Two out, proud and downright hot singer-songwriters, Holcombe Waller and Chris Garneau, share the bill on two concerts next week in Seattle and Portland.
Holcombe Waller has recently delved into performance art with critically acclaimed shows in Portland and New York City. His January clown piece, Mihael Sagalovesky and the Tragic Torments of Patty Heart Townes, paid homage to folk songs by Patty Griffin and Townes Van Zandt. Waller’s latest project, Into the Dark Unknown: The Hope Chest, draws on his own body of work. Having premiered in Portland last September, the show will travel to San Francisco and Seattle in 2008. A sequel to Patty Heart Townes based on the songs of Buffie-Sainte Marie is also in works. Next week’s concerts will not only give Holcombe Waller fans a much-needed fix of his original songs, but it will also raise money for his creative projects. As if it isn’t hard enough for an openly gay singer-songwriter to make a name for himself in the industry, Holcombe Waller also records, produces and promotes his music independently through his label, Pow Wow Wow Records (formerly Napoleon). But, as Jeff Rosenberg explained in Willamette Week: “Having found new fans such as Antony (of the Johnsons), Waller’s well on his way to a wider audience.”
Waller is currently recording his fourth studio album after Troubled Times , Extravagant Gesture , and his tough-to-track-down, must-have debut, Advertising Space . Expect Waller’s wordlwide fan base to demand that he tour in support of his upcoming studio album; soon you won’t have to travel to Portland for the Holcombe Waller live experience.
See the Think Pink archives for an earlier post on Chris Garneau.
Click here for a hilarious interview of Holcombe Waller in BUTT.
- R. Esquivel