THE LA HUSTLE, from Los Angeles, California, was formed by singer/songwriter Ken Goldstein and drummer Daniel Thomson of The Calling in 2015. The duo recorded their first songs with Marty Rifkin (Springsteen), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty), Leland Sklar (James Taylor) and Leon Mobley (Ben Harper), after the completion of Goldstein’s solo album at Capitol Records (featuring members of Keith Richard’s band, X-Pensive Winos with a horn arrangements and performance from Lee Thornburg (Tower of Power/Chicago)). Openers Len Brunson and Doug Makofka are examples of the phenomenal talent that exists locally. After several years touring and recording their own original material, the LA Hustle teamed up with lead guitarist Ryan Straw and bassist Jeff Kinsey, now permanent members of the group. They have co-written their first record, a collection of acoustic songs called “A Series of Small Victories,” which will be released in the summer of 2018. Goldstein began his creative career as a street musician on Maxwell Street in the late 1970s in Chicago’s South Side. By the mid-1980s he was training for the London Ballet in England and busking outside the High Street Kensington tube station. In 1991, after six months as a production manager for Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios in Chicago, Ken was hired to be an executive creative assistant for legendary director John Hughes (Home Alone, Breakfast Club). Ken wrote songs with John, who remained a treasured mentor. A graduate of Syracuse University, he currently resides in the hills above Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.