[SINGER-SONGROCKER] Plenty of artists have fallen through
the music-biz cracks, but few have lodged in those cracks like an
irritant in an oyster and spent the next couple of decades cranking out
John Wesley Harding was a friend to the Portlanders.
John Wesley Harding and the Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee are
trading a Chuck Berry-style do-si-do. No, not the duck walk, but that
other thing Chuck does—bent at the knee and pointing one foot out
Born: May 1, 1939, in Seattle.
Sounds like: A cool glass of water in a beautiful, cut-crystal flute.
For fans of: Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, folk art and song.
Latest release: Thi
Beloved vocalist, musician and songwriter Teisha Helgerson (pronounced "Teesha"), frontwoman for celebrated Portland band Amelia, passed away at her home last Thursday afternoon, at the far-too-young age of 42. Though she'd fought a particularly virulent form of cancer (chronic lymphocitic leukemia, or CLL, extremely rare in people her age) for most of the last decade, her demise came with unantic...
[LIT-COUNTRY] More than five minutes pass on Richmond Fontaine’s new, 10th album, The High Country,
before Willy Vlautin’s voice is heard. His singing voice, that is; it’s
clear from the openi
Holcombe Waller finds some dark pleasure in a painful business.
“I just want to talk less and less,” says Holcombe Waller.
“It’s like, conversations walk by and I have all these ideas of things
to say, and I just sit there and let them go because I’m l
Born: 1951 in Hull, Quebec.
Sounds like: One cubic yard of Delta swampland—mud, crickets, humid air and all—encased in a Plexiglas shell.
For fans of: U2, Bob Dylan, Eno, gumbo, mojo.
I originally intended to sprinkle some quotes from my interview with legendary local musician and Dharma Bums leader Jeremy Wilson throughout an article about his new, eponymous Foundation and the issue of health care for musicians. But from the moment he answered the phone Tuesday morning,...
The songwriter, author and writer talks Callahan, politics and legendary fails.
Q & A
With the 1973 release of his classic debut, Sold American, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman emerged with a fully formed, wholly unique Jewish cowboy persona—soo-ee generis, as it were. Hilarious ...