Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sundown Grand Ol' Country Festival

Brandy Clark

Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters

Gerle Haggard Band

Bo Porter

Lindsie Feathers

Lynn Conover and Little Sue

Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan

Jennifer Smieja

Grand Lodge

2 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.

Free admission

All ages welcome

About Sundown Grand Ol' Country Festival

In the heart of summer, we're launching a music festival -- different than the rest, ‘cause it's free and lasts four days!

Grammy-nominated Brandy Clark is the headliner on Saturday, July 22! Brandy's set will highlight the variety of music at this festival; Country, bluegrass, Americana...the performers we've lined up will be heard indoors and out on multiple stages, with their own styles and talent to make each day a memorable one.

Whether it's the sweet Americana of Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters on Saturday or the groovin' tunes of Jawbone Flats on Friday, you'll find live music across the grounds; at Pat's Corner, our special main stage out on the front lawn, and at the Garage Door, so feel free to wander with a beverage and discover a new favorite.

Saturday Music Schedule

Pat's Stage
Jennifer Smieja | 2 p.m. 'til 3:50 p.m.
Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan | 5 p.m. 'til 6:20 p.m.
Lynn Conover and Little Sue | 7:30 p.m. 'til 8:15 p.m. 

Main Stage
Gerle Haggard | 4 p.m. 'til 4:50 p.m.
Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters | 6:30 p.m. 'til 7:20 p.m. 
Brandy Clark | 8:30 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.

Garage Door
Lindsie Feathers | 4 p.m. 'til 6 p.m.
Bo Porter | 7 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.

Thursday Music Schedule

Friday Music Schedule

Sunday Music Schedule

 

Please note:
-Smoking is not allowed at the Festival
-Pets are not allowed at the Festival
-There is a policy for no happy hour on the property for special events, including this Festival

Event Schedule

Brandy Clark

8:30 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.

Main Stage

Brandy Clark

Washington-born and bred singer/songwriter Brandy Clark released her highly anticipated second album, Big Day in a Small Town, in June 2016 on her new major label home, Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant), the album debuted in the Top Ten on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and secured a place on Rolling Stone's "45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far" and "25 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2016 So Far" lists while its lead single, "Girl Next Door," was named one of TIME's "Best Songs of 2016 So Far" as well as landing on "best of" lists from American Songwriter, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard and NPR. The Associated Press described the album as "gritty and visceral" while The Memphis Commercial Appeal boasted it was "the best album by any woman across the country continuum over the past decade" and Garden & Gun named her "...currently the best songwriter in Nashville." Clark received two 2017 GRAMMY nominations for Best Country Album (Big Day in a Small Town) and Best Country Solo Performance ("Love Can Go To Hell").

It was as a songwriter that the now six-time GRAMMY nominee first came to the music world's attention. After graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, Clark's talent at transforming her unique perspective on the world into song quickly brought her to the attention of Music City's songwriting community where she often co-wrote with tunesmiths Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, Trevor Rosen, Jessie Jo Dillon and others. Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Craig Morgan and more were among the artists who have recorded her songs. Miranda Lambert took "Mama's Broken Heart" all the way to No. 1 (earning Clark's first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song in 2013), which was soon repeated by The Band Perry's recording of "Better Dig Two."  Cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer referred to Clark as "the best wordsmith in Nashville right now..."

But Clark's original dream was to be an artist herself. So in October 2013, she quietly released her debut project, 12 Stories, on Texas indie label Slate Creek Records...and her voice was heard loudly! The Boston Globe wrote that "in a bountiful year for female country singer/songwriters, Clark was at the head of the class, mining deep veins and yielding lyrical insights from the smallest moments in life that bind us together" and named it the best album of 2013, as did New York Magazine, NPR, and The New York Post. 12 Stories also appeared on year-end best-of lists in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The Los Angeles Times, which called it "the country debut of the year."

Clark was named Music Row Magazine's 2014 Breakthrough Artist of the Year and won a Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year (along with co-writers McAnally and Musgraves) for writing Musgraves' hit "Follow Your Arrow." She also received a second CMA nomination in the Best New Artist category. This was followed in 2015 with two Academy of Country Music Award nominations: Song of the Year for writing "Follow Your Arrow" and Female Vocalist of the Year. 

