Join KEXP for Death & Music, hosted by Dr. Amy Lindsey and Morning Show host DJ John Richards. Featuring an evening of special musical guests, personal stories from past years of KEXP’s Music Heals shows, and an exploration into the role of music in celebrating life and processing grief. A special event that goes beyond a traditional concert experience, it’s a time to reflect on grief and on the people we’ve lost, and heal with our community.
This event will lead into a full day of on-air programming on Thursday November 9th, with Music Heals: Grief and John Richards’ annual Mom Show.
Seattle’s Lydia Ramsey has been praised for the vintage quality of her dynamic voice and the pure emotions in her songwriting, drawing comparisons to Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Her original music has been celebrated worldwide by NPR Music, American Songwriter, and Americana Music Association UK, and featured on HBO’s hit series, Somebody Somewhere. Ramsey’s inspiring new album, Like A Dream, is exquisite Folk/Americana, reflecting on a time when the world faced a new normal of sheltering in place, masking, and lockdowns, and speaks to the loneliness of isolation when life seemed to stand still. The cathartic emotion in the album provides a comforting sense of union and rekindled joy through our collective experiences. In bringing the new body of work to life, Ramsey collaborated with a number of longtime musician-friends and family members — including engineer Johnny Bregar and New York-based engineer/producer D. James Goodwin (The National, Kevin Morby, Blitzen Trapper) — to create a dreamlike soundscape of intimate storytelling and transcendental musical ingenuity that touches the most honest depths of the heart.
Known for her pervasive style as a soul-grunge frontwoman turned piano songstress, Shaina Shepherd’s notable vocal stylings have brought her into various creative spaces — from collaborating with Duff McKagan, members Soundgarden, and Heart’s own Nancy Wilson, to sharing stages with rock stars like Modest Mouse — as well as being a soloist with classical ensembles around the country. Inspired by the parallels between gospel and garbage metal, Shepherd is embarking on a national tour equipped with her storytelling chops and penchant for rock ‘n roll glamour. Living in the city where both Pearl Jam and Quincy Jones cut their teeth, Shaina lends her soulful voice to projects of all genres. Her heart songs are steeped in American folk and redefine the Outlaw genre with an infusion of Tina Turner, Betty Davis, and Nina Simone. She was recently featured in Nordstrom’s holiday campaign with her release of “Never Be Another You,” played a session Live on KEXP, and is excited to premiere her first body of work titled Dearly Departed on the road as a celebration of life yet to live.
Molly Sides is a Seattle-based sound, movement, and film artist. Sides is constantly looking for new ways to bring performance to an array of audiences and thus created Trigger. New Dance Happenings, an event held in unexpected venues throughout the Northwest. In addition to dance and film, Molly is founding member of the Seattle-based all-female rock ‘n roll band, Thunderpussy. Molly is dedicated to sparking and inviting conversation, connectivity, and weaving community through shared experiences wherever she goes.
With his first release since 2015, Seattle based Indie-folk hero Rocky Votolato returns with Wild Roots: an intimate concept album inspired by and written for his family, each song a letter dedicated to a specific family member and focused on a special memory or moment in time. After losing his child in a tragic car accident in December of 2021, the entire album, and especially the song “Becoming Human”— now a posthumous love letter — takes on an even deeper, devastatingly bittersweet meaning. In many ways, Wild Roots is not only a break in silence for Votolato, but the opening of a new chapter — one that moves between melancholic grief and enlightening hopefulness, while bringing his storytelling to life in a very authentic and genuine way. Whether discovering Votolato for the first time or adding another record to your collection, Wild Roots resonates on the most simple and important human levels — a sharing of experience that encourages us to keep believing in ourselves and in the magic of this life, no matter how harsh and difficult it can be.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and KEXP.