—a place where AJ had no chance of fitting in. Desert boy didn’t surf, so he had to go back to where he felt at home: with his music. But he was now living in Orange County—and country just didn’t play there. So he had to find his own way back through classic and southern rock and along the way as a teen he started listening to old soul, gospel and R&B like Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Albertina Walker and James Cleveland. Eventually, he arrived in Santa Cruz and at a party a friend asked him if he liked Johnny Cash and that was all it took. The sounds of his early childhood started to flow back in and he spent the next ten years fanatically buying back all the old country records he had left behind in that desert town.

Tragically following in the footsteps of his dad, AJ wound up having his own battle with drinking and addiction. The booze and drugs fueled years of making records and playing stages across the country, but each show meant another debauch and another sideways look from his bandmates. He knew that he would either have to go to prison or die, or both, if he didn’t get sober. AJ made that foxhole prayer one last time and something finally clicked.

AJ’s life turned around and his connection to the country music that he loved grew by leaps and bounds. He played his very first country show (under the pseudonym Cal King) opening for Shooter Jennings. Soon after he met a fine Houston woman who not only helped to steer him straight, but also gave him the idea to bring the soul music that he loved so much into his country sound. And although AJ is a California boy, there’s a whole lot of Texas in his heart. It’s in that woman that he loves and calls his wife, it’s in the way that the Hobbs men always find their way to Texas in the final years of their life, and it’s in his heroes like Willie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff and George Jones.

His debut full-length, called Too Much Is Never Enough features songs that are all his story. Take “The Loser,” an outlaw stomp about a man who walks off the comforts of a cushy job to play music. There’s “Tomorrow I’ll Be Hurtin’,” an anthemic and soulful cowboy song about life on the road with that bittersweet lyric: Sometimes it feels like heaven, most days I’m going to hell / All you want is water but there’s nothing in the well. Or the sassy and funky Jerry Reed-inspired “Shit Just Got Real” with a blazing chorus that we can all relate to. And “Eastside” a gospel voice and organ laden ballad that channels the deep moods of The Band and Joe Cocker. Kicking off this release is the first single "Daddy Loved The Lord" a country gospel groover about Jesus, the Devil and dad. The album features songs by other great songwriters including his half-time funky horn-laden version of Merle Haggard's "The Bottle Let Me Down," a Eagles-inspired version of co-producer Ted Russell Kamp's "A Whole Lot Of You And Me" and a duet co-written and performed with emerging artist Dominique Pruitt called "Take It Slow."

The album is full of performances by some of the top brass in the country music and soul worlds, including Brian Whelan (Dwight Yoakam), John Schreffler, Jr. (Billy Joe Shaver), Storm Rhode IV (Moot Davis, James Intveld), Jeremy Long (Sam Outlaw) and Makeda Francisco (Rose Royce). The album was mastered by Grammy Award winner Pete Lyman who has worked with Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell.
Venue Information:
Saint Rocke
142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254
http://www.saintrocke.com