At the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, Clark earned two nominations: the all-genre Best New Artist Award and Best Country Album for 12 Stories. And while she didn't receive either award, she won the attention of millions of viewers due to her intimate performance of "Hold My Hand" with Dwight Yoakam on the nationally televised broadcast. "Hold My Hand" would later receive a 2016 GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song.

As her success grew, the artist TIME called "...one of country's driving forces" became a regular presence on television, appearing on "Late Show with David Letterman," "Ellen," "Good Morning America," "The Talk," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "Live with Kelly," "Front and Center," "ACM: Duets" and more.

It's not just about writing and recording for Clark though - it's also about that live experience when she performs for an audience. As NPR's Jacob Gantz noted, "Clark's gift as a performer is making any room - even a newsroom on a cold, rainy spring afternoon - feel as warmly human." She opened for Loretta Lynn at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and toured with superstar artists such as Eric Church on his "The Outsiders World Tour" (including a sold-out show at New York City's Madison Square Garden), with Alan Jackson on his "25th Anniversary Tour," and with friend and frequent co-writer Jennifer Nettles on the "CMT Next Women of Country Music Tour." She performed in both Dublin and at the O2 in London as part of the 2015 "C2C Festival" and is set to return to the UK on her own in September 2016 to perform at venues in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, England as well as in Glasgow, Scotland.

Now, with the release of Big Day in Small Town, Clark is "...handling her transformation from behind-the-scenes songwriter to woman in the spotlight pretty effortlessly" according to The Los Angeles Times.  "Music Row songwriting doesn't get any better," said US Weekly while SPIN called it "aggressive and big-grinned...designed to move people and make them feel things." The Guardian wrote, "Clark's music speaks to a vast audience who weren't hearing themselves in country. She writes songs for the workers who keep America spinning, the overburdened mothers putting themselves last, the women in middle age struggling to reconcile their faith with their need for relief, be it romantic or chemical."

Perhaps Rolling Stone sums it up best with this observation that Clark reaches a wide audience with her music that is "tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops." 

Website:
http://www.brandyclarkmusic.com

Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters

6:30 p.m. 'til 7:20 p.m.

Main Stage

Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters

Hailed as "Darling of the NW Americana music scene;" Ashleigh Flynn & her new band the Riveters spin infectious well-crafted Americana music delivered by a well-curated band of musically virtuous middle-aged women who write classic songs that speak to our common humanity - songs about love and loss, the forces of good and evil...and love and loss, good and evil are just that - regardless of whether you are young or old, gay or straight, man or woman...

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ashleighflynnmusic

Videos:
http://www.ashleighflynn .com/videos/

Website:
http://www.ashleighflynn.com/

Gerle Haggard Band

4 p.m. 'til 4:50 p.m.

Main Stage

Gerle Haggard Band

Gerle Haggard Band is a seven-piece, all-female tribute that brings the best of Merle Haggard's timeless music to audiences who have been loving songs like Mama Tried, Misery and Gin and Working Man Blues for nearly five decades as well as introducing these and many more classics to a whole new audience.

Founding member Maria Callahan had a dream one night that she was in an all-female Merle Haggard tribute band called Gerle Haggard. She woke herself up laughing and decided she had to put it together.

Callahan remarks: "The best thing about playing Merle's music is that his songs continue to stay relevant . . . the hardest thing is trying to decide which of his hundreds of songs to work on next!"

Website:
http://www.gerlehaggardband.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/GerleHaggardBand/

Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-929637874

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUEpMC92B9x7nWb4K9gCU9w

Bo Porter

7 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.

Garage Door

Bo Porter

With over 40 years of musical history, talent, and experience Porter has had the honor of playing with some of the best names in the industry. Bo worked for years at Dollywood as a singer and entertainer. He has traveled and resided in many states throughout his life, but is proud to call Texas home.

