Author: Ryan Orvis
7/14/11 | Thevinyldistrict.com | www.thevinyldistrict.com | Record Review
Stefanie Drootin-Senseney should be a familiar name to Los Angeles indie rock fans. Her impressive resume boasts touring and recording work with Bright Eyes, The Good Life, She & Him, and Azure Ray. Before joining The Good Life and helping out other bands from Omaha's Saddle Creek label, she served time in L.A. punk outfit Consafos. Now she's back with a new L.A.-based project, Big Harp, whose first album White Hat will be released September 13 on Saddle Creek.Big Harp is a collaboration between Stefanie and her husband Chris Senseney, who previously played together in Art in Manila. The music is a hybrid of folk, country and blues highlighted by Senseney's gruff vocals. Comparisons to Tom Waits and Dr. John spring to mind, but ultimately White Hat sounds timeless and fresh. It's a perfect soundtrack to a sunny afternoon spent hanging out on the porch with one's kin and beverage of choice.TVD is giving away a pair of tickets to Big Harp's show next Tuesday, July 19 at The Satellite (formerly Spaceland). For a chance to win, leave your name and a comment, and we'll choose a winner at random. The contest ends Monday, July 18th and the winner will be contacted via email.The show is part of the Little Record Company residency, and features performances by Nik Freitas, Mike Bloom, and Jeremy Messersmith. The Satellite is located at 1717 Silverlake Boulevard, Los Angeles. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m., 21 and over.