credit: Matt Correia

Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch are California natives whose harmonies and heartfelt sound can be described as Cosmic West Coast Americana. The duo met in high school, where they bonded over their mutual love of skateboarding and classic songwriters. After graduation, Finch headed north to study music at Chico State, while Blasucci headed south to Mexico, where he lived for two years, immersing himself in the musical traditions of his surroundings.

Stationed now and forever in Los Angeles, Finch says that Mapache “make music that’s reflective of the landscape we grew up with in southern California. It’s a big sweep of all the really rich influences you encounter around here: folk and psychedelic and country and Latin and rock and cowboy and Hawaiian. We’re drawing from a really deep well.” Mapache has earned comparisons to Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Louvin Brothers, and Gram Parsons and has shared the stage with Beachwood Sparks, Mandolin Orange, Allah-Las and many others.

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Subgenre: Folk
From: Los Angeles, CA