The Westside Sheiks

Coast Road Records

Taking as their spiritual forefolk the sounds of Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell, The Mississippi Sheiks, and the quixotic melodics of The Old Weird America, The Westside Sheiks combine piano and national resophonic to create a cantankerously swinging sound that can bounce from the playfully percolating to the melodically maudlin, and from the raw and raggy to the gleefully grinding. Atop it all sits a howling, growling vocal delivering stories of old for crowds of now. In their famed live performances, listeners can expect a mix of originals, and canonical chestnuts from the likes of Victoria Spivey, Mance Lipscomb, Jelly Roll Morton, Sleepy John Estes, and more.

While the ensemble works on their debut release, we're pleased to share some recent (and very raw!) live recordings: