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Sunday evenings are usually filled with tasks to prep for the upcoming week. But why do laundry when you can listen to great musicians, sip a microbrew and purchase a copy of Roots & Branches v. 2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival three weeks before it goes on sale to the general public? The question practically answers itself.
During the week, you had a chance to preview the artists performing tomorrow night. Local legends, Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss, start us off with some of the traditional bluegrass our Festival is known for. The Raggedy Anns take the stage next with a blend of gypsy pop and rock ‘n’ roll rolled into a see-it-to-believe-it live show. Wrapping up the evening is Noah Gundersen and the Courage bringing introspective lyrics and a musical style that makes Gundersen seem wise beyond his 21 years.
So come out to the Tractor Tavern tomorrow night at 7pm and hear some great music! Your laundry can wait.
Get your tickets here.
On November 22nd, we went to the Tractor Tavern for Folklife Presents: Live from the 2009 Northwest Folklife Festival CD Release Party. Armstrong, Lawton and Katz, RedDog, Zoe Muth and Amateur Radio Operator played some great music and the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn taught us how to do the two-step. All in all, it was a great evening. Lucky for us, Outreach Coordinator Daniel Atkinson was on hand to capture it all.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from us and ours. Have a safe and happy holiday with family, friends and of course, lots of food!
Check back here next week for pictures from A Night for Folklife and Folklife Presents: Live from the 2009 Northwest Folklife Festival CD Release Party.
Zoe Muth: Guitar, harmonica, vocals
Zoe Muth’s twang is so authentic it’s hard to believe she was born and raised in Seattle. In passing, it may be easy to attribute the country factor to her exceptional mandolin player(Ethan Lawton) or the smooth and ever present pedal steel(Dave Harmonson). But truth be known, It’s her Dolly Partonesque lyricism and high sweet vocals which drive this record, clearing a place for Muth and her Lost High Rollers among some of the best up and coming interpreters of classic-style country music around. She nails the turning of a good clever country phrase with zero irony and infinite sincerity. Traces of her influences, from John Prine to the Louvin Brothers and Lucinda Williams are evident, but these songs are hardly derivative. Muth has a knack for writing tunes so true and familiar you feel like they’ve been around forever. If she keeps writing them like his, they will. –Kim Ruehl
See Zoe this Sunday at the Tractor Tavern during our Live from the 2009 Northwest Folklife Festival CD Release Party. She joins Amateur Radio Operator, RedDog and Armstrong, Lawton and Katz for a rockin’ good time. So bring your dancing shoes and eight dollars to the Tractor at 7pm on Sunday. You won’t want to miss this show!
Mike Bayer: drums, backing vocals
Chris Early: bass
Mark Johnson: guitar, vocals
John Faryar: guitar
Somewhere between memory and echo lie the stories and sounds of Amateur Radio Operator, living in the silence between the big parts – the reverb after sharp, tense sound… the propagation of entropy. They chase the ghost stories of work, old dogs, broken radios, industrial rivers, rust, and death, by knocking on the tops old guitars and decaying snare drums or forcibly colliding walls of overdrive with the upper temporal-limits of delay.
With a faraway voice, Amateur Radio Operator makes a rich, cinematic sound, blending the stories and characters of sepia-toned places with dynamics, volume, and variation while bridging the gap between rock and alt. country. Created by a dense, multi-talented cohort of contributors, ARO’s debut album Sirens of Titan is due at the end of 2007. Harkening the haunting old-time aura of the Louvin brothers, Doc Boggs, and the Carter Family, the music tells stories in the modern vein of weary travelers and forlorn dreamers, lonesome, wondering, wandering.
ARO will be joining Armstrong, Lawton and Katz, Zoe Muth and RedDog on Sunday, November 22nd for the release of Live from the 2009 Northwest Folklife Festival at the Tractor Tavern. It all goes down at 7pm and tickets are only 8 bucks at the door. It’s sure to be a great time!
On Sunday, November 22nd Northwest Folklife is holding a CD release party at the Tractor Tavern for our latest compilation Live from the 2009 Northwest Folklife Festival. The show will feature performances from four of the thirteen artists on the CD: Amateur Radio Operator, Zoe Muth, RedDog, and Armstrong Lawton Katz. Charmaine Slaven of the Tallboys will call a square dance with RedDog & Squirrel Butter. Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn will teach the country two-step, and Americana darling Zoe Muth will let you put those steps to good use. Indie-roots group Amateur Radio Operator will close out the evening. Doors will open at 7pm and the cover is $8. CDs and other Folklife merchandise will be available for purchase inside.
Look for bios and video of the Tractor show artists all week on the Folklife Blog!