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Patrick Dethlefs & Cahalen Morrison
Empty Sea Studios
Seattle, WA
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Patrick Dethlefs & Cahalen Morrison
Patrick Dethlefs' songwriting crests like a humble Townes Van Zandt, innocent of his own haunting melodies and lyricism. Dethlefs' new release Fall and Rise offers folk Americana with effortless sincerity at a time when many acts strive purposefully to revive the stripped-down feel of a musical history long past.

Now only in his early 20s, Patrick won the Best Teen Songwriter Award (2009) at Swallow Hill Musicone of the largest non-profit organizations in the U.S. dedicated to developing folk and acoustic music.Patrick also received Best Song and Best Performance.  Perhaps the innate nostalgia embedded in Patrick's music takes root in the age at which he began playing. Inspired by his father who he lost when he was young, Patrick first picked up a guitar when he was 12. Also a musician, Patrick's father leaves a crescendoing legacy through his son who is not only humble, but humbling, through his unassuming creative presence.

He has opened several engagements for Nathaniel Rateliff, played and recorded with members of Paper Bird. Patrick has also shared the stage with notables Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band), Sarah Anderson (Paper Bird), Mountain Man, and Horse Feathers.  Fall and Rise follows impressive reception of 2010s Stays the Same and Patrick's split release with the Eye and the Arrow: "Dethlefs' songs show maturity beyond his years " (Matt Pusatory, Onion A/V Club Denver-Boulder).


"Most of us players should be humbled by Cahalen Morrison, the 24 year-old Seattle-based guitarist, singer, blues and old-timey interpreter, and multi-instrumentalist (six-string fingerstyle, claw-hammer banjo, mandolin, and lap slide guitar for starters). If not humbled, we are curious; how did the former New Mexico resident attain this kind of musical maturity at twenty-four?" -John O'Hara, (Call It Folk).

Born and raised in the high desert of northern New Mexico, Cahalen Morrison has traveled a windy road to finding a home in today's acoustic music scene. Starting on guitar at the age of 9, Cahalen's interests in bluegrass, old-time and Celtic music were peaked by his father, a carpenter by trade, and talented guitar and fiddle player.

After spending several years touring nationally with several bands, Cahalen settled in Seattle, where he joined forces with Seattle guitarist Eli West. Soon after their meeting, Eli joined Cahalen on tours of the Northeast and Southwest. In the summer of 2010, they went into Swingfingers Studio in Fort Collins, Colorado, employing world-renowned mandolin and banjo player, Matt Flinner on producing, mandolin, bouzouki and tenor guitar, Ryan Drickey on fiddle, Eric Thorin on bass, and Aaron Youngberg on engineering and 5 string banjo. The Holy Coming of The Storm, consisting of ten originals from Cahalen, one co-written by Cahalen and Eli, and two traditional tunes, has taken the acoustic music world by storm, garnering praise from musicians and fans from both sides of the Atlantic. "Cahalen and Eli are making music that the world needs." -Tim O'Brien. "Eli and Cahalen sing about all of it. No note is left unreflected upon. They understand that when it comes to music, we are all on the receiving side, even when we are the ones playing it." -Dirk Powell. "This is quite extraordinary!"  Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.

Since the album's debut, Cahalen and Eli have shared the stage with acts like Darrell Scott, Dirk Powell, Sarah Jarosz, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, Sam Amidon, Crooked Still, The Wilders, Della Mae, Martha Scanlan, The Deadly Gentlemen, and have played the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Czech Republic, have played festivals like Glasgow's Celtic Connections, Washington's Wintergrass, and Oregon's Pickathon among countless others.


Empty Sea Studios
6300 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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