The Walcotts play genre-bending Americana music.
Armed with a large lineup, the Los Angeles-based band — whose membership includes two singers, a horn
section, a fiddle player, a pedal steel guitarist, a pianist, and a rhythm section — take inspiration from more
than a half century's worth of American traditions. The result is a sound that nods to the Band's folk-rock,
Little Feat's swampy jazz, Bruce Springsteen's heartland anthems, and everything in between. It's broad,
big-sounding music, with the Walcotts swelling their lineup to as many as nine members during their
acclaimed live shows.
The name, of course, is a reference to The Band's "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show," a 1970 tune that
paid tribute to the traveling medicine shows of Levon Helm's youth. For a group that proudly wears its
influences on its sleeve, though, the Walcotts aren't some revivalist band, stuck mimicking the retro sounds
of an era that's long since past. Instead, they make roots music for a modern age, with songs that spin
stories and melodies that take aim at the heart as well as the head.
Formed in 2012, The Walcotts began spreading their music through multiple TV and film placements,
while also earning a well-deserved rep as one of the West Coast's best live bands. Opening dates with
Honeyhoney, Steve Windwood, and Chris Isaak came first, followed by a West Coast tour with Chris
Stapleton in 2015, mere days after Stapleton swept the CMA Awards. Live, the Walcotts bring the nuances
of their recorded material to life, with every show building upward toward an explosion of horns, organ,
guitar and dual vocals.
The Walcotts will continue building upward in 2016, when their full-length debut — featuring co-writes
with John Alagia (Dave Matthews, John Mayer) and some co-production by Ross Hogarth (John
Mellencamp, Melissa Etheridge) — is released.