Sam Outlaw

Sam Outlaw

Hayley Thompson-King

Fri, April 21, 2017

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:30 pm

Great Scott

Allston, MA

$12 advance / $15 day of show

This event is 21 and over

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Sam Outlaw
Sam Outlaw
The future's bright for the young Angeleno And an old song plays in his head Far as he knows. . .

These lines from the title track of Sam Outlaw's debut album Angeleno could almost serve as a haiku-like artist bio. Outlaw is a southern Californian singer-songwriter steeped in the music and mythos of west coast country, absorbing the classic vibes of everything from '60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to '70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop and refashioning them into a sound that's pleasurably past, present and future tense.

"The music I play, I call 'SoCal country,'" says Outlaw. "It's country music but with a Southern California spirit to it. What is it about Southern California that gives it that spirit, I don't exactly know. But there's an idea that I like that says - every song, even happy songs, are written from a place of sadness. If there's a special sadness to Southern California it's that there's an abiding shadow of loss of what used to be. But then, like with any place, you have a resilient optimism as well."

While he explores those shadows on the title track and the elegiac "Ghost Town," Outlaw mostly comes down on the side of the optimists through Angeleno's dozen tracks. Opener "Who Do You Think You Are?" breezes in with south of the border charm, all sunny melody wrapped in mariachi horns, while "I'm Not Jealous" is a honky-tonker with a smart twist on the you-done-me-wrong plot. "Love Her For A While" has the amiable lope of early '70s Poco, "Old Fashioned" the immediacy of a touch on the cheek, and the future Saturday night anthem "Jesus Take The Wheel (And Drive Me To A Bar)" shows Outlaw has a sense of humor to match his cowboy poet nature. Throughout, producers Ry and Joachim Cooder frame the material with spare, tasteful arrangements, keeping the focus on Outlaw's voice. And it's a voice that indeed seems to conjure up California in the same way as Jackson Browne's or Glenn Frey's. Easy on the ears, open-hearted, always with an undertow of melancholy.
Hayley Thompson-King
Hayley Thompson-King
When you talk about Hayley Thompson-King—soulful country vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, and creator of the Boston-based garage, girl group Banditas— it’s important to know 2 things: One, that she was raised on a horse ranch in Florida; and two, that she was classically trained in Opera at New England Conservatory of Music. If Hayley, on occasion, arrives to a show dressed up like a cowgirl, know that she comes by it honestly. If Hayley covers a 19th century German art song, know that she comes by it honestly.

Hayley’s songwriting lays open all of the musical influences that are closest to her heart, while remaining utterly fresh, modern, and ballsy. And hearing her sing live is a total treat. She moves fluidly from punky garage breakdowns to 60s girl pop, cult-classic country and western to gospel-infused ballads about love. Her melodic low register lends pristine clarity to stories within each of her songs, and she is not shy to let loose her voice like a galloping bronco. Her capability as a songwriter is equally matched by her ear for arrangements. The song “Teratoma”— that’s right, likening an old, nasty love needing to be cut out of her to a teratoma pregnancy— acutely displays that duality, with the looping metaphor echoed by a looping refrain on her guitar. Hayley is bold and sight to behold.

Stumbling upon the music of Hayley Thompson-King feels like being privy to the life and times of an undiscovered Grand Ole Opry star. You could almost imagine that she just hopped down from a bus with a suitcase in her hand and her guitar on her back. You have the feeling you want to be her friend, and help her get to where she needs to go, because in return she’ll lend you some superb items from her record collection. She’s a girl’s girl, a musician’s musician, and, if her songs are any indication, a heartbreaker. Take her at her word, folks, the music she’s giving is you is everything’s she’s got.
Venue Information:
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA, 02134
http://www.greatscottboston.com/