Lonesome Onry and Mean: I See Hawks in L.A. Soar on Shoulda Been Gold

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

I See Hawks in L.A. are perennial roots-rock favorites in Southern California. Their

Shoulda Been Gold 2001-2009

compilation on new Collector's Choice Americana imprint American Beat Records drops today and covers some of their most well known work like "Humboldt," one of the best odes to the sweet leaf ever written. Five of the 17 tracks are from 2004's hard-to-find


, the album that put the Hawks firmly on the alt-country map.

Shoulda Been Gold

contains new material as good as anything the Hawks have ever done. The band has been playing "Sexy Vacation" for years, and this one just builds and builds with that rare-air psychedelic country power that has always been a Hawks trademark.

"Shoulda Been Gold"

was written specifically for the album, and it has the Hawks' trademark end-is-near late-night feel. Another fresh track, and a true highlight, is a cover of David Allan Coe's minor classic

"Bossier City,"

which features a soulful duet with former Austinite Carla Olson (Textones). This one has been in regular rotation in Lonesome Onry and Mean's truck the past month, which is always our supreme test.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.