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Plains featuring Katie Crutchfield from  Waxahatchee and  Jess Williamson tickets at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco
Tue Oct 25, 2022 - 8:00 PM

Goldenvoice Presents

Plains featuring Katie Crutchfield from Waxahatchee and Jess Williamson

with MJ Lenderman
The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA Ages: All Ages
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Goldenvoice Presents

Goldenvoice Presents

Plains featuring Katie Crutchfield from Waxahatchee and Jess Williamson

with MJ Lenderman
The Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-5716
Tue Oct 25, 2022 - 8:00 PM
Ages: All Ages
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Door Price: $40.00 - $45.00
Onsale: Fri Jul 29, 2022 - 10:00 AM
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Bio: Plains

Hitting play on the debut album from Plains, the duo composed of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson, we’re immediately teleported into a world of Southern sunsets,wide open spaces, and the unapologetic nature of Country music.

Plains began out of Crutchfield's and Williamson’s mutual love for each other’s music and after trading albums (Saint Cloud and Sorceress, respectively) in early 2020. Feeling that it was time to have a separate project that could reflect a different side of her creative inspirations, Katie felt that Jess was the perfect fit for a collaboration, and they set off to create I Walked With You A Ways.

Written between Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Marfa, the album was recorded in Durham, NC with collaborator and producer Brad Cook. The creative magic of only a few vocal takes, tracking with a band comprised of Spencer Tweedy and Phil Cook, gives the album a feel of fresh, on-the-spot conception. The trust and history of Crutchfield and Cook’s collaborations (Saint Cloud, Great Thunder EP) set the tone for this new container of spontaneity and

With both being from the South, we hear the history of place and story in each song: Texas meteor showers, family ties, and the lineage of songwriters who have come before.

As solo practitioners of the craft of song, Williamson and Crutchfield bring a creative permission slip to both the process of songwriting itself but also to the listener. In both of their solo projects you hear a specificity of experience that is so sharp and intimate that it brings the listener into a personal side of the experience of life. With Plains, we are invited into this spaciousness of story, to a shared narrative spanning the beginning of the album to the end.

“Summer Sun,” the opening track, greets us with their two voices in perfect unison and sets the tone for the album- “ come along with us, we’ll be here for you the whole time. ” We’re catapulted
into what feels like a small show on the back porch of a house in West Texas. There is an essence of their own friendship that clearly emerges that is just as much about joy and playfulness as it is about two people ushering each other through life’s great journeys.

And that’s the thing about Country music, and what so much of this album nods to -from Waylon and Willie, to The Judds, The Chicks, Trio, and beyond-these are groups that are formed out of family and friendship, that lyrically take their listeners on a voyage of sorrow and hope. Crutchfield’s sharp, honest edge of truth telling paired with Williamson’s ability to paint the scene with candles, plains, sunsets, and small Texas towns is one of the strongest parts of this album.“When the summer sun melts candles / I dig out the wick / Honey we’re up against somethin / Our love alone can’t fix / So I won’t see the garden or the figs when they are ripe/ It hurts to be leavin, but I know that stayin ain’t right”

Crutchfield brings us through what we all could stand to strive for: Setting affectionate boundaries and expectations of how we want to be met and loved in relationships. She recalls that in her solo project she might not have kept the lyrics heard in “Problem With It,” but Williamson encouraged her to. It gives the song that directness of sharing our intentions and needs, while also acknowledging the parts of ourselves that get lost when we try to contort
ourselves for someone else. “ Justified it in my own way / I lost myself in it / If it’s all you got, it’s enough you say / I got a problem with it.”

In “Hurricane” we are reminded that there is nothing that stops these two women from saying exactly what they mean and meaning exactly what they say. There is a formula they have developed that insists we embrace our anger, that we let it flow out of us in a way that doesn’t have to imply harm from others but also doesn’t take the blame off of them. Crutchfield has a way of laying out her mess, her mistakes, her regrets, the parts of herself she may want to turn away from-and instead decides to turn towards them in service and song. “I come in like a cannonball / I’ve been that way my whole life / Sweet as honeysuckle / When you want a pocketknife.”

