Seismic-Sound Show Preview of: Greg Laswell at The Tractor Tavern. June 3rd, 2012.
Oh, Greg Laswell, how I absolutely love thee.
Greg Laswell holds a pretty special place in my heart… I mean, you remember your first concert at the Showbox, right? Yeah, he was mine back in 2006 when he was opening for Sia. It was also my first time going to a not-main-stream show and the first reason I fell in love with finding new music. He talked about how his song “Sing, Theresa Says” was written about his grandma encouraging him to sing. He also talked about how special he thinks Seattle is before he played “High and Low” which mentions our sacred city. And let’s face it, I am a sucker for cute bearded men telling me they love their grandma and Seattle. Who isn’t?
But that was 6 years ago and since then Greg has released a few solid albums including his most recent, Landline, on April 24, 2012 and has apparently gotten a helluva lot happier from the first time I listened to him. In typical Greg fashion, his new album has strong moving melodies and rich, soothing vocals. This is his most diverse album which includes some fun, upbeat songs such as “Come Back Down” and has guest appearances by Sia, Sara Bareilles and a beautiful song, “Landline”, written and performed with his newly wed wife, Ingrid Michaelson. Rumor has it they wrote the song together when the power was out but I am too jaded and jealous to believe that. The album is a perfect addition to his already wonderful discography but for me, nothing can compare to how I feel when I heard “Through Toledo” as I heard his opening act. That album will always be so special to me.
His music is from the heart, his voice is equal parts powerful and vulnerable and his shows are always so memorable. The last few times he has played in Seattle, it has been at The Tractor, the perfect place for Greg to play his amazing music and be close to his audience. He will be there on June 3rd and I will for sure be the creepy fan pretending he is singing to only me.