Alice Wallace: Homecoming appears in concert at Campus JAX in Newport Beach with special guests Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters.
Wallace records on the Rebelle Road label, an imprint founded by a trio of women dedicated to strengthening the California Country music community and expanding visibility for female artists in the Americana/roots genre. “They care so deeply about giving women a stronger voice in the music industry,” Wallace attests. Having spent the past six years writing songs and touring the nation – from AMERICANAFEST® to county fairs, barrooms to coffeehouses – Alice Wallace recently made the move to Nashville - and this is her first show back in the Southland where she has lived and prospered since 2008.
Ray Wylie Hubbard says she and her “stunning” songcraft have that “Steve McQueen ‘Cincinnati Kid’ cool.”
Pundits agree: she won the 2017 Female Vocalist of the Year at the California Country Awards and the previous year’s Best Country/Americana Artist at the L.A. Music Critic Awards. She was recently singled out by the Los Angeles Daily News and Pollstar for her “dead-on lovely version” of Ronstadt’s throbbing "Long Long Time” at the “Palomino Rides Again” event celebrating the legendary California honky-tonk
Her most recent album, “The Blue,” describes her own journey to “get over my fears and go for the thing I love the most.” Wallace knew that being a traveling troubadour and committing herself fully to music could be a dangerous choice. “In some ways, I wish I had done it sooner,” she says. “But I’m also glad I have the life experience to help fuel my songwriting and survive life on the road.”
Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters
With what PopMatters describes as "tenacious swagger," critically-acclaimed solo artist Ashleigh Flynn recently dialed up the volume and debuted an all-female country rock band as a nod to the “Rosie the Riveter” archetype from WW II. Her sound hearkens back to early Stones, ‘70s psychedelic country rock, and alternately charms like a Sunday afternoon front porch session.
Flynn’s soulful vocals and compelling brand of songwriting, amped-up and virtuously enveloped by the electric guitar work of Nancy Luca and Jenny Conlee on all manner of keys. Luca honed her style and skill playing with Tom Petty and Bo Diddley. Conlee hails from the Decemberists. The rhythm section boasts two additional highly-regarded Portland musicians: Jolie Clausen on drums and Carmen Paradise on bass.
The Riveters continue honing their craft as a band of highly adept song assemblers who put on one hell of a show – holding up the reality that chicks shred just as hard as dudes.