Bluebilly Records is pleased to announce the release of “California” the first single off writer turned country artist, Kandia Crazy Horse’s forthcoming album Stampede (January 2014).
In a domain she has often written about, award-winning rock author and journalist, Kandia Crazy Horse has decided to dig in and release her own music. With a captivating and resonating husky voice Kandia delivers “California” a song Creative Loafing describes as “(A) slow-rolling tune featuring her soulful vocals over a backdrop of acoustic and steel pedal guitar…we look forward to hearing more.”
Kandia delves into her inspiration for making the record: “It all began with Crosby, Stills & Nash—my California Dreaming,” says Kandia Crazy Horse. “Specifically, with those exhilarating, Latin-tinged harmonies of “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes…which somehow beamed in from an alien world…and Henry’s (Diltz) cover photograph for their debut Atlantic LP, which mesmerized me even as a toddler; I still don’t know why. This was the source of a lifelong love that eventually propelled me to write a paen to CSN and that whole woodsy, urban country Laurel Canyon lore: my debut single, ‘California’.”
“Although they were quite different from the mostly southern soul music and latter-day Motown I was raised on, Crosby, Stills & Nash struck me because they could sing on par with the local DC luminaries Roberta Flack, Les McCann, and Donny Hathaway that I loved,” says Kandia. “And they were on Atlantic Records—The House that Ruth (Brown) Built, the label of my father’s hometown hero Brother Ray Charles. Some folks’ heroes were cowboys, but mine were always producers such as my honorary Papa, Jerry Wexler. So Stephen Stills and his brethren were legitimized in a way most ‘70’s rock was not; and his explorations of bluegrass and other roots music both enhanced my familial background with country and led to Stills’ earlier band, Buffalo Springfield, becoming my favorite and artistic model.”
In some cosmic sweet spot between Stills’ self-proclaimed “Cuban bluegrass” and the Afrolachian-derived singing of her regional forebears, Flack, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers (whose debut Stills played on), young Kandia began to craft a potent inner vision where Laurel Canyon’s “Take it Easy” ethos and southeastern hardscrabble could co-exist. Featuring Kandia’s fellow Stills-loving pedal steel ace Ben Peeler—the simply gorgeous and sunlight-filled single “California” arrives to extend country and western’s long-beloved narratives of the Golden State as America’s ultimate Paradise.
“California” was produced and mixed by longtime Shakira collaborator, Albert Menendez. Kandia’s new endeavor as singer-songwriter has been heralded by Bold as Love Magazine as a revelation: “…who knew she’s got such an engaging voice, one that’s slightly raspy and that leans towards heartache?”
The Florida-based Bluebilly Records brings to the forefront a new, extended voice in urban-based country music and a forward-looking stable for independent Americana artists emerging from the national scene and beyond.
Single "California" available on iTunes, Amazon & GooglePlay: https://itunes.apple.com/us/