The Seattle-based Webley leads his band through largely up-tempo numbers full of accordion, of course, and laden with a gypsy influence that runs through much of Webley's music. At times the tunes touch on the sort of gypsy fervor made famous by bands like Gogol Bordello, but other tracks like "Almost Time to Go" show Webley's indie-folk tinged songwriting talents. And the full extent of his band is showcased on more rocking cuts like "Ways to Love" that bring to mind the soaring storytelling stylings of bands like The Decemberists or maybe the Mountain Goats. And the accordion isn't a novelty in Webley's act - he knows exactly how to fit it into his songs and also knows when it's time to shift to guitar.
But perhaps that's not all that surprising. I heard they like a good accordion in Russia.
Jason Webley Trio
7pm, Wednesday, February 25. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Father Luke's Room. 700 NW Bond St.