A singer’s talent is complete when they can bring a crowded dive bar to a collective hush and also get one of the biggest audiences on the planet to a collective standing ovation. Stephanie Anne Johnson is that special singer. The front person for the Tacoma-based band, The Hidogs, can don a cowboy hat and sing over a slide as old timers weep. And they have wowed judges on the immensely popular NBC TV series, The Voice, showcasing their gifts.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Johnson is so affecting. Their mantra, after all, is “Find your joy and go there.” Their prowess exudes whether they are singing the Black national anthem – “Lift Every Voice And Sing” – to a packed auditorium or whether they’re cooing acoustic lullabies to Saturday night tavern regulars. Their music, which is rooted in all that’s American, expresses the pain of the past, the roots of the down home and the hope that hard work will lead to proper reward.
The Hidogs, which is comprised of touching pedal steel player Dan Tyack, swinging drummer Ivan Gunderson, pocket-perfect bassist Jesse Turcotte and the prolific Johnson, is a nimble quartet equal parts capable of shaking the shingles off a rooftop as making any stage feel like a Sunday service. The group’s latest LP, Take This Love, is a blend of Loretta Lynn and Valerie June. It’s a stunning catalogue of surprise and satisfaction.”
Stephanie Anne Johnson has opened for acts that include Mavis Staples, Bernie Sanders, Portugal. The Man, Cedric Burnside, and Black Joe Lewis.
“Two young American Country songwriters sit down together to share
songs and stories in an intimate setting.”
Over the years, Clark has proved himself as a staple of the Seattle
music scene, frequenting the area’s renowned country dance bars and
Americana venues and lighting up its largest festivals with a range of
projects. A regular guest vocalist at tribute nights and charity
events, he’s shared the stage with contemporary greats and
up-and-comers such as Charlie Crockett, Pokey LaFarge, Eilen Jewell,
Cactus Blossoms, Jeremy Pinnell, Whitney Rose, Easy Leaves, and Jaime
Wyatt. He’s a regular touring member of the outlaw party-country band
Country Lips, contributing on accordion, vocals, and mandolin. For a
decade now, Clark has also made music – an unmatchable mix of early
jazz, jug-band, country, blues, old-time, Cajun, klezmer and originals
– with his “musical sibling,” the Virginia-raised fiddle virtuoso and
singer/songwriter Annie Ford. The dynamic duo’s sweet harmonies have
won hearts in humble living rooms, on street corners, on the grand
stages of old vaudeville theaters, and far beyond.