Plus Extra Saturday Goodies
- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Saturday, April 6, 2013
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
Jeffrey on Denim Wedding: "My favorite songs are the ones that sit between something I've never heard before and the best of all I've ever heard before, and this is what Denim Wedding does so well. The first time I saw Denim Wedding they used giant metal scissors on stage to keep a beat, and I knew it would be a good night"
...and on Naomi Hooley: "I first heard Naomi Hooley at a late night campfire song-sharing session. She covered an old Bonnie Raitt song with an accordion that she had just learned to play, and ever since then I've been trying to find way to split a show with her. She plays piano and her sound is old throwback folk-pop (think if Carol King lived down inside of Elton John); many of her songs actually make you feel good (a rarity for folk.)"
About Jeffrey Martin
While I was earning an English degree, Josh Ritter came to my college and put on a small solo concert. Watching Ritter on stage was like watching someone trying to make sense of their existence, in real time, with a guitar and words. It seemed to be less of a performance and more of one man's necessity, which happened to be on public display that night. I had written songs before then, but certainly all that followed became something else entirely. I strive to find those songs, to write those songs, that exist in that perfect place perched between my own experience and the common experience that everyone can relate to. This rarely happens (in fact, I don't even know if it's happened yet.) I also think that I take myself much too seriously, and I have a lot to learn about writing songs that make people feel good; that make people want to shake around a little bit.
When I'm not playing music I substitute teach high school students. People love to ask how I balance music and teaching, which one I'm more passionate about; would I leave teaching behind entirely to pursue music? Does teaching influence my music? I don't know the answer to any of these things. I am passionate about music and I am passionate about teaching. Some days I can't stand music, some days I can't stand teaching. Both can feel like work, and both can leave me feeling like a crook for getting paid to do what I do.
I grew up a little bit in Texas, and then mostly in Oregon. My parents read to me at night and took me to the library and flooded my ears with music that meant something. My mom made me learn the cello at a young age. My dad took me to see John Gorka and Leo Kotke. I have a dog, a yellow lab named Ben, who has toured more than 10,000 miles with me over the past few years (human miles.) I play an old 1970′s Takamine gifted to me by my uncle.
-Jeffrey Martin has released two albums. Gold in the Water (2009) and Build A Home EP (2012.) In 2011 he was invited to the Sisters Folk Festival as an emerging artist, and then returned in 2012 as an officially showcased artist. In fall of 2012 Jeffrey was a finalist in the Mountain Stage / New Song contest in New York City. And he has earned songwriting mentions in American Songwriter Magazine, as well as the 2009 Kerrville Folk Fest songwriter contest.
About Naomi Hooley
Marinated in the 1970's and cooked to piano pop perfection.
With the vocal clarity of Neko Case, Hooley's vocals will command your attention almost as much as her driving piano that mirrors the audacity of a young Elton John or a velvet-flocked, furious Carole King... Not just another girl on a piano.
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About Plus Extra Saturday Goodies
Every Saturday night at Al's Den, we'll have generous samples of a McMenamins beer, wine, and spirits plus a live interview with the band.Map & Directions