White Knuckle Ridge fuse divergent styles into outlaw country

September 10, 2013

It was an interesting turn of events that brought the group White Knuckle Ridge together.

About four months ago, Chris Hilkey had a gig to play in Snohomish, and he tried to get in contact with Luke Breider, a fellow musician and childhood friend. Earlier that day, Breider and co-worker and band mate Matt Forbes had a disagreement with a former band member, and left that group.

“I’ve known Luke since we were little kids,” Hilkey, guitarist and vocalist for White Knuckle Ridge, said. “We grew up together in North Bend.”

By Rod Gingrich White Knuckle Ridge — Matt Forbes, Luke Breider and Chris Hilkey (from left) — performed at the Hobart Flea Market Aug. 4 atop the trailer of a semi.

By Rod Gingrich
White Knuckle Ridge — Matt Forbes, Luke Breider and Chris Hilkey (from left) — performed at the Hobart Flea Market Aug. 4 atop the trailer of a semi.

“We all three got in that room on that Saturday, and it basically instantaneously sparked,” Breider, who plays drums and other percussion, said.

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