Indie Ogden Music Spotlight: Blackwood Hymnal

One of the things i love about Ogden is meeting amazing people and then finding out they are your neighbor; this has happened to me quite a few times and one of these fantastic neighbors in Katrina Whitney of blackwood hymnal. I had watched as the new cool couple moved in across the street but was too shy to say hi but thanks to the wonderful world of the internet and indie Ogden I finally got a chance to meet them.  My neighbors are probably the coolest in O-town (we have reporters, officers, artists, musicians, teachers and cyclists ) and Blackwood hymnal is no exception. Not only are they in a really great band but Katrina is also a fantastic artist, floral designer and photographer. 



Band members and their instruments

Katrina Whitney:vocals, lyrics & percussion
Michael Aryn:Guitar and electronic loops(also plays a myriad of instruments such as banjo,a 1920’s tenor guitar and keys on recordings)

what brought you to Ogden?

we moved to Ogden for family and affordability. We bought a lovely 1920’s home where we have much more space to create then we did in Seattle for a fraction of the cost.

How do you like it so far?

It’s taken awhile to get used to such a dramatic change in environment,but we’re getting our bearings. We love having more sun in our life!

What is your band name and how did you decide on it?

Our band name Blackwood Hymnal came partly from a gospel band called the Blackwood Brothers who backed up Elvis on occasion and we are also very interested in pre-bluegrass mountain music which often has spiritual themes running through it.The Word Blackwood has imagery of dark and warmth which we think matches the way our music sounds.

how would you describe your band?

Our sound is a cocktail of old timey Appalachian mountain music,folk music,singer-songwrier,edgy ,driving indie,electronic beats,tribal beats, eastern european drones,atmospheric spacious, and big sky western music.

what inspires you?

inspiration comes from great stories,either from movies or books,people we have met, our own lives, or made up tales. Generally speaking,inspiration comes from being connected to life and listening to the muse,which is a pretty spiritual thing.

What are some memorable musical moments? memorable shows? fans?

memorable music moments.- writing our first song together (akin to having your first child together),which became our most ever played song so far on Seattle’s KEXP radio station. Playing shows with some our favorite artists: Low, Wovenhand and Rocky Votalato. Also,touring throughout europe is a thrilling life experience we hope to duplicate again soon.

Favorite place you have ever played?

Fav gigs-Doug Fir Lounge in Portland Or., Triple Door in Seattle ,The Velvet Theater in Osnabruck,Germany-all great venues

besides amazing music, what do you guys do?

what else do we do? Visual art, photography, floral design,interior design, antiques, spending time with our awesome 8-year-old son, Elijah.

What are some things you love about Ogden?

Ogden:We love the river, biking,mountains and the historic architecture.

Three things our readers should know about you?

3 things to know-We are very approachable-feel free to come up for a chat if your ever at one of our shows.We strive to be true to ourselves and for timelessness when we write our music so don’t expect to enjoy the current trends if you catch a show or buy our records.We have two records out with our heavier band called Palodine which is also the two of us.

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Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.