Acoustic country/folk quartet Rodeo Lagoon features luscious vocal harmonies backed by guitar, mandolin, dobro and stand-up bass on original, traditional and not-so-traditional tunes. It’s an eclectic mix of musicÑold country, new folk, a bit of bluegrass, a touch of swing, and some numbers that defy categorization.
But no matter what you call it, Rodeo Lagoon’s bittersweet sound and irreverent attitude will keep your stomach doing flip-flops, keeping you coming back for more.
Alicia Healey and Liz Savage began performing together in 1994, singing originals and songs of contemporary country writers. They recorded the CD, “Quiet Here” in 1995. Kathy Humphreycame on board in 1998, bringing her bass and a more traditional country and bluegrass background to Liz’s rock-blues roots and Alicia’s contemporary country styles. The trio performed at venues around the Northwest and recorded the CD, Dusty Saturdays, in 2001.
Icing on the cake was added in 2003, when renowned blue guitar player Laurie Miller joined to add a delicious dobro twang.
The group draws audiences – faithful regulars and delighted new faces – from around the Puget Sound at their featured performances in festivals, concert series, taverns and coffee shops. They’ve also opened for several national acts: Dry Branch Fire Squad, Cheryl Wheeler, Art Garfunkel at ZooTunes, Catie Curtis, David Grier and others.
- Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival
- Northwest Folklife Festival
- Bumbershoot Arts Festival
- Q13 Morning News (local FOX affiliate)
- Port Angeles Folk Festival
- Others we should mention?
Alicia Healey is real live Iowa farm girl. Back on the homestead, her powerful, classically-trained voice won her acclaim in musical theatre, but her Òinner songwriterÓ was hankering to get out. She polished up her folk guitar, came west, and started writing songs that added a contemporary folk flavor to her driving pop and country. Her songwriting is featured on the CD “Quiet Here”.
When Liz Savage belts out heart-wrenching bluegrass and old-time numbers, we tend to forget she spent the first half of her life in New York City. Somewhere in Brooklyn, she developed a rich, warm, blues-tinged folk and country style. Her distinctive lead guitar, arranging, and vocal harmonies have made her a valued studio player on albums by various Seattle artists.
Kathy Humphrey grew up in Idaho as an obsessed classical pianist, who toyed with traditional country music on her guitar and sang in vocal jazz groups. In college, she played percussion in a symphony orchestra in the U.S and Europe. Now the ÒdoghouseÓ bass lets her sing her heart out while playing a lot less notes than band members have to…
Before Rodeo Lagoon enticed Laurie Miller to join them with her dobro, she rocked the house as lead guitar player for national blues band Swamp Mama Johnson. Her tasty, fearless and versatile lead and backup dobro have added just the tangy finishing touch the group was after. When she’s not playing gigs, she’s reading the mountains of email this band generates.