While passing through Centralia recently, I stopped into a local Starbucks for a caffeinated brew to keep me awake the rest of the way to Portland. I was wearing the T-shirt seen here, and my barista, a young man named Jonny Gundersen, mentioned his group, Le Wrens, had opened for the band blazoned on my bosom (and if you don't care to click the aforementioned hyperlink, I'm talking about The Head and The Heart).Turns out Jonny's older brother is Noah Gundersen, an indie singer-songwriter we've been following for some time here at Reverb, and who'll be performing at this year's Doe Bay Fest.
What's more, in a town I recently reported on here (there's your Salma Hayek reference), Le Wrens are headlining a show TONIGHT with Ben Fisher, whose new album was reviewed here, and who our very own Erin K. Thompson thinks is the bees-knees; just read her interview with the young busker here.
It's an itty-bitty, small world after all, and you can never underestimate connections you make on the road. As Jack Kerouac says in his famous book, "What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? It's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies."