Blitzen Trapper is awesome. If you haven’t been to one of their shows, what are you waiting for? On Sunday night the band ripped up The Kenworthy in Moscow, Idaho with their badass folk/alt country/indie rock jams that should make music lovers take note of this band’s greatness.
Earlier in the afternoon, I “hosted” the inaugural Concert Confessions Backyard Horseshoe Championship. I tweeted Blitzen Trapper an invite to join us in a game before the show. Unfortunately they couldn’t make it, but we still had a great afternoon of grilling, drinks, and pitching horseshoes. After a grueling semi-final match, I was bested in a sudden death championship round by the one and only, thenaturalstoner.
We headed over to the venue a little after 8 p.m., and had plenty of time to buy drinks and find good seats before the start of the show.
Seattle songstress, Sera Cahoone, took the stage around 8:15 p.m. and pulled the audience in with her melodic, bluegrass-influenced style. Sub-Pop records describes her as “one of the strongest songwriters in Seattle’s ever-vibrant Americana scene.” If you’re a fan of the genre, I would recommend giving her a listen.
Blitzen Trapper took the stage around 9:15 p.m. They opened with Fletcher, from their 2011 album American Goldwing. This is just one of many great songs on that album. Their music reminds me of those great American classic rock/folk songs of the 70’s and earlier 80’s by artists like John Fogerty, Steve Miller, and John Denver—a music style that takes me back to my childhood, when my family would travel throughout south east Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana to camp and fish.
At the request of frontman Eric Earley, people stood up from their seats and gathered near the front of the stage. The crowd, with their cups of Pabst Blue Ribbon in-hand, danced and sang along to favorites such as Love the Way You Walk Away, Furr, and God and Suicide.
We were treated to a few new songs, such as Heart Attack (video below). If the new songs reflect what the rest of the band’s album will sound like, it is going to be a great follow-up to American Goldwing.
From start to finish, this was an outstanding show. The band sounded great, the crowd was energized, and the intimate venue helped make the experience feel more personal. If Blitzen Trapper is headed your way, gather up your friends, spend the afternoon barbecuing and playing a few games of horseshoes, and then go check them out.