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Lee Hazlewood "400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56" Release Party

  • The Dirty Drummer 2303 North 44th Street Phoenix, AZ, 85008 United States (map)

Phoenix, Arizona 1955…a twenty-five year old disc jockey and fledgling songwriter, Lee Hazlewood, is trying to break into the music industry. He takes Greyhound bus trips to Los Angeles to pitch songs, only to be rejected each time. Undeterred, Lee starts a record label called Viv Records. Running the label out of his house, Lee finds the artists, writes the songs, produces the sessions, arranges the pressings of the records and handles distribution.

Join Zia Records and Light in the Attic Records Friday, September 13, for a release party at the Dirty Drummer (2303 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008) celebrating Light in the Attic's 400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56, a collection of previously unknown intimate recordings, never intended for release. Lee sings, plays guitar and even presses the record button on the tape machine. These are rural sketches and small town dreams, captured in an innocent time before the path ahead was clear.

Zia will have copies of this deluxe box set and other Hazlewoood records for sale, as well as exclusive Lee goodies. The Audio Ranch—Arizona music historian and legendary deejay John "Johnny D" Dixon, who contributes an exclusive Lee interview to the 400 Miles From L.A. liner notes, and Jason P. Woodbury—will spin Hazlewood and Lee productions all night long. The Dirty Drummer will have beers, drinks, and great food on deck.

The party kicks off at 8 PM. See you there to commemorate a collection that rewrites "Lee’s recorded history, adding a new first chapter to his saga. For Hazlewood addicts, hearing these early tracks and the embryonic version of Trouble Is A Lonesome Town is akin to finding an early draft of the Old Testament."