Who? L.A. Salami is Lookman Adekunle Salami.
What? Experimental Americana and angsty folk-rock.
From where? London.
What’s the story? L.A. Salami picked up guitar aged 21, quickly immersing himself in the styles of Joni Mitchell, Abner Jay and Joanna Newsome.
He’s since added harmonica to his arsenal, developing a style that sits somewhere between the depression-era dust bowl and the agit-folk of Jeffrey Lewis and Adam Green.
Not indie, not acoustic, his sound draws on all the best bits of the guitar tradition, adding an acerbic 21st century kick.
A Lianne Le Havas touring mate and seasoned performer on the London grassroots circuit, he knuckled down to deliver his debut album Dancing With Bad Grammar on Sunday Best last September.
The impressive set introduced his post-modern blues to the world, offering up poetic polemics and crafty guitar playing in spades.
Now L.A. Salami is looking to export his southern-laced sound to the US, making his debut at the Texan shindig SXSW next week, thanks to funding from PRS Foundation. He’ll be gracing the BBC Radio 6 Music showcase and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks stage among others.
His next release, L.A. Salami Presents Lookman & the Bookmakers EP, lands on 7 April.
Sounds like? Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? rebooted for the 21st century and transposed onto London.
Predicted to? Cause quite the fuss in Austin next week for his SXSW debut.
Must hear? The weird, broken folk and acoustic loops of Pete the Monkey:
L.A. Salami plays at SXSW on 16 and 17 March. His next UK date is at the Moth Club, London, on 6 April.