Hood to Hood Ballard: Bryan John Appleby

photos by Morgen Schuler

Before heading over to our Ballard Day broadcast at Bergen Park Place, we started off this morning in the KEXP parking lot, as John Richards spun records outside while bicycle commuters sped by — and stopped by the KEXP Energizer Station for some live music at 7AM with Seattle’s Bryan John Appleby.

Praised by colleagues like The Head and the Heart as one of the best performers in the city, Bryan John Appleby has, in short time, joined contemporaries such as Damien Jurado and Rocky Votolato on an illustrious shortlist of local Seattle singer/songwriter folk icons.  At times biblical, epic, yet heart-wrenching and palpable, Appleby is not afraid to use his religious formative years as a well for inspiration. Of course, his talents as a storyteller make for some of the most poignant lyrics and instrumentals that you will hear this year, relying on found sounds, natural rhythmic elements, and simple, heartfelt melodies that pierce you upon first listen.

This of course seems very profound, but standing on the back of a pickup in the KEXP parking lot, Appleby made it all seem so enjoyable and relatable and, shouting out the the cloudy skies that seem to have interrupted our string of sunny weather, he ended his set with Simon And Garfunkel’s classic “The Sound Of Silence,” citing the opening lyrics as the first words he said to himself on waking up this morning.

Check out the photos here and stay tuned for Ramona Falls live from Bergen Place Park in Ballard at 10AM!

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