L.A. band The Americans is featured in an upcoming PBS film called American Epic, which tells the story of a new technology — portable recording — that brought American music from its regional roots in the 1920s to a wider national and international audience, and led the way for one of the nation’s most significant cultural contributions to the 20th century: American popular music. The film is produced by Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford. The Americans were tapped to perform in it, along with White, Bettye LaVette, Willie Nelson and The Avett Brothers among others. Look for American Epic on OPB-TV next summer.
The Americans is Patrick Ferris (vocals, guitar), Zac Sokolow (guitar), Jake Faulkner (bass), and Tim Carr (drums). They released their debut, Home Recordings, in 2013. For this session, they played three new songs, capped by a rousing “The Right Stuff.” They’re currently on tour in the South and Eastern states, Texas, and back in Los Angeles at The Echoplex Februrary 12th. Watch the session videos, and download mp3s:
Audio recording and mixes: Steven Kray with Randy Layton
Video production: Jarratt Taylor
Videographers: Jarratt Taylor, Sam Smith
Executive Producer: David Christensen