Created by RT Valine, RT N’ the 44s plays instruments crafted from tin, 2x4s and salvaged parts in a DIY effort to produce music from discarded junkyard objects, and the result is an equal parts haunting and rabble-rousing vintage country band sound that draws in fans of all ages.
Los Angeles-based folk noir band RT N’ the 44s will celebrate the release of their first full-length vinyl record at a special event at Jones Coffee Roasters on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Pasadena. The ensemble will be joined by local musical act Gwendolyn, composer of the theme music of the hit Showtime series Weeds, and singer/songwriter Jenny Luna, for a night of exceptional live performances redefining the folk music genre.
Featuring RT on vocals and wood ‘n’ wire, Michael “Swimmy” Webb on washboard and vocals, Brendan Willard on banjo bass, Johnny Sneed on cans and Leif Bunting on washboard bass, the group has recorded three full-length albums for the independent label Rabid Rabbit Records; their new vinyl record is from New High Recordings and will be available for purchase at Jones Coffee Roasters.
“We’re big fans of RT N’ the 44s, and we’re so excited to have them debut their first full-length vinyl record at our Saturday live music event,” said Chuck Jones, owner of Jones Coffee Roasters. “The unconventional, playful sounds of Gwendolyn and Jenny Luna are a perfect match and will make this a night listeners won’t forget.”
A graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Gwendolyn Sanford taught herself how to play guitar and write songs at LA’s oldest repertory theatre, Theatre 40. Gwendolyn has released albums for fans of all ages and was recognized as the Best New Genre/Uncatergorizable Artist at the LA Music Awards. Gwendolyn’s signature sound is showcased in the song “Knock Knock,” which became the theme music for Weeds.
Born and raised in Pasadena, Jenny Luna has been addicted to singing her entire life. From an early age, she sang for choirs and musicals before studying jazz at Pasadena City College, where she sang for the school’s Jazz Big Band and formed a small combo group of her own, the Moondogs. Jenny Luna and the Moondogs draws inspiration from classic greats like Billie Holiday and Astrud Gilberto and takes their listeners back in time with the sounds of bossa, bolero, folk and jazz.
Tickets to Saturday’s RT N’ the 44s Record Release Party with Gwendolyn and Jenny Luna are $5 at the door and available now for a special buy-one, get-one free pre-sale promotion through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7177454961.
RT N’ the 44s Record Release Party with Gwendolyn and Jenny Luna
Saturday, Nov. 9th, 7-11 p.m.
Jones Coffee Roasters, 693 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91105
Tickets: at the door, $5; pre-sale online 2-for-1 at Eventbrite
Editor’s Note: visiting RT n’ the 44s website and listening to some of their songs immediately brought to mind Johnny Cash, which we enjoyed.