The Far West

The Far West

 Los Angeles, California, USA

An authentic Americana sound that’s been described as something like Waylon’s band jamming with Wilco. Highly personal, introspective and original songwriting that portrays a deep love of American music. An eclectic mix of influences can be heard in our unique sound.


"Technically pure, slightly jaded, no-nonsense and honest with stellar storytelling for the every-man." The Far West came together in early 2010, each member having left other bands to pursue a unique sound they weren't getting elsewhere. Singer Lee Briante posted a late night craigslist ad that consisted of nothing more then the text  'looking to do something like this'.  and a Waylon Jennings video.   Texas born Robert Black responded within minutes and The Far West was born. Chicago native Aaron Bakker soon joined the band bringing his exceptional guitar playing to the lineup. With Michael Whiteside on piano & keys and Brian Bachman on drums, the line up was solidified.

Before long the band partnered with respected booking agent Mongrel Music, and have been consistently growing and selling out shows in the West ever since. The Far West have been gigging all across Southern California and the southwest at places like El Rey, The Troubadour The Echo, The Satellite, Pappy & Harriets, Hotel Cafe, Cowboy Palace Saloon, The Great American Music Hall and  across the US.  They've been winning accolades all along the line from bands, critics and DJ's alike.  The Far West has opened sold out shows for JD McPherson, Nick 13, Dave & Phil Alvin, Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys and Eilen Jewell.

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 band is currently working with Little Brother Music Publishing, Two Dog Media, Medina River Records and Mongrel Music Booking.


The Far West - Self Titled