My guy-love for old friend Matt Ryd is well known to longtime MidByNorthwest followers. I’ve interviewed him, I’ve reviewed his album, and now thanks to his first tour I get to preview his Seattle debut! Ryd is hitting the road with another acclaimed Chicago singer/songwriter Xoe Wise. That many hours in the car together is sure to produce some stunning collaborations – accenting both Ryd’s endearing guitar-pop and Wise’s dreamy vocal compositions. It’s a unique experience to see two separate artists come together for their first tour – braving the trials of car troubles and highway fast-food together and experiencing each others’ music night after night. I expect musical chemistry to be high and entertaining anecdotes to be plenty. Plus, Seattle’s own Katrina Charles headlines the night. In addition to being the piano player in my band and one of my favorite people, Katrina writes beautiful songs on both piano and guitar, delivered with a powerful and emphatic voice.
Come see it all happen at the wonderfully intimate Egan’s Ballard Jam House from 7-9pm this Friday, September 30. Fittingly, this show is presented by the wonderful folks at Seattle Living Room Shows and so is sure to have that same magical vibe. Cover is $7 and the show is 21+.
I’m not much of a Matt Nathanson fan, but I’m a big fan of Matt Ryd’s multi-layered all-inclusive YouTube videos, and this should be a good preview of the kinds of collaboration we can expect from the “XoeAndMatt” tour: