Best of Seattle: Roots Band

Though the pair has lately branched out in pursuit of other collaborations and solo work, the Seattle country-folk world would feel the loss should Cahalen Morrison and Eli West go their own ways altogether. Their latest release, I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands, is the duo’s best yet, a string-filled (specifically banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, dobro, and guitar-filled) Pacific Northwest folk story with songs like the sprightly minor-keyed “Fiddlehead Fern” and the roving river chantey “Off the Chama.” Binding such tunes is the near-spiritual sonic glue of their effortless harmonies, a pleasing quality so instinctual and acute you’d think the pair were brothers.

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