West Coast Beats: Folk Rockers Mapache


Mapache is a new folk / blues / rock / bluegrass / psychadelic duo born in Los Angeles California. Mapache is interested in spreading good feelings of love as well as raw musical talent to anyone and everyone. Mapache is an experience both live and in the studio presenting a memorable and honest sound.

Mapache has released ‘Lonesome LA Cowboy,’ a surprise EP consisting of three charismatic covers. Coming just months after the Southern California-based, twenty-something duo were introduced via their acclaimed self-titled debut album, which showcased the incisive lyrical and melodic craftsmanship of their original work, ‘Lonesome LA Cowboy‘ highlights their skills as interpreters, taking songs best known for renditions by The Louvin Brothers, Doc Watson and New Riders of the Purple Sage and making them distinctly their own.

The lilting “Katie Dear” spins beauty from tragedy, while the bittersweet “Last Thing On My Mind” bids a fond farewell to a lover. The laid-back title-track, “Lonesome LA Cowboy,” captures the days and nights of a West Coast troubadour.

“We just didn’t see any reason to wait,” says Mapache’s Sam Blasucci, addressing the decision to drop the collection without any advance promotion. “Our repertoire has grown since our first record, and these songs are just too much fun not to sing.”

Clay Finch, Blasucci’s musical partner in Mapache, continues: “We make music that’s reflective of the landscape we grew up with in southern California. It’s a sweep of all the really rich influences you encounter around here: folk and psychedelic and country and Latin and rock and cowboy and Hawaiian. We’re drawing from a really deep well. Plus these songs still speak truth in the present. ‘Lonesome LA Cowboy,’ even though it was written in 1973, couldn’t be more accurate of life here in LA as a musician.

Their self-titled debut was recorded in a similarly stripped-down fashion with producer Dan Horne ( Cass McCombs, Allah-Las). It introduced the duo’s infectious songwriting and airtight harmonies, earning obvious comparisons to The Louvin Brothers in addition to more cosmic keepers of the flame like Gram Parsons and The Grateful Dead. 


6/13 – Arcata, CA – Humbrews **
6/15 – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam
7/7 – Mariposa, CA – Yosemite Music Festival
7/12 – Port Chester, NY – Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre *
7/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl *
7/15 – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music Hall *
7/17 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom *
7/18 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen *
7.19 – Detroit, MI – El Club **
7.20 – Toronto, Canada – The Velvet Underground **
7.21 – Toronto, Canada – The Velvet Underground **
7.22 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub ^
7.23 – Detroit MI – El Club ^
7.24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe ^
7.27 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest
7.28 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest
8.2 – Portland, OR – Pickathon
8.3 – Portland, OR – Pickathon
8.10 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel **
8.12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge – **
8.13 – Boise, ID – Neurolux **
8.15 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern **
8.16 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios **
8.17 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s **
8.18 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
8.24 – Pine Plains, NY – Huichica East

* w/ Nicki Bluhm
** w/ Grateful Shred
^ w/ Howlin Rain




Author: ASoulfulSound

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