Seattle songwriter to make a stop at the Gig Spot

A&E: Ian McFeron to play Jan. 10; his seventh studio album, ‘Time Will Take You’ was released last April

of the GatewayJanuary 1, 2014 

Alisa Milner and Ian McFeron will play the Gig Spot on Jan. 10.

IAN MCFERON/COURTESY PHOTO

Ian McFeron and his fiddle player, Alisa Milner, will play an intimate show at the Gig Spot on Jan. 10.

McFeron released his seventh studio album, “Time Will Take You” in April 2013. He’s been touring in support of the album, and his numerous others, for years.

The concert at the Gig Spot, 6615 38th Ave. NW, will start his 35-stop winter shows. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

The new album is different from his previous work. It’s less introspective and more focused on conversations and relationships, McFeron said.

It’s also well-traveled.

“There’s a lot more road dust on this album,” he said.

McFeron, from Seattle, tours the country throughout the year and plays both acoustic and full-band shows. He said he appreciates coming home between tours to Mountlake Terrace.

“It’s sort of like a landing pad,” McFeron said of Seattle. “It’s a nice, quiet place to come back to write.”

McFeron and Milner have been playing together since 2002. They met as college students — McFeron at University of Washington and Milner at Western Washington University, but their paths had previously crossed. They attended the same high school but never connected.

Their musical pairing has developed during the past 11 years.

“I feel like we’re able to connect on the subtle, unspoken cues,” McFeron said. “We can just kind of flow together.

“It was easy from the get-go, which isn’t always the case playing with people.”

The new album is produced by Grammy winner Doug Lancio. McFeron met Lancio while he opened for widely acclaimed songwriter Patty Griffin.

McFeron met with Lancio in Nashville to record. Lancio spends most of his time touring with John Hiatt.

McFeron respects that Lancio takes on projects in which he believes.

“He only really works on stuff he feels like working on,” McFeron said.

McFeron has spent his life in music, starting out under the stairs as a child. In a two-bedroom house with five children, he found a quiet spot to play music.

“I ended up sitting there for hours and hours a day,” he said.

McFeron entered a composition competition, and his grandmother sat with him to help write the sheet music, he said.

The work paid off: McFeron won the competition. His sister, an English teacher, got him into poetry and, later, lyrics.

McFeron’s first album, “Don’t Look Back,” was released in 2003 and was played on 103.7 FM The Mountain.

The new album focuses on relationships, but not in the typical romantic sense. Instead, it’s about conversations McFeron has had with other people, he said. It encompasses “all the diverse and unique cultures of the country,” he said.

McFeron added he’s excited to play in Gig Harbor. He thinks the Gig Spot is a great addition to the community.

“It’s neat that they’ve got the space out there,” he said. “Maybe we’ll get the band out there soon.”

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at karen.miller@gateline.com. Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_karen.

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