Review + Photos: Tommy Alexander + Taylor Kingman at the Crepe Place

Tommy Alexander (photo: Joshua Huver) "Never miss a Sunday show" is something you might have heard if you often see live performances. That was true of this past Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, where Portland-based songwriters Tommy Alexander and Taylor Kingman were performing. Santa Cruz's own singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lauren June provided a solo and striking opening set. She performed mostly on her keyboard, but switched to an acoustic guitar for her final few songs. Her music was emotive. Slow and introspective commentaries on lives, people and habits, left behind and simultaneously in the unescapable present. She [...]

The outlaw country sounds of Willy Tea Taylor

Catch the burly outlaw country of Willy Tea Taylor in San Francisco at The Lost Church on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Exactly one week later on January 27, the extensive tour stops at The Catalyst Atrium. Touring all of January and into February, Taylor is hauling his act up and down the west coast from Seattle to San Diego and back, applying the workhorse ethic of playing wherever he can find someone to listen. The commitment is paying off for the rising star, who hails from "The Cowboy Capital of The World" or Oakdale, California. Taylor has garnered high praise [...]

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