Words & Photos by Stephanie Williams

Seattle-based supergroup Walking Papers celebrated the release of their second album, WP2, to an intimate sold-out crowd at the infamous Crocodile in Seattle, Washington. Walking Papers, formed in July 2012, features Jefferson Angell (vocals/guitar), Benjamin Anderson (keys/vocals), Duff McKagan (bass guitar), and Barrett Martin (drums). Pulling out all the stops, Walking Papers added some special guests to the album release show – Nate Daley (guitar), Evan Flory Barnes (upright bass), Dave Carter (Trumpet), and Hans Teuber (Saxophone).

Opening act Vaudeville Etiquette set the mood for the night with their soulful blues infused country/rock that didn’t miss a beat, while creating a positive energy with The Crocodile crowd.

Jeff Angell lead Walking Papers through their headlining set, playing the crowd with his charm and wit. With each song, he took the crowd through an emotional story of the ups and downs of life, presented through WP2. Cracking jokes with the crowd, he explained that you shouldn’t tell him your story if you don’t want a potentially embarrassing song to be written about it.

From walking the crowd, to mic stand and mic tricks, Angell kept the fans entertained and visually engaged as a front man throughout the show. Benjamin complimented Jeff’s charm on vocals, Barrett loaned his expertise on percussion, while Nate came in for the surprise attack on guitar. Notably missing from the live performance was Duff.

Due to fan demand, Walking Papers have added two more shows to celebrate the release of WP2: Saturday, February 2 at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA as well as March 30 at Jazzbones in Tacoma, WA.

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