You’ve gotta admire fate (or the universe, or whatever you choose to call it) – sometimes it causes you to cross paths with people you probably never would have met on your own.
My pal Ashley recommended that Kris Orlowski get in touch with me about doing press on his album. He needed help promoting his new album and that same blasted fate (or universe, or whatever) likes to let me think I’m getting out of the publicity business and then cackles and pulls me back in.
Since Kris cares more about crafting great songs than being hip, him making it into the Stranger would be as weird as Steel Pole Bath Tub getting into Rolling Stone — but I pulled off the latter and I’m determined to keep trying on the former because his songwriting is so damned good. No, he’s not The Head And The Heart, but I have a feeling he’ll be putting out stellar albums of smart, emotionally resonant pop-rock long after this choral folk-pop thing is as dated as my high school perm.
I asked Kris to contribute because he’s awesome, and also because he’s releasing a new EP, which you should check out. Record release show is Thursday, May 12 at the Columbia City Theater in Seattle
Heeeeeeere’s Kris (and a little preview for the show!)
Being from Bellingham originally, Seattle was a bit of a change when I first moved down. As I started touring, I got to see quite a few places and a few years back I had the privilege of taking a trip to a killer studio in Asheville, NC to record at Echo Mountain Studio. I was really excited to record at the Echo Mountain, partially because I was really into a Seattle group, Band of Horses, at the time and they had recently recorded their last album at Echo Mountain.
Needless to say I was salivating when got a tour of the place before our session began. Our producer for the album was the likeable, talented Steven Heller, who had an awesome Carolina accent and accompanying personable, laidback demeanor. With that laidback demeanor (or maybe because of it) came a love for whiskey — and not just any whiskey: Basil Hayden.
I was just young buck, with big brown eyes and shaggy hair, when I walked into that studio, but after sipping Basil Hayden every night for a week after our studio sessions, I basically became a man – or at least hair started growing more consistently on my chest.
After that experience, I was on a quest for a good bourbon whiskey, but I haven’t found another like it since. I don’t recommend mixing it with anything (no rocks, no coke, no lime). All you need is the bottle and maybe a glass.
I still listen to Band of Horses, but my playlist is always changing and lately I haven’t been able to stop listening to a few bands; James Blake, Fleet Foxes, James Vincent McMorrow and an old favorite Sufjan Stevens. James Blake will actually be in town on the 19th of May at the Tractor and James Vincent McMorrow will be here on the 22nd of June at the Triple Door. I saw the Fleet Foxes at the Columbia City Theater in April, thanks to a friend, and was pretty blown away. Too bad Robin is moving to Portland.
As I’m sure all musicians know, the good and not so good part about being a musician is you are surrounded by booze all of the time at shows and usually drink for free. After a late night show with some festive “celebrating”, I often wake up the next morning liberated, but super hungover – and in need of a kick start. There is one dish that is my go-to for hangover mornings; it is the quintessential breakfast of champions.
¼ can of black beans
1 small fistful of spinach
1/2 Avocado (you can do a whole if you’d like)
1 tbs. balsamic vinaigrette (this is just a guide)
(optional) – pico de gallo.
(optional) – some SHARP cheddar…do yourself a favor, don’t use medium.
Add three eggs to a heated skillet and scramble them. As they gain substance add spinach and black beans. Once the eggs are done, put them on a plate, adding avocado and balsamic (might need a sprinkle of salt and pepper).
Enjoy and hope to see you May 12th for our release at Columbia City Theater!