By Graham King
February 24, 2019
A rush of excitement filled the previously drowsy Wise Hall as Waxahatchee – the indie/country solo project of P.S. Eliot’s Katie Crutchfield. Crutchfield, dressed in a green jumpsuit and armed with only her acoustic guitar, said a brief hello before launching into opener “Noccalula” off of her 2012 debut album American Weekend.
The song is longing, speaking to someone who used to be close to her but has since drifted away. But as she sang the last line, “And we will never speak again,” a cheer erupted from the crowd, who acted as if it was the happiest moment they had experienced all day.
For many of them, it probably was. Waxahatchee has a devoted fanbase, and the intimate setting was the perfect place for the middle-aged skewing crowd to feel a real connection to her as she ripped through the rest of her set. After a few songs more songs solo, she brought out her opener, Detroit’s Bonny Doon (who she described as her favorite band), to serve as her backup as she played songs off of her new EP Great Thunder. Bonny Doon’s set felt like they had OD’d on chill pills, but they came alive behind Crutchfield, bringing an energy that left her saying “This is great, it feels like a Saturday in here”.
After a sweet interpolation of Fleetwood Mac, Crutchfield finished the set alone and left to rousing applause. Based on the buzz of the crowd as they filed out, it wouldn’t be surprising to see her rock a much larger venue the next time she is in town.Wise Hall