Brad Creel and the Reel Deel
- Old St. Francis School - Father Luke's Room |
- Wednesday, July 16, 2014
- 7 p.m. til 10 p.m. |
- Free |
- All ages welcome
About Brad Creel and the Reel Deel
Hearing Brad Creel & the Reel Deel is like sitting around a campfire with John Prine singing songs, Gram Parsons strumming the chords, Merle Haggard humming along, and Bigfoot roasting marshmallows.
In 2008, Portland singer-songwriter Brad Creel released "Reveeled," a collection of smart and funny acoustic folk tunes. The CD features an A list of Portland studio musicians including Bela Balogh (3 Leg Torso) and Darol Anger (David Grisman, Yonder Mountain) on fiddle. Following that successful release, Brad Creel & the Reel Deel was born and over the next three years the band hosted a monthly "American Night" at the McMenamin's White Eagle.
During this time, Brad penned a number of tunes telling stories about love, broken relationships, and his personal journey to sobriety. With the Reel Deel performing this material, the group has created what can only be described as a unique country sound called "Lava Lamp Country". These songs showcase Brad's singular ability to translate life's more difficult moments into laugh-out-loud humor.
"Lava Lamp Country" is a term describing Portland's burgeoning country music scene, where the music brings back memories of the late 60's country; a free spirited, amusing, and emotionally fluid sound.
In the spring of 2010 Brad recorded the full length CD, "Probably Not".
Special guests include Portland musicians Chris Funk (Decemberists, Black Prairie) on dobro and pedal steel and Chris Kokesh (Misty River, Broken Top) on fiddle. If "Reeveled" is Creel's drinking CD, then "Probably Not" would be considered his recovery CD, where he puts the fun into getting sober.
Currently Brad Creel & the Reel Deel are recording their new album, "Time and the Road", at the new Rock & Roll Bed & Breakfast on Sauvie Island on the outskirts of Portland. Sean Flora (The Shins, Black Keys), producer, engineer, and owner of the R&R B&B has created a musical oasis in a large house on the island, where bands can stay for days on end and record.
"Time and the Road" will be out this fall and feature Reel Deel veteran country rock drummer and songwriter Bob Hawkins, pro jazz/swing guitarist Ben Haynor, and multi-instrumentalist Ben Grosscup on bass. The new songs depict the Oregon landscape as a backdrop to stories of struggle, love, hope, and laughter.
From the hilarious new songs "Saratoga", describing the events of Brad's first Grateful Dead Show (where he lost his shoe) to the dark and romantic "Whispering Pines", you will laugh, cry, and smile when it's all over.
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