836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Friday, April 28, 2017
9 p.m.$8 in advance, $8 day of show21 and over
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From the initial sip to the final glass-emptying swallow, Matthew Lindley creates a vibe that invites you to pull up a chair, pour yourself a pint, and relax amongst friends. With the storytelling heart of a troubadour, the passion and soul of a prophet and the gritty twang of a sagebrush sinner Lindley loads the virtual jukebox with a smokey blend of Blues, Americana, Rockabilly, and Southern soul that has Nashville leanings but is firmly rooted in the PNW.
Lowlight's music is rooted in the blues. Gospel, soul, rock, folk, country are ancestors of the same song, and it's a blues.
Lowlight is the monicker under which songwriter Nick Foltz performs. Foltz, a product of Kentucky, spent most of his life in the south, the region where so much of what is American music was born. While living in New York City in his early 20s and trying to figure out what to do with himself he started writing songs and busking in the NYC subways to make rent. After several months deciding to head to North Carolina to put together a band and see the country. This first band, The Delta Drift, was "where I learned what it really was to be in a band. How to perform live, how to really play with other musicians in a way that excited me. And how to travel with a band, like a van full of sleep-deprived pirates."
His travels eventually led him to Portland,OR and its fruitful music scene. In 2013 he began work on a new project, Lowlight. Lowlight started as a recording project.
"I had always wanted to go into the studio and make an album playing as many of the instruments as I could. It's probably hubris but also it's a way to stay mentally involved through the recording process and a way to develop songs and just have fun trying things. A way to keep things fresh. It can also be a humbling experience, like when I heard myself drumming. So I brought in a drummer, James Pearson, for a good chunk of the record."
With the release of After Sundown, Foltz has put together a band consisting of Pearson, guitarist Chris Viola, bassist Carmen Paradise and other Portland aces to bring his songs to life.
Amazing new CD that contains shining elements of The Byrds (jangly
12-string guitars and a trumpet solo a la "So You Want To Re A Rock &
Roll Star"), Tom Petty, Neil Young (the guitar solos), and the Allman
Brothers (nice mix of Hammond and dual guitars) sprinkled tastefully
throughout! When you think about The Lonesomes, there's the feeling of the old
West, not just in the band's name but in their sound and feel - something that
put you in mind of tan chinos, shoe boots with spurs, shots of rye at the local
saloon, and lots of dirt. It has the necessary punk-slash-honky-tonk charm to
qualify as an alt-country gem. And, despite all of the classic influences on
display, they still manage to make music that sounds remarkably fresh. The 12
songs on There's No Denying Josephine represent all of their best elements -
the songs keep you guessing what might come next, each one with its own little
angle on the whole picture the band is presenting."
--Ray Gianchetti, Kool Kat
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