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Sarah Sample & Kate Graves w/ Michael Connolly
Empty Sea Studios
Seattle, WA
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Sarah Sample & Kate Graves w/ Michael Connolly
Sarah Sample dishes up a plate of acoustic folk rock that is salty and sweet.  In an era littered with shoegazing introverts, tragically detached hipsters, and overly stylized pop tarts, she stands out like a big, beautiful sore thumb. She lets the audience in by witnessing to what is known and felt by most of us. And wrapping it up in a way we may never have heard- or felt- it before. Engaging, witty, real. The songs and the moment become everyone's. Just ask audiences from Austin, Texas to Logan, Utah where Sarah has played coffeehouses, concert halls, amphitheaters, and street corners with artists like Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Peter Breinholt, Julie Hill, and Colors.

The last thing Sarah Sample wanted to make was just another folkie -girl-with-acoustic-guitar album. Sure, the songs were born as just an acoustic guitar and a voice. And, in the folk tradition she loves and respects so much, would likely be taken across America that way. But she didnt want to document them that way. At least not this time.  Enter Scott Wiley (Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Elliott Smith) and a new sonic palette. With plenty of reverence for the songs because, after all, its all about the songs they set out to take Sarahs music into new territory. The album Never Close Enough is to Sarah Sample as Flaming Red is to Patty Griffin: a marked departure from a promising, acoustic debut but never too far away from her soulful folk roots.

Kate Graves writes little songs....little songs that are raw.  She tries to spread them around like wildflower seeds. She likes wildflowers. If she could be a plant, she would be a thistle branch. She sometimes worries that by saying she would be a thistle branch, she is saying that she symbolically pricks things, but she still picks the thistle branch as her flower totem.

Kate Graves is neurotic. Shes okay with this term and generally uses it as a term of endearment...or when somebody is really bugging her.

Kate Graves likes kissing. And singing. And trying to explain to the world that her chihuahua is just scared and not really cold-hearted.

Appearing with Kate is Empty Sea's own Michael Connolly, a versatile southern-born multi-instrumentalist whose fiddle, mandolin, and accordion have shared the stage with Coyote Grace, Captain Gravel, Korby Lenker, the Barbed Wire Cutters, and the Indigo Girls.

Kate and Michael share tight harmonies, beautifully understated phrasing, and the love of a good novelty song.



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

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


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