303 S.W. 12th Ave. / Portland, OR, 97205
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Crystal Hotel - Al's Den
21 and over
7 p.m.Free21 and over
The downright truth about Alexander and Jenke Records is that it is an expression of rebellion in a society that is trapped
within institutional conformities and down-the-road retirement plans.
Filled with an introspective and strikingly truthful style of
songwriting, his music can be downright mind-bending -- especially for
those of us who have grown used to Pandora's corporate jukebox and the
cultural clichs that run with it. - Huffington Post
Tommy Alexander is an American born singer-songwriter and Folk Artist based out of Portland, Oregon.
Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Alexander had never written or played music until he got a guitar as a gift for his 21st birthday. A highly ranked amateur baseball player at the time, Tommy quit the sport, dropped out of college, and threw himself into writing and performing music full time.
He released his debut full-length solo album Basement Soul in April of 2014. He has also released music as Quiet Lion, Set Up City, and Agent Slacker.
Alexander focuses on a stripped-down "basement indie" sound with influences from American folk music that reflects his personal songwriting style. "I focus on poetry and music and my inspiration, and from there I just let it all flow through me." In the era of synthetic electro-pop, audiences from across the country have connected with Alexander's intimate sound..
Over the past two years alone, Tommy has been fortunate to share the stage with acts such as Michael McDonald, Kevin Devine, Rising Appalachia, People Under the Stairs, Milo Greene, Johnnyswim, Night Beds, Spirit Family Reunion.
"A few years later I received Basement Soul (Self-Produced, 2014) and it's like Alexander must have sold his soul to the Devil because these 12 tracks are gorgeous and soft, using guitar, bass, and drums with light-hearted focus, and Tommy's voice has altered into a mesmerizing, deep tenor, articulate and sincere. Basement Soul is a country/folk/americana beauty."- John Powell // Cider Mag
Chris Couch has been a carving out his place in the Portland music scene for almost a decade. From his beginnings in the reggae/rock outfit, Outpost, to his place as frontman and chief songwriter of World's Finest, Chris has been steadily refining his unique style of playing.
With an extensive repertoire of original music and an ear for catchy melodies, Chris's songs run the gamut of emotions, while always keeping an eye open for the positive. His thoughtful lyrics read like a journal of his many years of reconciling everyday life with the hectic demands of the music business.
Chris's years of touring and creating community in Portland have given him a vast rolodex of talented musical friends and he is eager to share a portion of them during his week at Al's Den.
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