Laguna Beach High School junior Macarena Rivera began playing "homemade music" with her stepdad, Jason Farthing, in the family's living room about two years ago, in order to promote his cigar box art and guitar business and to help the performing arts student step outside of her comfort zone.
"After a while, I got less shy and we started singing cover songs together," she said. "Eventually, I started writing my own lyrics and it turned into this really cool thing."
That really cool thing, now a band called The Budrows (slang for "buds" or buddies), recently started spreading their Jefferson Airplane-meets-Janis Joplin bluesy sound around Orange County. Now returning from a gig in Fort Collins, Colo., the duo will perform at 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Marine Room as part of Beth Fitchet Wood's singer-songwriter night.
The blend of Farthing's handmade cigar box guitar, kick drum and tambourine and Rivera's powerful voice, captures the sound of that "down home, front porch delta blues."