CALICO the band TO JOIN FORCES WITH WNS GROUP/ARTIST MANAGEMENT
TO JOIN FORCES WITH
WNS GROUP/ARTIST MANAGEMENT
Mid-2017 Release, Under Blue Skies
Founder of WNS, Brad Hunt will be working directly with the artists as their manager. Before forming WNS 20 years ago, Hunt had worked in radio and radio promotion, for Elektra and Zoo Records and was a consultant to Steve Earle’s manager, Jack Emerson and to E Squared Records in which he contributed to launching the careers of several bands.
Hunt was also a pioneer in the Americana music genre as an advocate for blues, Cajun, zydeco and any indigenous North American music to be included in the classification. His current roster includes Steve Forbert, Sonny Landreth, Tim O’Brien, Martha Scanlan, The Honeycutters and the newest addition, CALICO the band.
As California natives, CALICO the band identifies as true California country music. At the core of the band are Kirsten Proffit and Manda Mosher with the addition of guests who regularly rotate in. The sound of the band’s sophomore album, Blue Skies (release mid-2017) is informed by the duo’s shared love of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Eagles, and the Everly Brothers, to name a few, but the duo manage to create their own unique sound. “We’re passionate about carrying on the tradition by incorporating our influences, but through a new lens,” says Proffit. “The reason our music comes across as honest is because we’re not trying to be anything but ourselves—this is who we are and what we do. We’ve been lucky enough to have that California sound permeate who we are since our childhoods.” The new album is further enriched by the mix, conducted with signature artistry and insightfulness by the renowned Jim Scott (Petty, Wilco) through his vintage Neve console.
CALICO the band, had great critical success with their first release Rancho California, and feel with the help of WNS, they will be able to bring their special brand of California Country to the forefront of the Americana music scene. “We’re excited about the future with Brad and WNS,” said Mosher on the union. “And we’re really looking forward to the release of our new record, Under Blue Skies.”
CALICO the band will be touring the Southwest including dates for SXSW in March.