Extra! Extra! Band blends genres | TheUnion.com

Extra! Extra! Band blends genres

Tom Landa and the Paperboys perform tonight at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.
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“Celtic bluegrass stompin’ pop” is how Tom Landa and the Paperboys describe their sound.

The group, which performs tonight in Grass Valley, is led by Landa, who travels constantly and writes songs – instead of the traditional postcard – during his visits to Mexico, Spain, Ireland, the United States and Europe. In between tours, band members practice the new songs at their hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Landa, who was born in Mexico City, first sampled Celtic music when he heard the band Spirit of the West. It wasn’t too long before the bouzouki and mandolin player-vocalist mixed Celtic and Latin folk with straightforward pop and a little bluegrass. Today, one of his core band players is Spirit of the West co-founder Geoffrey Kelley on whistles and vocals.

Formed 10 years ago in Vancouver, the Paperboys are on the road at least 180 nights a year across North America and overseas.

The band won a Juno (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) and a West Coast Music Award for “Best Roots and Traditional Record” in 1998 for its second album, “Molinos.”

“Postcards” is the band’s third album and its first under Red House Record, the label on which Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Greg Brown and Guy Davis record. The songs on “Postcards” represent Landa’s seven years of nonstop touring here and abroad; three songs are in Spanish.

Tonight’s concert will be broadcast on KVMR-FM (89.5) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.


WHAT: Tom Landa and the Paperboys in concert

WHEN: 8 tonight

WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $15. Tickets at BriarPatch, The Book Seller, Herb Shop Records, Foggy Mountain Music and at the door


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