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Jim Ward = Renaissance Man

Sometimes there are musicians do incredible things beyond their music. Let’s take a moment to admire Jim Ward. You may recognize the name as the guitarist for the post-hardcore band At The Drive In, front man of Sparta and Sleeper Car or perhaps you have a had a sweet taste of one of his solo projects. In short; he is an incredible artist who continues to surprise us. Primarily because each project he works on is very different than the last. It’s obvious he has true passion and skill for creating music rather than chasing fads. In addition to his music abilities did you know that Jim has and still owns, bars/music venues, restaurants, cafes and non-profits? How about the...

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Am I Good Enough to Join a Band?

There are a lot of musicians out there who choose not to join a band as they think they are not good enough… Who cares! Just do it, at the very least you will get WAYYYY better. I am writing this to encourage people who play casually or alone to seek out other musicians to jam with. The fear of not being good enough or simple lack in motivation is no reason to not join bands. Nothing compares to the feeling you get from practicing or performing with other artists. It’s like speaking a language that only musicians understand; and having amazing conversations in that language. It’s awesome!  At one point in life I found myself in this rut. I...

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Northwest Spotlight: Witherow

Being from Seattle, we love to feature bands creating unique and inspiring music right here in our own back yard. As most of you know, it is not hard to find amazing talent within our city limits, but often times the outliers are the ones to watch. The Olympic Peninsula band, Witherow, has been catching the attention of much more than just music lovers here in Seattle. Formed by musicians/sweethearts Abby Mae Latson and Dillan Witherow, this group is certainly onto something different. Beyond their dynamic vocal ranges, you will find they have a unique way of dovetailing traditional folk rock with modern and sometimes ominous guitar undertones. Their songs have a timeless aesthetic that give any listener just enough...

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