11 Songs, 41 Minutes


About Dead Rock West

Led by vocalist Cindy Wasserman and singer and guitarist Frank Lee Drennen, Dead Rock West specialize in a kind of jangly west coast alt country that slides into pop and punk territory at times, a bit like a clever cross between the Gram Parsons version of the Byrds and L.A.'s X. Formed in 2002, the band, which also includes multi-instrumentalist Phil Parlapiano (mandolin, organ), drummer Bryan Head, and bassist David J. Carpenter, has a long pedigree drawn from the Southern California rock and roots scene, and individual members have played in a whole host of bands in various configurations, including the Hatchet Brothers, the Troubled Sleepers, Abandoned Pools, the Brothers Figaro, and Loam, a band that still counts Drennen as a key member. Wasserman has toured with Grant Lee Phillips, while Parlapiano has performed with Grant Lee Buffalo, Tracy Chapman, Lucinda Williams, Rod Stewart, and Social Distortion, among others. It's a lot of proven talent, and Dead Rock West made full use of it for their debut album, Honey and Salt, which was recorded old-school to 2" tape and then mixed by Grammy-winner Richard Dodd. Eclectic and varied but always in a sort of the Flying Burrito Brothers-meet-X- with-good-production kind of way, and full of gorgeous vocal harmonies from Drennen and Wasserman, the album generated a fair amount of good press when it was released by Populuxe Records in 2007. 2011's Bright Morning Stars saw the duo tackle a set of spiritually oriented tunes, many of which were traditional, and in 2015 they dropped the spirited It's Everly Time!, a salute to the Everly Brothers. The duo tapped John Doe to produce their next studio long-player, 2017's Omnivore-issued More Love. ~ Steve Leggett

Los Angeles, CA