Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora bring new music to The Palms on Saturday, Aug. 31

Tani will bring his band, 77 El Deora, and music from his latest album, “This Is It!” to The Palms Playhouse (on Saturday, Aug. 31
Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora will celebrate the release of “This Is It!” at The Palms in Winters on Friday, August 31. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 general/$12 students. Todd Jenkins/Courtesy photo

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San Francisco-born and -based Maurice Tani is a 20-year veteran of the West Coast Americana scene. Known for his wry to romantic songwriting, agile guitar style and expressive singing, he has released eight critically acclaimed albums of original material over the past dozen years. Tani will bring his band, 77 El Deora, and music from his latest album, “This Is It!” to The Palms Playhouse (on Saturday, Aug. 31 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $12 for students. Tani uses the term, “Supercalifornographic” to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted — sometimes seemingly distantly — in country music, his writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. “Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know,” he said. “I’m not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. I’m a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention.  “What attracts me most about country is the story-telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind — short musical narratives of life on the Left Coast.” “This Is It!” is Tani’s second album on the Little Village label, he produced it with Jim Pugh and Kid Andersen at Andersen’s Greaseland USA recording facility in San Jose, Calif. “This Is It!” was recorded at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, capturing the excitement and spontaneity of a live concert. With material ranging from dark, brooding and romantic to bright, clever and humorous, the completely acoustic instrumentation of guitar, grand piano, upright bass, drums and percussion serves up elegantly stripped-down versions of 15 songs from Tani’s broad-spectrum catalog. The format keeps the writing front and center. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out.  For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and mauricetani.com.]]>

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