Spiritual-but-not-religious songs from young Seattle veterans
Still in their 20s, Noah and Abby Gundersen are already veterans. Born in the tiny town of Centralia, Washington—about midway between Portland and Seattle—Noah Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both as a duo with his sister Abby, an expert string player, and with their band The Courage. Their music now represents the latest stop in a journey that began in a strictly conservative, religious home growing up, where Noah and Abby were strictly forbidden to listen to secular music. Instead they grew up listening to Bob Dylan’s gospel albums, along with Christian artists such as Keith Green, Larry Norman, and Rich Mullins. "I’m not a religious person anymore, but I’ve learned that spiritual energy transcends religion and that’s something I’ve attempted to incorporate into my music," Noah explains. Their music joins the sensual and the sexual with the spiritual, often using religious and biblical imagery, much like Leonard Cohen, to plumb the depths of everyday emotions and feelings. To open, Chris Porterfield from Field Report will play a solo show. To open, Chris Porterfield from Field Report will play a solo show.