Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
When people talk about the music of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, terms such as ‘amazing’, ‘lush’, ‘sophisticated’ and ‘soulful’ get bandied around. The Seattle-based duo tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets and it is clear that this duo was made to sing together.
They are, simply put, two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today. Their music draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive. Cahalen Morrison writes songs that are simple, beautifully crafted, and seemingly formed from raw natural elements. Eli West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens.
This is music built on the joy of the craft, made by hand by two young masters with love for the traditions, but a bold vision for how the old sounds can fit into new soundscapes.
Both musicians play guitar, banjo, mandolin and bouzouki. Cahalen also plays lap slide.