Good Clean Dirt
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Good Clean Dirt

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"Good Clean Dirt Rocks Hotel Cafe"

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A dynamic mix of alternative country and folk-rock, Good Clean Dirt, is proving to be one of the more enjoyable acts in Los Angeles. With songs strong enough to stand on their own with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a voice that can tell a story, Good Clean Dirt’s old-school country style production, gives the band a tangible identity that lets you feel the burn of whiskey in the back of your throat. Many people place music into one of two categories; the Friday night, “let’s get up, get out and go break some shit” category, and the Saturday night, “here I am again on Saturday night, lonely, introspective and sad” category. Good Clean Dirt may be more of a slow Sunday morning “ What in the hell happened to Saturday and how did I wake up in Nevada?” type of band.

The brainchild of singer/songwriter Zach Barnhorst, Good Clean Dirt, was created as an extension of Zach’s solo endeavors. “The concept has been kicking around in my head for quite a while. I think the name of the band and the idea of what it would all sound like was there before the first few songs were finished being written.” The sound has been described as “California country”, which, due to Zach’s upbringing in Southern California, only makes sense. Playing in bands in San Diego until eventually landing in Los Angeles to do studio work as an engineer, the influences of such artists as Ryan Adams, Uncle Tupelo, Ben Folds, Gram Parsons, and Damien Rice are imbedded deep in the story-telling style of his songwriting. While influences such as Willy Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash add to the country concept of this “California country” project.

The unique instrumentation of the band brings the concept to fruition. “There is definitely a little bit of a revolving line-up”. With mainstay/multi-instrumentalist Scotty Ward manning the bass, mandolin, and banjo, Jeff Wright on the back beat, shuffling drums patterns and Anthony Killhoffer filling in as a the “color man” with keys, guitar and percussion parts (sometimes all in the same song), their live show promises to keep fresh and thoughtful arrangements supporting the well crafted songs and genuine delivery of Barnhorst’s voice. And such arrangements are only supplemented by the Harris Wulfsons flyin fiddle parts, Chet Dixon's Louisiana Harp, and the occasional addition of pedal steel guitarist Dave Phillips.

While the band is relatively young, having been around less than a year, they are developing a strong following in the singer/songwriter circle. Venues like the Hotel Cafe have proved to be the perfect format for the band to shine. As they venture out to larger sized clubs, the hopes of good response are sure to be realized. So leave your earplugs at home, grab a beer and enjoy.