With a refreshing and original take on acoustic music, The Washover Fans bring together four accomplished musicians with decades of playing and performing experience each having written, recorded and performed with various and varied outside projects. Seattle musicians Colin, Gillian, David and Seth write songs independently, but edit and arrange as an ensemble, creating a broad but cohesively twangy set, full of interlocking vocals and lush acoustic instrumentation. April 2011, saw the arrival of The Washover Fans' debut album "That Habit Suits You." The Fans are in the process of releasing their first live album, "Live at Empty Sea," recorded truly live in front of an audience and without overdubs.
The four musicians push each other creatively to write and perform songs that each deliberately evoke very different emotions and soundscapes resulting in a set list in which no two songs sound the same. The Washover Fans create an intimate live experience drawing from each of the four musicians’ dynamic musical backgrounds. A live show consists of original music as well as thoughtful renditions of various covers that pay homage to the diverse American music experience. Instruments rotate the stage and include guitars, mandolin, banjo, cello, percussion and harmonica. Lead vocals are shared among the three distinct vocalists and are supported with three-part harmony.
“Americana to the core, these musicians have infused the lonesome sounds of Appalachia, chordings from the mountains, instrumentation from bluegrass minus the grandstand twanging, and three part harmony with some fine triad choices. At the same time they have planted themselves firmly into the Northwest resurgence of new folk seen at NW Folkflife, which runs the gamut of string bands to jug bands, though The Washover Fans are neither jug or string. They are also good songwriters, and all of the instrumentation and vocals support the lyrics and tell a story.”
- Lynette Hensley, Victory Music (Sep 01, 2011)
With time well-spent stumbling through jazz charts, playing in rock bands and blending into Catholic school choirs, it’s been a long and varied musical journey that has culminated in the Washover Fans’ sound, but it’s the years of soaking up the simplest rock and the sweetest church music that guides them to this day. Since forming in 2009 under the Washover Fans moniker, the four friends have focused on folk, alt-country and Americana, drawing on musical first loves from childhoods in New England, Washington, North Carolina and Georgia.