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Live from Laurel Canyon: Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock is not a typical tribute band or show, largely because its pays homage not to a single artist or band, but to a certain sound, style and ethos - the storied Laurel Canyon scene of the 1960s. Laurel Canyon is a Los Angeles enclave where, during the heyday of hippie folk-rock, the biggest stars of the genre lived, made music and collaborated in an unprecedented mingling of musical talent. Among them were such legends as Joni Mitchell, the Mamas and the Papas, James Taylor and Carole King. Live from Laurel Canyon takes the songs of this storied time and place on the road once again, performing across the country in front of fans who were there to experience the original era, along with new generations who appreciate timeless hits performed by talented artists of today.
Live from Laurel Canyon's background
Laurel Canyon, a quaint neighborhood tucked away in the Hollywood Hills, is a place of legend in the history of folk and rock music. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, it became an epicenter of counterculture and the home of some of the era's most notable musicians, among them Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, Neil Young and members of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Eagles. Joni Mitchell's Laurel Canyon home is said to be the place where David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash first sung together, and it became the namesake for her 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon. The countless songs and records created by artists living in Laurel Canyon formed the basis of "the LA sound" that influenced rock and folk music forever.
The Live from Laurel Canyon experience
Live from Laurel Canyon performs the songs of the era that defined that sound in front of contemporary audiences. The 90-minute shows feature renditions of such beloved hits as "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, "Take It Easy" by The Eagles, "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield and "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young. The lineup of 15 to 18 songs changes frequently but often includes perhaps the most emblematic Laurel Canyon song of them all, "Our House," written by Graham Nash about his time living there with Joni Mitchell while they were a young couple in love.
The Live from Laurel Canyon band features Brian Chartrand on vocals and guitar (Chartrand is also the show's creator), Kip Fox also on vocals and guitar, Meridith Moore on vocals, plus a four-piece band of professional musicians. All the artists involved have a love for the music of the era and have perfected the art of harmonizing that's such a definitive part of the Laurel Canyon sound.
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