Over the last few years Pacific Northwest based “new-old time” duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West released a number of expertly crafted albums until going their separate ways. Then in 2016, I kept hearing about Cahalen Morrison’s new project Western Centuries, a rollicking country group of sorts with other band members holding deep musical accolades: Jim Miller (of Donna the Buffalo) and Ethan Lawton, along with Travis Stuart on bass and Leo Grassl on pedal steel for this Folkadelphia performance. As you expect, Western Centuries is more than proficient in their country stylings, but where they really shine is bringing to the fore tinges of funk, honky tonk, and rock with a good sense of fun. As a listener, I find it comforting to be led on a musical trip in the hands of an expert group of artists and Western Centuries are very capable on their release Weight of the World.
Recently on a tour on the East Coast, Western Centuries stopped by the WXPN Performance Studio for a rousing performance. Listen here and enjoy.