FRIDAY JUNE 3rd
Gracie Gray has been songwriting since the age of 14. Growing up, she had the opportunity to play a variety of stringed instruments that her parents had kept around the house. A lover of folk music, she was frequently learning songs by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and many other songwriting legends, leading her to find a voice of her own in that genre. While her earlier songs are frequently described as "transcendent" and "etherial," she has recently taken that color and placed it in heavier contexts such as heartbreak, isolation, and the crisis of Syrian refugees.
In addition to her songwriting, she earned an AA in vocal performance from Moorpark College and has studied vocal performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in Long Beach, California from 2015-2016.
In Fall 2015, she transferred to the Conservatory and shortly after joined Long Beach-based band Leather Tramp, a 13-piece folk orchestra, as co-lead singer, songwriter, and percussionist. When in Ventura County she also co-leads her family band, Zamour, playing keys, banjo, and guitar.
My father was Spanish, so when it was time for guitar lessons, only Classical/Flamenco would do! My parents used to throw parties and we’d have a house full of Flamenco guitarists, including Juan de la Mata, Mario Escudero, and the legendary Sabicas. As it so happens, Jazz guitar legend Al DiMeola grew up nextdoor to me, and he also frequented these Spanish get-togethers! Those influences, in addition to the Beatles, Zeppelin, Hendrix, and the Stones, and there you have it.
On his debut album “Californicana”, native Californian singer-songwriter Frankie Bourne tells lyrical tales of wanderlust adventure along the California coast with infectious roots-rock songs that blend a unique range of influence. Equipped with an authentic indie sound that, "combines the style of new Americana with all the things you loved about 90s adult alternative bands"(TourWorthy.com), and "a smoky, quick-tongued lyrical quality that can change speeds like a Zack Greinke change-up" (San Jose Rock Music Examiner), Bourne's first solo effort has been incredibly well-received by Indie, Rock and Americana radio stations nationwide, winning an award for best love song on the Jango Radio 2015 Valentine's Day Playlist, who call it, "a refreshing roots rock record for the 21st Century".