Mustangs of the West
Back when the Palomino was ground zero for the post-cowpunk California country scene, the Mustangs were an all-girl band who were long on chops and strong on harmonies. In a world where Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller shared a band, Lucinda Williams, Rosie Flores and the late Candye Kane had a roots, rockabilly and blues take on country and you never knew if Dave Alvin or Dwight Yoakam might show up at Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance, the Mustangs more than held their own.
Five women who knew their way around a bandstand, they had great energy – and great fun, all in the name of making country music that was equal parts Emmylou Harris and Stevie Nicks, mixed with the harmonies of The Eagles and early Beach Boys. Fresh and willing to dig into their writing, the group was named the Southern California Country Music Vocal Group of the Year.
Headlining around L.A., the group was discovered and invited to play in Europe and Scandinavia. Touring Europe three times, The Mustangs played clubs and festivals including SXSW and the renowned Roskilde Festival, where they were featured along with Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, and The Stray Cats. Back in the US, the band made a special guest appearance on an NBC TV sitcom about a record label (“Throb”), and their live performance was written into the script.
But that was then, this is now. After rekindling interests and talking about new songs, the band decided to head back to the studio to see what kind of music they’d make today. They found their sweet spot still features the same three- and four-part vocal harmonies, electric lead and acoustic guitars, fiddle, bass, and drums that gave them such a unique sound.
Now in 2018 — with a new name and new songs, The Mustangs of the West are back, recording and shooting video for an upcoming release. Setting their sights on breaking new ground, it’s a modern take on something classic. California country is back!
Mustangs of the West are:
SUZANNA SPRING, lead vocals/songwriter/acoustic guitar
SHERRY RAYN BARNETT, lead electric guitar, vocals
HOLLY MONTGOMERY, bass/vocals
SUZANNE MORISSETTE, drums, vocals
AUBREY RICHMOND, fiddle/vocals