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Joe McMurrian Quartet, Live at the White Eagle (self-released)

McMurrian proves he’s not just another Portland bluesman.


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[PROGRESSIVE BLUES] It took me a while to really hear Joe McMurrian. I tried listening as early as 2001; I heard a deft young guitarist with a smoke-gray voice playing acoustic blues—and instant ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 JEFF ROSENBERG

Eight Tentacles to Hold You: Extended Q&A with Dan Jones


Willamette Week and LocalCut contributor Jeff Rosenberg recently chatted with Eugene-based songwriter Dan Jones for a Q&A in this week's paper. But that tiny space just didn't do Jones' words justice. Here's the full-on Q&A...   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Dan Jones & the Squids, Friday, Aug. 17


[LO-FI ROCK] Since recording his debut, 1998's indelible For Your Radio, with just voice, guitar and softly brushed snare, Eugene songwriter Dan Jones has been accompanied by the Squids, a shifting lineup eagerly layering guitar noise and rhythmic energy over and under Jones' unfailingly witty lyrics. But des...   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Pickathon, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5


[ROOTS] Now in its ninth year, homegrown roots fest Pickathon is still relevant as ever thanks to exciting, eclectic young acts like Langhorne Slim, recent PDXport Alela Diane and chamber-folk duo Horse Feathers—not to mention the highly anticipated return of last year's conquering heroes, North Carolina...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Pickathon Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5

Jackstraw's Darrin Craig sings the praises of a premier roots music fest.


Music Stories
[ROOTS] Now in its ninth year, homegrown roots fest Pickathon is still relevant as ever thanks to exciting, eclectic young acts like Langhorne Slim, recent PDXport Alela Diane and chamber-folk duo Hor ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 JEFF ROSENBERG

Superexcellent!!! English Translation of Japanese Flat Mountain Girls Review!


Here's an email I got last weekend from Lisa Marcisek of the Flat Mountain Girls (a.k.a. Miz Kitty of Miz Kitty's Parlour). It contains a computerized auto-translation of an online review of the new FMG disc, Idle Talk and Wicked Deeds, from a Japanese music site [haven't gotten the actual link yet] [See link ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 by JEFF ROSENBERG

FLAT MOUNTAIN GIRLS, Idle Talk & Wicked Deeds (self-released); MISTY RIVER, Stories (self-released)


[ROOTS] Contrasting the varying roots-music styles of the Flat Mountain Girls and Misty River, I once said that the women of Misty River wear makeup, whereas the FMGs probably don't shave their armpits. But longtime Misty River gal Laura Quigley now plays bass with both bands. While I don't know what that says...   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Misty River, Stories (self-released) & Flat Mountain Girls, Idle Talk & Wicked Deeds (self-released)

Two groups of old-timey gals go their own ways with new releases.


Music Stories
[ROOTS] Contrasting the varying roots-music styles of the Flat Mountain Girls and Misty River, I once said that the women of Misty River wear makeup, whereas the FMGs probably don't shave their armpit ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 JEFF ROSENBERG

Laura Veirs Q&A Part Two


Part two of Jeff Rosenberg's interview with transplanted Portland songwriter Laura Veirs. FUN FACT: Jeff and Veirs once went to a concert together, but he insists that it was not a date. Read part one of this interview here.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Q&A With Laura Veirs (Part One of Two)


This is part one of Jeff Rosenberg's interview with transplanted Portland singer/songwriter Laura Veirs. Jeff and Veirs spoke at a coffee shop on NE Alberta near her new Portland home. You can read Jeff's profile of Laura here, and...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 by JEFF ROSENBERG
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