Staff pick: Waxahatchee at Skully's

Katie Crutchfield returns to town one year after the release of perhaps her best album yet, "Saint Cloud"

Joel Oliphint
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Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee performs in 2018 at Stubb's.

For me, it's hard to beat Waxahatchee's 2013 album, Cerulean Salt, a go-to LP when I'm looking for a record to spin around the house. (I'm a sucker for the bright-blue wax, too). But there's no denying Katie Crutchfield's 2020 masterpiece, Saint Cloud, which found her successfully melding her homespun indie-rock with folk and Americana influences in a way that felt utterly natural, like she was always meant to be writing those songs. 

In March, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Saint Cloud, Waxahatchee added three bonus tracks to the album: “Fruits of My Labor” by Lucinda Williams, “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by Dolly Parton and “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen, all of which seem like perfect additions to the full-length. 

Crutchfield and Co. are back on the road now, with a stop at Skully's Music-Diner on Saturday, Sept. 4, with opening act Katy Kirby (the show is sold out). Below, check out the video for "Fire," my favorite track from Saint Cloud.