Adrienne Isom, Karen Rappaport McHugh, KP Hawthorn
Inspired by women across many industries, musicians Adrienne Isom (NOCONA), KP Hawthorn (California Country Records/CALICO the band) and event producer Karen Rappaport McHugh (Muddy Girl Productions) have announced the formation of a new company, REBELLE ROAD (www.rebelleroad.com) to fiercely champion Americana, Roots and Country music from a female vantage point. They will produce a handful of events in California before the official launch during SXSW, on Wednesday, March 14 at Ramada South Austin with a full day of showcase performances.
“We’re thrilled to join with many women already working to ‘change the conversation’ for female artists,” they acknowledge. “We’re joining them in a specific way by creating opportunities for the many incredible females in American music – both on stage and behind the scenes. It is our aim to strengthen parity – male and female – across all outlets.”
Deriving their company name from the gutsy life and legend of Belle Starr, the Los Angeles-based partners with roots in California and Texas, are developing a local venue showcase series, a traveling Rebelle Roadshow, as well as a podcast and boutique music festival. They have also optioned several properties to develop for Film/TV.
As part of their mission, Rebelle Road also hopes to strengthen the identity for musicians from the “California Country” community. Artist KP Hawthorn, who runs California Country Records and is one of the few female record producers in country music, created the annual “California Country Social” at Fond Object Records during Americana Fest in 2016 after realizing that the Golden State was under-represented. “We have a rich history in country music that has been minimized over the past few decades and there are so many incredible working artists on the West Coast that we want to spotlight.”
The trio is taking a page from the Bandit Queen’s life as they acknowledge studying and stealing from every venue series and festival, mostly created by men, to develop new concepts that are infused with feminine energy. “Belle Starr was a maverick of her time, an outlaw who lived by her own rules to survive,” they state. “If women need to step up to receive parity, then that’s what we’ll do — create our own platform.” With a nod to traditional booking standards, they emphasize that male artists will not be excluded.
—Thursday, Feb 22 @ Pappy and Harriet’s 8pm
53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268 www.pappyandharriets.com
—Thursday, March 1st @ Think Factory – Private event for industry
featuring special guests Grammy-winning artist John Jorgenson, Carlene Carter, James Intveld and Jay Dee Maness (honoring Rose Maddox)
—Saturday, March 3rd @ Standing Sun Winery 7 pm
92 2nd St, Buellton, CA 93427 www.standingsunwines.com
—Wednesday, March 14th — Rebelle Road Presents SXSW @Ramada South Austin from 11am to 8 pm – 4323 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78744
PARTIAL LINEUP INCLUDES: Ali Holder, Alice Wallace, Brennen Leigh, Calico the Band, Carson McHone, Chris Fullerton, Christy Hayes, Emily Herring, Jaimee Harris, Juanita Stein, NOCONA, Sally Jaye/Ladies Gun Club, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers… and special guest Rosie Flores. More to be Announced!
https://www.countryschatter.com/2018/02/announcing-las-rebelle-road-events-americana-roots-and-country-music-from-a-female-vantage-point-official-launch-at-sxsw/Concert InfoNewsAdrienne Isom,California Country records CALICO,Fond Object Records,Karen Rappaport McHugh,KP Hawthorn,Muddy Girl Productions,Rebelle Road