Saturday, December 9th, 10pm
Willow’s music is imbued with a gentle lyricism full of swirling strings alternating with hushed moments of pure voice that suggests redemption might be possible after all” – Seattle Weekly
Willow and Wood make up two strong partnerships, one their own romantic deal, legalized in marriage since 2005 and another more musical affair, where if Wood is the music, Willow is the song. Together they play a hypnotizing form of gothic Americana with Willow’s voice wending its wild way through the watercolor waves of Wood’s guitar.
After years of holding illustrious court in the Seattle music scene, the duo found themselves on the road again and this time definitively as they headed south and stopped over in Nashville. Unbeknownst to them at the time, they were laying down roots that would take hold and flourish.
Its no surprise that in song city, Willow and Wood found new songs to inspire, but neither of them anticipated such a prolific shift in their collaborative life. Says Willow: “We’d only ever written two songs together in Seattle, but here, we’ve written so many. It’s in the air. Even if we didn’t play music which I can’t imagine that, something about being in Tennessee, in the south — I can feel it seeping into my bones and I feel like it’s calling me home.”
Behind this observation is evidence of a particular kind of joy, deeper than a surface change, something earned over many years of shared commitment, forgiveness and grace. Whether swinging sweetly to “Whiskey Faces” or barreling into the depths of “Get Lonely”, the songs and their lovely gentle messengers seem to have been traveling a great distance just to finally arrive in this very moment.
Willow says: “We found a different voice here, which having played together and been married to each other for ten plus years, finding a new voice is exciting and inspiring.” Sipping on a bourbon at the couple’s favorite neighborhood bar, she makes the offhanded comment: “I wonder what would happen if we moved to Minnesota or Detroit?”
We’ll have to wait and see, but for now, the south seems to be working just fine.