Out in the idyllic setting of west Marin County, Big Mesa Farms is a locally grown success story. The five-acre, certified-organic farm has been owned and operated by Caymin Ackerman since 2011. Originally aiming for a few key crops, the farm has expanded to grow everything from beets, broccoli and cabbage to squash, strawberry, tomato and even fresh cut flowers. The farm is a big hit with several restaurants in the North Bay, and with locals who like to know where their food comes from.
Big Mesa Farms is also a hit with Bay Area songwriter Lucia Comnes, who recently debuted a music video, “On the Farm,” that is dedicated to Ackerman and her agricultural journey. Through a series of snapshots, the video tells the story of Big Mesa with a charming country melody and harmonic folk heartiness. Watch the video now and be on the lookout for Ackerman at the next Marin County farmers market.
San Francisco indie rock band Go By Ocean has released a visually metaphorical music video for their new single, “Ring Around the Sun.” The song is from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Sun Machine, due out in April.
“Ring Around the Sun” boasts a brightly upbeat sound that is a welcomed sign from the band and frontman Ryan McCaffrey, who reportedly went through an extended period of difficulty and darkness in the last few years. The new video’s visuals tell the story of his recent struggles, seen as inky black clouds that follow the characters in otherwise sunny settings.
The band celebrates the single’s release with a show on Thursday, February 23, at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. Click here for more info.
North Bay chanteuse ensemble SonoMusette creates and captures vintage Parisian music with passion and power. See for yourself with the above video of the band performing a stirring rendition of “Quand On N’a Que L’Amour (When We Only Have Love),” written by Jacques Brel in 1956.
Highlighted by vocalist Mimi Pirard’s authentic French singing, the band’s wistful accordions and sentimental rhythms shine on the song, and the video, recorded last month during a performance at the Occidental Center for the Arts, is the perfect way to relax on a rainy day such as this.
Sonoma County folk group Rainbow Girls are making some of the North Bay’s most heartbreaking acoustic harmonies these days. Last spring, they drove this hardened reporter to tears during a performance at the Next Level showcase in Santa Rosa, and they continue to do so with their new batch of tunes, set to be released on the upcoming album American Dream early next year.
Such is the case with “The Folk Singer’s Contract,” a wistful rumination on a tangled web of a relationship. The above video of the song was recorded live along the New Orleans waterfront on a recent trip. Supported by gentle waves in the background, the trio shows off their vocal chops and emotional resonance on the new song. Just be prepared to grab a tissue for your tears.
In January, Rainbow Girls are taking the new songs on the road for a “Backwoods Tour” with soulful folk singer Caitlin Jemma that takes them from Bolinas to San Diego. Click here to see their upcoming dates and keep your eyes and ears peeled for news of American Dream‘s release.
Santa Rosa singer and songwriter Charlie Davenport is the man behind indie-folk outfit Rags. In contrast to his earlier full band setup, Davenport goes solo on Rags’ new album, Tilted Shrine, performing and singing a collection of introspective acoustic numbers alone, often in a single take, and straight to tape.
Reportedly, Davenport wrote much of the album out in the wilds of Salt Point State Park, along the coast north of Fort Ross. And that’s the scene where the music video for Titled Shrine’s first single, “Love II,” takes place. Directed and edited by Jim Agius and Timmy Lohdi, the video recreates the trek that Davenport would embark upon and reflects the song’s wistful and patient sound. You can get Tilted Shrine here.
Fort Bragg native Emily Jane White’s long awaited album, They Moved in Shadow All Together, is finally getting an official release this Friday, July 8. We’ve already previewed the album’s first single, “Frozen Garden,” and now White unveils the music video for the album’s second single, “Pallid Eyes.”
Featuring a hypnotic acoustic riff and White’s ethereal voice, the song builds on “Frozen Garden” with a mysterious narrative and haunting melodies. And the video, shot in washed-out greys by director and editor Dan Jenkins, moodily captures the song’s message of longing and languishing.
White is currently on tour supporting the forthcoming album, click here for updates on her upcoming shows.
Sonoma County experimental band OVVN is an undeniable and unapologetic force of noise on their new LP, “I Love Myself And Want To Live,” out now on San Francisco-based label Don’t Look Down Records. The four-piece outfit, fronted by vocalist and songwriter Ethan Jayne, has been steadily gaining momentum with several self-released EPs over the last few years, and this debut full-length, full of droning metal riffs and feedback squals that travel unpredictable sonic paths, is an intense one-of-a-kind rock and roll experience.
Matching the aural edginess, this darkly-tinged music video for the album’s single, “Sores,” offers a gritty and mysterious vignette paired with ominous shots of the band playing live for an effect like that of an old Nirvana music video on quaaludes–in a good way.
OVVN (pronounced own) will be performing as part of the upcoming Last Record Store 33 & 1/3 Anniversary Party in Santa Rosa. For more details on that show, click here.
Bay Area favorites Royal Jelly Jive are beloved for their blend of swing revival and soulful grooves, and the band employs all the tricks of their trade in their upcoming album, Stand Up, due out on June 24.
This week, the band previews their latest with a new video for the album’s first single, “Dear Mr. Waits.”
If you are familiar with North bay music, you may have already guessed the titular Mr. Waits is, in fact, iconic songwriter and reclusive west Sonoma County resident Tom Waits, who regularly records at Prairie Sun Studios, where Stand Up was also recorded.
San Francisco folk ensemble the Sam Chase & the Untraditional have a new album, Great White Noise, on the way and this week premiered the music video for the record’s first single, “There For Me.”
For the video, the band invited several musical friends to listen to the song for the first time and-as the video description says-do whatever they want. The result is a montage of pure joy expressed in myriad ways. Look closely and you’ll see popular North Bay luminaries like Josh Windmiller rocking out to the epic Americana ballad.
The Sam Chase & the Untraditional perform in the Bay Area next on April 29, sharing a bill with Dead Winter Carpenters and Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.