You wouldn't guess it from his hard-luck themes or dead-end vocal scratch, but things are looking up for Kasey Anderson. The Seattleite recently caught the ear of the Counting Crows, who recorded his song "Like Teenage Gravity" and took him and his band the Honkies on tour. It's the kind of break Anderson's precise, determined songs richly deserve. Like his most immediate influences, Steve Earle and Paul Westerberg, he writes songs that stand up to spare voice and guitar treatment, but they always feel most alive backed by a great rock & roll band.
Last Time: Anderson and the Honkies appeared at Twangfest 16, opening for Langhorne Slim and Ha Ha Tonka. A lesser performer might have flinched; by the end he had the sold-out room right where he wanted it.