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Author Archives: Tom Travin / For the Journal

One of the quirkily named songs on Gregg Turner's solo album is “The Pharmacist From Walgreens.”

This prescription may become addictive

By Tom Travin / For the Journal

Hey, this music thing is easy. Right? Write a few songs. Put up a plea on Kickstarter, the website w …

Finally, a soundtrack for end of the world

By Tom Travin / For the Journal

Sam Miller has been thinking about the apocalypse lately. No, it’s not Seattle’s often r …

Jerry Douglas (left), widely regarded as the best dobro player around, performs Wednesday with Alison Krauss and Union Station. (Photo By Randee St. Nicholas)

Perpetual traveler keeps putting on miles

By Tom Travin / For the Journal

Take a look at the website of Jerry Douglas, the renowned dobro player, and you’ll discover a …

YACHT made “See Mystery Lights” in tiny Marfa, Texas, which it considers its spiritual home.

More than just a band, it’s a way of life

By Tom Travin / For the Journal

Last October, Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt – the creative pair behind the dance pop band Y …

Even though the members of the Cave Singers have a rocking background, they chose folk music as their genre.

Seattle folk trio bulks up lineup, sound

By Tom Travin / For the Journal

The Cave Singers don’t have any stories to tell about mythological beginnings. No fateful meet …

The Parson Red Heads spent five years in LA but now have settled comfortably in Portland, Ore.

LA was nice, but Portland? It’s heaven

By Tom Travin / For the Journal

When bands reach a certain point in their development, they often leave home for brighter lights, bi …

Laura Gibson's latest album came together with a visit to the small eastern Oregon town of La Grande, the site of a historic train wreck.

Journeys of discovery yield great rewards

By Tom Travin / For the Journal

When Laura Gibson was beginning to write and record her latest album, she made a pilgrimage to a tin …

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