Dead Rock West's Frank Drennen and Cindy Wasserman wowed the Hotel Café last night. (Jim Herrington)
The Hotel Café is known for being the launch pad of many artists and is always bustling with talents from all genres of music. Right in the heart of Hollywood, you might find the next Adele performing or the likes of Mumford and Sons putting on secret shows at the venue. In the vein of folksy revival, I had the chance to check out Dead Rock West last night at the Hotel Café.
With the spirit of good ol’ Americana rock, the Los Angeles-based duo wowed with their nostalgic flair. They performed a selection from their upcoming album, It’s Everly Time, (out July 17) that celebrates the music of the Everly Brothers. The intertwining of lead vocalists Frank Drennen’s croon with Cindy Wasserman’s dulcet tone gave beloved classics like “Let It Be Me” and “I Used to Love You” new life. Their harmonies kept audience members on their feet and tapping their shoes. You could close your eyes, listen to the music and imagine being in a bygone era.
With their salute to rock ’n’ roll not only harkening back to the heyday of the classics, Dead Rock West’s tunes call for revival. They closed out the night with a fantastic coupling of tracks. “Burning House of Love” brought the house down in a celebration of their love of rock music.
Dead Rock West are not only fantastic to watch live but also perfect to pop into your record player on vinyl along with your faves from the Beach Boys and the greats of California classic rock.