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Willie Stratton 

Looking to the past

We can thank the ghosts of music past for Willie Stratton’s sound---folk grandfathers like Woody Guthrie for his lyrical storytelling, and military drummers for spirited, steady beats. But Stratton keeps a fine balance between the old and the new. “Just growing up and figuring out who I am is a big inspiration,” says Stratton, who’s been writing music since he was 12. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter eased his way into the scene via open-mic performances, after finding musicians (including his sister Grace, Kristen Wells and Magnus von Tiesenhausen) to help fill out his songs. Now he’s spending his days at the Echo Chamber, experimenting with vintage microphones and tacked piano keys to accentuate the old-timey tinge on his driving melodies. With hopes of having his album ready by late summer, his future’s looking mighty bright---with a hint of sepia.

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