with Francis Blume & Dulaney and Company
Wed Feb 23
with Francis Blume & Dulaney and Company
|Age:||Ages 21+ Only|
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With a strong affinity for the roots of American music, Kimmi Bitter is a throwback mixed between 1960’s pop-country and the Californian singer-songwriter. Styling her songs around the classic sounds of Patsy Cline with The Jordanaire’s, Loretta Lynn, and Linda Ronstadt, her debut album “West Side Twang” features a California take on traditional country and soul. Wether singing about love or heartbreak, the San Diego native’s vocals deliver a consistent warmth and laid-back innocence.
Kimmi Bitter may consider herself an artist born in the wrong era. Struggling to connect with modern top 40 hits, she drowned herself in the various genres of the 60’s and 70’s analog era and took a plunge into the roots revival scene forming and fronting blues-rock band The Night Howls in 2016 to overcome debilitating stage fright. However, longing to record stripped down love ballads and twangy tunes, she turned over to the singer-songwriter friendly genre of traditional country which led her to produce her debut solo album “West Side Twang” in 2019.
A strong believer in minimalism and retro-technology, all songs were recorded live band to analog tape at Lost Ark Studio in hometown San Diego with engineer Mike Butler and a backing band full of local virtuosos. She states the EP “is about the tape hiss, human vocal pads taking place over a modern synth, tracking the innate energy of a live band and the imperfections that our perfectly produced music society lacks. Music is a tool for making human connection and people are hungry for it. A connection that thrives through empathy, vulnerability, authenticity, truth, flaws — and ‘West Side Twang’ is a vision directed towards that.
Francis Blume is a Singer/songwriter from San Diego, CA. Blume’s rich vocals and bluesy, rock and roll approach harken back to the sound styles from the late 50s and 60s. You might just be transported to a place cast in Technicolor (but with a touch of faint film grain) where men have an ironed crease in their slacks and women button their sweaters up almost all the way up to their neck. A natural crooner, he is able to combine his diverse musical influences into a sound that is familiar, yet still uniquely his own.
Dulaney and Company
It all began as two guys getting together for fun, and transitioned into a full fledge jam band. Before long, Dulaney & Co would draw the attention of promoters and the like opening for acts like Lee Rocker and Kyle Gass. But as fate would have it, songwriters Jerod Dulaney and Malissa Miller were introduced at a Bob Dylan Concert on Oct. 24, 2012. Although it took over two years for them to actually write together, Malissa was invited to open for Dulaney & Co and the relationship between everyone grew. She joined them on stage for the first time at the 2015 NAMM show catching the attention of many very prominent industry big wigs. As time went on, some members would move in different directions than Jerod and Malissa. What appeared to be a devastating set back actually gave birth to a prolific duo discovering their signature “SOULGRASS” sound. Performing primarily as a duo or trio when Chad Dulaney could join them on percussion, the difficult and sometimes frustrating road to finding new band members ensued. Armed with the comradery of friends stepping in to fill the void of bass, drums, or lead guitar, the two pressed on. During this transition time they opened for Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, Blues Traveler, Vaud and The Villians and were invited to events like The Six String Society at The Belly Up, The Big Horn Music Festival, Camp Pendleton’s world famous Mud Run, and The Natural Products Expo. It wasn’t until recently that they teamed up with local legend JD Priest on Dobro and Trevor Mulvey on Upright Bass to open for The Bacon Bros. that they were able to fully showcase their sound. If you’ve seen Dulaney & Co before, then I don’t have to tell you the amount of passion and joy they bring to the stage. If not, you’re in for a ride that will no doubt take you through a lifetime of emotional experiences and literally play the strings of your heart.