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No City Can Cure Me

from FIND YOURSELF IN LOS ANGELES by GREAT WILLOW

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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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NO CITY CAN CURE ME

Looks like a good time, a good time to start all over again
Here comes that old familiar, familiar feeling again
It’s a habit of mine, it’s a habit of mine,

Wore the floor boards out just walking about from doubt to doubt to doubt to doubt
Must be a city for me
Wore the brake pads down just movin around from city to town to town to town
There’s no city for me
No city can cure me

Looks like a good time, a good time to start all over again
If you’re looking hard at the beginning it always shows you the end
It’s a habit of mine, it’s a habit of mine,

One more round on the merry go down
Got a brand new friend in a brand new town
Must be a city for me
You’re getting’ good when it comes to making the start
Now you’re finding you’re feeling lost where you are
There’s no city for me
No city can cure me

Looks like a good time, a good time to start all over again
Here comes that old familiar, familiar feeling again
Familiar feeling again

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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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