Modern-folk and husband/wife duo Moody Little Sister bring their road-inspired sound to Open Space, Saturday, June 30, 8 p.m. Their 2015 debut album Wild Places, produced by folk-rock icon and Islander Pete Droge, captured audiences across the coungry. Drumming genius Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, Joe Henry, Elton John) propelled Moody’s album to even wilder places.
Described as “masterly” (Oregon Music News) and “earthy and approachable” (Bitch), Moody Little Sister has built a loyal community around their music the old fashioned way: one listening room, house concert, front porch and campfire at a time.
In the tradition of dynamic duos, Naomi Sparrow and Rob Stroup’s music is strongest where pulled in two opposite directions. Celestial and down-home, confessional and big tent revival, dusty and delicate their sound captures the imagination of listeners. Sparrow’s dexterous voice offers the familiar warmth and soul sensibility of 70’s singer-songwriters like Leon Russell, and lyrical daring of folk-pop singers like Patti Griffin or Anais Mitchell. Stroup takes the road-worn, rootsy approach of John Moreland, Jason Isbell and early Ryan Adams.
Inspired by expansive landscapes of Alaska, Oregon and New Mexico, all home the past seven years, Moody Little Sister’s New Folk of the American West captures dust storms and tsunamis of the heart. They’ve covered the ground traveling in their van (along with a big fluffy dog named Triton), making a near-constant life on the road between Anchorage and Albuquerque. Hear their connection in effortless harmonies and each resounding moment that emotes both confidence and vulnerability.
Some bands make big gestures. Moody Little Sister, in their music and kinship they share with their listeners, meets our 21st-Century Emergency with urgent intimacy.
Tickets are $20/per person and are available at OpenSpaceVashon.com.