Massy Ferguson w/ Lydia Ramsey, & Heels to the Hardwood

Sat Mar 14 2020

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

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5213 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

$12.00

Ages 21+

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Massy Ferguson is a bar band in the best sense -- not a band relegated to bars because it will never rise higher, but a band that plays music perfectly suited to dark, crowded rooms in which there's at least a possibility of a beer glass smashing against a wall.

The songs, filled with barflies, broken hearts and doomed late-night romance, would sound pretty good anywhere, though. Singer-bassist Ethan Anderson says the sound is Americana that leans more toward rock than country, and that's a pretty good description. Think Drive-By Truckers or some combination of Son Volt and The Hold Steady. Think Springsteen's "Greetings From Asbury Park" or "Nebraska." Those are all influences, as is 1970s Southern rock and good-time classic rock bands like Thin Lizzy.

If that means Massy Ferguson is derivative, well, that's partly true. It doesn't really matter, though, because the songs, if not particularly groundbreaking, are just plain good. And the lyrics are full of enough detail and imagery that you start to forget any objections. Take, for instance, this bit from "Powder Blue," on the 2008 album "Cold Equations":

She worked the desk at the Klose Inn Motel
We snuck in, half-price at a quarter to twelve
Orange juice and vodka in a plastic cup
In a couple of days she'll break my heart.

Now, you've probably never been to the Klose Inn Motel, and your probably don't know this girl from the song, but you can picture it and her.

"You write about things you know," Anderson says. "I used to live across the street from the Klose Inn Motel. No one knows where that is, but in a way it kind of resonates."

Indeed it does. That's thanks to the writing partnership between Anderson and singer-guitarist Adam Monda, Massy Ferguson's founding members. They started the band in 2006 as a duo, playing a farmers market in Mukilteo. (They were paid with a fruit basket.)

"Adam's pretty good with the weird, abstract details, and I'm pretty solid on the storytelling," Anderson says.

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Massy Ferguson w/ Lydia Ramsey, & Heels to the Hardwood

  • Massy Ferguson

    Massy Ferguson

    Music

  • Lydia Ramsey

    Lydia Ramsey

    Folk

    Two years after the release of her acclaimed debut album, Bandita, Lydia Ramsey has announced her second full length LP, Flames for the Heart to be released this September.

    Recorded in Seattle at the Hall of Justice in collaboration with producer Andy D. Park (Death Cab For Cutie, Phoebe Bridgers, Pedro The Lion), Flames for the Heart represents an exciting evolution in Ramsey’s sound. With a driving rock feel, gorgeous string arrangements, and new songs written for piano and banjo, the album reflects a fresh compositional perspective and a broadening of the traditional folk elements found in Ramsey’s debut album. Songs like Dreamer, Heatwave, and Take My Only Heart blend warm and rich vocal melodies with pedal steel, cello, viola, and violin, showcasing Ramsey’s deft touch as an arranger, while Eyes For You hits hard instantly, propelled forward by a larger more rock oriented rhythm section. Through it all there is a sense of urgency, a fierce and hopeful lyrical sentiment reminding us of the light and darkness in all of us and, with a fiery joy and sorrow, urging us to appreciate all that we have in our lives while we can.

    Ramsey will be accompanied by her full band for the Album Release show, including musicians Soren Godbersen – electric guitar, Jay Kardong – pedal steel guitar, Aaron Harmonson – bass guitar, Jesse Harmonson – drums.

  • Heels To The Hardwood

    Heels To The Hardwood

    Alternative Country

    Heels To The Hardwood bring the roots of Americana, blues, soul, and rock to a new horizon. With honest powerhouse vocal melodies, striking guitar riffs, and the strong rhythms of bass and drum, smooth notes of keyboard and pedal steel. Heels To The Hardwood brings life back to rock and the stomp back into soul. 
    Americana rock trio with friends.

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Massy Ferguson w/ Lydia Ramsey, & Heels to the Hardwood

Sat Mar 14 2020 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Tractor Seattle WA
Massy Ferguson w/ Lydia Ramsey, & Heels to the Hardwood

$12.00 Ages 21+

Massy Ferguson is a bar band in the best sense -- not a band relegated to bars because it will never rise higher, but a band that plays music perfectly suited to dark, crowded rooms in which there's at least a possibility of a beer glass smashing against a wall.

The songs, filled with barflies, broken hearts and doomed late-night romance, would sound pretty good anywhere, though. Singer-bassist Ethan Anderson says the sound is Americana that leans more toward rock than country, and that's a pretty good description. Think Drive-By Truckers or some combination of Son Volt and The Hold Steady. Think Springsteen's "Greetings From Asbury Park" or "Nebraska." Those are all influences, as is 1970s Southern rock and good-time classic rock bands like Thin Lizzy.

If that means Massy Ferguson is derivative, well, that's partly true. It doesn't really matter, though, because the songs, if not particularly groundbreaking, are just plain good. And the lyrics are full of enough detail and imagery that you start to forget any objections. Take, for instance, this bit from "Powder Blue," on the 2008 album "Cold Equations":

She worked the desk at the Klose Inn Motel
We snuck in, half-price at a quarter to twelve
Orange juice and vodka in a plastic cup
In a couple of days she'll break my heart.

Now, you've probably never been to the Klose Inn Motel, and your probably don't know this girl from the song, but you can picture it and her.

"You write about things you know," Anderson says. "I used to live across the street from the Klose Inn Motel. No one knows where that is, but in a way it kind of resonates."

Indeed it does. That's thanks to the writing partnership between Anderson and singer-guitarist Adam Monda, Massy Ferguson's founding members. They started the band in 2006 as a duo, playing a farmers market in Mukilteo. (They were paid with a fruit basket.)

"Adam's pretty good with the weird, abstract details, and I'm pretty solid on the storytelling," Anderson says.

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