Now here's something that should make Missoula's music obsessives very excited: John Wicks, drummer for Fitz and the Tantrums, and Jeff Ament, bassist for Pearl Jam, are collaborating on an upcoming album. Both artists are based in Missoula and are involved in the community in different ways - Wicks is the co-owner of the popular coffee shop Drum Coffee, while Ament is known for his work with the Montana Pool Service, who are working to build skateparks throughout the state.

John Wicks did an interview with the Missoulian ahead of the upcoming Fitz and the Tantrums concert at Kettlehouse Amphitheater where he discusses topics that ranged from the band's latest album, his love of jazz, his work with Drum Coffee, and his work with Jeff Ament. They're calling themselves Deaf Charlie, and they released their first music video a few months back.

The album also has local Missoula musicians playing on many of the tracks, though it may be a while before we hear more from it. Ament just released his own solo album, and since they're working without a deadline, they're taking their time to make it the way that they want it.

It's pretty awesome to see these two working together on something and getting other musicians from Missoula involved. Think you'll be checking out the full album from Deaf Charlie when it finally comes out?

And if you need something to tide you over, tickets are still available for the Fitz and the Tantrums Show at Kettlehouse - you can get tickets right here.

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