Country music has many faces, and none so damn good looking and Bay Area-grown as The Easy Leaves. With their ability to weave vernacular poetry and honky tonk jam, you’ll think you’d stepped into Robert’s Western World in Nashville. Now, it’s time pull on your boots, warm up with some whiskey and head out to the Great American Music Hall this Saturday for their annual Western Winter Formal.
Touring heavily for the past few years (including stops at Outside Lands, the Mother Hips‘ Hipnic and Strawberry Music Festival), the list of bands the Easy Leaves have supported is a veritable Who’s Who in Country Western Music (and etcetera): Dwight Yoakam, Junior Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep At The Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jim Lauderdale, Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Kasey Chambers and Los Lobos.
It’s unfair and untrue to say they have a unique voice in country music – because part of what makes The Easy Leaves great is their revival of a rich period in country western. A time when Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash were getting drunk and starting fights in bars and Willie Nelson was … well, Willie’s still touring around and getting high with his friends. But you get the picture. Those songwriters had a certain melodious twang that spoke to lonely hearts and these boys have it too.
For the Western Winter Formal they’ll be joined by Country Lips, Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willms, and DJ Golden Gram. You can grab your tickets here.