I have been friends with Kirsten Proffit and Manda Mosher for many years, and have booked them for shows and followed their careers with keen interest. Now that they have joined up with Jaime Wyatt to form Calico the band, they have reached a new level in musical excellence.
I have been wanting to see the band for the last few months because of all the buzz generated by this dynamic trio. Believe me, the hype is nothing compared to the real thing. Proffit (Snapdragon Calico), Mosher (Perry Rose Calico) and Wyatt (Juni Calico) are the best thing to happen to music since the Dixie Chicks!
Despite the fact that they have only been together since November 2012, the band has been touring and performing extensively. In fact, this particular show at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood marked the band's 100th performance - quite a feat for an indie band in today's touring market. The packed house definitely got more than they paid for with the band's performance.
I must first off thank Jacki Sackheim for stepping in as my photographer for the night. Her photos are excellent! I also thank Joel Eckels for the incredible sound and Stephanie Gonzalez of Apropos Management for the wonderful job she is doing with Calico.
Besides the three lovely ladies, three gentlemen stepped up to back them up - Tripp Beam on drums, Ted Russel Kamp on stand-up bass and J.C. August on pedal steel and mandolin. They were the perfect complement to the musical prowess of Calico, which included Mosher on mandolin, guitar (acoustic and reasonator), percussion and harmonica; Proffit on acoustic guitar, boot tambourine and mandolin and Wyatt on electric guitar, floor tom and reasonator guitar.
Every song was unique and wonderfully done, but I especially liked their cover version of Wayfaring Stranger - they truly made the song their own. The set list included High Road, Beautiful Lie, Fools Gold, Runaway Cowgirl, Wayfaring Stranger, Cold Cold Love, Lone Ranger, San Andreas Shake and Feel a Whole lot Better, most of which are included in their first CD.
The ladies of Calico have a bright future ahead of them - I strongly recommend you hop on their train before it leaves the station! For more info, check out their website at www.calicotheband.com.