Western Boulevard

Western Boulevard

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandCountryCover Band

We play foot-stompin' honky tonk, western swing and rockabilly classics and obscurities. We want to help you make your special event shine. We're available for all venues: parties, clubs, concerts, music festivals, fundraisers, corporate events, weddings...even a good ole' southern Bar Mitzvah!

Biography

Western Boulevard's signature sound consists of more than style or era. There are plenty of rockabilly bands, yet few of them can swing. Conversly, there are tons of western swing bands; few of them can delve into the crude, key-challenged, inebriated world of honky-tonk. How do we do it?

Western Boulevard was birthed from a talented and truly dedicated group of musicians. We stand out because, individually, we come from amazingly diverse musical backgrounds. Our lead guitarist, Phil, began his musical life growing up in Brooklyn, NY, where he cut his teeth on classic rock and roll and R&B. To pay his rent, Phil has led a variety band for over 20 years, and that's where he met vocalist and entertainer Mitzi Davis, who has been his lead singer now for fifteen years. Her musical foundation is rooted in Broadway and the classic American Songbook, yet Phil has known that Mitzi has harbored a deep-seated love for country music, having a huge family spread out all over Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Thank god, our drummer, Mitch Montrose, has a true-blue country background, having played with Cornell Hurd and his "Mondo Hotpants Orchestra". Mitch then went on to form his own hillbilly jazz band, "The Hightoppers", and he has been drumming with "Porterhouse Bob and Down To The Bone" since 2000. We are joined by legendary fiddle player Brantly Kearns; any country afficianado knows he's been all over the map with every country artist around, from Dwight Yoakum to David Bromberg. We're stoked to have Brantly's country virtuoso and blessing! Bassist Dave Dimatteo plays every style of music out there, and is a phenomenal recording engineer to boot (just ask Mitzi, who recorded a CD of liturgical music with Dave!). And Chris Glik, our keyboardist, plays absolutely EVERYTHING! By the way, Chris has written and had performed all over the South country musicals as well.

When it comes to our swinging honky-tonk, we've been influenced by groundbreaking artists: Wanda Jackson, Kitty Wells, Jean Shepard, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Scotty Moore,The Beatles, Spade Cooley, Tex Ritter, Johnny Horton, Dwight Yoakum and Ernest Tubb, to name a few.

As we continue to work and grow together, we find that we're inspired to write our own material. Look for that in upcoming gigs. We're thrilled that we found each other; this is a band that gelled together gracefully and effortlessly; kind of ironic, since nobody thinks of grace and honky-tonk in the same sentence. Well, there you go; that's us.

Lyrics

You Two Timed Me (One Time Too Often

Written By: Tex Ritter

I'll go find somebody new
You'll regret it when I do,
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often.

I'm so tired of your abuse
Guess I'd better turn you loose,
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often

Nothing you can say or do,
Will make me change my mind,
Cause I found out the hard way,
A woman in love is always blind.

I woke up and now I see
You been playin' games with me.
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often.

Everybody knows that you're untrue,
Honey you and I are through,
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often
I'm so tired of your abuse,
Guess I'd better turn you loose,
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often

There's no use for you to say that your are sorry now.
Cause I'm no good at playing that old second fiddle anyhow.

I woke up and now I see,
You've been playing games with me.
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often.

Discography

We have one CD out entitled: Western Boulevard: Bring It On Home and Other Foot-Stompin' Honky Tonk. It is available for purchase at all gigs, and on Mitzi's website: www.mitzismusic.com

Set List

We generally play 8-12 songs per set. Each set is roughly 45-60 minutes in length, although we'll keep playing when our audience is rocking out and dancing; bottom line is, when the audience is happy, we're happy. At this point in our evolution we are primarily a cover band; we like to mix up country/honky-tonk standards with more obscure material that we love discovering and reinterpreting. There are fantastic, forgotten gems out there; we're the band that reminds country music lovers how much phenomenal music exists that they may not have heard in a while, or ever. Following is a sample list of our repetoire:

Sad Singin' and Slow Ridin'
Real Gone Okie
Right or Wrong
Texas In My Soul
Laughing At Life
Crazy
Down On The Corner of Love
Take Me Back To Tulsa
San Antonio Rose
Cool Love
Honky-Tonk Girl
That's How The Rhythm Was Born
Bring It On Down
Heartbreak U.S.A.
Walkin' After Midnight
Blue Bayou
Steel Guitar Rag
One Sweet Letter From You
Rock Your Baby
Sparkling