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DOORS – 7:30pm
ROBERT SOTELO – 7:45pm
LAURA GIBSON – 8:30pm
KARL BLAU – 9:45pm
Karl Blau is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY icon who helped turn his hometown of Anacortes, Washington, into an indie-music mecca. He has released more than 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest labels K and knw-yr-own. Blau has also toured and recorded for years with Laura Veirs, the Microphones, Little Wings, D+, and Earth.
It all started with cutting a 7” single, a cover of the 1969 Tom T. Hall hit ‘That’s How I Got to Memphis’. Blau, whom Martine had come to know from sessions with Laura Veirs among others, asked if he could try singing it. “I knew what a special artist Karl was, but I had no idea what a powerful interpreter of songs he was,’ Martine says. The collaboration, pairing Blau’s deeply sonorous voice with Martine’s warm, modern arrangements, recast the Nashville hit in a new light. “He was able to communicate the essence of the song in such a moving way that we started dreaming of making a whole record based around our excitement for that collaboration.” The result was the single and, now, Introducing Karl Blau.
Oregon singer/songwriter Laura Gibson is a remarkable lyricist with an unforgettable voice, writing about timeless questions of the human condition. In the past she has collaborated with Calexico, The Dodos and Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists), with her latest album, Empire Builder, released last year on City Slang Records.
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