Elisabeth Ames and the Countrypolitans

Elisabeth Ames and the Countrypolitans

 Bend, Oregon, USA

Melding country, rock and pop, Elisabeth Ames & the Countrypolitans draw on the roots of American music creating a sound that is fresh and timeless. Tight songwriting, addictive melodies and clever arrangements have helped Ames and her band win over audiences on the U.S. and in Europe.


The Oregonian newspaper dubbed the group "a band to be reckoned with" and raved that all 12 songs on the debut disc "are all keepers, a rare enough feat for a first album." Elisabeth Ames and the Countrypolitans recently completed a full-length CD with producer Lloyd Maines at Mad Dog Studios in Burbank.

Lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist Elisabeth Ames and collaborator/bass player Roger Conley began working together in Oregon before the band relocated to Southern California in 2002. Guitar player Chris Lawrence (Mike Ness “Cheatin’ at Solitaire” and Cisco’s “Wishing You Well from the Pink Motel”), pedal steel player Gary Brandin (Blue Hawaiians) and drummer Dale Daniel (the Hacienda Brothers) complete the lineup.

The band has just put the finishing touches on their upcoming release titled “Anytime” co-produced by Lloyd Maines (Richard Buckner, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dixie Chicks) and Elisabeth Ames. The CD features their own brand of modern Southern California honky tonk and Americana sounds. Set to be released sometime this fall the CD is only available at live shows.

"Face of My Hometown," produced by Gregg Williams, was released in 2002 on Sideburn Records with national distribution by Ryko. The band’s 1999 CD "Tired of Drowning" was released by Ultrapolitan Records in the United States and Holland-based Me and My Records in Europe. Distributed by Burnside Distribution and CRS/Rounder in Europe and Great Britain, the discs have been added to playlists on more than 100 radio stations around the world.

The Countrypolitans played to packed houses on three tours of Europe in 2000 and 2001. They have opened for Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and performed at the wedding of John Carter Cash and Laura Cash. Portland audiences voted them best-unsigned band in a poll by Portland CitySearch.com. "I Can't Behave," written by Ames, is part of the score for the well-received independent film "Tully.” And, her song “LA Turnaround” reached No. 9 on the European Most Popular Independent Chart in Europe and Great Britain.


The Countrypolitans - EP 1998 Self Release

Redneck Riot - Single 1998, Full Tank Compilation by Jackass Records

Tired of Drowning - LP 1999 Ultrapolitan Records & Me and My Records/Rounder Europe

Face of My Hometown - LP 2002 Side Burn Records -Rykodisc

Anytime - LP 2007 To Be Released

Roadhouse - Live LP 2007 To Be Released

Roadhouse - Live DVD 2007 To Be Released

Set List

Typically the band will play 2 to 4 sets a show, depending on the venue or event. They have over 40 original songs in their repertiore.

A mix of covers may be included featuring songs by artists like Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Toni Price, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson among others.