Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside: “Danger”
Borrowing from your parents’ record collection is a rite of passage for any passionate music lover, but Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside sound like they were more interested in music from a couple of generations ago. On the Portland quartet’s debut album, Dirty Radio, the young band finds an intersection point between old-time jazz, country, and rockabilly.
Sallie Ford first moved to Portland from North Carolina a few years ago, taking with her a love of folk music. She started her career humbly enough–playing small cafe shows while working as a waitress. But her band, The Sound Outside, soon formed after a number of chance meetings, coalescing into a tight group after years of gigging around Oregon.
The band needs to be tight to keep the music on the rails. It’s an exciting mixture of old styles, modernized with a nervous indie-rock urgency. Sallie Ford’s voice jumps right out of the speakers with a fiery caterwaul, and it’s safe to say she has one of the most unique voices around.
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside has developed a must-see-live reputation after a string of well-received shows at the most recent SXSW. And tonight you have a number of opportunities to catch them here in Austin, where they’ll be playing an in-store at Waterloo Records at 5 P.M. and opening for Jolie Holland at Lambert’s later on. In the meantime, check out a cut from the band’s debut. Here’s “Danger,” by Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside.