"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. Singer Lee Briante posted a late night craigslist ad that consisted of nothing more then the text 'looking to do something like this'. and a Waylon Jennings video. Texas born Robert Black responded within minutes and The Far West was born. Chicago native Aaron Bakker soon joined the band bringing his exceptional guitar playing to the lineup. With Michael Whiteside on piano & keys and Brian Bachman on drums, the line up was solidified.
Before long the band partnered with respected booking agent Mongrel Music, and have been consistently growing and selling out shows in the West ever since. The Far West have been gigging all across Southern California and the southwest at places like El Rey, The Troubadour The Echo, The Satellite, Pappy & Harriets, Hotel Cafe, Cowboy Palace Saloon, The Great American Music Hall and across the US. They've been winning accolades all along the line from bands, critics and DJ's alike. The Far West has opened sold out shows for JD McPherson, Nick 13, Dave & Phil Alvin, and Eilen Jewell.
In February 2014 the band released their 2nd album Any Day Now on Medina River records. Their second album with producer Colin McLean. He recorded their first album at an American Legion Post while the bar was open for business – and, in keeping with his interest in using unusual spaces, recorded Any Day Now in a vintage hot rod repair shop. Like their debut effort, this new album has been receiving rave reviews from everyone who hears it, proving that The Far West have something special.
The band is currently working with Little Brother Music Publishing, Two Dog Media, Medina River Records and Mongrel Music Booking.
“…An unapologetic, no-bones-about-it Americana act, the band wears its’ influences high and heavy with a shared appreciation of Gram, Uncle Tupelo, and The Band. The Far West bang out a sharp blend of country rock that comes straight from the No Depression playbook that was all the rage in the ‘90’s and early 2000’s. These fellas get points for rocking the Americana spirit and carrying on the country-rock ethos.…” Glide Magazine
“Singer-guitarist Lee Briante has a certain John Prine-ian rasp to his voice, and he's got some of Prine's cut-to-the-bone lyrical wit. When they rev up, The Far West recall any number of the '70s cosmic cowboy rockers, but when they break down, well that's the real good stuff” LA Weekly
“…their second album shows what a talented group they are. The melodic and sardonic On the Road (written by New York singer and guitarist Lee Briante about Hollywood) kicks off an album which has a pleasing flow to it… a very strong album.” The Telegraph (UK)
“Briante's deadpan voice is quite striking, a little reminiscent of Ian Felice of the Felice Brothers. And the instrumentations in consistently sweet in tone and tasteful in execution.When the band reaches the height of its powers on the strongest songs they are something to behold!” Rhythms Magazine
"The Far West do gut-wrenching country better than just about anybody" Given & Taken in Ink
"Californiality is categorically labeling The Far West as "the best L.A. country music act of 2011," and here's why: The Far West takes country music where it should be by now in 2011 - technically pure, slightly jaded, no-nonsense and honest with stellar storytelling for the every-man." Californiality
"The songwriting, musicianship and production quality on The Far West album is superb, so nothing more needs to be said. It simply must be heard."
"The Far West have an authentically Americana sound that’s been described as something like Waylon’s band jamming with Wilco. Their songs are highly personal, introspective and original and portray a deep love of American music."
"Singer Lee Briante has a kind of rangy Sam Shepard quality to him. He sings in a kind of understated drawl that is a perfect fit for the material. And while I enjoyed the performance, I think it was the songwriting that really turned my head. Tunes like, "I won't have that far to fall" and "This is where I get off" are so expertly constructed classic country songs that you can't help but be drawn in by the storytelling. Robert Black chimes in at the perfect time with lazy harmonies and the whole thing sounds at the same time familiar and fresh. When it comes to sitting down and listening to some heartfelt country music I highly recommend these boys." Southland Serenade
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