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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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SECRETLY HAPPY

Well you’re faced with displacement
And every single trace
Of you will have to move from the apartment
You’re looking low in a truck
Everything is all packed up
It's sorted out - your home is now storage compartment

She is wise, she has found
A face appropriately down
But you both know that’s not the whole of the picture….
In a weird way it's ok
it's like you know just what to say
It's like you’re both reciting some strange verse of scripture
She’s happy, secretly happy

Your black humor gets you through
You do what you have to do
But there’s no glint of an emotional suture
For the wound you incurred
all public crying is deferred
You can’t change the past
Maybe you own the future
You can’t change the past
Maybe you own the future

You’re on the road once again
And you’re not your only friend
But it feels that way sometimes
it's hard to miss it
You’re on the road once again
And it's got open open ends
And it feels kind of good to hit it
It feels kind of good
You must admit it
It feels kind of good
You can admit it
She's happy, scecretly happy

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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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