w/guest Pat Kearns (of Blue Skies for Black Hearts)
- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Tuesday, July 30, 2013
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
About Mike Brown
"American Gypsy-picker-troubadour Mike Brown and Montreal's Zak DeCamp worked their way through a songbook full of familiars, from Leiber and Stoller to the Boss. It was campfire loose and ultra-casual as Brown followed DeCamp's pitches, smothering them in lap-steel beauty. Brown commands the instrument not as a flashy player, but as one who possesses the punctuation necessary to make the steel make sense on any song. It flows like thought and is beyond beautiful." ~Rochester City Newspaper
About w/guest Pat Kearns (of Blue Skies for Black Hearts)
As lead singer and songwriter of Blue Skies For Black Hearts, Pat Kearns has become known for producing exquisite pop gems that are surely smash hits in an alternate universe. The Portland Mercury described 2011's Embracing the Modern Age as "one of the most significant contributions to the (power pop) genre in recent memory..." But don't be mistaken; the songs fall far closer to Big Star's version of power pop than Green Day's. Kearns delivers most of his impact via clever turns of phrase paired with long, but instantly memorable, melodies.
Over the past year, Kearns has been occasionally shedding his band in order to play solo, often playing unreleased material that may or may not be on future Blue Skies' records. Some of these songs were recently "leaked" through an EP called Great White Hope, which has been spreading through the PDX pop underground. He'll be digging songs out of this basket as well as pulling from Blue Skies six album catalog.