Whitney @ The Sunset 08/02/16

IMG_4376 (2)Sold out packed in at The Sunset in Ballard, a pure sound from Chicago based Whitney. A unified feeling throughout the crowd, everyone there to see something special to themselves and as a group collectively. A rare sight of drummer front and center; Julien Ehrlich banging out on the drums while a gooseneck  microphone curls over his back as he laces out streams of melancholic vocals. Accompanied by riffs and horns of such that feel good stuff, cracks a smile within that soon is permeating throughout your entire body causing subconscious irresistible movement. Short pauses between songs, with dry nonchalant humor, shout outs to the sound guy, a bandmates mom and dad at the show, request for housing for the night, and other well executed banter. These guys really have a beautiful, unique, and refined sound that I’ll continue to keep my ear close to.IMG_4310_drum with drink_drumming_guitarist and drums_trumpet and drums

A Look Inside: Interview with Fraser A. Gorman

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It was pretty special to sit down with Fraser A. Gorman before the show at The Sunset, a gentleman whose record I absolutely fell in love with. He’s pretty new over here in the states, and Seattle was only the bands second stop after opening the tour in LA.

It’s Fraser…like Razor with an F…and without the little dog
We got to the important things first…like his name. First off it’s Fraser like Razor with an F at the front of it. Fraser gave a hilarious impersonation of an American saying his name, I can’t do it justice, but think strong nasal inflection and the T.V. show. Naturally being in Seattle we got to the topic of the popular sitcom Fraser which took place in the city. Fraser busted out an Instagram post of a rad vintage t-shirt he’d gotten earlier that day and was rocking on the streets. “I bought the t-shirt, and I was going to wear it tonight, but then I thought it might be a little bit cheeky.”

I opened what I know would be cliché, that I know he likely gets asked all the time “I do get compared to Dylan a lot, even since I was 13 or 14, ‘you look like Dylan’, but I don’t really care because I like his music so much. He was huge (influence), one of the first CDs I bought was Live at Albert Hall, the ‘Judas’ yell from the crowd and it was one of his first electric shows. I remember when I first heard that, and I had the packaging and stuff, and I was like whoa this is the most nuts stuff I’ve ever seen. I got into it because of that.”

“I kind of thought that SouthBy was kind of like heaven and hell at the same time. It’s everything I want in one place times 10…parties, bands….so it’s so fun, but hectic. You get a bit of a daunting, a lot of bands that go to SouthBy have this Reykjavik desperateness, and it’s got this awful taste about it too. A lot of bands from overseas look at SouthBy like it’s their chance, their one shot, and they spend all this money to get over there, and the reality of it’s probably not that true, all the delegates that go there already know who they’re going to go see anyway, so the blogs that kind of run industry. For me it was cool, it was very low costing, I just went solo, and hanging around with Courtney Barnett who was the most buzzed band of the whole thing. I just got to hang around and not have to put that many of my cards on the table.” He cleared up my curiosity and misconception that her song ‘Depreston’ was a play on depressing old Preston, WA but funny enough “she’s from Melbourne too, and it’s about a suburb in Melbourne called Preston that’s depressing too”

Slow Gum
“It was a really long and drawn out thing. I guess I started recording ‘Slow Gum’ maybe a year or more ago, and I knew the record I wanted to make, I was trying to figure out how I was going to put it out. By the time it came out, I had the team that I wanted to work with, the band I wanted to play with, and that sort of thing, and it all kind of sorted out. I was glad that I took my time because it allowed me to sort out my shit; it didn’t go nuts, but I got signed to a UK label, and it allowed me to spread my music a lot further than I would have been able to do. I don’t know what it sounds like to you, but I wanted to make a sunny 70’s sunny laid back kind of record, that kind of has a Nashville Skyline crossed with Transformer feel, but with maintaining an Aussie lyrical approach to it. Kind of sounds old but new at the same time.”

“I actually called it ‘Slow Gum’ for a few reasons. I wanted to have the word slow in it because it took so long to come out, and I also wanted to mention the fact that I stutter when I talk. So slow gum, like you got gum in your mouth, and also in Australia there are gum trees. I don’t stutter when I sing so it’s a weird kinda thing. Maybe that’s a subconscious reason why I really like playing music, but I’m not too sure, it just is what it is.”

