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6 legendary stories in Washington State music history

We're getting in tune with the talented musicians that made the PNW rock!

We are celebrating some of the great music and musicians of the Northwest. Check them out below!

The Sonics - Legendary Tacoma Band

They were punk before punk. The Sonics are the deserved subject of an award-winning rock 'n' roll documentary called Boom: A film about The Sonics. It is a film about teenage friends who played garage rock together until it stopped being fun. Unbeknownst to band members, the legend of The Sonics grew with every passing decade. 

FULL STORY: Legendary Tacoma band The Sonics are the subject of this rock 'n' roll documentary

The Blues Legend from Lakewood

For more than 40 years Robert Cray has played the blues, winning five Grammys and selling millions of albums. And it all started in the most unlikely of places: Lakewood. Cray has played alongside BB King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. The Robert Cray Band remains a successful draw every where they go.

FULL STORY: Robert Cray is the blues legend who still calls Washington home

Brandy Clark, the Pride of Morton

When Brandy Clark sings about spunky women trying to survive life in a small town, she often draws inspiration from her hometown. It was in Morton at the age of nine that Clark first picked up a guitar. It's now been 20 years since she moved to Nashville. She's made her dreams of becoming a recording star come true.

FULL STORY: Catch up with Brandy Clark, the pride of Morton, Washington

The Heart's Hall of Fame

The rock band Heart started their journey in a Bellevue basement and wound up ruling rock 'n' roll radio. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson are pioneers in music, but they didn't achieve success on their own. Guitarist Roger Fisher and his brother Mike also played a big part in the story. But the brothers dating sisters chemistry was a fragile one. When the Wilson sisters broke up with the Fisher brothers, Heart's classic era ended.

FULL STORY: The Heart's Hall of Fame

Kearney Barton's Records Heritage

There's one room at the University of Washington's Suzzallo Library that's never silent. It's the room where ethnomusicology curator John Vallier plays one of the 7-thousand reel-to-reel tapes that are part of recording engineer Kearney Barton's collection. Near the end of his life, Barton donated his tapes to the University of Washington.

FULL STORY: The loudest room in this Seattle library hides a treasure trove of local music

Chad Channing, Ex Nirvana Drummer

Chad Channing was the drummer of Nirvana - a legendary rock band whose revolutionary sounds defined a generation. This Poulsbo resident has now found his own Nirvana, as a father to four-year-old son, Nolan, and as a musician. His current band, Before Cars, features the sometimes drummer as a lead singer-songwriter.

FULL STORY: Former Nirvana drummer follows the beat of his own drum

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