Echo Park painter and musicans find common ground in a place called Wonder Valley

A desert painting by Echo Park artist Mary-Austin Klein, whose work graces the top of this blog, appears on the cover of the newest album by the country rock band I See Hawks In LA, which was formed in Echo Park. Band member Paul Lacques explains how the artwork and album came together:

“We love Mary-Austin Klein’s paintings, and feel a kinship
with the way she captures the spirit of the land. We picked her painting “Wonder Valley Claim Shack” partly because we have a song about Wonder Valley (it’s a stretch of desert east of Joshua Tree) and play shows in a crazy bar out there, The Palms. But mainly because the claim shack is a metaphor for the band’s history, a chance taken with very little hope of financial payoff, but we did it anyway.”

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