These boys have been kicking around great tunes in Long Beach for quite a few years now, and while the cast of pickers has changed over time, the addition of Tristan Cole-Falek on the low end has really solidified the music of Big Bad Rooster as can be heard on their debut self-titled album released yesterday. Fans will hear some great old songs like Poor Boy and Take Me Back along with new tracks and a even few goodtime covers where lead vocalist Michael Solan turns over the duties to his mates. Solan’s mixture of modern lyrical content combined with arrangements that are rich and deep with the history of American Bluegrass style really lend to the authenticity in their sound. Combine these elements with the amazingly talented Barahona brothers, Camilo Barahona on fiddle & Gaspar Barahona on Banjo, and you have a four piece monster of Bluegrass, Americana, and Folk that is super approachable by today’s generation and also reminiscent of a bygone era. Do yourself a favor and check out a live show around town where the boys of Big Bad Rooster will reconnect you with the roots of American music all with a whiskey in one hand and a beer in the other!

Grab a copy of their self-titled album “Big Bad Rooster” on their bandcamp site for just $10, you won’t regret it we guarantee!

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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