Westerly has Sequim connection

Sequim seems to spawn musical talent.

Another local musical act on the rise, Westerly, an alternative rock and country band, features Kory Nagler, a 2002 Sequim High School graduate, on guitar, keys and vocals.

Westerly released its second album, "This Lonesome Town," on March 31 via Web site, and on iTunes, Rhapsody and

The band was scheduled to play at

The Bushwhacker Restaurant in Port Angeles as part of a CD release tour.

They have been getting buzz in the Midwest for about a year and radio play in Texas. Now they are booking a tour in that area to promote the CD.

"This Lonesome Town" was recorded on 2-inch tape, the method used prior to digital recording, because band members wanted to go for a rustic sound using vintage equipment. It was a year-long recording process.

"I'm so happy with it," Nagler said.

"It sounds a lot like the bands that influenced it."

The band draws inspiration from 1960s and 1970s musicians including Bob Dylan, the Band, Tom Petty, the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield while connecting with modern alternative-country acts such as Ryan Adams, Wilco, the Drive-by Truckers and the Jayhawks.

Their 13-track album has all original material except for a cover of The Rolling Stone's "Wild Horses."

Westerly mixes genres because the band members believe country music is a compilation of different sounds.

Nagler, who wrote and sings the title track "This Lonesome Town," was born and raised in Sequim. He graduated from Sequim High School and Peninsula College before moving to Chicago.

Nagler recalls his first musical performance was as a middle-schooler in the Sequim High School talent show. He sneaked into the competition and played "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. Nagler didn't place, but he did receive a lot of positive comments, he said.

In Chicago, Nagler started a rock band called The Argus. He later attended the University of Washington and began playing with Westerly.

Band members are Joshua Schramm, vocals; Bob Hyde, bass; Andrew Squire, drums; and Nagler.

Westerly has performed with Brandi Carlile, Jackie Greene, Pat Monahan (Train), the Damnwells, Sister Hazel, and Christy McWilson in and around Seattle.

"We're putting our all into it," Nagler said about Westerly's musical efforts.

Nagler will begin recording a solo album in the coming months.

Check Westerly's Web site and MySpace for updates.

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