Cobirds Unite

Rusty Willoughby has been around the block. Playing music around Seattle since 1985 (most notably with Flop), Rusty is one of those workhorse musicians who trudges along quietly, just shy of the spotlight, consistently producing amazing music. His newest project, Cobirds Unite, finds Willoughby writing graceful, playful roots/pop songs with lush arrangements that wander around loosely while still somehow adhering to a rocky path. Teaming up with Visqueen's Rachel Flotard as the Emmylou Harris to his Gram Parsons (and covering a couple of ParsonsÂ’ old favorites in the process), Willoughby's songs are as sweet as can be, less roadhouse rambunctiousness and more afterhours reflectiveness. Swaying through the highest, most lonesome sounds, Cobirds Unite manage to be warm and welcoming without ever losing their backbone. With Goldfinch, Trespassers William. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Sat., Dec. 18, 9 p.m., 2010

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