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At 4:15 PM each Tuesday, WERS brings you our On the Verge segment which highlights an artist we think is up-and-coming.
This week’s On The Verge performance comes from the Nashville, Tennessee-based Escondido. The band, made up of Jessica Maros and Tyler James, released their debut album The Ghost of Escondido earlier this year. As James says on their website, “We wanted it to be like Clint Eastwood playing pop songs at one of the honky-tonks downstairs.” Though that’s a pretty specific goal and sound to go after, the final product isn’t very far off. Their desert tunes create a great debut.
After meeting at a mutual friend’s home studio, Maros and James decided to make an album together, and through the process bonded over spaghetti westerns and 70’s music. They gathered some friends and recorded the album just over a day in fall of 2011, after much preparation.
Before Escondido was formed, James had spent the past few years as a member of WERS artist Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (who just released their third self-titled album) as well as performing as a solo artist. Maros’ past is just as interesting. Based out of home in Vancouver, she designed clothing that has graced many respected artists and red carpets, including Prince and Lady Antebellum, and the Oscars and the CMA’s.
Hear part of Escondido’s live in-studio performance below!