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Carl Wirkkala

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Carl Wirkkala brings to life tales of ghost towns, trains, and lonesome drifters through his music. A fifth generation logger, the singer-songwriter also has penned several tunes drawn from his many years of working in the woods.


The core of Wirkkala’s music is based around the art of songwriting. With a musical style driven by guitars, bass, drums and steel guitars, the music hearkens back to the country stylings of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver and Townes van Zandt. Carl does play covers of the songwriters he admires, but brings to life his own songs with a raw and driving sound. His lyrics utilize both a poetic and descriptive technique that avoids the normal country cliches. 

In 2010, Carl recorded his album “1974” in Nashville with members of Waylon Jennings’ band, produced by Richie Albright, Waylon’s long-time drummer. Carl’s music appeals to fans of true, classic country & folk. It offers an authentic option in a world of canned music. He has recorded eight studio albums and has plans to release another this year.

Of Finnish heritage, Carl and his band regularly perform at the Finnish-American Folk Festival in Naselle, Washington. This year they will take the stage there on Saturday, July 28th.