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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ray Vietti (of the Harmed Brothers)

Jeffrey Martin
Huck Notari

7 p.m.
21 and over

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Ray Vietti (of the Harmed Brothers)

The Harmed Brothers are an Americana/Folk-Rock/Indiegrass trio, based out of Eugene, Oregon. The group's eclectic line up, which consists of Ray Vietti (guitar/vocalist), Alex Salcido (banjo/vocals/piano) and percussionist Adam Morehouse, creates a sound both melodic, and raucous, both gutsy and vulnerable. Often, the Brothers are compared to groups such as The Avett Brothers and Uncle Tupelo, and display that dynamic well, in both their spirited, energetic live performances, and their heartfelt songwriting, which equally showcases both songwriters Vietti and Salcido.


Jeffrey Martin

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.  


Huck Notari

Huck Notari

I grew up in the white mountains of New Hampshire. Quite a beautiful place. I lived there for some time and then caught a Greyhound one day out to Oregon. Big changes. Was hanging out with musicians and played some open mics around. Wound up in New Orleans miming on Royal Street as Charlie Chaplin and then soon joined a country blues and ragtime band, the Kitchen Syncopators, that featured Gill Landry (now with Old Crow Medicine Show), Woody Pines (touring with his own band) and Felix Hatfield (of Oz St. Fossils and Cardboard Songsters).

Later, I wound up in Portland and began writing songs on guitar and piano and released my first album, Highland in 2007 and Very Long Dream in 2009. I am usually joined by Karin Nystrom (also with What Hearts), who sings and plays snare drum, and Joel Shimmin, who plays a variety of guitars. 

I've been playing around the Northwest and have toured a bit in Ireland. I'm workin' on my third record currently. It's hard to describe my music, but I generally refer to it as original country folk. Below are some quotes of what other folks think...

"Huck is one of the finest songwriters in America today - songs full of truth and peace - they do what songs ought to do" --Samantha Pardon, the Be Good Tanyas

 "Huck is one of the best songwriters I have come across in a long while and Highland will be getting steady rotation on my music player for years to come. For fans of Neil Young, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and in general, any grassroots, rugged, hometown, folk music" --Michael Lynch

"I have always been a fan of subtle, beautiful, guitar. I came across Huck Notari the other day and I have to admit that I am very impressed. What is in the water in Portland?" --Paper Pistol, independent music ramblings

"Huck Notari is from Portland, Oregon and is about the closest thing to a troubadour we think we've heard in a long time. Huck Notari's songs are folk songs in the proper sense. Beautiful finger-picked melodies and lyrics that can effortlessly transport you somewhere else entirely. Huck Notari sounds timeless to us, like he could have recorded this album anytime in the past thirty years. Huck Notari has come out of nowhere and knocked us sideways with a wonderful, wonderful record." --the Mad Mackerel, a music blog





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