The Seasons Performance Hall has been on a roll this year with booking some awesome shows. With the likes of Band of Horses, Leon Russel, Vicci Martinez and next month with Ed Kowalczyk (of the 90s Alt-Rock band Live) and the infamous Blind Boys of Alabama playing a special Christmas show, one must think what does The Seasons do next year? Well I don’t have the answer to that question, but what I can tell you is this. Sunday night, The Seasons had Seattle Indie artist Shelby Earl, who has been making some serious buzz in the music world perform to a packed audience. Also joining them was Planes on Paper which features the duo of Navid Eliot and Jennifer Borst of the Indie-Folk group Not Amy.
To understand Shelby Earl, one must experience Shelby Earl. Yes, you may have heard/seen her on KEXP Live or performing at Doe Bay, but to explain her music is something else. In some ways, she has a dark doo wop sound to her, and in others she has that folky indie sound that many crave. But to me her music speaks in words. Take for example, her recent single Swift Arrows details a what happens after a nasty break up between a couple. Earl recently told Rolling Stone magazine that “‘Swift Arrows’ is about the experience of being hurt by someone you once trusted and coming out of it a warrior, rather than a victim,” I think many of us who have experienced heartbreak know what she means, I know I do.
Planes on Paper on the other hand brought a whole new element that many fans of Not Amy may have not seen. Navid and Jenn bring a hauntingly beautiful sound to their repertoire that echo’s in the likes of Simon and Garfunkel infusing it with Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss’s Whiskey Lullaby… Minus the country twang and more of the folky/indie sound that everyone loves.
Overall, both artist’s brought their A-game to The Seasons and it paid off. Shelby Earl and Planes on Paper are two artists to look out for in 2014.
Word to the wise. Follow our pal Andrew Joslyn and the Passenger String Quartet's Instagram page @andrewjoslynmusic.
He's giving sneak previews of his symphonic work on network TV commercials and pop songs. Every student of violin and cello should be following his page. But so should you. You have heard Andrew and his writing on Grammy winning hits by Macklemore and Kesha.
...and his work with folks like Ethan Anderson to save the music industry locally and globally with the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs is something to watch.
Or don't follow him and life will be a little less colorful and inspiring, but sometimes you don't notice how good life can be without good art and good friends.
In that respect Art is dangerous because you will need more. Andrew has plenty in the vault... ... See MoreSee Less
If you love music and want to make a difference, Please support our friend Andrew D.B. Joslyn and this important cause. #DistrictAdvocateI’m excited to be joining the @recordingacademy in an effort to push critical legislation to help music creators around the country get the support and financial assistance we so desperately need to stay afloat. I’m leading a couple of meetings with Senator Maria Cantwell and my state representative Pramila Jayapal - and looking forward to joining with my fellow musicians, industry professionals and educators on doing our part to preserve our industry during Covid-19. #districtadvocate ... See MoreSee Less