Desert Nights - May 4

May 02 2011

This week of Desert Night has an extra cherry on top. Normally, we feature 3 artists doing their acoustic sets at the Cactus Lounge in the Standard Hollywood. This week, we’re sorta cheating and bringing you a 4th artist. Here is the breakdown of artists you’ll meet this Wednesday…

(Listen to Cowboy and Indian here)

The rambling, rustic folk-blues of Cowboy and Indian are the product of some familiar faces… singer Jazz Mills (from T-Bird and the Breaks) is joined by Daniel James of Leopold and His Fiction, and Jesse Plemons, who’s—yep—Landry from Friday Night Lights! Their campfire songs are acoustic Americana at its most fun and approachable.

(Listen to Driftwood Singers here)

The Driftwood Singers are a close-harmony duo consisting of Pearl Charles and Kris Hutson. Alternating instruments (and various multi-instrumentalists) like guitar, autoharp, mandolin, banjo and dobro, the two mostly do their own original songs interspersed with the occasional classic folk standard. Their resume has them straddling the line of modern, independent Americana and old-time folk music, sharing bills with anyone from Hanni-El Khatib to Frank Fairfield and Triple Chicken Foot, with whom they will be playing the Los Angeles Old-Time Social at the Hyperion Tavern in May. The duo, who play their stripped down style of Folk, are on the record label Trailer Fire Records.

(Listen to Adrienne Pierce here)

“Adrienne Pierce finds a way to sing about ugly things in the most beautiful way.” She is “the go-to girl for a smart shot of catchy-meets-cutting tracks for thoughtful listeners”. Adrienne’s songs have been heard on TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy.  ”Lost and Found” from the album Faultline appeared on the soundtrack for Veronica Mars alongside Tegan and Sara and Spoon. Pierce’s third album, Oh Deer, came out in September 2010. A recent review described Oh Deer as a mesmerizing combination of Edie Brickell and Blossom Dearie. Features in magazines like Performer have praised the album’s adventurous aesthetic and Adrienne’s addictive voice… at once passionate and atmospheric…

(Listen to His Laurels here)

Matt Taylor is a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and part-time mechanic living on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Emphasis on songwriter—it has become all too easy these days, in an era of pop excess and campy revivalism, to believe that good writing no longer exists, but Taylor will have none of that. He’s a serious songwriter, dedicated to the endeavor as both art and craft, and in his work one finds solid construction and a kind of quiet innovation reminiscent of genre giants like John Prine and Kris Kristofferson, a plain-spoken poetry that is at once fresh and familiar. His are songs you can set your watch to and, if you like anything at all about the American form called folk, his is music not to be missed.

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What is Desert Nights?

Desert Nights is a weekly gathering at The Standard, Hollywood. Every Wednesday, we curate 3 musical acts on the rise to perform a special acoustic set in our hotel lounge. The vibe is warm and intimate, evoking an impromptu jam in a musician’s living room. Also, expect 2 clever cover songs delivered by each performer. The sets begins at 7:30 pm in the Cactus Lounge (thus the title of the evening, Desert Nights).