Country artists around the country in search of stardom will typically flock to Nashville like a fly darts towards a porch light. But for Seattle-based Aaron Crawford, sticking around town has its benefits.
Crawford says there are a lot of challenges of being a country singer/songwriter in the Pacific Northwest but that it is also a little “refreshing.”
“You kinda got more room to spread your wings [up here],” says Crawford. “There’s a little bit more loyalty.”
Crawford says he thought about moving to Nashville; it’s the place that he recorded his upcoming solo album — and as mentioned earlier, it has become the Hollywood of country music.
“You go down there and talk to the people who are trying to make it and they’re struggling,” says Crawford. “They’re trying to play any show they can get — and they’re usually getting pretty small shows … It’s nice because I get to play a couple shows a weekend — sometimes three — and I’m able to take a full band out and go rock out and go have a good time.”
The Americana/Country artist was raised in a musical home — and many of his first experiences happened playing and singing in the church alongside his parents. In fact, Crawford has played the Gorge before thanks to his involvement in a Christian festival that took place there when he was younger.
In 2011, Crawford team up with a fellow artist named Josh James whom he says helped him with songwriting and introduced him to a lot of people in the Northwest country scene. Crawford says he wouldn’t have “gotten through the door without his help.”
Since going solo, Crawford has been enjoying a fast-moving ride. He already has a slew of big shows he’s played under his belt including bills with Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry, and Craig Campbell.
When asked who Crawford is most excited to see at Watershed 2013, he said, “I cannot wait to see Blackberry Smoke!”
-Chris Coyle, KMPS
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Aaron Crawford takes the stage at the Gorge Friday.