Tapia Corel and Jim Rhodes have been performing together as Partners in Crime, since 2009. From the beginning, they were keenly aware of a special blend of their voices, reminiscent of those who share the same DNA (think Everyly Brothers and The Judds) and a chemistry that radiates throughout their work. Partners in Crime’s music chronicles the bumps, bruises, disappointments, bad decisions and joys of traveling one’s own road through a mix of tempos, styles and unexpected turns of phrase and melody. It also puts voice to experiences many prefer not to discuss, but well understand.
While both have achieved different levels of success and notoriety across the Los Angeles basin and San Fernando Valley, from Tapia’s
work in various cover bands, and as a Mae West impersonator at Universal Studios, to Jim’s performances at such renowned LA clubs as The Troubador, Gazarris, Madame Wong’s West and a stint as a staff writer at Criterion Music, they feel the most important aspect of their musical history is what they are doing now: writing, performing and telling the story of grown-ups who have “been there, done that,” sometimes through no fault of their own or digging in their heels all the way down the slope.
Side by Side is their first co-write, reflective of the phenomenon of finding real love when least expected. Most recently they have collaborated with Nick Krall to produce the soon-to-be-released CD “Born to Make Music.”