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September 1, 2008 12:54 PM

Diamond in the rough

Posted by Jeff Albertson

Wandering in to the NW Court I was greeted by a charming and personable introduction from the stage: "Hi, we're Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden," said Kate Tucker. Immediately someone from the audience replied: "And you ROCK!"

I couldn't argue. Tucker and her four-piece band were in the middle of winning over an early Bumbershoot crowd. Blending sensitive alt-country ballads with harder country-rock tinged tunes made for the perfect early afternoon welcome. Under concrete-gray skies, Tucker, who could be mistaken for a hipper, younger Neko Case, had the kind of charm and charisma onstage that seasoned performers dream of. On top of that she's got a powerful voice that's as bittersweet as it is silky smooth.

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It was refreshing to see such a young band perform with such confidence. The four-piece from Ballard has been getting a lot of love from critics and fans alike. I'm sure we'll be seeing and hearing more of this band in the future.

Enjoy: Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden

(Photo by Jeff Albertson)

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