Robert Black, hailing from Texas has played in dozens of bands from the plains all the way to the coasts (in both directions). In his Texas days he backed a number of bands in all day BBQ hoedowns and late night jam sessions. He even had a band share a bill with Townes Van Zandt. In Los Angeles, after working as a session bassist for several LA bands like Leslie & The Badgers, West of Texas & many others, he met singer Lee Briante. Briante comes from the fertile Hudson Valley of NY, by way of the rolling hills of Western Mass. His parents instilled a deep love of music in him from a very early age, taking him to see a wide variety of music like Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seegar, Charlie Daniels and many others. Memories of rowdy irish bands burning through bow rosin in low ceiling riverside taverns stand out in his mind. Ready to start a project of his own he made contact with Robert Black by posting a simple craigslist ad that consisted of nothing more then a Waylon Jennings video. Chicago native Aaron Bakker brings his exceptional guitar playing to the lineup. With Michael Whiteside on piano & keys and Andrew 'Smitty' Smith on drums.
In February 2014 the band released their 2nd album Any Day Now on Medina River records. Their second album with producer Colin McLean. He recorded their first album at an American Legion Post while the bar was open for business – and, in keeping with his interest in using unusual spaces, recorded Any Day Now in a vintage hot rod repair shop. Like their debut effort, this new album has been receiving rave reviews from everyone who hears it, proving that The Far West have something special.
The Far West has been working with Mongrel Music Booking, an inspiring development and a welcome reward for years of hard work. The Far West have been gigging all across Southern California and the Southwest at places like El Rey, The Echo, The Satellite, Pappy & Harriets, Hotel Cafe, Cowboy Palace Saloon, Taix, Silverlake Lounge & many more. They've been winning accolades all along the line from bands and critics in all kinds of genres. In the summer of 2012 The Far West opened a sold out JD McPherson show at The Echo and a week later a sold out Nick 13 at the 1,000 seat El Rey Theater. Most recently opening for Phil and Dave Alvin.
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