Recently I have listened to a Country radio show by Bob Harris from the BBC. The second song of this show was the song Wasting my Time by Zoe Muth, a nice song which also includes a great mandolin part. This song is also available on Zoe Muth’s myspace page (see below).
In the meantime I have listened to some youtube videos, I have visited Zoe Muth’s myspace page and searched for more information. Zoe Muth was born in Seattle and grew up there. She grep up with the music by the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and with MTV. But now she writes and sings songs in the typical Country style. On her homepage you can read about “The Story so Far”:
Growing up we were raised on the classic rock and roll, the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, when mtv was actually music television.
Somehow, the country sound just lends itself to the way I feel, and the stories I want to tell.
“How does a kid growing up in Seattle in the 1980’s end up making country music?”
I get asked all the time. I usually say, “I don’t know, I just open my mouth when I sing and that’s what comes out.”
In her band Lost High Rollers she sings and plays the guitar, Ethan Lawton plays mandolin, Dave Harmonson steel-guitar or electric guitar and Greg Nies plays on drums.
This is the song The Running Kid in the album version with pictures of Zoe Muth and the band:
Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers
The Running Kind (album version)
This is a live video with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers made this summer:
Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers
Friday, July 2, 2010, Columbia City Theater – Grand Re-Opening
If you like to listen to good Country songs I can recommend the music of Zoe Muth very well! You best listen to the songs from her myspace site first: http://www.myspace.com/zoemuth
Ethan Lawton – Mandolin
The mandolin player of the Lost High Ropllers is Ethan Lawton, I have also found some videos with the Bluegrass / Gospel Trio Armstrong Lawton Katz, with Ethan Lawton on mandolin, her is one example:
Seattle’s acoustic trio, Armstrong Lawton Katz, perform the bluegrass gospel “Brighter Mansion Over There”, live at Seattle Folklore Society concert at Phinney Neighborhood Center, in Seattle, WA, 10/2/2010. www.cortarmstrongmusic.com.
You can find more videos of this trio in the youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cortarmstrongmusic
Artikel CMT Blog: Seattle’s Zoe Muth Embraces Sad Songs, Steel Guitar
I bought her EP, intrigued with her easygoing, ’70s-sounding, steel-guitar-laced tunes. After the show I asked her, as a fan more than as a reporter, to please keep me posted on the progress of her first full-length album. Lo and behold, it arrived last week, and I’ve listened to it almost every day since then, never skipping over a track. If your own favorite country singers came from the vinyl era, don’t let this one pass you by. (You can hear some of the tunes on her MySpace page.)
Artikel Seattle Weekly: Zoe Muth: Our Own Emmylou
For five years, Muth has been performing original country songs not just in Ballard, but all over the city. She sings in a lilting drawl that smacks of a young Emmylou Harris, though as a high-school kid teaching herself guitar, she says she attempted to emulate artists like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.
youtube channel Armstrong Lawton Katz: http://www.youtube.com/user/cortarmstrongmusic