San Francisco’s The Soft White Sixties are a hard-driving, original rock and roll band that delivers R&B grooves and pop hooks with the transformative power of raw soul.
They have been described as "a perfect mix of on the side of a railroad track blues and early seventies psych-meets-arena-rock" (Owl Mag) and likened to "a feast of Hamm’s ale and cheap cigarettes on the porch with Duane Allman and Dan Auerbach" (Sacramento Press).
These five comrades-in-harmony have generated a devoted following through sold-out shows at The Bay Area's best-known venues such as Cafe du Nord, Bottom of the Hill, The Rickshaw Stop, The New Parish, The Independent, and The Great American Music Hall. The 'Sixties rapidly expanded their reach in 2010 with featured slots in SF's IndieFest and Summerfest music festivals, prime-time TV appearances and sold-out performances on Sacramento's indie circuit, and a whirlwind West Coast Tour from Seattle to LA. With only an out-of-print 7" and burned CD of studio demos, The ‘Sixties garnered airplay on SF's flagship rock station Live 105, who named them as one of the top ten bands in the Bay Area.
In early 2011, The ‘Sixties headlined a sold-out show at The Great American Music Hall, opened SF's NoisePop festival, played SxSW, and released an EP recorded at Sacramento’s The Hangar (known for The Morning Benders, Vetiver, Kanye West, Cake and others). The EP was mixed by Andy Freeman (who mixed Eisley’s Warner Bros debut) and followed by a sold-out release show at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop at the end of April. The Soft White Sixties then made summer festival appearances at both the Harmony Festival and High Sierra Music Festival, sharing the stage with national acts like The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, Primus, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Delta Spirit, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, and others. Most recently, the ‘Sixties played to a packed house at Boz Scaggs’ SF venue Slim’s, and began recording three new singles for release later this year, followed by subsequent touring.
"The Soft White Sixties look like they belong on a bigger stage."
- Michele McManmon, SF Examiner
"Maximum R&B is what was used to describe The Who back in their prime, and Bay Area boys The Soft White Sixties are prime candidates to take that description as their own. Having just recently sold out a headlining gig at The Great American Music Hall, the quintet are laying down a sinfully soulful rock sound that always goes down smooth."
- Andrew Pohl, Noise Pop 2011
"Attendees who bump the seminal Nuggets garage rock compilations might suggest that a concoction of fun-loving, acid-tinged soul and bluesy guitar-rock co-indicates, on paper, gleefully chaotic and uneven musicianship. Perish the thought: the Sixties mold their muse into a modern soul-rock machine via a tight performance unencumbered by the large accompanying volumes of booze...Beyond the swamp-rock odes and sunny psychedelic blues, these guys were obviously having fun getting their work done."
- Mike Orne, SF Weekly