Get to Know a Colorado Band: Facing West

Story by Alli Andress for AXS - March 16, 2015

Kicking off the first day of the Colorado Music Party taking place at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Evergreen, Colorado-based folk/country duo Facing West is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, March 17 at The 512 on 6th at 9:15 p.m. on the upstairs stage. Earlier this month on Tuesday, March 3, sisters Caitlin and Sidney Powell, both teenagers, released the first single, “Anchor,” from Facing West’s upcoming album Long Way Home. The siblings spoke with AXS about Facing West and the Colorado music scene in this exclusive interview.

AXS: Are you Colorado natives? If not, where is everyone originally from?
Facing West: We were both born in Florida where my parents met and grew up. Over the years we moved around with my dad’s work in healthcare but we always would visit Colorado during the ski season. At some point my parents decided that we should move to the mountains of Colorado so in 2012 we hit the road with the destination of Colorado in our sights.

AXS: What brought Facing West together?
Facing West: After our move here in 2012 we were taking lessons via Skype with our guitar instructor Don Russo from back east. He would encourage us to get out and play live at open mics and meet other musicians. So we found that the Muddy Buck in downtown Evergreen hosted a Thursday night open mic and the former D-Note in downtown Arvada every Monday night. So for almost a year we would perform individually our favorite cover songs until our mom asked for a duo song for Christmas of 2012. That single song “Street Corner Preacher” by Amos Lee led to many more covers together and the formation of our first band (2 Girls with Guitars).
After various festivals and concerts as 2 Girls with Guitars we started performing some of our original material. During a chance performance at Casselman’s we met Jon Bonus, a musical producer/engineer that helped us release our first CD Skyline under the new band name Facing West in 2014.

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