When things don’t feel or working out the way you’d planned, there’s one thing that can help you increase the light, in an otherwise times of darkness. Wild Earp & The Free for Alls’ ‘Don’t Play the Waltz at the California Clipper’ is that exact remedy, where country goodness, rockabilly charms and a fab line-danceability come to combine into a force for the good.
Wild Earp & The Free for Alls played every month for 4 years at the California Clipper Lounge, so this place really does feel like our home base.
“We’ve always played for a packed house and super-receptive crowds there who get really into the music (as you’ll see from the video),” said the band. “Everyone gets turned up and there are always hoots and hollers after every song. However, we noticed that when we played songs in 3/4, originals or classic covers, the response was always less enthusiastic than expected. We thought this was a pretty funny premise for a song.
“The video is meant to convey our love for the venue, as well as the tongue-in-cheek humor in the song. Unfortunately, the venue closed permanently last month due to the COVID economic crisis, so the song and video have become an homage to the place that’s been so formative for us over the years.”
The Free for Alls are Sassy Molassey, Double Barrel, Valentine, Gorgeous George, Ponyboy, Ace, and Big Tobacco.
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“Don’t Play the Waltz at the California Clipper” is now streaming. If you’d rather own it, it’s available on Bandcamp and iTunes, and @westernmythrecords has it on Flexi disc, and is including it with every vinyl purchase. Check out that video if you haven’t seen it yet! Sure do miss that place. RIP CLIP! . . . . . . . . . #newrelease #dontplaythewaltzatthecaliforniaclipper #wildearpandthefreeforalls #americana #countryandwestern #country #rockandroll #roots #oldschool #waltz #californiaclipper