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OJAI UNDERGROUND – Brendan Willing James & Cordell Lee

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Join us Saturday, October 5th for an evening of acoustic music with Brendan Willing James and Cordell Lee! As one of the founding members of the band Grizfolk, Brendan toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe, sharing stages with Bastille, X Ambassadors, Smallpools, Andrew McMahon, and appeared on Conan O’Brien and one of David Letterman’s last broadcasts of The Late Show alongside Will Smith. Before that, he was an original lead in the new musical Lonesome Traveler, where he portrayed folk legends Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie in a tribute to the beginnings of folk music in America. A google search will point to music he’s written for the shows Pretty Little Liars, Catfish, and Hart of Dixie, and various music and writing projects, from folk to R&B.

In the summer of 2018, a chance encounter at a show in Venice, CA reunited Brendan with producer and friend Erin “Syd” Sidney. Feeling a deep fatigue from the grind of touring, he decided to part ways with Grizfolk and leave L.A. for a spell to write and restore in Ojai, CA. In January 2019, he entered into a recording session with Syd, co-producer Daniel Wright of Radio Skies, keyboardist Mikael Jorgenson of Wilco, and Engineer/Mixer Scott Hirsch of Hiss Golden Messenger. The week-long session produced 9 new songs and a new creative community.

Opening the show at 7:30pm is Cordell Lee! There is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.

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