Monday February 14th 2011, 5:34 am
Mixin’ With Whispering Pines
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Los Angeles’ own Whispering Pines have given us a mighty fine mixtape of tunes that they may cover on any given night, including tracks by Waylon Jennings, JJ Cale, Fleetwood Mac and more. You’ll have the chance to possibly hear one of them live when they perform tomorrow night, February 15th,  at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Also on the lineup are When You Awake-favorites Mountain Man, Haroula Rose, Kim Churchill and Jeffertitti’s Nile. Check out the mix and more info about the show after the jump.

Songs You May Hear Covered By Whispering Pines On Any Given Night:

1. Manassas- Johnny’s Garden
Written by Stephen Stills and supposedly inspired by the live-in gardener residing on the estate he had purchased from Peter Sellers in the early 70s. The mind runs wild with Being There comparisons (one of my favorite films). Did this man also inspire Seller’s performance a decade plus later? I think so. Must have been a helluva dude. Joe Z. locks down and re-invents the wandering Dallas Taylor drums when the Pines play this song. Bliss-out in nature. -jb

2. Bob Dylan- New Pony
This is a blues that never hits the IV chord. From a totally under-appreciated Dylan album Street Legal; “Senor” is another standout track from this record. I saw Mike Campbell play it once. Outstanding. -jb

3. Waylon Jennings- Black Rose
Black Rose is a Billy Joe Shaver tune done up by Waylon. Classic. I discovered Waylon’s brawn baritone in my NYC days. I picked up his bio on my way through Nashville while driving back to California. I proceeded to binge on ol’ Waymore’s stories of life and music the rest of the way back… needless to say, the legend was solidified. All the ladies want him, all the men, well… Waylon forever lives in my mind as the archetypal voice for the open road. With Ralph Mooney blessing the steel and Richie Albright pocketing the trap, Waylon records are timeless country. When I think I’ve got to get out of this Godforsaken city, I know “The devil made me do it the first time, the second time I done it on my own.” DWB

4. Tom Rush- Driving Wheel
A cover standard written by English-born, Canadian-raised folk singer David Whiffen. Tom’s beautiful take on this folk masterpiece will forever keep Kleenex in business. Add some slide guitar, churning hammond, dobro, a graceful drum and bass groove, and perhaps one of my favorite horn lines and you’ve got yourself the best version ever recorded. -BF

5. Fleetwood Mac- Tell Me All The Things You Do
Great melodic guitar figures from Danny Kirwan’s magically defective mind. God bless, brother. I think this song is an early example of the ‘parked wah-wah’ technique on the melody. This may pre-date Mick Ronson’s extensive (and majestic) use of this effect by a year or so. The song is also notable for its impossible-to-forget lyric. We like to ‘stretch out’ on the outro jam and quote some more guitar meistros. Peter Green, B.B.King, Duane Allman, Terry Kath… in that order. If it’s wrong, then I don’t care to be right. -jb

6. Steve Young- Lonesome Onr’y And Mean
I got to see Steve Young perform a couple times in 2010. Once at a screening of the great film Heartworn Highways and once in a café with Van Dyke Parks. Both were instances that I like to call magical L.A.-centric moments. L.A., don’t hate… appreciate! One of my favorite songwriters, he sings and plays better than ever today. He’s also a really nice dude whose paid some dues of his own in the neighborhood we now call home. He likes to play Warren Zevon’s “Carmelita.” Now, about that Pioneer Chicken stand on Alvarado… -jb

7. Gram Parsons- Big Mouth Blues
Gram Parsons was a trustifarian from the South. Despite his pampered upbringing, he wrote some good tunes that NYC hada lot to do with… or something like that. Of course, he finagled the bees knees of studio cats from Elvis’ band for his record. Good job, Gram. But let us not forget about his upstanding and bonafide working-class touring band featuring the Colorado wonder kid Jock Bartley. Thanks again, Gram! -DWB

8. Allman Brothers- In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
It speaks for itself, really. If you listen with the right ears you might never be the same again. It happened to me. -jb

9. Little Feat- Easy To Slip
Outrageously great drum beat from Richie Hayward. I think he also sang the high harmony part and, brotha, that’s high. I know ’cause I tried it. I would love to see footage of the original band performing this song but haven’t found anything. Dancing Cacti. Overalls. Shakers. Groovy Hats. Himmler’s Ring?! A Spark Plug Socket Sliding on a Cheap Strat. Lowell, we need ya. Groove on, Inara. -jb

10. JJ Cale- Crazy Mama
Short, sweet, and cooler than Jesus, “Crazy Mama” from JJ Cale’s legandary first LP is just that. A swamplike bluesy tune that embodies the essence of the deep, dark south in just 2 1/2 minutes. No bells and whistles, just straight up, finger lickin’ grooves. Hey Clapton, hope you’re taking notes. -BF

YouTube Preview ImageWhipering Pines- Crazy Mama

YouTube Preview ImageMountain Man- Animal Tracks

YouTube Preview ImageHaroula Rose-The Leaving Song

YouTube Preview ImageJeffertitti’s Nile- Mountain Jam

YouTube Preview ImageKim Churchill- Ocean

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Thanks Jody! Thanks Bryan!

Comment by joe b. 02.14.11 @ 9:34 pm

Superb Mix! Especially liked Waylon, Steve Young, and the lesser known Mac song. Steve Young is amazing with Rock Salt 7 Nails, and Seven Bridges Road, among other hypnotic tunes.

Comment by alpo 02.15.11 @ 5:43 pm

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