I See Hawks in L.A. are perennial roots-rock favorites in Southern California. TheirShoulda 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-findGrapevine
, 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.
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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
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.