The first performance of our Hood to Hood 2013 broadcast is a special collaborative performance by Jon Russell, Damien Jurado, and Tomo Nakayama, all Seattle based singer-songrwriters. So far Jon Russell has played just one show as a solo musician, an acoustic show at Neumos, though he has been playing with the indie pop rock outfit The Head and the Heart since its inception. Damien Jurado is the most seasoned of the three; since the 90s he’s been known as a steadily producing talented folk lo-fi musician. Rounding out the trio is yet another local musician, Tomo Nakayama, who makes lovely chamber pop with his band but recently has been drawing from his own vocals and abilities as a solo project.
Drawing a sizable crowd in the wet early morning, all three played side by side, trading songs, one after the other with familiar ease. Jurado began our day of music with a soothing and effortless rendition of “Let Me Say”. Nakayama followed him with a seamless transition into “Raindrops”, a song that is perfectly relevant for today’s weather. All three sounded great despite being huddled in the cold, and their amazing voices were warm enough to keep the crowd entertained. Russel finished off the performance with the unreleased Head and the Heart track “Homecoming Heroes”. There’s no telling what other little treats like that we are in for, that’s reason enough to brave the rain today!