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.More
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
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
Don’t try to see everything. At Wintergrass, where there are always four stages going simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, it is advice to live by. Organizers of the four-day bluegrass festival — which concludes Sunday — keep things jam packed so they can feature as many artists as possible across the genre’s ever-widening spectrum. On…More
Merle Haggard, the legendary outlaw country singer, can be forgiven for looking a little older at the Grammys last month.
Appearing on stage with fellow outlaws Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, Haggard offered up a spirited version of “Okie from Muskogee” that showed he still has some charm left as a performer. But it also demonstrated his vocal limitations — Haggard turns 77 in April — and makes you wonder how he would fair in a full-length show.More
When Cahalen Morrison was introduced to Eli West upon moving to Seattle from New Mexico, he formed his first meaningful musical partnership in his new home.
Both men have gone on to numerous other projects independent of each other, but they always seem to return and released their third studio album, “I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands,” on Feb. 4. The duo will celebrate the album’s release at the Tractor Tavern Sunday night with Ruth Moody.More
Seattle alt-country staples The Maldives helped the Tractor Tavern celebrate its 20th anniversary with a pair of packed shows over the weekend. The Friday-Saturday bill marked the first in a planned series of concerts by artists with longtime ties to the Ballard venue.
The Maldives threw down the gauntlet on Friday night with a tight set that will be tough to match. Appropriately, the band got things rolling on Friday with “The Time Is Right Now,” a perfect example of the kind of layered, atmospheric roots rock that is their calling card.More
Say whatever you want about country music, but just don’t say it isn’t popular in Seattle. Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen — two artists who fly about as low under the radar as possible while still regularly touring and recording — sold out the Tractor Tavern on a sleepy Wednesday night.
Rogers and Bowen are old buddies and they’re cut from the same cloth: Texas songwriters with quintessential country voices whose idea of a good time is being under the bright lights in different city each night. Despite the fact neither man has ever charted a top-30 single, it didn’t take long to figure out why they sold out the Tractor and had people scrounging for tickets outside.More
The country music scene is dominated by big-name stars who sell shiny pop music to the masses, but one of the true pleasures of the genre is that there’s plenty of room for blue-collar working musicians like Texas songman Randy Rogers. Rogers has never charted a top-20 hit, but he’s released six studio albums, the last…More
Full of an infectious energy that seemed to thrum deep within him, country singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes burst onto The Crocodile’s stage in a whirl of heartfelt lyrics and syrupy, satisfying hooks.
“Feeling good!” he exclaimed. It was not a question.
Forgive Jenckes for being excited. The Duvall, Wash., native recently finished up a run on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” and is headed out on tour with Cody Beebe and the Crooks.More