Hamilton Leithauser, who grew up in DC, performs at 9:30 Club on Nov. 23, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)
The pandemic has had a profound impact on the live music industry, unfortunately creating a dearth of opportunities for some artists, but concurrently providing inspiration and much-needed time for others to essentially hit the reset button.
A number of the tours assembled over the last few months, maybe more than usual, have been of the double-bill type, a benefit to cities along the way with venues considered must-stops.
One such an outfit to recently visit the area was the tantalizing duo of DC native Hamilton Leithauser and Kevin Morby — a pair of accomplished musicians who set out in mid-October on what was dubbed the Fall Mixer Tour, a quest through 29 different cities that wrapped up last week at 9:30 Club with an abundant, exhilarating night of entertainment.
Waxahatchee, the musical face of Birmingham native Katie Crutchfield, has been going strong for over a decade, but last year’s Saint Cloud may be Crutchfield’s masterpiece.
She has always been a strong songwriter, but these last couple of records have really showcased Katie Crutchfield’s songwriting talents comparable to the best in the business, especially in Waxahatchee’s most recent LP, Saint Cloud, which came out last year on Merge Records. It’s a ride from beginning to the ending “St. Cloud,” which sounds like it was strummed out on the front porch while the sun sinks behind the trees.
Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) has had a busy week, not only making her late night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! but also performing alongside Kevin Morby on CBS This Morning. Performing “Fire” and “Lilacs” from last year’s critically acclaimed Saint Cloud, Waxahatchee again proves why she is one of the most important voices in music right now.
Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) released her highly anticipated new album Saint Cloud on March 27 via Merge Records. Critics hailed Saint Cloud as a career-defining album with Katie’s songwriting front and center.
With her spring tour in support of the album canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Katie has a series of five livestream shows dedicated to her five albums, starting on Monday, June 8, via Noon Chorus.
Kevin Morby rocks the 9:30 Club on June 1, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Over the past few years Kevin Morby has grown exponentially both as a performer and as a songwriter. From his time in the Babies and Woods to his critically acclaimed solo records, Kevin creates music that is at once familiar and at the same time new. He continued to do so at the 9:30 Club recently.