Willodean is a Los Angeles-based trio that combines indie-rock, power-pop, and American roots music with beautiful string arrangements and impeccable musicianship. Their music echoes the melodic smarts of Sufjan Stevens and packs the instrumental punch of a band like Wilco.
The unique sound of this left coast band is due to the diverse musical backgrounds of its three members: the southern roots of front man Abbie Huxley, the smart, McCartney-esque songwriting of Randy Wooten, and the indie rock edge of producer/bass player Eric Holden. Wooten is fertile composer, and due to the band’s remarkably prolific output, Willodean is releasing a string of four EPs in 2017.
In many ways, Willodean is a continuation of the partnership Holden and Wooten kicked off a decade ago, when the two formed Cheap Lullaby Records. Starting with their band at the time, The Bloody Lovelies, they went on to sign more than a dozen acts and release over thirty records for artists such as The Bell Rays, Joan As Police Woman, Ivan & Alyosha, Teitur, and David Mead. The guys have turned a new corner with Willodean, blending their modern DIY production aesthetic and smart, lyric-based songwriting with singer Abbie Huxley's Tennessee grit.