CALICO the band is a California band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker is shorthand for California country - as if that weren't vividly apparent from the first moments of Under Blue Skies, the group's resonant, accomplished sophomore album, with its musical intricacy, lyrical eloquence and timeless immediacy. The thought-provoking, tightly harmonised songs of founder/leaders Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons famously dubbed Cosmic American Music.
The sound of Under Blue Skies is informed by the duo's shared love of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Eagles, the Everly Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and, of course, The Beatles. Their songwriting touchstones include Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, The Band and Tom Petty. Mosher and Proffit feel so connected to this classic music that they're able to bring it into the present tense and make it their own.
"Just when it seemed that the term 'Americana' was being hopelessly diluted and unfocused, along come CALICO the band to define the term for us with new vigor and focus..." - Paul Zollo, American Songwriter Magazine