“The finest country rock band on the planet” – MOJO
“One of California’s unique treasures” – Dave Alvin
2018 will bring two new releases from Southern California’s leading country-folk-rock band I See Hawks In L.A.: their 8th CD, with new twists on their cosmic roots sound; and also a very old timey acoustic collaboration with UK’s Good Intentions, sharing songwriting and vocals with the award winning duo.
The Hawks are noted for their lyrical celebrations and lamentations of earth and ecosphere, odes to the endless highway, and withering social commentary—not exactly the trucks and tight jeans fare of mainstream country. They’ve built a loyal following around the globe from many U.S. and Europe/UK tours, consistently rave reviews from critics, and a serious presence in the top 10 of the Freeform American Roots chart (#1 three times) and the Euro Americana chart.
Formed in 1999 by Rob Waller and brothers Paul and Anthony Lacques during a philosophical discussion and rock throwing session on an East Mojave desert trek, I See Hawks In L.A. first gathered on the front porch in Echo Park, Los Angeles, drank whiskey and wrote their first batch of songs. They then sought advice from local country rock guru David Jackson, bassist with John Denver, Dillard and Clark, and EmmyLou Harris. Jackson promptly joined the Hawks for their eponymous recording, featuring legendary fiddler Brantley Kearns (Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Hazel Dickens). The CD established the Hawks signature sound: high lonesome three part harmonies, innovative telecaster and steel or unadorned acoustic arrangements, with lyrics musing on mortality, whales, and the geography of pre-apocalyptic L.A.
“To say that I See Hawks in L.A. traipse down a going-their-own-way path through that old folky Americana and classic California country rock thing doesn’t quite begin to describe the sheer scope of this band’s wide-open vision. – John Payne, L.A. Weekly