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Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fifth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, once again presented by Verity Credit Union.
Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter on a daily basis to stay on top of all the bands featured and be sure to follow Verity and NW_Music_Scene there. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the spotlight yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is Amanda Winterhalter.
A life between grey coastlines and ragged mountains gave Amanda Winterhalter a scope for the gothic Americana music she creates with her Seattle-based band. Joined by Geoff Larson on upright bass, Nick Drozdowicz on electric guitar, and Rick Weber on drums, the band showcases an arcing sound that may unfold and lift as lightly as a sheet in one song, or drive and build to a frenetic fuzz on another. With their multi-genre backgrounds in jazz, folk, country, gospel, blues, and rock, they infuse Winterhalter’s songs with a broad palette of styles that forms a cohesive grit and tenderness. Winterhalter’s voice remains the centerpiece of the sound. With her straightforward lyrics and the multi-faceted edge in her tone, she voices, as one listener put it, “the ache of America.” Celebrated northwest folk artist David Maloney noted, “to hear that depth from one so young is truly moving. [Her] voice not only soars but I also love the tender, more vulnerable sound along the way.” Jon Rooney and Zach Warnes for Ball of Wax noted Winterhalter’s considerable range and refreshing approach from lyrics to production. Since the release of her debut album, Olea, the band is hard at work on a sophomore album.
One thing we’ve been harping on during this year’s campaign is the vast amount of extremely talented female singers currently calling the northwest home. It’s not exactly breaking news, as the ladies have been crushing it for a while now but the list just keeps growing. If you haven’t heard the name Amanda Winterhalter before today, get ready to add another name to the list of super talented female singers in Seattle. Although we try to stay up on everything around here, we’ll admit to not hearing her up until now but upon first listen we were hooked on her delicate yet powerful vocals. As her bio eludes to above, the fantastic backing band she’s assembled has the uncanny ability to seemingly read her mind, creating the perfect foundation to let her voice be heard. There’s little doubt you’ll be hearing a whole lot more from this talented outfit in 2019.
Catch Amanda Winterhalter Live:
Amanda will be playing on December 12, 2018 with Thedrifterluke and Joy Mills Band at The Sunset in Ballard. Obtain additional show info HERE.
Find the band at:
To view all of the wonderful northwest artists we have featured this year, click HERE.
A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.