Sallie Ford has an amazing voice, instantly recognizable and yet channeling Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson with the attitude of Patti Smith. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside have a unique sound and I love it, mixing Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk and Swing into a modern incarnation, it sounds old but is completely new and delicious.
Originally from Ashville, North Caroline she moved to Portland Oregon in 2006 where she found her voice and her bandmate’s drummer Ford Tennis and upright bassist Tyler Tornfelt, “I was blown away the first time I heard Sallie sing,” admits guitarist Jeffrey Munger, who initially crossed paths with her while busking during the monthly Last Thursday art walk on Portland’s Alberta Street.“People in the music community have been really kind, introducing themselves and offering to help out where they can,” says Sallie. The Avett Brothers’ Seth Avett was so taken after seeing Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, he tapped them to open a pair of sold-out shows at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom in summer 2009, and invited them to be their support act in California and Colorado. New Year’s Eve found Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside performing at the 7,700-seat Asheville Civic Center with the Avetts and Langhorn Slim.
Throughout 2010, the band recorded and refined Dirty Radio with engineer Adam Selzer (Norfolk & Western), with a few additional tracks overseen by Mike Coykendall (M. Ward, She & Him, Blitzen Trapper). “I knew we would come up with something special, just because of the sound on the records that I really liked that those guys had done, music that had a warm tone to it,” says Sallie. They recorded to tape, and though the performances aimed to capture the feel of the foursome’s live shows—“it would’ve felt weird to record the songs any other way“Listen to 'Dirty Radio'