The music scene in L.A. is the “Ellis Island” of the West. Artists come here to fulfill their dreams and promises to become stars. In the mid to late 60’s and through most of the 70’s Laurel Canyon was the epicenter for so much music. The role of women songwriters became paramount from this quiet densely wooded canyon. Thus came a music revolution that would change popular culture. From a house on Lookout Mountain Road, Joni Mitchell was drawing inspiring art work for her iconic album “Ladies of the Canyon”, while boyfriend Graham Nash was immortalizing the modest abode they shared with the track “Our House”. Arguably, his most beautiful song from his tenure with Crosby, Stills & Nash (& sometimes Young). The Laurel Canyon music scene was significantly affected by the late  Ma Ma Cass Elliot of the Mamas and Papas. On a whim, she introduced Crosby, Stills & Nash right from her backyard porch. All three were searching for something great when their respective bands broke up. There was a certain bit of divine intervention when these three legends were serendipitously  brought together to make some awesome music that still stands the test of time.  Cass was in love with Nash but his heart was with the true gentle spirit of Joni.  Down the street the beautiful and talented singer, Linda Ronstadt was introduced to Don Henley. She needed a backup band and the result soon after became the Eagles… It wasn’t soon after that when Stevie Nicks and her boyfriend, Lindsay Buckingham moved to “the canyon” from Northern CA. and were sharing a small canyon bungalow when they met Mick Fleetwood. He was in dire need of a new version of Fleetwood Mac. In an afterthought, he agreed to invite Nicks into the band. She successfully forged one of the greatest legacies in the history of Los Angeles rock and roll.

Clockwise.. Joni Mitchell, Mama Cass Elliot, Stevie Nicks and Linda Ronstadt

Ms. Lucy LaForge whose band, Lucy & La Mer, stands as one of L.A.’s most prolific songwriters…Not just for her music but her keen eye in being in the foreground of some fantastic charities. Earlier the year Ms. LaForge sponsored the “Locks of Love Foundation” where people were asked to donate their hair for financially needy kids who lost their hair due to medical illness…. She even cut some of her own luscious locks  in support of the cause.

Lucy LaForge

Her appeal lays equally in her empowering acrobatic voice; her earnest, “folkie: Lilith Fair” sound—the antidote to cynical grunge, synth and psyche pablum  that permeates the streets of L.A..—and her interesting  backstory about living in Echo Park. Her 2015 E.P. release, “Lucy & La Mer” meanders slightly about relationship but to be utterly honest, she’s razor sharp in grappling with human flaws and emotions. I connected to her open-heart and unrelenting gaze into her psyche through music. She has just released a new track that epitomizes Ms. LaForge’s songwriting prowess, “Honey, Put Your Weapons Down”… Its about relationships that fall into disconnect because of technological distractions… In a previous interview Ms. LaForge talked about her new track…

Ms. LaForge:

The new single “Honey, Put Your Weapons Down” is a folk pop ballad. We wanted to take our acoustic sound to a producer that could add a modern edge. We chose Grammy winning producer Jared Lee Gosselin at The Fab Factory because of his unique style and enthusiasm for the project (he’s worked with India Arie, Eminem, Corinne Bailey Rae, Keyshia Cole). I played the song acoustic for him and studio resident Dave Pensado (Pink, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé) and they both had ideas for where it could go. The track began with just me and my baritone ukulele, then we built the track with live upright bass, guitar, and cello before exploring percussion. The Fab Factory had just officially so the studio was getting new equipment all the time and the energy was just really positive and motivating.

We at Rock Bands of L.A.com had the chance to ask Ms. LaForge about living in L.A. and her music…
Rock Bands of L.A.com:
Are you from L.A.? What music did your family listen to? You said you live in Echo Park.. what is the music scene there like for you?

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Ms. LaForge:
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I grew up in a small town called Winchester. My folks listened to The Eagles, John Prine, and Madonna while my brothers and I loved punk pop and ska. Definitely a mixed playlist in the house. The music scene in Echo Park is definitely geared towards rock and grunge bands, but I love the community. Even though my band doesn’t quite fit the standard sound here, we’ve received tremendous support and we love our neighborhood.
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Rock Bands of L.A.com:
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This is a tough question to ask but I think it’s interesting just the same… The essence of women’s songwriting is different than for a man… again, this is a bit awkward for me…. In today’s music world do women have the same opportunities than men? ? I love DRAEMINGS, Starcrawler and CALICO-the band.. all very different… but all fronted by women…
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Ms. LaForge:
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I also LOVE all those female fronted bands. And no, of course not. There is a huge gender divide in the music industry, just as in any industry. The fact that we say “female fronted” is an indication of how rare it is for female artists to be valued for their music alone. But I think it’s still important to say it; we should constantly recognize when female musicians are performing, collaborating, creating, etc. in order to support them and push through the constraints of a male dominated industry. 
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 Rock Bands of L.A.com:
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I’ve watched all your videos and don’t laugh but you are very charismatic. Have you considered going into film/T.V.??? 
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Ms. LaForge:
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Haha (laughs). I love making YouTube Videos and I write/direct my own music videos. But actually having lines to memorize seems daunting. But who knows, maybe I could try it. It looks like fun. Thanks for watching!
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We at Rock Bands of L.A.com want to thank Ms. LaForge for allowing us to write her story…. She is such a star!
Here’s her web site…
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http://www.listentolucy.com/home-horizon/
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