Todd Albright

Bootleg Theater Presents

Todd Albright

Pat Kearns

Fri. March 1, 2019

8:30 pm

Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage

Los Angeles, CA

$12 - $15

This event is 21 and over

Todd Albright
Todd Albright
Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit, Michigan. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Todd is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly. His life’s work continues the distinguished tradition of the very roots of American music as told by the African American musicians who created it.

Todd’s vigorous, gritty and soulful performances are accompanied by stories of the masters and a deep intuitive sense of respect for craft, providing audiences with a meaningful experience while creating a transcendent moment. One of the top blues guitarists in the world, Todd is the only contemporary twelve string player in his genre.

Todd began playing the blues while still a teenager, some twenty-five years ago. Initially, he was drawn to the sound of the finger-picked style and has since immersed himself in the foundational music and narratives of American culture. Over the years, Todd has shared the stage with artists such as Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, Paul Geremia, and Dakota Dave Hull.
Pat Kearns
Pat Kearns
I thought I would spend the rest of my life in Portland, Oregon. I was the third generation of my small family to live and work in the Pacific Northwest log and steel town. I had carved out a life recording and mixing music in a dank studio behind my longtime punk rock pals' guitar and amp shop, Centaur Guitar. My wife, Susan, owned her own hair salon just down the hill from our house near Mt Tabor Park. We had everything figured out.

You can count on life to throw you some curve balls. Gentrification, with it's skyrocketing rents and cycles of demolition and construction, gave Susan and I a solid push to pick up our things and create a new reality way out in the Mojave Desert near the town of Joshua Tree, California. So Long City, indeed.

We sold our house and I closed the recording studio in Portland, Oregon. We moved into a tiny homestead cabin in the desert. That cabin is off the electrical grid. We use solar panels and batteries to run our electricity. Down In The Wash is my second solo album. It was recorded and mixed in our cabin in the Mojave.

When it rains in the desert, the water runs. The channels it follows are called washes. Most of the time, washes are dry. Coyotes, hares, roadrunners, bobcats, tortoises, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, kangaroo rats, iguanas... out here in the desert, the washes are a thoroughfare. It's the street. It's where the actions is.

Down In The Wash features a small sample of the amazing musicians this desert has to offer. Faith and Tim Chinnock from The Adobe Collective both sing. Tim plays the drums too. Joe Garcia of Urban Desert Cabaret plays lead guitar. Luke Dawson from RF Shannon plays the pedal steel. Bobby Furgo (Leonard Cohen, Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood) plays Lowery Organ. Susan Kearns plays upright and electric bass. I sing and play guitar, harmonica and organ.

The front cover is a painting by Susan Kearns. Susan created a series of 11 paintings for Down In The Wash. One painting for each song on the album.


Pat Kearns is an American record producer and engineer. His credits include Guitar Romantic by The Exploding Hearts, By The Time Your Rocket Gets to Mars by Jerry Joseph, Changes by The Reverberations and A Thousand Guitars by Terry & Louie. Pat Kearns fronted the acclaimed powerpop group, Blue Skies For Black Hearts. In 2016, he released his debut solo album, So Long City and left Portland for the Mojave Desert. Down In The Wash was recorded and mixed using solar powered electricity in the Kearns' 550 square foot homestead cabin. Near the cabin, Pat and Susan are building a large off grid recording studio which will open in the Fall of 2019.
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
http://www.bootlegtheater.org/