Songwriter Alexa Wiley has performed for many good causes and effects in the Northwest for years. Now she’s released a new recording named for her new ensemble, Alexa Wiley & the Wilderness. A concert soiree is planned for December 10 at Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St. Also performing at the show are special guests Tim Sproul and Rachael Rice.
The vocals and stories on this new album are filled with eternal questions and mercurial observations and the overall sound has a gorgeous sizzle to it. The Wilderness (drummer Sean Oldham, Dale Turnbull on bass, guitarist Bret Malmquist, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Dearborn on banjo, flute, pennywhistle, mandolin and guitar) bring Wiley’s songs into a evocative airspace where her voice by turns, is tender, tough and vulnerable.
“Growing up I looked at music as something that other people did but that I couldn’t possibly achieve,” remembers Wiley, “People often ask ‘What do you mean by that’ referring to a certain song, and I say ‘That’s what I mean.’ I guess what I am saying is, songs are able to say what I can’t otherwise explain.”
Playing a show several years back with Michael Hurley in Astoria, Wiley met Kathryn Frederick of Red Newt Records and she’s since released “Eating That Way”, “Poet of Empty Spaces” and this new CD on the Red Newt label.
Alexa Wiley & the Wilderness is dedicated to the spirit of the Wilderness Act, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in September 2014. Listen to samples of her new songs and pre-order the new album at Alexawiley.com. Music begins at 7 pm and tickets are $10. All ages are welcome and kids under 12 get in free.