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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.

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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. 

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February 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Morrison and West celebrate new album Sunday at the Tractor | Concert preview

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West record their new album, "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands," with Tim O'Brien.

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West record their new album, “I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands,” with Tim O’Brien.

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. 

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January 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Roger Miller’s music given new life at Columbia City Theater | Concert review

It might have been a bit bizarre at first, but Hearth Music’s Roger Miller tribute night at Columbia City Theater Saturday was more lecture series than country show — and that wasn’t a bad thing.

Hosted by Iaan Hughes of KBCS, who has forgotten more about Miller than most of the packed house probably knew coming in, the evening was a solid mix of old footage and photos, Hughes’ commentary and over a dozen bands each playing two Miller songs.

Some acts, like bluegrass upstarts the Warren G. Hardings, did a fine job of combining Miller’s music with their own flavor, while Dean Johnson used his rustic warble to effectively reproduce “My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died” and “My Pillow.”

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January 3, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Diverse lineup celebrates Roger Miller Saturday at Columbia City Theater | Concert preview

Roger Miller tribute night at Columbia City Theater.
Roger Miller tribute night at Columbia City Theater.

Roger Miller tribute night at Columbia City Theater.

Most people know Roger Miller as Alan-A-Dale, the minstrel rooster from the animated version of “Robin Hood,” even if they’re not aware of his work as a songwriter and country artist.

That’s a shame, and one a diverse lineup of local musicians hopes to correct with a tribute night for Miller this Saturday at Columbia City Theater. Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer, Annie Ford Band and Low Hums head a stellar group that also includes gutsy folk singer Pepper Proud and bluegrass attitude from The Warren G. Hardings. 

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