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Honky-tonk supergroup Western Centuries’ music crosses vastly differing geographies – the city, the southwest, the metaphysical. Their musical influences are equally as diverse, and they weave a tapestry of western music, without sacrificing their hard-earned country dancehall sound. Cahalen Morrison and Ethan Lawton, two of the three principal songwriters, live in Seattle’s diverse South end; the third songwriter, Jim Miller, spends most of his time in and around New York City. The urban landscape is rarely mentioned in country music, but it makes for a refreshing sound that draws as easily from modern r&b as it does George Jones. Their latest album, “Songs From the Deluge,” was recorded and co-produced by acclaimed musician and Grammy-winning producer Joel Savoy in Eunice, Louisiana, where local Cajun and Creole artists have always been adept at marrying old country sounds with r&b and rock ‘n’ roll.
Ethan Lawton, known for his earlier work in Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, loves to pen imaginative parables about people living at extremes. Cahalen Morrison, known for his duo work with Eli West, is the country boy to Lawton’s urban cowboy, inspired by his love for cowboy poetry and the New Mexican desert where he grew up. Jim Miller, known for his earlier work with Donna the Buffalo, is the resident psychedelic poet. Like the best country songwriters, Miller’s sense of communion with nature turns his songs into works of magical realism.
Venue: Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Date: Tuesday, September 24
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $12 reserved, $10 general admission