Seattle’s Western Centuries keep the fire alight for real honest to goodness honky tonk country music. Dale Watson would be likely to say “that’s a real country song”. But the band’s members—Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton, Jim Miller—come from vastly different musical backgrounds and all bring something unique to the table. Morrison comes from the Americana scene with a youth spent playing in New Mexico conjunto bands, while Lawton is a Seattle native who was devoted to punk and hip-hop before he fell head-over-heels in love with bluegrass. Meanwhile Miller was a heavy in the jamband world, founding the highly popular Donna the Buffalo. And they all meet to make first class authentic country music.
Western Centuries’ new album Weight of the World is releasing June 3rd and we’ve got the band’s new single, “Hallucinations”, to share with you today. Morrison says, “‘Hallucinations’ is my attempt at the vague love song. I liked the idea of the listener not quite being sure about which way is up, who is to blame, who loves who, who left who, etc. Which is really what it is like, being in love, and navigating the ins and outs of it all.”