Echo In The Canyon

The birth of the California Sound!

Poster for the musical documentary Echo In The CanyonIn Echo In the Canyon, singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan leads viewers on a trip back to a legendary time and place in rock history: mid-’60s Laurel Canyon, where the folk-rock sound was born. Artists from The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, and The Beach Boys all lived in the neighbourhood, and according to those who remain, it was commonplace for one musician to show up on another’s doorstep, smoke a little weed, and write a masterpiece or two.

Can we trust the memories of these aging rockers? Probably not, but it hardly matters. Dylan is more interested in printing the legend, and listening to Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn, and David Crosby search out loud through the smoke-filled recesses of their mind is its own reward. Add in Dylan’s live performances of their best songs – with friends like Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and Beck in tow – and Echo In The Canyon has the timeless appeal of a tasty riff.

– Noah Gittell, The Washington City Paper

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