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The rousing return of Seattle’s honky tonk queen
The main exports of the Northwest are a pretty familiar list.
The rest of the nation can thank us for awesome coffee, craft beer, Nirvana, environmentalism, fresh seafood, some of the country’s best farmers markets and classic country tunes.
Seattle has a legitimate country music scene and Zoe Muth, perhaps the fastest rising star from our region’s honky tonk sky, will return to downtown Lynwood later this week to bring classic American, true blue, tear-in-your-beer country tunes to the Treehouse Café.
Treehouse owner and concert organizer Arnie Sturham said that Muth’s concert, her third at the island venue in the last few years, is the perfect way for the Café to ramp up this summer’s increased concert schedule.
“She’s fantastic,” he said. “Often times we see on the second or third time around with an artist, we see our numbers drop. That’s not always the case, but with Zoe I’ve got two-thirds of the show sold out a week in advance and I’m sure it will end up selling out.”
Muth, who now resides in Austin, Texas, expressed the excitement she and the band felt about returning to their old stomping grounds earlier this week.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” she said. “In Bainbridge we have a lot of repeat people who come back to see us [and] the audience is so close, they’re right there. The sound is always really good there. We’re really looking forward to being back in the Northwest and seeing everybody again.”
The Bainbridge concert is to be the first of several regional concerts in promotion of Muth’s third album, “World of Strangers,” to be released next month.
“Many of these songs have been in my head for a long time and I needed a change of scenery and sound to let them find their way out,” Muth said of her 10 latest tracks. “This was a whole new studio experience for me, more experimental.”
Sturham said that Muth had established a loyal fan-base around the island and that she remains one of the most popular acts to perform at the venue.
“She’s the genuine article,” Sturham said.
“If you hear her, you would think she’s straight out of Nashville,” he said. “She has that sound, she has that clarity in her voice. She writes traditional music and she performs it very well, and I think she touches the core of people.”
Muth said recently that her relocation to Texas had proven very valuable for her artistically, as it almost forced her and the band to start over again.
“We really like it,” she said. “We’ve met a lot of great musicians and it’s been kind of a struggle to play live since we’d sort of built up our name around Seattle and there nobody really knew who we were.”
In Texas, Muth became acquainted with producer and bassist George Reiff, who assembled a band of some of Austin’s most talented musicians to contribute to “World of Strangers” including Brad Rice, Martie Maguire and Bruce Robinson.
For more information about Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, including the latest tour and album release dates, visit www.zoemuth.com.
Tickets for the Lynwood show are $15 each and be purchased at www.treehousebainbridge.com.
Here now, honky tonk
What: Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers in concert.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.
Where: Treehouse Café (4569 Lynwood Center Road. NE).
Admission: $15, tickets available at www.treehousebainbridge.com.