alternative rock, twang, blues. www.townhallbrawl.com
Based in Seattle, WA, all four members have notched up years of playing roots music. Don and Diane Forsyth fronted Blue Healers, a pseudo blues group who earned a nomination by Seattle Weekly as Best Blues band. Piano and organ player Billy Reed played for many years with Kathi McDonald, who sang on iconic records including Exile on Mainstreet. Billy is also and in-demand player with many of Seattle finest. Among his extensive resume, drummer Marty Vadalabene spent over 20 years as drummer for legendary cajun fiddle player, Doug Kershaw and appeared on classic variety shows as well as sharing the stage with many country music legends. All four have pulled from their contrasting backgrounds to make music that is new but rooted in greasy country, blues and soul with a few side roads.
Blues, twang, 70’s hippie rock, country soul.
All appear on the new album, “Excuses” by Town Hall Brawl. The smell of vintage tubes permeates the album, recorded by legendary producer Conrad Uno at his Egg Studio in three days on his classic Stax console to 2 inch tape producing a warm, classic sound. The music mixes comfortably with Lucinda Williams, Chuck Prophet, Neil Young or Los Lobos.
We had a great time last night at Jim and Donna's benefit at the Rockin' M. So many kind folks. Saw lots of faces we haven't seen in years and had the pleasure of Dano filling in for a double booked Marty and Angelo Ortiz sitting in on percussion. What a treat it was playing with them.
This Sunday we're playing a benefit to give our dear friends Jim and Donna a much needed vacation. Jim and Donna hold Freedom Fest every year so lets give something back. Our set is around 5:30 but make a day of it. Lots of great acts!
A great shot of Marilyn, Marty and the girls at the Women's March on the KCTS page. Billy was there too. Way to represent!!