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The Far West / Press

“The Far West has made a CD that comes to you where you are and offers what you need in that place, whether it’s a good country song to have on in the background, or something a little more substantive in a time of genuine need. Overall, The Far West have put together a phenomenal 15-song effort, and each track feels like a fully realized song. I am really digging this CD, and I have a feeling this is the kind of music that could blow up in the alt-country scene; gritty and dusty, but also extremely polished writing.”

“The thing is, these guys put together a bunch of original songs and not quite a year ago they traveled down south close to where I'm at, and proceeded to make a record at the American Legion Post #416 in Encinitas. They did it in three days and it's a boffo blast of twang, drinking songs and music to make you want to head out on the dance floor.”

“ Songwriters Briante and Black are masters of weaving genuinely gut-wrenching tales of broken hearts and shattered love, as in "I'll Keep the Bed Warm" (I'll keep the bed warm, baby / Whether or not you're coming home / I'd rather lie here thinking "maybe" / Than lie here thinking I'll be all alone); or "Maricopa City Lights" (She's the kind of girl you dream of / In the spaces in between love / When you let yourself think, there's still something good). There are almost too many good songs to list here, but other standouts include the dark, self-deprecating humor of "Bitter, Drunk & Cold," the weary "Tears on the Pillowcase Again," or the more upbeat "Nothing Like You" and "Bound to Lose."”

“You know that real Americana. The one where you can feel that worn out seat of a rugged pick up. That feeling of really dusty boots with worn out heels. And a broken heart. That kind of Americana is played by The Far West. No more no less. It’s genuine down to that last longneck, sliding over the steelguitar. The boys, Lee Briante, Robert Black, Erik Kristiansen and Tony Sanborn are hitting the right notes down the road that is great american folk and country music. They have been described as something like” Waylon’s band jamming with Wilco” which should be something every band like this would put up on their walls and be proud of. The Dylan-fan will be feeling right at home in songs like ”White Freightliner”, which sounds like its carved out of a 70′s Dylan record, and molded into The Far West. The debut album is released today, and the band is headed out to SXSW for two shows, 15th and 16th @ B.D. Riley’s Pub and Waterloo Ice house.”

“Stopped by for a cold London's Pride and caught a set by LA's The Far West. I've know bassist Robert Black for some time, but this was the first time I've really kicked back and absorbed a set of their material. Singer Lee Briante has a kind of rangy Sam Shepard quality to him. (others have suggested a younger David Serby.) 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, "Not Far To Fall" and "Where I Get Off" are so expertly constructed classic country songs that you can't help but be drawn in by the storytelling. Robert chimes in at the perfect time with lazy harmonies and the whole thing sounds at the same time familiar and fresh. Guitarist/Pedal steel master Erik Kristiansen is a pleasure and turns a phrase with style and taste. When it comes to sitting down and listening to some heartfelt country music I highly recommend these boys.”