Field Report (Solo) @ The Crocodile 03/27/15


photo by Andrew Hansen

F i e l d R e p o r t contains the exact letters to concatenate the name Porterfield, as in Chris Porterfield, and that’s exactly who was representing Field Report out at the Crocodile last week. A little solo adventure for Chris playing mainly the tunes of Field Report.

As soon as he plugged in and played that first note the crowd went instantly silent. There was just something about it, people were drawn into that very quiet attentive state and remained so throughout the entire set. Chris engaged the audience encouraging them to ‘ask questions’ between songs as he’d tune up the single Gretsch resonator that he played the entire set. Can’t think of them all, but there were a lot about his dog, which he let know and iterated that it was ‘acquired through marriage’…I think it may have been a little unmanly of a breed…some type of shitzu. I did ask him if the white bling in his ears was real diamonds and he responded with a “hhhhhheeeeeeel noooo!”

I was waiting for it…and it finally came…”I am not waiting anymore”. My favorite track that still gives me chills, so was great to hear it live for the first time. I knew Chris had worked on a song for the Blind Boys of Alabama, but I didn’t know which song, so it made it that much more special when I learned from his precursor that this was the one!

Chris all in all is just a really solid and talented musician. If you’d like to hear more directly from him check out the interview I did with him last June HERE.

Blind Boys of Alabama and Sam Amidon Version



photo by Andrew Hansen



photo by Andrew Hansen



photo by Andrew Hansen



photo by Andrew Hansen




Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Crocodile 03/20/15

photo by Andrew Hansen

photo by Andrew Hansen

On a dimly lit stage guitar in hand Alynda sparked an immediate intimate setting with the audience playing a few songs solo. That beautifully tranquil voice lacing through the crowds ears entrancing the whole perimeter.

The rest of the band came on and soon enough we were on that Appalachian bound train cruising through the "Blue Ridge Mountains". Once that fiddle and those keys hit the party started and you couldn't help but to let out a big ole' grin and let your legs do a little jig. An incredibly tight and polished sound and just really easy and enjoyable listening. The band kept you on your toes as they transitioned between those faster upbeat tracks with the slower melodic type lullabies.

A fun loving attitude however stoic and intense at times in delivery, Alynda is another one of those folk singing guitar playin' gals I've found myself fallin' for once again...

Esmé Patterson at Tractor Tavern 01/15/15

Esme Patterson.

A little delay in my travel to the Tractor Tavern Thursday night with some incident blockage in the 99 Battery Street Tunnel, but lo and behold my determination to get to the show lead me to follow a few other rogue cars backwards down a one-way on ramp. I guess those are just the type of lengths you’ll go to for love, and I’m sure in love with folk singin’ women like Esmé Patterson.

I first heard Esmé Patterson earlier this year on some tracks with Shakey Graves, and was awestruck captivated by her singing. I instantly fell in love with her voice, which flows with such elegance and grace all while managing a fun loving energy throughout. In seeing her live at the Tractor I was able to see and appreciate another dimension to her as a musician, her stage performance and guitar riffin’ (turned up the rockin’ a little more than expected on a few tracks). Just her and her guitar, a glass a whiskey, and a drummer was all that was physically present, but the depth and intimacy to her performance felt like so much more.

Esmé held that special type of personal presence and connection on stage. One that invited you in, made you want to hang out with her, and gave you a sense that she’s just one of those people that lives life light heartedly, happy, and appreciative of the opportunity and journey that she’s been on. All this while playing some damn good tunes.

This gal is just so talented in a longitudinal array of gifts as a musician. Give her a listen and get out to see her live if you get the chance.

Top 10 Albums of 2014

Augustines Album Cover
1. Augustines: Self-Titled
2. Strand of Oaks: Heal
3. Fanfarlo: Let’s Go Extinct
4. Vance Joy: Dream Your Life Away
5. Perfume Genius: Too Bright
6. Hurray for the Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes
7. Lykke Li: I Never Learn
8. Highasakite: Silent Treatment
9. Shakey Graves: And the War Came
10. The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream

Song of the Day: “How We Be” by Sinkane


Wow what a jam! that real real shit…fresh beat, killer vocals…can’t help but fill the soul with an electrifying groove like this.