Sharing a guitarist and a studio session performance, Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints split time with the duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl in the KNKX studios, both excited to share new music from upcoming albums. Jason Goessl plays guitar in both bands, and it felt like hanging out in the living room with your most musically talented friends.
The new Gin Joints album is called Western Soul and transports the listener back in time to when jazz, country music and even early rock n roll were powered by an engine of sweet swing.
Pereira noted the twangy edge of his band's latest release, digging into the 30s standards "Lulu's Back In Town" and a dreamy version of "The Carioca". The western swing emerged fully in his own original song, "How Long (Until I See the Sun Again?)". Here's a song crying out for radio play, followed by a report on our soggy Northwest weather.
Sundae + Mr. Goessl showed off their chops on a romantic Birch Pereira original, "A Love I Can't Explain", which explained the natural camaraderie in the KNKX studios that you'll find at their joint CD release party at the Triple Door March 11th.
Singer Kate Voss, the "Sundae" in the duo project with her husband Jason, told us she'd actually met and worked with Birch Pereira before her musical romance with Mr Goessl began.
A-swingin' take on the Gershwin classic "S'Wonderful", with response vocals from our studio audience, led into a thrilling collaboration on Pereira's original, also featuring the harmony vocals of Seattle favorite Jimmy Herrod.
These are talented young players following a nostalgic musical path with the Gin Joints and Sundae + Mr Goessl, and there's plenty of room for us all.