Music to his ears

Craig Terrill’s day job is on hold because of the NFL work stoppage, but the Seahawks’ defensive tackle will be showcasing his talents as a singer, songwriter and guitarist in a concert at the Kirkland Performance Center on Saturday night.

Terrill has released one CD – “CT” – and another is in the works.

Saturday night, the opening act is Canadian singer-songwriter Kara Grainger. When the KPC lineup was announced several months ago, Terrill was asked if he knew her. He did not. He then was asked if he had heard her. He had not.

Told that she sounded pretty good in the video that was included with the preview of their show, he offered, “Oh no, they’ve broken the first rule of concert promotion.”

And that would be? “Never hire an opening act that’s better than the headliner,” he added with a grin.

You can sample the two performers who will share the stage starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Here’s Kara. Here’s Craig.

Sound inviting? You can purchase tickets here.

Terrill’s previous musical adventures have included singing the National Anthem prior to the Seahawks’ wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 and a show-stopping performance at the team party in Detroit after the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. He also has played the House of Blues in Chicago and Orlando, as well as several venues in Seattle.

“I’ve seen him play a couple of times,” middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu told after witnessing Terrill do his other thing. “It’s uncharacteristic to see him on stage – singing. You’ve got to have a lot of guts to get up on stage. They don’t like your music; they’re going to boo you.

“Every time I’ve seen him, he gets applause and standing ovations. Obviously, he’s doing something right.”

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