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    Featuring emotional, intricate harmony singing from James Combs and Erin Hawkins, Great Willow’s debut album “Find Yourself In Los Angeles” is inspired by the classic Laurel Canyon Cosmic American Music tradition, with some mariachi horns and psychedelic guitar freakouts thrown in for good measure. Poetic lyrics, cinematic landscapes. An LA story.

    The songs on “Find Yourself in Los Angeles” are personal and full of imagery – margaritas and bees, dirty palm trees, dry river beds, taco stands and too much sunshine. This is “Beautiful Twang”, inspired in part by artists like Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, They Byrds and the solo work of Gene Clark. The sole cover song on the record is Great Willow’s masterful re-working of Dillard and Clark’s beautiful “With Care From Someone”.

    “Find Yourself In Los Angeles”, produced by John Would (Fiona Apple), Nik Freitas (Maria Taylor) and James Combs, is a California song cycle detailing snapshots of a relationship that gets broken and sets off a move from Petaluma to Los Angeles … endless, dusty, washed out, beautiful LA - where you go to start all over again….

    Lyrics from the first song on the album (and the first released single), “Many Things” set the tone:

    “Without you – I’m a crooked tree
    a crippled crow, a broken stone
    the most wondrous thing I’ll ever see
    is you,
    you taught me many things…”

    James Combs and Erin Hawkins of Great Willow have shared stages with the likes of Jackson Browne and Van Dyke Parks, and have had their songs featured in HBO’s “True Blood” and Showtime’s “Shameless."

    Great Willow also curates and co-hosts the Secret Bowl Music Series - house concert/picnic events featuring Country, Americana and Indie Folk under the trees in LA’s Beachwood Canyon. Guest artists have included Louise Goffin, Maria Taylor, Eleni Mandell, Blake Hazard, and Miranda Lee Richards.

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“Many Things” is at heart a song about gratitude. And specifically about gratitude for music and the holes it has filled in my psyche that didn't somehow get filled any other way. Spontaneity...the need for urgency ("go for broke - everything goes up in smoke - don't wait 'til morning, don't wait 'til spring.”) And to see people as they are, embrace them anyway, and express yourself openly ("unfurl your talk and learn to love with blinders off.”) It’s this weird and wild force, music, and it has provided me with almost all of my biggest thrills and deepest connections. It’s the telescope and the electricity and the bloodstream.

And for me music is essentially the lure of Los Angeles. I’d always eyed the fountain from afar but when life blew up at the last stop, I shot straight here. But then comes the hard part.

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MANY THINGS

you taught me how to sit
on dynamite and watch it tick
you made sure the fuse was lit
and you taught me to get over it

you said “unfurl your talk
and learn to love with blinders off”
you taught me how to drink
you taught me many things

you told me go for broke
that everything goes up in smoke
“don’t wait for morning, don’t wait for spring”
you taught me many things

without you – I’m a crooked tree
a crippled crow, a broken stone
the most wondrous thing I’ll ever see
is you,
you taught me many things

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from FIND YOURSELF IN LOS ANGELES, released September 17, 2017
by James Combs

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GREAT WILLOW: think close knit harmony singing inspired by the best of the classic Laurel Canyon cosmic-American-music tradition. It’s its own thing but finds some inspiration in the music of folks like Gene Clark and Gram Parsons. “Beautiful Twang” we call it. But the songs are also contemporary and highly personal - like a box of sun-bleached family photos.

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