FOR FANS OF
Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Nikki Lane, Colter Wall, Patty Griffin, Whitney Rose, Margo Price
“Kimmi Bitter brings back that good ol’ country twang and the roots that made country a powerhouse genre.” – The Music Below
“West Side Twang should be on your essential playlist if you’re looking for country music that speaks to you with a lot of heart and soul.” – Indie Women Music
“Vintage country debut West Side Twang, a marvelous throwback tribute to the deserted sounds of the sands.” – Dagens Country
With a strong affinity for the roots of American music, Kimmi Bitter is a throwback mixed between 1960’s pop-country, the Californian singer-songwriter and old fashioned rock n’ roll. Styling her songs around the classic sounds of Patsy Cline with The Jordanaires, Linda Ronstadt, and Jerry Lee Lewis, her music features a California take on traditional country and soul.
Kimmi Bitter may consider herself an artist born in the wrong era. Struggling to connect with the modern top 40 hits, she drowned herself in the various genres of the ’50s through ’70s analog era and took a plunge into the roots revival scene forming and fronting heavy blues-rock band The Night Howls in 2016 to overcome her debilitating stage fright. However, longing to record stripped-down love ballads and twangy rock tunes, she was more suited to the storytelling genre of old school country which led her to produce her debut solo EP “West Side Twang” and shortly followed six months later with sophomore EP “Take Me Back” in 2019.
A strong believer in minimalism and retro-technology, all songs were recorded live band to analog tape in hometown San Diego with engineer Mike Butler and a backing band full of local virtuosos. Her recordings are about the tape hiss, human vocal pads taking place over a modern synth, tracking the innate energy of a live band and the imperfections that our perfectly produced music society lacks. She states “Music is a tool for making human connection and people are hungry for it. A connection that thrives through empathy, vulnerability, authenticity, truth, flaws — and my songwriting is a vision directed towards that.”
EP – Released February 2019