The Grand Ole Echo is a weekly gather during the summer months at The Echo club in Los Angeles. It's organized by Kim Grant, Matt Farber, Ben Reddell, and Julie Richmond. It's the local equivalent of the Grand Ole Opry and americana acts from the local scene as well as from around the world take the stage and entertain the cowboys, hippies, and hipsters with twang. You couldn't ask for a finer venue. It's like they had a movie set from a western shipped in. But more important is the obvious good natured vibe that permeates the place. Lee Briante, lead man from the Far West said in an interview that no one had ever shot a video at the Grand Ole Echo and that was simply "unacceptable." So he lined up a film crew to cover The Far West playing "Bright Side" during one of the recent gatherings. So not only can you enjoy some the band's take on country-rock, you can see for yourself what a cool venue it is.
Lee Briante from The Far West was featured on episode 183.
From the one sheet:
“Technically pure, slightly jaded, no-nonsense and honest with stellar storytelling for the every-man.”
The Far West came together in early 2010, each member having left other bands to pursue a unique sound they weren’t getting elsewhere.
Robert Black, hailing from Texas, has played in dozens of bands from the plains all the way to the coasts (in both directions). In his Texas days he backed a number of bands in all day BBQ hoedowns and late night jam sessions. He even had a band share a bill with Townes Van Zandt.
In Los Angeles, after working as a session bassist for several LA bands like Leslie & The Badgers, West of Texas, and many others, Black met singer Lee Briante.
Briante comes from the fertile Hudson Valley of NY, by way of the rolling hills of Western Massachusetts. His parents instilled a deep love of music in him from a very early age, taking him to see a wide variety of music like Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Charlie Daniels, and many others. Memories of rowdy Irish bands burning through bow rosin in low ceiling riverside taverns stand out in his mind.