About this Artist
San Francisco-born singer-songwriter Maurice Tani is best known these days as the force behind the Hillbilly Noir group, 77 El Deora. He has had a career that started as a teen with country-rock but has wound over the years through jazz, experimental electronic music, pop and a 15-year stint as the singer-guitarist with the seminal (and hugely popular) Motown-style party bands Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat.
Since returning to his roots as a songwriter in 1999, Maurice has spent the past 10 years as an active part of the California alt-country/Americana scene. Fronting his own bands, he has produced a series of albums for himself and others. His song, “Fire on the Mountain” has been a showstopper for Freight & Salvage bluegrass regulars, Belle Monroe & her Brewglass Boys and leads off their latest album. In recent years, with singer Jenn Courtney as his muse, central character and sparring partner, Tani has constructed a repertoire of rye humor and romantic ruminations.