For an artist whose career is just beginning its upward trajectory, singer-songwriter AM already has the whole myth-making thing down. He doesn’t like revealing exact dates about certain events in his life, and don’t even bother inquiring about his government name — he is not about to give it up. What we do know is that he was born in Tulsa, Okla., grew up a self-described “rock’n’roll kid,” was working in a music store and playing bar gigs with cover bands by the time he was 15, was influenced to become a songwriter by the likes of Bob Dylan, Beck and Jeff Tweedy, left New Orleans for Los Angeles and fell in with the Hotel Café scene, released his first album, Troubled Times, in 2006, and with its spare, mostly acoustic arrangements and simple-but-cryptic lyrics, caught a buzz in the L.A. neo-folk community, which carried over to his second album, last year’s Soul Variations. Oh, and one other thing: He is playing Zoey’s on March 6.
Alastair Greene Six-string maestro Alastair Greene has shred alongside some of the greatest musicians in Southern California over his two-year tenure as the area’s feistiest blues guitarist. His collaborators include Alan Parsons, Aynsley Dunbar (who has played with Journey and Frank Zappa, among others) and Mitch Kashmar of WAR. He has also supported numerous artists at clubs and bars throughout SoCal, including mega-names such as Los Lobos, Crosby Stills & Nash and even prog-rock behemoths the Mars Volta. Now Greene brings his guitar wizardry to Wine Lovers on March 8.