Tall Tales & the Silver Lining


Few traditions run as deep and ring as true as California’s folk-rock pedigree. Since the Laurel Canyon scene blossomed into the nation’s collective consciousness in the 1960s, it seems someone has been standing at the ready, arms outstretched, just waiting for the baton to be passed along. Fast-forward to 2014, and it appears to finally be Tall Tales’ turn to run a victory lap. The onetime Ventura-based band now resides in Los Angeles full-time, and their recently released album, Besides, nicely plants the group at the epicenter of the SoCal folk-rock scene. Like records past, frontman Trevor Beld-Jimenez steers the ship here, but the liner notes also boast a strong cast of guests, including wife Tania, longtime collaborator Seth Pettersen, and West Coast folk-rock staple Neal Casal. As far as highlights go, Besides is brimming with plenty of beautiful little moments. On the breezy “Hide Your Love Away,” Trevor is joined by a team of backup vocalists, providing for some of the record’s strongest and prettiest harmonies. On the flip side of the coin, album ender “She Won’t” kicks off with a big, reverb-y guitar line, and dips in and out of full-on psychedelic rock-out mode alongside a heap of pounding pianos and fat, thumping drums. As a whole, Besides stands to situate Tall Tales at the top of the heap, but perhaps more importantly, it reassures folk fans that the scene is most definitely alive and kickin’.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Foodbank Turkey Drive Suffers from Truck Accident

Nonprofit is trying to replace $145,000 in equipment and food lost in accident last month.

County Eyeing Private Montecito Land to Build New Debris Basin

Supervisors have started the negotiation process with Randall Road parcel owners.

Increase in H2A Farmworkers Raises Housing Concerns

Santa Barbara County supervisors moving to streamline permit process.

Cannabis Taxes Generate $1.8 Million

Santa Barbara County releases first quarterly report.

City Closes In on New Police Station Location

Santa Barbara's Saturday Farmers Market may lose its 35-year site.