May – June 2013
Whether or not the name and music of Redwood Son has yet hit the big radar, this year’s “Best New Artist” of the Portland Music Awards is on the rise. Boasting a 20 Song double-disc debut album titled “The Lion’s Inside” he brings a dynamic versatility that crosses the borders of their West Coast Americana with hook-laden Roots-Rock and Alt. Country, while maintaining an authentic Universal “Pop” vibe. Recommended if you Like: Tom Petty, Citizen Cope, Ryan Adams.
Tremoloco is an eclectic roots band from L.A., some might say purveyors of Gulf Coast Folklorico or Mexican Americana. Their songs tell stories firmly rooted in their beloved L.A. but clearly go beyond to places like Mexicali, Louisiana, Georgia, the Southwest, Laredo and the Yucatan and of course East L.A. Effortlessly, they cross pollinate several genres and styles such as Mexican Folk, Tex-Mex, Country, Norteno, Cumbias, Honky Tonk, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Roadhouse Rock n Roll. Recommended if you Like: Los Lobos, Wilco, Texas Tornados.
Through her cello, his guitar, and their rich vocals, the duo invokes acoustic Americana with hints of Celtic influence and not a few surprises. Accomplished musicians and songwriters, Hilst & Coffey take listeners on an extraordinary musical journey from a mix of haunting instrumentals to foot-stomping rhythms.
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Like a cross between “Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Waits” (Mashable) Sallie has established herself as one of the most powerful female voices in indie rock. Ford and her group – Tyler Tornfelt (upright bass), Ford Tennis (drums), and Jeffrey Munger (lead guitar) – recorded the album’s 11 tracks with Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Deer Tick, Middle Brother) at Jackpot! Studios in the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. Recommended if you Like: Squirrel Nut Zipper, Ella Fitzgerald, Little Sue, Jack White
Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritors of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band. As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast [group] deftly, and frequently daffily, dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.” These guys can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from reggae (hence the double-entendre moniker) to blues to stone country, which is what they’ve been doing – to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians – throughout their first quarter century as a working unit. Recommended if you Like: Jimmy Buffet, Ernest Tubb