Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin In Concert

Sunday, January 19, 7:00pm, Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., Portland, Oregon 97211.

Tickets $15 from https://www.albertarosetheatre.com or $20 at the door

Two great songwriters. One great night. Schmidt and Elkin have each released several solo albums on Red House Records. Last year, they teamed up on “Together,” their first collection of duets.

Named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin-based Danny Schmidt has rapidly ascended from underground cult hero to being widely recognized as an artist of generational significance.  With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer whose earthy poetry manages to conjure magic from the mundane.  Sing Out Magazine calls him “Perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”

Armed with just his voice, his words, and his acoustic guitar, Danny’s a timeless troubadour, sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate.  As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: “Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing.”  http://dannyschmidt.com/

With her Red House Records debut release, Call It My Garden, Carrie Elkin has emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year. She’s an artist full of contrast and contradiction. With a voice that’s somehow both gritty and pristine, the Austin Chronicle calls it “an earthy combination of strength and compassion . . . reminiscent of the winsome beauty created by a young Nanci Griffith” while Bob Harris of the BBC throws in comparisons to Patty Griffin and Iris DeMent, and calls her voice “spellbinding from the opening track.” http://carrieelkin.com/

 

This concert is a cooperative effort between the Alberta Rose Theater and Matt Miner Presents.  More information at https://www.albertarosetheatre.com or from mailto:mattminermusic@gmail.com

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Rita Hosking in Concert with

Lincoln Crockett

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.

Still coming:

12/2 Songwriter Circle featuring Paul Chasman, O’Connor’s Vault

1/19/14 Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin, Alberta Rose Theater

1/29/14 Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, Alberta Street Pub

March 2014, TBA Greg Trooper

4/12/14 Claudia Schmidt, Clinton Street Theater

April 2014, TBA John Stowell and Kendra Shank

 

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Six Degrees of Marlin Greene

The old “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game can be even more intriguing when you play it with the names of musicians.  Some of the biggest names can end up in the smallest places, and you can find that the guy playing in the corner bar owns a place in history.  A few weeks ago, Kerry Canfield, my current bandmate in Gary Furlow and the Loafers, and member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame inducted band “Wheatfield,” lent me a couple of CDs by Seattle jazz guitarist Michael Cosgrove.  Perusing the liner notes I noticed the name Marlin Greene, on one album as producer, the other as graphic artist.  A familiar name, but I didn’t know much about him.  Thumbing through my vinyl collection I remembered where I had seen him listed before.  He was a co-producer and engineer on Gary Ogan and Bill Lamb’s “Portland” album back in the seventies.  The song “Portland Rain” from that Elektra release was a regional hit for them.  Then a little googling led me to Marlin’s discography, where I discovered he was responsible for the iconic lead guitar work on Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.”  Check it out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8raabzZNqw&feature=related

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The Boy who cried “Music!”

Every time I write about another performer whose music has caught my attention, it’s a challenge not only to find new descriptive words, but also to find a way to convince you that what you’re reading is not just new hype, it’s genuine enthusiasm.    I can only hope that if you’ve been to one of my shows, you’ve been sufficiently entertained so that if anything I’ve written seemed like hype, you wrote it off as unrestrained exuberance instead.

Well, for March 8, I am exuberant about getting the chance to present one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters, a local guy who I rank up there with legends like Jackson Browne and Paul SimonGary Ogan had his brush with fame, too, in the late ’70s, collaborating with Leon Russell as a writer, producer and musician on Russell’s projects as well as his own.  But Gary’s path has seldom been steered by any formula for commercial success.  He’s driven by the song, and seems to care so much for his songs that one could imagine him learning a new instrument just to perfect an arrangement.

Thursday, March 8 at O’Connor’s Vault, you’ll get to hear that care reflected in a solo show – just Gary, playing some guitar, and some keyboard, and singing his heart out in his unique and powerful voice.

To hear what I’m talking about, go to http://www.garyogan.com/videos/

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