After writing a batch of songs around a bonfire of cannabis in Joshua Tree* and recording them in a shack overlooking the Pacific Ocean*, Maplewood’s self-titled 2004 debut featured members of Nada Surf, Sparklehorse, and The Hold Steady and included the moderate hit “Indian Summer,” covered by 70s heroes America. Spin declared Maplewood pioneers of a 21st-century Laurel Canyon resurgence and Magnet ranked their followup, Yeti Boombox, the #2 Americana album of 2009. Led by Steve Koester (Two Dark Birds) and Mark Rozzo (Champale, Bambi Kino), Maplewood will be joined by friends from upstate and down for a Rolling Thunder-esque night of jasmine jams and gemini dreams.
“Maplewood are one toke away from the cosmos and harbingers of a movement already afoot, prime contenders for the mantle yet to be bestowed by the giants: Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and the ghosts of Gene Clark and Parsons on high. Their music evokes a mythic (alternative) American pastoral of pleasant valley Sundays replete with Mayan hammocks swinging 'neath the flowering trees. Makes you want to hit the highway and fly on the ground past the outer limits….”
-- Pop Matters