Hawk Percival & Friends

Hawk Percival & Friends

Dylan Rodrigue, Jessi Williams and Coyote, Bones Muhroni

Thu · August 23, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Hawk Percival & Friends
Hawk Percival & Friends
An eclectic amalgamation of classic rock and feelings in the night, The Hawk believes that sound is an emotional experience and a union of the elements, using music as a tool for connection.
Dylan Rodrigue
Jessi Williams and Coyote
Born and raised surrounded by cornfields in southern Indiana, COYOTE’s songwriter and rhythm guitarist, Jessi Williams, is no stranger to country and bluegrass music as evident in their debut single “Roam, Little Gypsy, Roam.” Set to a lulling piano and twangy guitar, the moody waltz--penned by Williams for her fellow country songstress, and friend, Margo Price--“Roam, Little Gypsy, Roam” exudes biting lyrics examining the pressures and expectations faced when transitioning from a young, free-spirited woman to a wife and mother. The song kicks off Jessi Williams & Coyote’s debut six-song, self-titled EP due August 24.

“When I lived in Nashville, Margo and I would frequently get together to drink, smoke, and play Nirvana or Dylan songs in her basement,” says Williams. “We were a little wild back then, so these nights felt pretty responsible to us. When I got pregnant and moved to Kansas, my life was strikingly different than the life I'd been living. Margo wrote a song for me called ‘The Ballad of Jessi Williams.’ I remember it had a great line about trading cigarettes for apron strings. When Margo got married and subsequently pregnant with her boys a few years later, I wrote ‘Roam, Little Gypsy, Roam’ as a response song. She's heard it and is really supportive of this release.”

At 14, Williams hid in her bedroom studying the Neil Young guitar songbook, while her parents hosted regular “pickin’ parties” in her old farmhouse kitchen. While, at the time, her interest in the bluegrass genre may have taken a backseat to her love of 60s,70s rock and Motown, it has always been a prominent style in her songwriting.

In 2008 Jessi moved to Los Angeles with her two-year-old daughter while her, now ex, husband was fighting in the Iraq war. As an outlet for her frustrations as a military wife and single mom, Jessi flooded her notebooks with stories of personal woe and folkloric interpretations of the world. She brought forth imagery where words seemed to fall short. Guitar in hand, she took to the stages of dive bars and coffee shops where she met Chris Sousa (bass), Robin Harris (guitar), former member Adrian Prohaska (mandolin), and Conan Skyrme (drums). Through their mutual adoration of folk music, the 5-piece folk rock band known as “Coyote” (pronounced Kye-Oat) was born.

When it came time to put the stories she was writing to melody and chords, “it was during an extremely transitional time,” says Williams. “I had just moved to California and gotten a place of my own after the divorce. Traveling came up in my writing as a sort of figurative ‘moving forward with ones life’ and is apparent throughout this EP. Naturally there is content about relationships not working out and the difficulty to stop dwelling on the past. In my new home I often thought about who had lived there before me and what their life was like. ‘What happiness or sadness had they left behind there?’ I realized that we leave something with everyone we meet, everywhere we go, and everything we touch. I write a lot about ghosts and hauntings as a physical manifestation of this more emotional experience.”

Those thoughts can be heard in “Bloodhound,” the freight train tempoed song Jessi penned about a few obsessions of hers: ghosts, shape-shifters and the animal/spiritual duality of human beings. Another, the infectiously hook-filled “Hard to Tell” that boasts a story about the uncertainty of loyalty with Skyrme’s shuffle beat and closes with fretboard fire from Harris on electric guitar—all packed into just over two minutes.

Eventually, Coyote found themselves in the live room of the historic East West Studios- home of The Beach Boys Pet Sounds. There, they laid down eight tracks and prepared for their first release. However, around the same time, Jessi was touring with spaghetti-western influenced folk rock band, The Lonely Wild. Balancing a demanding tour schedule, a day job, motherhood, spread her too thin and she was forced to put Coyote on a hiatus.

All the while the songs still came....

Now reemerging in 2018 as Jessi Williams and Coyote, the group, with The Lonely Wild member Ryan Ross joining, have new songs in the works and are blowing the dust off of tunes that, like a bottle of wine--and all good old country songs--have ripened beautifully with age. “I hope The Lonely Wild fans will enjoy a closer look into this aspect of my personality, adds Williams. “Bluegrass and folk music are part of my roots and will always influence my music in some way. For anyone who may not be familiar with my work, I hope they feel some sort of catharsis. I hope the lyrics speak to them in some way. If I can evoke any sort of emotion, whether it be anger, joy or sadness, then the words have served their purpose. If they want to dance, sing along then the music has served its purpose.”

Jessi Williams & Coyote’s debut EP arrives August 24.
Bones Muhroni
Bones Muhroni
Originally Formed in 2011 in Colorado Bones Muhroni is the songwriting project of Crew Rienstra. After moving to Los Angeles in 2012 Bones has continued to gig throughout LA while releasing records annually. With genres ranging from Folk, Soul, Rock N' Roll, and Country, tide together by Rienstra's honest and sometimes humorous folk lyrics; Bones has shown no signs of slowing down. They are excited to be returning to .... on ...., & make you laugh and/or cry.
"I want to be the Bob Dylan of the meme generation." - Crew Rienstra
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042