San Francisco’s Maurice Tani has been a fixture on the Bay Area alt-country scene for more than a decade with his band 77 El Deora, and previously sang and played guitar for the seminal Motown-style party bands Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat. The San Francisco Chronicle has praised his “twangy modern country sound” and called his songs “wry yet romantic, tender but aggressive.” On our showcase, Maruice will be joined by Mike Anderson on bass guitar.
Maurice recently released two albums—a studio recording with 77 El Deora called Blue Line, and Two Stroke, a collection of acoustic duos with his bassist, Mike Anderson. The website No Depression calls the sound “hillbilly noir” – “at once familiar, ethereal and beautiful.” Maurice calls it “cinema for the blind.” His music paints vivid pictures of the darker side of human relationships – but even at its darkest, it swings. Scott Bloom of The Bay Twang says, “This music is neither retro nor country; it’s twang noir. A fully realized universe, on a dark night, with an AM radio station sending out a strong signal from somewhere down Highway 99. Are you listening?” Preview some of his music at http://www.77eldeora.com/
Special guests include local favorites Christiana Newcomb, and Rob Kimball.
Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Sunday 1–4pm at Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, 805-226-8881. The showcase includes one featured act and others playing 4-song sets. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover. All ages are welcome -- great place for a family picnic!