It’s a circus of fashion in New York this week with all the Fashion Show parties in our New York hotel. The Standard Hollywood, however, is experiencing a flood of music vibes as Los Angeles bubbles with Grammy fever last night.
This Wednesday, The Standard Hollywood is revving up for another music lovers night with the weekly Desert Nights. It’s a night to fall back, and hear some raw stuff. Here’s 3 musical acts who will be doing their acoustic sets this week.
(Listen to Anna Su here)
In her debut album Howling Tree, L.A. based musician, Anna Su, combines subtle hints of gypsy jazz with old time folk to create a refreshing new take on a traditional sound, bringing musicians together for the simple joy of making music.
(Listen to Tedd Russell Kamp here)
Starpulse.com reads: “Kamp, born and raised in the northeast, began his musical education in earnest soon after college during the several years he spent woodshedding in Seattle. He recorded four LPs with his trio Ponticello before relocating to L.A. in 2001, where he formed the group Union Pacific, played with numerous bands, did extensive session work and in 2003 started working with Jennings.” The magazine goes on to say that Tedd is “a singer/songwriter of immense promise.”
(Listen to Big Eagle here)
Hear Robyn Miller sing, and it’s clear she has country in her heart and something wild in her veins. It’s there in the tender folk ballads and the free-spirited rockers on her debut full-length, Willow Creek, which she wrote and recorded as Big Eagle. Miller is singing what she knows. The daughter of an artist and a naturalist, she grew up among the towering redwoods of Humboldt County, California… and even though her path took her far afield from her rustic roots, they still bubble up in her songs, along with hints of the many adventures she has had along the way.
Miller’s many influences can be heard in the songs themselves. The clear descendent of folk music’s kings, Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan, and more obscure performers, like Karen Dalton, with a soulful delivery reminiscent of Bobby Gentry, Miller creates music born of these elements, with a modern edge. But her songs also contain their own organic, knowing gravity, as if they had been inside Miller all along. Delicate but fierce, like a bird on the wing, her vocals run like veins of gold through worn, dusty landscapes where seasons change, lovers leave, and the only constant is the yellow lines on the road ahead. “Mississippi” has the lazy swing of a car trip sing-along; “Anywhere the Wind Blows,” is a soulful kiss off to the temptations of mad, bad love; and “By Satellite” simmers with country noir menace.
For Miller, getting here has been quite an odyssey, but the songs are all the sweeter, and stronger, for the journey through which Big Eagle was hatched and took flight.
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).