On the Dial | Waxahatchee
Katie Crutchfield has been releasing music under the name Waxahatchee since 2012. Before that, she fronted the punk/pop band, P.S. Eliot. Waxahatchee's debut release, American Weekend (Don Giovanni Records), is one of the most important albums in my life. It's sparse and raw, and quivers with delicate lines over hollow guitar. Crutchfield tracked the album during a blurry time of reflection in her childhood bedroom in Alabama.
I had the pleasure of catching her perform an intimate basement show at the Monster House in Columbus in the winter of 2012/13. I bought the record directly from her after the show. For me, it was the equivalent of talking to Beyonce. Somehow, I kept my cool and nodded through the interaction. I listened to the record over and over and over in my tiny attic bedroom at the time.
Since then, Crutchfield has toured with the likes of Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney (among other great bands) and released two albums, Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni) and Ivy Tripp (Merge), to glowing reviews. Praise the sweet Lord above, she's got a new album, Out In The Storm, dropping July 14 on Merge Records. It's destined to be a knock-out. Listen to early track below:
If you're in the Columbus area, she's playing at Park Street Saloon on August 15th. I'll be there :)