January 10th, 2011
Friday nights line up at Columbia City Theater (CCT) was the stuff dreams are made of. The night started off right with Tony Kevin Jr. Tony really commands a room with his large folk songs and heartfelt lyrics.
He handled himself well in front of the sold out crowd when he broke a string in his first song with his full band. Having to borrow a guitar, which was then a left handed guitar belonging to Kevin Large. It didn’t seem to faze him at all. Once it was all sorted out the show went on. He was joined for a few songs by Melodie Knight, She is an amazing singer. I have a feeling that she will be one of the singers most collaborated with in 2011.
Next up was Widower, Which is Kevin Large playing some of the best and saddest country songs you will ever hear. Kevin played an amazing set, even having the lovely Kaylee Cole on stage to help him sing “Come Monday Morning” and a few others. When Damien Jurado confessed that the first two songs he played he had just written that day I was blown away. This was my first time seeing Damien and I was completely drawn in by his songs. Playing with his full band, which was just about all of Kay Kay and his Weathered underground, and Sam Anderson. He played through most of his Saint Bartlett album. Damien talked a bit about how nervous he was to be playing for Seattle. “Playing in Seattle is like your first kiss. What if my lip gets caught in her braces?” The rest of his set it seemed like he truly enjoyed it though. Pretty much rocking out from the chair he was seated on.
The whole night was a testament to the local folk/indie music scene in Seattle right now, it felt like a huge community on Friday, loads of familiar faces and a crowd that was completely respectful of the music. Not a soul could be heard talking during any of the nights three acts. That’s something that very rarely happens.
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