Seattle Growth Podcast Season 4: The past, present and future of Seattle music

While the stunning rise of Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, Nordstrom, PACCAR and a constellation of tech startups is the ultimate engine of Seattle’s unprecedented economic boom, its legendary music scene deserves some credit for putting the city on the map in the first place.

Seattle’s long line of great artists runs from the folk singing of Ivar Haglund and Woody Guthrie in the 1930s, to the swinging grooves of Quincy Jones, Ray Charles and Ernestine Anderson during the Jackson Street jazz heyday of the 1940s, to the pioneering classic rock of Jimi Hendrix and Heart in the 1970s, to the unfiltered grunge of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains that grabbed the world by the ear in the 1990s.

Which brings us to Seattle music today, a vibrant smorgasbord of indie pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, classical, electronica, experimental—you name it.

In season 4 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, host Jeff Shulman taps into this diverse community of established and emerging artists, music lovers and industry leaders who provide some uniquely perceptive and expressive thoughts on their city’s ongoing transformation.

How is technology paralleling and intersecting the music scene? How do Seattle’s most lyrically adept residents express their feelings of excitement and anxiety, optimism and concern about a Seattle of tomorrow that looks very different from the Seattle of yesterday?

“For music lovers, this season of the Seattle Growth Podcast will highlight the growing legacy of Seattle music artists and offer insight into how that legacy will be carried forward in the future,” Shulman says. “You are going to get to know the musicians who call Seattle home and hear the variety of sounds coming from the Emerald City.”

The season 4 preview features an in-depth interview with Dave B, an emerging hip-hop artist who collaborated with Macklemore on his song “Corner Store,” performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and in a sold-out Key Arena—and is headlining the Neptune Theater on January 27. Dave B describes his Seattle journey from performing in a choir to breaking out on the national stage. He also shares his feelings about the transformation of Seattle amid the continuing flood of newcomers.

The preview episode also includes clips from the talented voices of Lydia Ramsey, Prom Queen and Kate Voss—a taste of what’s to come in episodes to come.

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Shulman, an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.