Rick Shea & David Serby: Honky Tonk Heaven

RICK SHEA & The Losin' End

"Staunchly independent...represents the best of California music," -Jonny Whiteside, LA Weekly.

Rick Shea’s voice is smooth and bittersweet, and his guitar playing goes from subtle on the ballads to blazing through the rockers.

His songs are almost cinematic in their scope and embrace everything from norteño and border rock to the more traditional folk and country music of California that he grew up with.

"He has a storyteller’s sense of detail and more, a sense for which details to leave out," - Jim Washburn, OC Weekly.

As a sideman, Shea has worked with everyone from roots rock kingpin Dave Alvin to folk chanteuse Katy Moffatt to indie rock legends R.E.M. As a member of Dave Alvin’s band, ‘The Guilty Men’, Rick toured the U.S. and Europe for 6 years as an opener and multi-instrumental sideman, playing everywhere from Hollywood to Austin to Madison Square Garden and played on Alvin's Grammy winning Public Domain.

"I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do," says Shea. "Music to me is a very direct and pure form of expression that can reach across time and place. The songs I go back to are the old ones, the ones where you feel the connection 70-80 years later like you were in the same room. That’s what gives me goose bumps."

"Shea has a brand new record out - The Town where I Live - and it's another beauty! A mainstay of the California country, folk and honky-tonk scene, he's up there with the likes of Tom Russell and Dave Alvin, a literate, melodic songsmith and a great guitarist." - Chris Lee, UK Festival Promoter


DAVID SERBY & the Latest Scam

Anybody who titles their band of all-star musicians The Latest Scam is already a cynical notch above his contemporaries in the alt-country category.

There is a lot more to David Serby's music than just a really cool name, however.

Start with his love for rancho rockers, sunset shuffles, honk tonkin' trains, Cali-Mex two beats, and barroom ballads.

In the roots-oriented alt-country scene in Southern California, Serby makes music that may never be mainstream, but is more deserved of notoriety than most indie honky tonkers.

Now a surprising, exhilarating two-CD collection simply titled David Serby and the Latest Scam comprises 20 new original Serby songs. Produced by the musician’s longtime collaborator Ed Tree at his Treehouse Studios in San Gabriel, California, it features Serby’s working band the Latest Scam: lead guitarist Tree, bassist Gregory Boaz, and drummer Dale Daniel. Serby contributes lead and background vocals and, for the first time, electric rhythm guitar.

Serby’s latest release represents a sharp left turn from the music that has acquired a loyal following among L.A.’s alternative country fans. His first three albums – I Just Don’t Go Home (2006), Another Sleepless Night (2007) and Honky Tonk and Vine – flexed a brawling honky tonk sound in the grand West Coast manner. His most recent album, 2011’s Poor Man’s Poem, was a dark, acoustic-based folk cycle that still cleaved to Serby’s California-bred country roots.

Sample all of Serby's takes on life and love when his band performs at Don the Beachcomber in a show titled, Honky Tonk Heaven is a Hell of a Place to Be.

Be there.

02/23/2018 8:00 PM
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RICK SHEA & The Losin' End

"Staunchly independent...represents the best of California music," -Jonny Whiteside, LA Weekly.


Rick Shea’s voice is smooth and bittersweet, and his guitar playing goes from subtle on the ballads to blazing through the rockers.


His songs are almost cinematic in their scope and embrace everything from norteño and border rock to the more traditional folk and country music of California that he grew up with.


"He has a storyteller’s sense of detail and more, a sense for which details to leave out," - Jim Washburn, OC Weekly.


As a sideman, Shea has worked with everyone from roots rock kingpin Dave Alvin to folk chanteuse Katy Moffatt to indie rock legends R.E.M. As a member of Dave Alvin’s band, ‘The Guilty Men’, Rick toured the U.S. and Europe for 6 years as an opener and multi-instrumental sideman, playing everywhere from Hollywood to Austin to Madison Square Garden and played on Alvin's Grammy winning Public Domain.

"I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do," says Shea. "Music to me is a very direct and pure form of expression that can reach across time and place. The songs I go back to are the old ones, the ones where you feel the connection 70-80 years later like you were in the same room. That’s what gives me goose bumps."


"Shea has a brand new record out - The Town where I Live - and it's another beauty! A mainstay of the California country, folk and honky-tonk scene, he's up there with the likes of Tom Russell and Dave Alvin, a literate, melodic songsmith and a great guitarist." - Chris Lee, UK Festival Promoter


DAVID SERBY & the Latest Scam

Anybody who titles their band of all-star musicians The Latest Scam is already a cynical notch above his contemporaries in the alt-country category.

There is a lot more to David Serby's music than just a really cool name, however. Start with his love for rancho rockers, sunset shuffles, honk tonkin' trains, Cali-Mex two beats and barroom ballads.

In the roots-oriented alt-country scene in Southern California, Serby makes music that may never be mainstream, but is more deserved of notoriety than most indie honky tonkers.

Now a surprising, exhilarating two-CD collection simply titled David Serby and the Latest Scam is released, comprising 20 new original Serby songs. Produced by the musician’s longtime collaborator Ed Tree at his Treehouse Studios in San Gabriel, California, it features Serby’s working band the Latest Scam: lead guitarist Tree, bassist Gregory Boaz, and drummer Dale Daniel. Serby contributes lead and background vocals and, for the first time, electric rhythm guitar.

Serby’s latest release represents a sharp left turn from the music that has acquired a loyal following among L.A.’s alternative country fans. His first three albums – I Just Don’t Go Home (2006), Another Sleepless Night (2007) and Honky Tonk and Vine – flexed a brawling honky tonk sound in the grand West Coast manner. His most recent album, 2011’s Poor Man’s Poem, was a dark, acoustic-based folk cycle that still cleaved to Serby’s California-bred country roots.

Sample all of Serby's takes on life and love when his band performs at Don the Beachcomber in a show titled, Honky Tonk Heaven is a Hell of a Place to Be.

Be there.


Doors open at 7 pm, music approx. 8:30 pm.

Free parking.

This is an all ages show.

Advanced seating reservations highly recommended.

No need to print tickets, give name at door.

Note: parties of 3 or less may be seated with other parties of 3 or less based on availability.

Text 714-809-6146 for more info.

RICK SHEA & The Losin' End

"Staunchly independent...represents the best of California music," -Jonny Whiteside, LA Weekly.

Rick Shea’s voice is smooth and bittersweet, and his guitar playing goes from subtle on the ballads to blazing through the rockers.

His songs are almost cinematic in their scope and embrace everything from norteño and border rock to the more traditional folk and country music of California that he grew up with.

"He has a storyteller’s sense of detail and more, a sense for which details to leave out," - Jim Washburn, OC Weekly.

As a sideman, Shea has worked with everyone from roots rock kingpin Dave Alvin to folk chanteuse Katy Moffatt to indie rock legends R.E.M. As a member of Dave Alvin’s band, ‘The Guilty Men’, Rick toured the U.S. and Europe for 6 years as an opener and multi-instrumental sideman, playing everywhere from Hollywood to Austin to Madison Square Garden and played on Alvin's Grammy winning Public Domain.

"I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do," says Shea. "Music to me is a very direct and pure form of expression that can reach across time and place. The songs I go back to are the old ones, the ones where you feel the connection 70-80 years later like you were in the same room. That’s what gives me goose bumps."

"Shea has a brand new record out - The Town where I Live - and it's another beauty! A mainstay of the California country, folk and honky-tonk scene, he's up there with the likes of Tom Russell and Dave Alvin, a literate, melodic songsmith and a great guitarist." - Chris Lee, UK Festival Promoter


DAVID SERBY & the Latest Scam

Anybody who titles their band of all-star musicians The Latest Scam is already a cynical notch above his contemporaries in the alt-country category.

There is a lot more to David Serby's music than just a really cool name, however.

Start with his love for rancho rockers, sunset shuffles, honk tonkin' trains, Cali-Mex two beats, and barroom ballads.

In the roots-oriented alt-country scene in Southern California, Serby makes music that may never be mainstream, but is more deserved of notoriety than most indie honky tonkers.

Now a surprising, exhilarating two-CD collection simply titled David Serby and the Latest Scam comprises 20 new original Serby songs. Produced by the musician’s longtime collaborator Ed Tree at his Treehouse Studios in San Gabriel, California, it features Serby’s working band the Latest Scam: lead guitarist Tree, bassist Gregory Boaz, and drummer Dale Daniel. Serby contributes lead and background vocals and, for the first time, electric rhythm guitar.

Serby’s latest release represents a sharp left turn from the music that has acquired a loyal following among L.A.’s alternative country fans. His first three albums – I Just Don’t Go Home (2006), Another Sleepless Night (2007) and Honky Tonk and Vine – flexed a brawling honky tonk sound in the grand West Coast manner. His most recent album, 2011’s Poor Man’s Poem, was a dark, acoustic-based folk cycle that still cleaved to Serby’s California-bred country roots.

Sample all of Serby's takes on life and love when his band performs at Don the Beachcomber in a show titled, Honky Tonk Heaven is a Hell of a Place to Be.

Be there.