|L-R: Adrienne Isom, Karen Rappaport McHugh, KP Hawthorn|
Inspired by women across many industries, musicians Adrienne Isom (NOCONA), KP Hawthorn (California Country Records/CALICO the band) and event producer Karen Rappaport McHugh have announced the formation of a new company, REBELLE ROAD (www.rebelleroad.com) to fiercely champion Americana, Roots and Country music from their female vantage point. There will be a handful of performances in California before the official launch, which will be during SXSW on Wednesday, March 14 with a full day of showcase performances. (Details Below)
Inspired by the gutsy life and legend of Belle Starr, the Los Angeles-based partners with roots in California and Texas, are developing a local venue showcase series, a traveling Rebelle Roadshow, as well as a podcast and boutique music festival. They are also developing a TV series based on several books they have optioned.
The trio is taking a page from the Bandit Queen’s life as they acknowledge studying and stealing from every venue series and festival concept, mostly created by men, to develop concepts that are infused with feminine energy. “Belle Starr was a maverick of her time, an outlaw who lived by her own rules to survive,” they state. “If women need to step up to be heard and receive parity, then that’s what we’re going to do.” With a nod to traditional booking standards, they emphasize that male artists will not be excluded.
As part of their mission, Rebelle Road also hopes to strengthen the identity for musicians from the “California Country” community. Artist KP Hawthorn, who runs California Country Records and is one of the few female record producers in country music, created the annual California Country Social during Americana Fest in 2016 after realizing that the Golden State was under-represented. “We have a rich history in country music that has been minimized over the past few decades and there are so many incredible working artists on the West Coast that we want to spotlight.”
DATES: —Thursday, Feb 22 @ Pappy and Harriet's 8 pm Free 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268 CALICO the band/NOCONA/ Hosted by Jamie Bridgers with special guests
—Thursday, March 1st @ Think Factory -industry event 530 pm Private 1640 S Sepulveda Blvd #300, Los Angeles, CA 90025 Adrian/CALICO the band/NOCONA/ hosted by Jamie Bridgers with special guests John Jorgenson and Carlene Carter
—Saturday, March 3rd @ Standing Sun Winery Buellton, CA 7 pm Free 92 2nd St, Buellton, CA 93427 Adrian/ CALICO the band/ NOCONA/ Hosted by Jamie Bridgers
—Official Launch at SXSW - Rebelle Road Presents SXSW - Wednesday, March 14th at the Ramada South from 12pm to 8 pm - food - bourbon tasting - great lineup TBA music all day 4323 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78744
For More Information: https://www.rebelleroad.com/