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Back pOrchEstra

Musician Location: Petaluma

Back pOrchEstra is original and vintage Roots Rock, Americana, Country Blues, Singer/Songwriter and Western Swing with rich acoustic tones… It’s a compact Shelter-in-Place-inspired musical outfit befitting the newfound minimalism of the current times… going back to the basics… Formed for the first time the locked-down summer of 2020, they have conducted many live streaming episodes and live concerts along the West Coast as well as a recent foray into the Big-Pink-style living room recording facilities of Globe Records (as utilized in the recent New Copasetics album). The band draws from new original material as well as reworked classics by Hank Williams, Taj Mahal, Dan Hicks, Big Bill Broonzy, Bob Wills, Bobby Charles …even Christmas Jug Band tunes Back pOrchEstra is Tim Eschliman (Etta James, Commander Cody & His Western Airmen, New Copasetics) vocals & resonator guuitar, Bowen Brown (John Lee Hooker, Tommy Castro, Rhythmtown-Jive) on drums, Candy Girard (Delaney Bramlet, Tanya Tucker, Clint Black and with Jerry Garcia on his album “Cats Down Under the Stars”) on violin, Beau Bradbury (Beaullieu) (California Honeydrops, Gator Beat) on bass and Gary Potterton (NRPS, Texas Chainsaw) on guitar. Included in the recordings are Jackson Allen (Narada) on guitar, Vicki Randle (Dr. John, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples & the Tonight Show Band) on percussion and Kathy Kennedy (Big Bang Beat, Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, Starship) on vocals, Austin deLone (Elvis Costello, Fabuous Thunderbrds, Eggs Over Easy) on piano and (Elvis Costello, Fabuous Thunderbrds, Eggs Over Easy) and Jack Ohara (Eggs Over Easy) on vocals. Their recent “Voices In My Head (Genre Whiplash)” album (Globe Records) made the Top 100 Albums of 2022 list at Alt.Country Specialty Chart! (The Official Site for Alt Country) “Subtitle of this album is Genre Whiplash, and I get it. You get everything from alt.rock to cajun, to country, to Brownie Ford era Western Swing. But the thing that keeps this set together is their excellent songwriting full of smooth never-miss-a-beat lines and vivid imagery.” – Calvin Powers, WHUP FM, – 4 songs onto rotation “Don’t buy this excellent album if you’re not open to a program that has roots in country and blues but zigzags all over the musical map. This largely acoustic string band—which formed on the West Coast during the pandemic—evokes artists from multiple decades over the last century and embraces everything from indie-rock and Americana to Celtic, Motown, and Western swing. If you need a reference point, look to bands like Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks and Asleep at the Wheel, whose records also draw on disparate sources.” – Jeff Burger, Americana Highways (also at The, ” ‘Voices in My Head (Genre Whiplash),’ is like taking a trip to a record store with old 78’s sharing space with new stuff.” – MJ Call, West of Twin Peaks Radio SAN FRANCISCO, CA Album available as CD, USB-Card and soon LP at and all other music retails. Digital options at