Siblings Aaron and Sarah Shay slide into the booth with Annie Hughes, prompting a swift shuffle of hats, coats, and instruments. The Mongrel Jews play a total of six instruments, sing, and keep the band going across state lines with fierce devotion, and the support of their fellow musicians.

From street corners, living rooms and stages, The Mongrel Jews started without a name, acquiring one as well as a devoted fan base along the way. Fresh from a successful Kickstarter (watch for the album: The Mongrel Jews Inherit the Earth!) and talking a mile a minute over coffee, Aaron, Sarah and Annie shook off the Seattle cold to talk about the brass tacks of making music sing. Continue reading…

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Tomo: Songwriting, Doubts and Inspiration

Tomo Nakayama of Grand Hallway

I almost never met Tomo Nakayama. When I was supposed to, his quiet demeanor fooled me into not recognizing the Japanese born singer and songwriter. He is the front man in Seattle based indie band, Grand Hallway, whose recent album “Promenade” has been getting some well-deserved attention and airplay. Luckily, he recognized my ugly mug, [...]

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