All you need is a campfire and a circle of good friends. That’s the first thing we thought in 2016 when we saw Mapache, the duo of Glendale natives Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci. We jotted down their name and (even though they had released no music) included the twosome on our Bands to Watch 2017 list. Last week they proved worthy of watching, and hearing, by releasing their self-titled debut album via the label Spiritual Pajamas.
Loch & Key do Henry Miller Carmel, Mapache plays first HML Big Sur event in months.
The Southern Cali duo Mapache has been on the road for a long time. “This tour has been one for the books,” says singer-songwriter/guitarist Sam Blasucci. “We’ve done some hard traveling.”
Blasucci and bandmate/bestie, singer-songwriter/guitarist Clay Finch, caught up with the Weekly as they headed to Chico the day after a gig in Portland with like-minded SoCal buddies and psych-rock group the Allah-Las. Blasucci and Finch are amped up about their full-length, self-titled debut, which was set to be released the following day.
For those fans of The Louvin Brothers and the Cactus Blossoms, those keen on intricate harmonies and acoustic textures who don’t need to be told why The Everly Brothers are one of the most important acts in American music and deserve every square inch they occupy in the Country Music Hall of Fame, here comes a duo from Southern California called Mapache that will put you right back in that warm spot all those excellent old country and folk records did, only with the ownership of discovering and loving them in your own time.