People of the West - westernperspective
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"Even our cities in the West have a slower pace to them. It almost seems like there's more time. For me as a musician, it takes that much more effort to travel, whether to Seattle, Portland, the Bay area or wherever. Because of this distance the bands have distinctive flavors based on their regions. The music, culture, fashion, cuisine--it's localized, or at least regionalized.

"I have a classical background, and I play a lot of jazz. Those are definitely outside influences, but there are a lot of songs I've learned just from being a westerner. The Rocky Mountain honky tonk scene--if anything, they're the ones tying a lot of these local places and musical flavors together."

-Dan Costello, Boise, Idaho (photographed in Stanley, Idaho)

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