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Westering Again

Old Californio

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Once the rhythm section of Drag City recording artist Elisa Randazzo’s former band Fairechild, bass player turned guitarist/lead singer Rich Dembowski and drummer/backing vocalist Justin Smith branched out to form Old Californio — a rootsy Los Angelino quartet specializing in the kind of harmonious, bygone folk-rock and West Coast canyon-twang pioneered by the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Grateful Dead’s two countrified albums of 1970. The bouncy “Mother Road” opens rocking like a harder Mother Hips tune with toneful Telecasters pumping through vintage tube-burning amplifiers and a groovy Hammond organ grinding under Dembowski’s slight nasal. Watery pedal steel notes melt all over the intro to “City Lines” as Dembowski continues on the theme of getting out of Dodge — this time around with his significant other — as a Fender Telecaster picks and bends like Clarence White-era Byrds. The band’s talent for pulling in the reins after jamming out into space is best exemplified in the family-man ballad “Mouths of Babes,” which incorporates some pump organ and mandolin.

Customer Reviews

Classic Album! This band will be famous!

Wanni says: Rawkin, Psychadelic and Bittersweet are some of the words that come to mind when listening to this strong debut album by Old Californio. The poetic lyrics are enhanced perfectly by the high quality of musicianship and the band takes you on a musical adventure as they play with a magical range of influences. Buy this album and go see Old Californio live if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to! You may think they're even better live than digital. Brett says: The great thing about Old Califonio is that they sound EXACTLY like this live. No beeswax- this is as honest as music gets. The songs are top notch. They remind me of Wilco, George Harrison, Gram Parsons, and Crosby Stills Nash & Young in their peak years. The other thing I really love about OC and this record is the laid back Austin-esque vibe that permeates throughout. The singer has plenty to say but it's never preachy. You get the feeling there's plenty of heartache there, but also an incredible optimism and will to live. Lastly, I saw them live recently and they just got (Rock and Roll Hall of Famer) Bobby Womack's guitar player, Woody Aplanalp, in the fold. You MUST go them see them!


wow--i am seriously shocked! this album is GREAT!!!! especially for a debut... it's professional quality, good pretty intelligent lyrics, consistent sound --despite changes in style. songs vary from blue-grass/country inspired rock to bluesy rock, southern-infused rock to straight rock-n-roll. but nary a problem to be found. i have always been proud to have my heart in california and to be able to appreciate it fully, but this timely record makes my 'cup brimmeth over'. good work guys!!!


Im totally amazed! Your music is so inspiring. wow!

Westering Again, Old Californio
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Mar 30, 2009

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