Ian McFeron and Beth Whitney

Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 8pm

  • All Ages, Bar with ID
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Seattle based song writers Ian McFeron and Beth Whitney perform.

Ian McFeron's website
Beth Whitney's website

Tickets $10 advance/ $12 at the door.

The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm

Please note: tickets do not guarantee a seat to shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show.

Ian McFeron broke into the Seattle music scene when discovered by “The Mountain” in Seattle (AAA-formatted KMTT at 103.7 FM) shortly after releasing his debut album, Don’t Look Back (2003). Within months, the first single “Love Me Twice” edged out songs by Modest Mouse, Bob Schneider, The Bo Deans, and Ray LaMontagne in The Mountain’s “New Music Throwdown,” a weekly competition where listeners vote for their favorite of two new songs. Ian has shared the spotlight with international and national artists such as Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Brandi Carlile, Amos Lee, Sister Hazel, Mike Doughty, Hayes Carll, Missy Higgins, Julia Fordham, The Hothouse Flowers, and Jars of Clay.

A prolific songwriter whose lyrical prose and fervent work ethic has drawn comparison to Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams, Ian McFeron has released a steady stream of albums: Don’t Look Back (2003), A Long Way To Freedom (2005), Fistfight With Father Time (2006), Let It Ride (2007) and Love Me Blue (2009). His sixth, full-length album Summer Nights (2011) was recorded and mixed in just ten days at Studio G! in East Nashville, TN. Produced by Patty Griffin’s long-time guitarist and musical collaborator Doug Lancio, the album features musical performances by Lancio as well as Ryan Adams and the Cardinals’ drummer Brad Pemberton, Ryan Adams’ bassist Billy Mercer, keyboardist and Seattle-native Micah Hulscher, and Ian’s long-time musical partner Alisa Milner on fiddle and cello.

Summer Nights chronicles a summer of late night soul-searching, following a restless individual through a world of fevered dreams, ghostly visions, and late-night wanderings through the winding side streets of Cape Town, South Africa, Barcelona, Spain, and Seattle, WA. Initially an attempt to invoke the spirits of people and places lost to the past, the final message of the album is one of acceptance; about moving forward. The chorus of the twelfth song, Windchime sings, "it's too late to turn back now / There's nowhere left to go / It used to keep me lying awake / But right now I feel safe / Right now I feel safe."

From the beginning, McFeron dedicated himself to building audiences the old fashioned way: on the road. Traveling from city to city, state to state, nation to nation, McFeron performs an average of 200 shows a year spread throughout the United States and Europe, inspiring listeners with his beautifully crafted songs and honest narratives. On the road, McFeron is often joined by Alisa Milner, a Texas-style fiddler, cellist, and harmony vocalist and long-time friends Norman Baker and Mark Bateman on bass and drums.

Beth Whitney is an award-winning northwest singer/songwriter who blends indie folk, sweet raw poetry, and a hint of pop, to create rare and timeless music. Her lyrical prowess is made flesh and blood over finger-picked guitar as she crafts audible paintings from words, memorializing people and moments in song as living, breathing beings. Often performing as a duo, husband/collaborator, Aaron Fishburn, compliments the melodic gems with steady rhythms and rich bows on the upright bass. Listeners describe Beth's onstage persona as original, fresh, and disarming, which is seen within and between songs such as her latest singles, "Sweet on You" and "Makin' Pies."