Follow us:

Soundposts

A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

Category: Country
April 15, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Seattle music’s bright new face, Vaudeville Etiquette | New recordings

Vaudeville EtiquetteVaudeville Etiquette, ‘Debutantes & Dealers’ (Sunyata)

This debut album from Vaudeville Etiquette establishes the band as one of the bright new faces of Seattle music. Produced by Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Walking Papers), mixed by Jack Endino and photographed by Charles Peterson — this band has a high pedigree, with those talents involved.

More

0 Comments | More in Americana, Country, Rock/Pop | Topics: Debutantes & Dealers, New Recordings, Vaudeville Etiquette

April 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

George Strait rides away | Concert review

(Ethan Miller / Getty Images for ACM)

(Ethan Miller / Getty Images for ACM)

After a career spanning more than 30 years that has included a record 60 No. 1 hits, George Strait, 61, has said he will retire when his current tour ends in June.

But it sure didn’t feel like Strait was retiring Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, when he wowed a sold-out crowd with a masterful, career-spanning set that lasted well over two hours and touched on some of his biggest hits.

More

0 Comments | More in Country | Topics: Concert Review, George Strait, Tacoma Dome

March 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Morrison and West mix it up at the Triple Door | Concert review

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West played the Triple Door Thursday night with Greg Spatz and John Reischman.

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West played the Triple Door Thursday night with Greg Spatz and John Reischman.

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West don’t always play with each other, but when they do it’s usually a thrill. That was certainly the case during a breezy, fun Thursday evening at the Triple Door.

But Morrison and West just played a Seattle show in February when they released their third album together, “I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands,” and perhaps didn’t feel like running through what would probably be a similar set list. That could be why the brilliantly decided to break their show up in a unique manner.

More

0 Comments | More in Americana, Country | Topics: cahalen morrison, eli west, greg spatz

March 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Morrison and West find their balance at the Triple Door | Concert preview

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West play the Triple Door Thursday night. Photo by Sol Gutierrez.

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West play the Triple Door Thursday night. Photo by Sol Gutierrez.

Touring never gets easier. Packing your life into a suitcase, trucking all that gear halfway across the country and back again, eating in strange cities and sleeping strange beds — it can all add up to a lot of hard work. It’s the kind of life you’d want to live for a week, not three months at a time.

But making music isn’t the same as playing it, and for Cahalen Morrison and Eli West the act of making music together has gotten decidedly easier as the years have gone on. 

More

0 Comments | More in Americana, Country, Folk | Topics: cahalen morrison, eli west, Triple Door

March 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

The Apache Relay dig deeper at the Tractor Tavern | Concert preview

The Apache Relay plays the Tractor Tavern Wednesday night.

The Apache Relay plays the Tractor Tavern Wednesday night.

Listening to the first moments of The Apache Relay’s new single “Katie Queen of Tennessee,” it’s easy to pick up on the Nashville sextuplet’s pop pedigree in the cloying violin twirl and breezy snare drum. It’s a sophisticated start to their self-titled sophomore album, an 11-song collection full of satisfying, layered moments due out April 22.

“We’re all very inspired by Phil Spector and everything he did with that wall of sound thing,” said guitarist Ben Ford said. “I think on this record we did try to channel a little bit of that, in our own way. Our musical tastes are very eclectic and I think on this record that’s coming out, we thought, ‘This feels right. Let’s go with it.’”

More

0 Comments | More in Americana, Country, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: soil and the sun, the apache relay, the lonely wild

March 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Yeehaw! Watershed Festival returns to the Gorge Aug. 1-3

Tim Mcgraw will perform at this year's Watershed Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre.  (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

Tim Mcgraw will perform at this year’s Watershed Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

Watershed Festival, the Northwest’s biggest Country music festival, returns to the Gorge Amphitheatre on Aug. 1-3. The lineup features Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Joe Diffie, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, Chase Rice, Dallas Smith and others.

Three-day festival and camping passes go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 13 via the Watershed Festival website or LiveNation.com. Festival tickets are $175 and do not include camping.

More

0 Comments | More in Country, Festivals | Topics: Billy Currington, Cassadee Pope, Chase Rice

March 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Women edged out by ‘bro-country’ party song trend?

Carrie Underwood says there seems to be room "for only a few women" in country these days. (Katherine Bomboy-Thornton / ABC)

Carrie Underwood says there seems to be room “for only a few women” in country these days. (Katherine Bomboy-Thornton / ABC)

By Jon Bream / Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

MINNEAPOLIS — It was a one-two punch in the gut from two of country’s biggest stars.

Last fall, Zac Brown declared Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” the “worst song I’ve ever heard.” This winter, Carrie Underwood called out country radio, saying, “Women really do seem to get the short end.”

More

0 Comments | More in Country | Topics: Bro-Country, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan

March 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Country legend Merle Haggard still putting on a great show

Before a raucous crowd that turned the Emerald Queen Casino’s cavernous showroom into a roadhouse Saturday night, country legend Merle Haggard proved that he’s still got something special to offer his fans. Throughout a tight, 80-minute set, Haggard amiably bantered with the vocal peanut gallery and turned back the clock to unleash spirited versions of some…

More

0 Comments | More in Country | Topics: casino show, Merle Haggard, review

Next Page »