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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Backstage Access: Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer

Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer // Photo by Christian Conahan
Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer // Photo by Christian Conahan

Consisting of five band members, with one bass guitar, one guitar/singer, a violinist and a pedal steel guitar player, country music has never sounded so good.

Based out of Seattle, Cahalen Morrison, the lead singer/guitarist said they’re currently on a “mini-tour” having played shows starting in Ashland, Eugene, Portland and at various venues around Seattle, such as the Tractor Tavern.

Morrison said the show at Tractor was nearly sold out, so to date, that’s been their best show.

Unable to point his finger on any particular band their sounds resemble, Morrison says he draws his inspiration from life experiences.

Between songs, Morrison sips on his drink of choice when on stage; whether it be “any decent blanco” tequila, Rainier beer, or both.

Currently, Morrison’s favorite song to play with his band is the newest song, but enjoys playing one of their other newer songs entitled, “Weight of the World.”

Their most popular song on YouTube is “Our Love Is Like A Hurricane.”

Other band members include Mary Simkin-Maass, Dan Lowinger, Rusty Blake and Ethan Lawton, but Morrison said band members come and go depending on availability.

Morrison said he’s known James, the owner of the Green Frog, for a while now, so booking shows in Bellingham is easy, and they plan on coming back to the Green Frog in the near future.

Simon Hathaway, fan of Cahalen Morrison, said he watched their show at Tractor Tavern but first saw them play at Folklife Festival in Seattle last Summer.

“What struck me about this band was that I was really impressed with their classic, traditional sound, but they’re kind of a younger looking band,” Hathaway said. “They have this sound that kind of transcends their time.”

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