“Always provide[s] a thoughtful reading…songs always heartfelt and well-constructed.” –Seattle Weekly
“A jewel of the Emerald City’s musical crown” –Wildy’s World
“Folk meets rockabilly meets lonesome cowboy waltzes” –Performing Songwriter Magazine
“Where’s Wes Weddell?” asked the Seattle Times in 2001, after Wes set off on a grant-funded adventure turning regional stories into songs. These days that answer is likely “in or around Seattle,” but a better question might be “What’s he doing today?” Performing, writing, recording, teaching, sitting-in, presenting—all have become regular parts of the Seattle singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s repertoire.
Since My Northwest Home introduced him to the scene in 2001, many more stages, albums, collaborations, and honors have followed. Touring increased, airplay accrued. A 13-year association with beloved folksinging duo Reilly & Maloney began. Life happened, and the touring slowed (Seattle’s not exactly centrally-located). Wes’ Northwest roots sank deeper and spread.
In 2010 Wes began working with The Bushwick Book Club – Seattle, a collective of songwriters and artists who write and perform original works inspired by a different literary selection each month. Songs from this catalogue comprise the selections on 2015’s Nobody’s Flag, a full-band effort firmly in the rootsy-Americana vein.
A native of Pullman, WA, Wes is also an avid baseball fan and mountain huckleberry picker.
- Inaugural Mary Gates Venture Fellow at University of Washington, 2001
- Winner, 2006 Tumbleweed Music Festival Songwriting Contest: “Carry On”
- Songs to Get You From Here to There Top-12 DIY pick from Performing Songwriter Magazine, June 2007
- Jack Straw Artist Support Grant, 2013
- Willapa Bay Artist in Residence, 2014
- President/Founder, Puget’s Sound Productions
- Board of Directors, Bushwick Northwest (Quiz Master, too!)
- Board of Directors, FAR-West
- Singer/Songwriter Community Coordinator, Northwest Folklife Festival
“Wes Weddell writes intelligent, thoughtful songs that feature a strong narrative element and there will always be room for his ilk in the Americana world.” –AmericanaUK
“Let there be no doubt: Wes Weddell is a major Northwest artist, a major talent in American music, and he’s here for the long haul.” –Victory Music Review