Rita Hosking in Concert with
Thursday, November 7, 7:00pm
Alberta Street Pub
1036 N.E. Alberta St., Portland, Oregon 97211
Tickets $12 advance ritahoskingpdx.brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door
“In scorching form” (UK Telegraph), Northern California’s own Rita Hosking ritahosking.com sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope. From major U.S. festivals to Bob Harris’s BBC show, Rita is moving audiences around the globe with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice, “a captivating performer,” (R2 Magazine.) Rita brings her show to Alberta Street Pub, Thursday November 7, with local mandolin-guitarist, singer-songwriter Lincoln Crockett opening and accompanying Rita on her set.
Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the 2008 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the 2009 Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and more. “This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family’s frontier experience,” (Dan Ruby, FestivalPreview.com) and Rita’s fans call her “the real deal.” A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice.
More press: “Her breed of Nor Cal country folk ain’t quite old-timey, and it ain’t quite bluegrass, but damn it’s sweet. For fans of Emmylou and Gillian, this one’s a safe bet. The songs of Rita Hosking are as fragile as a newborn baby, and defiant as a West Virginia coal miner.” –Stuart Mason, Fiddlefreak Folk Review
“Heartfelt country soul set by someone who has quietly become one of the best…Hosking is a real talent, and sits up alongside Nanci Griffith as someone who understands the human heart and can touch it every single time.” –Jeremy Searle, Maverick Magazine
“She’s been called the best kept secret in country folk and Rita’s razor-sharp songs and great live performances bear out the claim.” –The Daily Mirror, April 5 2013
Opening for and accompanying Rita will be Lincoln Crockett lincolncrockett.com, local mandolin master and word wizard, once ubiquitous on the Portland pub scene, but currently a scarce sighting having settled into a less frenetic domestic lifestyle in Trout Lake, Washington.
“Lincoln Crockett has a voice like wind in the hills. There’s honesty, vulnerability, and an edge of loss in these modern bluegrass-tinged tunes. Excellent mandolin and guitar playing only highlight the spiritual edge of his singing.” Dan Linn, Rosedrop Media Circus
This show is produced by Matt Miner Presents, in cooperation with the Americana Agency, Durham, N.C.
An Evening with Slaid Cleaves
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00pm
Secret Society, 1036 N.E. Alberta St., Portland, Oregon 97211
Tickets $18 advance from ticketfly.com or $22 at the door
Sponsored by Paperjam Press
From the Austin Chronicle: Close up the honky-tonks. Shut down the open mics. Austin’s Slaid Cleaves slaidcleaves.com returns to show all who attempt the singer-songwriter thing how it’s done. Not only is Still Fighting the War his most political work ever, in many ways he echoes the socio-political commentary of James McMurtry and Bruce Springsteen. What differentiates our man Cleaves from other writers remains his ability to get his messages over in distinctly understated ways. There’s songwriting genius in “Gone,” the tale of a couple’s love from youth to senility in just about three minutes. In fact, it’s the unpretentious nature of a composition such as “Gone” that may well keep him from a larger audience, while at the same time demanding exactly that – mass consumption. That and songs delving deep into struggle and pain without flinching. As marked by the album moniker, the title track fearlessly deals with an Iraq War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s heady stuff, but there are lighthearted moments as well, notably a duet with Terri Hendrix on “Texas Love Song,” which travels from “the Mucky Duck to the Broken Spoke” with “Robert Earl and Billy Joe.” A couple of the composer’s beloved mentors, Don Walser and Woody Guthrie, are paid affectionate tribute with the countrified “God’s Own Yodeler” and woeful folk rock of “Rust Belt Fields,” respectively. More than 20 years into his career, Slaid Cleaves just keeps getting better; more refined and confident. There are few contemporaries that compare. He’s become a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine.
Maine native Slaid Cleaves takes the stage at Portland’s Secret Society, Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm. This show is produced by Matt Miner Presents.
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