Combining genres and delving into different musical territory, Kory Nagler feels a refreshing freedom with his newest project.
Nagler, a member of the alternative rock/country band, Westerly, recently released his first solo album, "All the Good Boys."
"This is as important as Westerly or anything else I’m doing," he said.
The 15 tracks on the album delve into Nagler’s psyche with reflections on his hometown experiences in Sequim and two-year stint in Chicago.
"All the songs have a definite meaning to me. They are an outlet," Nagler said.
Recording solo isn’t a new thing for him, however.
His parents bought Nagler his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, at age 9 after he took lessons.
And harmonica, too
A few years passed, and he branched out to drums, bass guitar, harmonica and piano.
He began recording on a four-track tape recorder, making his own demos for fun.
"All the Good Boys" was made predominately by Nagler alone with some help on drums, pedal steel and trumpet.
"I’ve enjoyed the process of
being in my own band," he said.
"I was able to have total control over the product."
Westerly wasn’t totally absent from the solo albums process as band mate Josh Schramm helped with the album’s artwork.
"I don’t feel a hindrance with Westerly. It’s a democracy with them, I present more straight-forward, ‘safer’ songs," Nagler said.
"This album was selfish in all
the right ways."
He affirmed that Westerly remains busy and he and the band are continuing with touring and recording plans.
For his CD release show in Port Angeles (see box) his Westerly band mates will play as his backup band.
‘All the Good Boys’
Nagler describes his album as "roots-rock, with hints of soul and country twang every now and then."
The title track’s meaning is a "large metaphor," he said.
Coming from an education in comparative religion, Nagler came across several paradoxes in different belief systems that were hard to reconcile.
"It’s my attempt at a secular gospel song, one that stuck with me," Nagler said.
"No matter how good you are, evil will find you with sadness.
"It’s all a proclamation of my time in school and where I stood and how I felt about the world," he said,
Nagler said the song "Radio" is the most popular with friends and relatives at parties.
"I don’t want to call it a goofy song, but it’s fun."
"Our Day Will Come" is the oldest song that he has written and recorded and his personal favorite.
Other songs like "Easier," "Come to the City" and "Seventeen" deal with expressing one’s self, superficiality and holding onto a precious time of life.
Sequim plays an important role in the album’s themes and images as well.
The Clallam Co-op grain elevator is featured on the inside CD sleeve.
"It’s a beautiful landmark," he said.
"Sequim aside, it’s symbolic of small towns anywhere – small towns, U.S.A."
Nagler plans to marry Rachel Sheffler, of Port Angeles, on Sept. 20. The couple is pictured at right.
The two work at Oak Table Café Kingston. There his sister opened a restaurant with the same name and menu as their parents’ Billy and Mary’s café in Sequim.
In his spare time he enjoys cooking and playing soccer.
"Most of my spare time is devoted to music," he said.
Those looking for more on Nagler can go online to www.korynagler.com or www.westerlymusic.com.
He also can be found on peer-to-peer sharing sites such as Facebook and Myspace.
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Kory Nagler, just released
his first solo album. He used the Clallam Co-op grain elevator in the album’s art because it symbolizes small towns in America.