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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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I woke up with a start at the start of the new day
To my new way of living
I was asleep in the seat of a truck
Out on the highway
And it was no way to be living
But I guess I gotta get used to the new normal
The new normal, the new normal

Well she has a way she can be, she can know you
Understand you, she can show you
She has a way she can be, it can throw you
To be seen but not be loved too
I guess I gotta get used to the new normal
The new normal, the new normal

I sat in the bed of a dead river from long ago
To see if its old flow could show what I don’t know
And I hoped with the hope of the slow
Until I came around, an insane sound said you gotta go
I guess I gotta get used to the new normal
The new normal, the new normal

I was down for the count in the first round of the first play
On the first punch of the first day
I was down for the count and I found I could not stay
But It took me four years to understand the game
Now I guess I gotta get used to the new normal
The new normal the new normal

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

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Great Willow / James Combs Los Angeles, California

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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