Peter Case

Peter Case

Dead Rock West

Sun 7.15.18

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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Peter Case
Peter Case
Peter Case is a three time Grammy nominee for his work as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer (his 2007 solo album, Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, was among those named in the Best Contemporary Folk category). He has recorded more than a dozen solo records for the Geffen, Vanguard and Yep Roc labels. He is the author of several books as well as a sought-after record producer. His songs have been featured in movies and TV shows including True Blood, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood. Peter’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, Alejandro Escovedo, Marshall Crenshaw, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Go-Go's, and many others. Passionate about writing songs and connecting to audiences, Case tours throughout the year in the US, Canada, and Europe, while his hardcore fans bring to the shows their deep connection to the songs and to the artist.

Riding the rails from Buffalo to California while still a teenager, Case performed as a street musician in San Francisco before joining Jack Lee and Paul Collins to form The Nerves. The groups single, “Hanging on the Telephone,” would later become a Top 10 hit for Blondie.

Case then moved to LA and formed The Plimsouls. The group landed a deal with Geffen on the strength of the hit song, "A Million Miles Away," which they performed in the movie Valley Girl.

Case has been a solo performer since the late '80s. His albums include his T-Bone Burnett-produced Grammy-nominated solo debut; the widely acclaimed The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar, (featuring the signature songs "Entella Hotel," "Two Angels," and "Put Down The Gun"); the self-released acoustic blues album Peter Case Sings Like Hell; the Grammy-nominated Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John and last-year's collection of unreleased and alternate tracks, The Case Files. Last year also saw the release of Beach Town Confidential, a previously unreleased live recording of a 1983 Plimsouls show in front of a rowdy, appreciative crowd at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, CA.

Case is the central figure in the feature-length documentary TROUBADOUR BLUES by Pennsylvania filmmaker Tom Weber, released in 2011. The film also featuring Dave Alvin, Mary Gauthier and many other fine singer-songwriters, is an honest and intimate look at the lives of modern-day wandering minstrels.
Dead Rock West
Dead Rock West
“These are difficult days and we need more and more love,” says Frank Lee Drennen, songwriter, guitarist, and singer with Cindy Wasserman in the band Dead Rock West.

More Love, the pair's fourth album and first for Omnivore Recordings, was made
under the California sun with producer John Doe and a studio full of special
guests, yet Frank and Cindy's wraparound vocals remain the focal point over the
course of its12 heartstrong songs.

“Frank played me the song 'More Love,' and I was so blown away, I thought,
that's it!” says Cindy. “It became the inspiration for the harmonies and the song
ideas for the entire record.”

The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered in LA by Grammy-winner Dave
Way, with David J. Carpenter on bass, D.J. Bonebrake on drums, multiinstrumentalist Geoff Pearlman, keyboardist Phil Parlapiano, special guests
Elliot Easton and Greg Leisz on guitars, and Mike Bolger on horns.

“This was a group effort; band, singers, engineer, producer all equal, all working
toward a common, honest goal,” says Doe. “All of us in a room making real
music, from the heart, from intuition, from aching and wanting, from beauty and
the desert.”

From the opening love-affirming title song and throughout its passionate
performances (including a surprising country-soul finale, Sam Cooke's “Bring It
On Home To Me”), love is the tie that binds, though Frank counters, “For me, it's
totally a non-concept album.” But whether it's their honeyed voices rubbing
against the hard won guitar strums as on “Boundless Fearless Love,” or the
whispers between lines of “Radio Silence,” the duo have an undeniably
entwined singing style. Locked in, like all great vocal duos, their sound was
characterized by the Los Angeles Times as “bent notes in tandem, musically
summoning a flawless union.” (July 17, 2015)

“They are a modern day Gram and Emmylou singing songs that Otis and Carla
would sing,” says Doe. "Somehow Cindy and Frank connect the dots
between ’70s country and ’60s soul music."

The jingle jangle of the Byrds and the lyrical economy of Buddy Holly, Merle
Haggard and Lou Reed inform Frank's writing style while Cindy loves American
classics, from anonymous down home singers to the more sophisticated song
styles of Smokey Robinson and vocal teams like Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
When paired with Doe and their family of collaborators, the result is positively
transcendent and soul-stirring rock magic– the golden harmonies, the unbroken
melodies that sound like love in action and that could only have been made in

Frank and Cindy's shared love of country, rock, and soul singing and songwriting
has only grown deeper through their ongoing collaborations with three California
songmen: Doe (of X, the Knitters, and the John Doe Band) Dave Alvin (of the
Blasters and the Guilty Men and Women) and Peter Case (formerly of the
Nerves and the Plimsouls and producer/arranger of Dead Rock West's second
album, Bright Morning Stars).

“We call them the Holy Trinity,” says Cindy who sings on the road and in the
studio with Doe, while Frank claims an early enounter with Case guided him
toward finding his own spiritual style of secular songwriting.

“Peter's songs embraced regular people in common circumstances, yet they
were personal, heartfelt, and deeply spiritul,” says Frank.

"Each one of them hits a spot where it's so exciting,” says Cindy. “They're all so
different but the thread that connects them is they are amazing writers, such
wordsmiths, and that they came from punk rock and turned that energy into
incredible artistry.” Call them mentors or big brothers, “That they've taken us as
their own is like a dream," says Cindy.

The dream started for Frank and Cindy on the Southern California club scene.
Debuting in 2007 with the independent Honey and Salt, they followed with the
aforementioned California spirituals collection, Bright Morning Stars, then
received critical raves for 2015's It's Everly Time!, an homage to pioneering rock
vocalists and songwriters, the Everly Brothers.

With More Love, Dead Rock West returns to original music with an
indie/Americana bent. Pulling the songs together with a method he borrowed
from songwriting legend, Guy Clark, Frank says, “I don't care how many years it
takes me, I just wait until I have ten songs I want to put on a record.” As they
developed the repertoire, “Cindy and I deconstructed the songs,” he explains.
Switching roles as written in the verses and choruses, “There's something about
that dynamic that allows for a deeper contrast than when you hear the traditional
male/female parts sung," says Frank.

The added dimensions of road and recording experience contributed to the
making of More Love as did an appreciation of the brevity and preciousness of
life itself. Between records, both band members lost close family members –
Frank's mother Nelda Gunn-Drennen and Cindy's brother, Rob Wasserman, the
noted bassist. Music became a lifeline during the grieving spell.
”I just wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for Rob, honestly I wouldn't,” says Cindy
whose brother introduced her to his collaborators like Lou Reed, Brian Wilson,
and Stéphane Grappelli (who played with guitarist, Django Reinhardt). All these
encounters made their imprints on Dead Rock West's own commitment to
excellence, and to love, at all costs.

"More Love is heart and soul from two deeply original singers and songwriters,”
says Doe, a true believer who's been witness to Dead Rock West's process as it
continues to unfold.

“As Willie Dixon said to me when I was blessed to meet him some years ago,”
says Cindy. “Happy or sad songs, they are all about love--more love.”
Venue Information:
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101