In less than a year, the Free Nationals went from playing weddings to performing on "Ellen," opening for Beyoncé, and amping up Coachella crowds. As Anderson .Paak's live band, they've been fundamental in establishing his retro sound. (As influences, they cite Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, and Erykah Badu.) Now, after nearly two years of pump-faking, the band--comprised of guitarist Jose Rios, keyboardist Ron "T.Nava" Avant, bassist Kelsey Gonzales, and drummer Callum Connor-- has set off on its own with a 40-minute self-titled debut.
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