About The Havalinas
The brainchild of ex-Rockats guitarist Tim Scott (b. Tim Scott McConnell), who released several solo records for Geffen Records in the early 80s. The Havalinas was formed from the remnants of several high energy Los Angeles, California, USA-based guitar combos, and included Scott’s former Rockats colleague Smutty Smith on bass, and drummer Charlie ‘Chalo’ Quintana drums. Disillusioned with rock, the trio fused traditional folk instruments such as banjo, mandolin, flute and dobro, with a belligerent street-wise approach, that also drew on influences as diverse as Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. Released in 1990, their debut album, produced by Don Gehman (R.E.M., John Mellencamp), was a shambolic, yet riveting set that dealt with contemporary socio-political ills. Their Guns N’Roses persona won them few friends on the folk scene.