Bad Lucy http://badlucyband.com
The trio of J. Miller, Alex Kyhn and Alex Lee are an amalgamation of differing influences that meld into their unique style known for its nuance, use of space and surprising harmonies. J. Miller pulls heavily from his folk sensibilities when writing and performing, while bassist Alex Kyhn brings to the fold a mix of jazz and soul. Drummer Alex Lee’s marching and rock roots add the final layer.
Officially formed in March 2011, the band showcased their sounds on a self-titled release in May 2012. The debut, which was recorded live to tape, came on the heels of a year of highs for the band including the broadcast of their single “Forward” on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The song was also a “homegrown hit” on the local, Phoenix airwaves.
Known for “sounding just like the recording” during their live performances, the band often silences a room within minutes. A reviewer/blogger, that was first introduced to the band via a live stream, sums it up best: “The band is called Bad Lucy, and their gorgeous, melodic songs and energetic live show blasted right through the off-kilter webcam and livestream hiccups—and into my heart. Shut up, I’m serious.”
Jack Littman http://jacklittman.bandcamp.com
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Jack Littman is a young troubadour with an old soul. Able to spin convincing tails of longing, regret, deceit, rejection, and vindication, his life experiences appear to come from a longer trail than he could seemingly have traversed in his 22 years.
In the past year, Littman has toured as support with Atlantic recording artist Robert Francis up the West Coast and headlined his own tour through the Southwest, culminating in a packed show at this year’s South By Southwest music conference. Littman’s most recent release of original material, ironically entitled The Mixtape, has been getting rave reviews from all corners of the Internet.
His previous CD, Murder by Desire, is a collection of 12 heartfelt tracks, performed by Jack and produced by Bruce Duff (Prima Donna, Circle, Angus Khan). Enlisting the help of drummer Bryan Howard (Ladykillers), the arrangements began to take shape, with Littman and Duff bringing in top-flight players to fill out the arrangements. Joining in the sessions were Paul Ill (Christina Aguilera, Linda Perry) on string bass, Brantley Kearns (Dwight Yoakum, Simon Stokes) on violin, Chas Smith (Thomas Newman) on nuclear-age pedal steel, and Adam “Lights Out” Levine (Prima Donna, Super Bees) on electric bass. The songs are largely organic, live-in-the-room recordings that could be from the 70s, while the track “Fairy Tale” points to the drum machine, samples ‘n’ synths sounds Jack favors on The Mixtape. While The Mixtape leans on newer technology, there are still plenty of musical contributions from Jack’s live band, Bryan Howard and drums and bassist Adam Bones.
Said Ash Elliot of The Vinyl District, “The Mixtape shows the extensive range of Littman’s music capability and further reminds us of his enormous talent. The young, 20-something artist sounds much older than you would probably expect, thanks to his soulful voice.”
Littman’s father, a screenwriter and character actor in the film business, always encouraged Jack to follow his own path, and while assuring him that the entertainment business was a tough road to navigate, he nonetheless encouraged him to take it on if that’s where his heart led. In his early teens, Jack taught himself guitar and later piano. At Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles, Littman dove into the performing arts, joining the choir, taking drama and continuing to perform in musicals. At the same time, he began writing his own songs, inspired by artists such as Neil Young, Bob Marley and Roy Orbison. Littman’s vintage tastes reveal themselves in his full-bodied vocal delivery, which varies from a deep baritone croon to a soulful falsetto, harkening to such extremes as Nick Cave and Jeff Buckley, but always completely Jack Littman. He began performing his songs where he could, eventually breaking into the club scene at a variety of L.A. venues, such as the Viper Room, House of Blues and the Knitting Factory. At the Knitting Factory, he caught the eye of Knitting Factory Entertainment CEO Morgan Margolis, who signed him to the company’s brand new artist management wing, High Adventure Management, making Littman their first signed West Coast artist.
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