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Escondido prepare for February Release: Walking With A Stranger

Up and coming music blog New Interstice recently released an article and video on Escondido that is too good not to share.

Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James.  Recorded live in a single day, their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, was self-released in 2013 to critical acclaim.  Their David Lynch approved desert rock was described by Vogue as “One of the rare alt-country crossover acts with highbrow cred” and led to appearances on Conan and ABC’s “Nashville.”  Following the release, the band toured North America and Europe with the likes of Lord Huron and Wild Cub while spending their down time composing music for TV & Film.  Most recently, they wrote a song with Lena Dunham for characters Marnie & Desi in the upcoming season of HBO’s “Girls.”  The duo recently completed their follow-up album, Walking With A Stranger.

The pair met while James was recording their mutual friend at his home studio.  “Jess was quietly strumming this song Rodeo Queen on the couch while everyone else was making drinks in the kitchen.  I pushed record and added a little groove before folks got back in the room.  Later that night we listened to it and both said ‘You wanna make a record?’”  They spent the next two months crafting the songs and bonding over a shared love of spaghetti westerns and songwriters from the 70’s.  “We’d put on Ennio Morricone every morning,” says Maros.  “It’s an easy process when you both love the same stuff.”

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Happy New Year

Bringing in the new year, hearts filled with inspiration, motivation; many exciting projects on the go and the near horizon.

We begin with ‘Love Yourself More’ a music documentary focusing on the ‘women behind the men of rock & roll’. The first in our ‘Women Strong’ series, understanding that behind every successful man stands a strong woman, we want to celebrate them all.

Fresh Independence along with our international correspondents will bring you stories written from the heart, music that ignites the soul, pictures from around our worlds and fashion look books that will imprint on your life & style.

Stay with us this 2016 and be inspired to do what you love – love what you do & always dare to dream.

Happy New Year!  xo

 

 

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Day Two and Three: Behind The Scenes LA

We woke up to the eternal youth of the one and only Michael Des Barres knocking on our door looking for a cup of coffee. Sitting down and talking with this man whose stories are animated, exuberant and filled with a confidence that time has brought him to the very place he was meant to be. Challenging us to see with our hearts and not with any preconceived notions of whom others might be. 

a kim laureen & michael des barres

I’m on a journey and I do not judge or condemn. I’ve been sober for 30 plus years but I can’t tell someone else not to do something, I can only live by the example that anything is possible.

Pamela Des Barres 1

If these walls could talk…

On a sleepy Los Angeles afternoon we entered the home of rock groupie Miss Pamela Des Barres. Apparent that there was no vacancy left to be a fly on the wall dressed in yellow and teal hangings of self-portraits, Elvis, Walt Whitman, Jesus, The GTO’s, and a photograph with Dylan. So much life yet a solace melancholy filled the room, maybe to realize that life with a musician is more of a dream.

The way I see it, we were their muses and they needed us.

Blue and Wes

In Studio City we went back to the time when rock & roll lit up the Sunset Strip with an energy that was as flamboyant and crude as there ever might be. We sat down with Blue Dixon who is not afraid to tell it like it is and reflects on the fact that as women we need to have each other’s back because it can be a cruel, dark world otherwise. Stories of life on the road and how she became an unwelcome member on the tour bus by speaking her mind.

This bus don’t roll until we drop the hoe off at the Texaco.

Suzette and Wes

Next stop Marina Del Rey and the charms of Dee & Suzette Snider who show us that perseverance, will and determination are the key to longevity.

No man was ever going to stand in my way. I love Dee but I don’t need him.

Dee and Suzette Snider

Each artistic encounter brings another perspective to the equation as we seek to answer the question ‘does or can’ real love exist in this industry. What is love to each person and is the end result fuelled by chance or choice. 

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Documentary Production: Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes with Mama Kin, John Butler Trio, & Shakey Graves

In a sense this folk festival ambiance was our first ‘round at the rodeo as we pulled into Calgary. Excitement, inspiration, and lack of sleep was on our side from the one hour nap due to rocking out at Shakey Graves the night previous.

Day two was one for the books and it started with the breakfast of champions under a golden arch. Crew for the Day was highly recommended Cinematographer and Sound Technican [Life Capture’s] Adam Peariso and product of a desperate google search which ultimately was meant to be brought us Photographer Allison Seto.

The itinerary was to film an interview with John Butler of The John Butler Trio, partner to our muse Mama Kin followed by the band’s headline performance at The Calgary Folk Festival.

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