CALICO the band
Sounds from the California Country - Kirsten Proffit and Manda Mosher www.calicotheband.com
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CALICO the band is Kirsten Proffit and Manda Mosher. Kirsten & Manda came from individual singer/songwriter careers until Calico brought them together. As powerful as each is individually, an undeniable magic occurs when their writing and voices come together. It’s at the heart of their debut album, Rancho California, which is replete with singularly strong songwriting chops, rich harmonies, and a pervasive Americana passion. Like the expansive spirit of Laurel Canyon that spawned so many famous bands and artists, now comes this new spirit, rooted in the vast valleys and canyons of L.A.
Calico stands for California country, and also for the cat that appeared at Manda’s door one dark night, and a ghost town about halfway between L.A. and Vegas. It’s in the gentle mystery of that cat, and in that dusty stretch of desert that their music starts, haunted by Western ghosts of the past, but gentle with modern spirits, too, all blown together like tumbleweeds towards the big city. Calico is about that eternal place where the big city meets that lonely desert, where the freeways converge at the ocean. It’s about timeless roots music; it’s about voices singing in harmony.
“We’re very connected to a community of artists and venues that are flying the Americana flag,” said Manda, “deeply influenced by the old scenes from the Palomino days, the Bakersfield Country sound from Buck Owens carried on by Dwight Yoakam, the sound of Gram Parsons’ music, Joshua Tree and more.” “We’re here to tell people that Americana music is very much alive,” said Kirsten, “and California is a viable source for this style. We’re passionate about carrying on the tradition by incorporating these influences, but through a new lens, and always with respect.”
CALICO the band extends the tradition of groups like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac and Eagles, both in terms of their L.A. roots, and by being a band of songwriters. “When you have bands where everybody’s a songwriter,” said Manda, “and everybody could lead on their own, and have a lead voice, but share that, it is powerful. That is who we are.” Indeed CALICO the band is much about sharing: about sharing a musical vision, as well as sharing verses, sharing harmonies, sharing a singular spirit.
Formed in 2013, CALICO the band started touring right away performing over 200 shows a year, which led to receiving National Touring Artist of the Year for the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2013. They’re known for their electrifying shows deemed “jaw dropping” by Neil Portnow, President of The GRAMMYs. Their debut album Rancho California released in September of 2014 on their own California Country Records label distributed by Smith Entertainment Group which garnered Americana Album of the Year for the 2014 Los Angeles Music Awards.
They played at STAGECOACH Festival 2014 along with many of today’s top Country and Americana acts, and were joined onstage by special Foo Fighter guests, Chris Shiflett & Rami Jaffee. You can hear CALICO the band’s music on TV shows such as ABC’s hit series Nashville, NBC’s The Night Shift, and Ashton Kutcher's The Ranch as well as feature films "Calico Skies", "Walk Of Shame", and "Please Stand By."