The Western Regional Climate Center reports Seattle receives an average 822 hours of rain per year spread out across 155 days. That makes for a soggy half-year, but it also makes for fertile ground.
The cold, wet winds of the Puget Sound infuse Ayron Jones and The Way with a hard-bitten sound that's as no-nonsense as the area's weather—literally. On "Boys From the Puget Sound," the title track from the band's May 2015 album, Jones wails on the guitar while making direct references to Seattle's notorious meteorology: "blue and green, are all I see/ rainy clouds invade my dreams."
AJ and The Way is well known for being hard to pin to a genre, with influences like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Nirvana mingling with another Seattleite famous for his mastery of the electric guitar: Jimi Hendrix. At the end of the day, the trio is a searing rock-blues experience that we desert dwellers get to enjoy again, when the band returns to the Reef on Saturday, March 5 following appearances at the 2015 Treefort Music Fest and at the Reef last September.