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Interview: The Whiskey Saints - Single Malt Sinners

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All photos were taken by the very talented Pete Ambrose.

The Whiskey Saints found each other on Craigslist. Each of them had moved to Los Angeles from towns on the Eastern Seaboard to form a rock band.

Drummer, Jeff Bell, knew what kind of band he wanted to join. He posted a list of influences that he wanted his band to incorporate. Due to the high demand for drummers, he got lots of very odd offers including one thrash metal band. Then he got a note from David Sparrow, lead singer, which said in short (and brutally paraphrased by me), "I think you'd like our sound. It includes a lot of influences you mentioned. And if you don't, you can screw yourself." Jeff liked his attitude more than anything and a few days later one of LA's best bar bands was born.

With loud jangly guitars, raw harmonicas, and Sparrow's rich voice, the Whiskey Saints brings to life songs about love, loss, and the struggle of trying to make it in this town. With growing buzz that compares them to Ryan Adams and the Jayhawks after their debut release, West, in October, 2009 should prove to be a big year for the Whiskey Saints. They were kind enough to sit down and talk to me on Tuesday.

The Whiskey Saints - Under LA
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