In “Abilene,” Williamson again provides us with geographic scenery in her recitation of the nameof this town. We can feel ourselves in that place and the question that weaves its way throughout: How do we keep love close and when do we let it go? When is forgetting just as important as remembering? “We don’t need to talk about Abilene / Cause Abilene don’t mean / No couple acres, no screened in porch / So I don’t talk about Abilene no more.”
While Williamson sings “Texas in my rearview / Plains in my heart” and Crutchfield echoes “ Got a heartbreak burn, take the quickest route / On this 4 lane highway I’ll trace it in the clouds,” the true gift of this album emerges. We’re in the backseat with these two, truck windows open, wide open spaces in front of us. The feeling of being both a mess and unstoppable at our fingertips. May this album bring us all closer to ourselves and to each other.

- Marlee Grace


Bio: Waxahatchee

Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life. As Crutchfield prepared for the release of her Merge debut Ivy Tripp, she found herself depleted emotionally and professionally amidst the dissolution of a noxious relationship. “Ivy Tripp doesn’t really have any resolution. It’s a lot of beating around the bush, and superficially trying to see my life clearly, but just barely scratching the surface. Out in the Storm digs into what I was going through without blinking. It’s a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself.”
The album was tracked at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia with John Agnello, a producer, recording engineer, and mixer known for working with some of the most iconic musicians of the last 25 years, including Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Agnello and Crutchfield worked together for most of December 2016, along with the band: sister Allison Crutchfield on keyboards and percussion, Katherine Simonetti on bass, and Ashley Arnwine on drums; Katie Harkin, touring guitarist with Sleater-Kinney, also contributed lead guitar. At Agnello’s suggestion, the group recorded most of the music live to enhance their unity in a way that gives the album a fuller sound compared to past releases, resulting in one of Waxahatchee’s most guitar-driven releases to date.

Bio: Jess Williamson

The Texas-born, L.A.-based singer and songwriter Jess Williamson makes deeply felt songs that orbit around her powerful voice, a voice that's strong and vulnerable, big-room flawless, quietly ecstatic, and next-to-you intimate. In her most recent work, Sorceress, that voice is surrounded by a deep-hued kaleidoscope of dusty '70s cinema, '90s country music, and breezy West Coast psychedelia.

Williamson grew up in the suburbs of Dallas. An only child, she was raised by music-loving parents on a healthy diet of Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, and KT Oslin. A lifelong singer and performer, her earliest memories are of putting on concerts for the other kids on the playground at recess.

While attending the University of Texas, Williamson began to find her footing as an artist in the DIY and student run art and music spaces of Austin, Texas. A photojournalism major, she interviewed and photographed bands for the school newspaper and hosted a radio show on KVRX, the student-run radio station. But quietly, she had an insistent pull to pursue music herself. In her last year of school, following an impulse after seeing Austin's Ralph White play the banjo at a house show in her friends' basement, Williamson took up banjo lessons at South Austin Music, and soon after was writing songs and making home recordings. After graduating, she moved to NYC to attend an MFA Photography program at Parsons, but after a couple of semesters, she realized the call to pursue a career in music was too big to ignore, and she dropped out.

She'd started a band in NYC called Rattlesnake with another friend from Texas: Williamson played banjo, her bandmate played electric guitar, and they both sang. They played their first show at the now defunct Brooklyn venue, Death by Audio, in March of 2010. A few months later, drawn by her larger hometown community, she moved back to Austin to focus on her solo project.

For the next couple of years, she was active playing and booking shows in the Austin music scene, and self-released records on her own Brutal Honest imprint: her debut EP, 2011's Medicine Wheel/Death Songs, 2014's Native State, and 2016's Heart Song. Along the way, she began incorporating guitar and piano into her songwriting and live shows.

In 2016, she relocated to Los Angeles, a move that proved to be life changing. Inspired by the new environment and the deep introspection that can come from being alone in a foreign land, she wrote the album Cosmic Wink, which was recorded the following year in Dripping Springs, TX, and became her first release on a record label, Mexican Summer, in 2018.

Her fourth album, Sorceress, also on Mexican Summer, arrives Spring 2020. It was written in Los Angeles, recorded at Gary's Electric in Brooklyn NY and finished at Dandysounds in Dripping Springs, Texas, where she recorded Cosmic Wink. While she's stayed true to her deep-country roots, the music's grown in its ambitions. It's her biggest, most assured collection to date, and a true document of the hard work paying off.

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