Mark Chestnut, Diamond Rio, Gary P. Nunn, Junior Brown, Tim Mcgraw, Rosie Flores, Asleep at the Wheel, Wayne 'The Train' Hancock, Dale Watson, Freddy Powers, Wanda Jackson, Ray Campi, Shelly King, Susan Gibson, Hal Ketchum, Sunny Throckmorton, Johnny Bush, Redd Volkaert, Earl Poole Ball, and Loretta Lynn are some of the talents he's worked with and opened for.

 As a traveling troubadour Bo has had the pleasure of touring the US, as well as Europe for the past several years.  A proud headliner for Billybob's Euro Disney in Paris, France, Country Nights Grindlewald Festival in Grindlewald, Switzerland, Albisguteli Country Music Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, Block House Festival in Uetendorf, Switzerland,  and a featured guest at many other wonderful festivals and events including the Vinstra  Country Music Festival in Vinstra, Norway.  Bo prides himself and his band on professionalism, performing one of a kind originals, obscure beloved classics,  and keeping the crowd swingin'.

Playing among other talented peers at the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival for almost a decade has allowed Bo the opportunity to meet many talented friends and fellow storytellers.  In 2003 Bo won APRN Country Song of the Year, following successes include a 2011 nomination for Male Vocalist of the year, and a Song of the year nomination for the Texas Music Awards in 2014. His latest accomplishment being one of eight participants to be selected in the Texas Songwriters University in 2016.

Bo continues to tour and play full time and is available for booking.  Bo is a free the chi facilitator, and all that other positive thinking bullshit. He puts off good vibes and always makes time to kiss hands and shake babies.

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CYii9egem8

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_TiM5Y9RyQ

Website:
http://www.boporter.com/

Lindsie Feathers

4 p.m. 'til 6 p.m.

Garage Door

Lindsie Feathers

For all intents and purposes, Lindsie entered the Chicago music scene in 2004, but her relationship with music began at age nine in the middle of Illinois cornfields, watching Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline movies on her grandmother's VCR, being captivated by their voices, their outfits and their stories. Not long after, she encountered her first guitar.

"I stayed with my Uncle Jack [my mom's brother] for a few weeks in the summertime with his family, my cousins," she remembers. "One afternoon, he was sitting on the couch strumming his guitar. I recall hearing this magical sound float in the air, and I ran from my cousins room to seek what I was hearing. I went right up to him, put my body next to the instrument, and asked him about it. Even now I can feel how the first sound of those strings resonated within my body, like a magnet. I didn't know what it was, but I needed to be close to it."

That need informed the rest of her life. After meeting Cliff Balsamello -- owner of Medicine Man Recording Studio -- as a teenager, she began her first studio sessions, singing Balsamello's songs with no idea where it would lead. Not long after, she bought a guitar and asked him to show her three chords, figuring out the rest for herself. Learning a few of her favorite songs, and writing some of her own, she connected with Chicago singer/songwriter Gayle Ritt, and was asked to join Ritt onstage. After a series of open mic gigs, Feathers (with Ritt) opened for Vonda Shepard at House Of Blues Chicago.

"Big stage," she recalls. "I was hooked."

Quitting her day job with a trading company at 23, Feathers started working in bars and restaurants to make ends meet which allowed her to focus on her music. However, after a few years of recording demos with the likes of Chuck Gladfelter (Dovetail Joint/Ivory Wire), Joe Cassidy (Assassins/Butterfly Child), Preston Graves (Cupcakes) and Matt Walker (The Smashing Pumpkins/Morrissey), she was ready to take her creativity in another direction. Feathers left music (and Chicago) behind to study filmmaking at The Art Institute in Portland, graduating with high honors and having the documentary she produced, Not So Square, showcased on PBS's POV. After graduating, music entered back into her life, starting a band that gradually shifted from psychedelia to country, touring with Brush Prairie (a country band fronted by The Dandy Warhols' Zia McCabe). The band recorded an album in 2012, but parted ways before it could be released.

This might seem like a lot of information, but all of it is relevant to explain how a chance connection with delta blues guitarist Bob Shoemaker could lead to a 2 1/2-year process of rehearsing, writing and recording Feathers' full length album, Neon Renaissance. 

"The songs are about love, the life journey, slowing down, the planet and it's dwindling resources, liberating cultural belief systems and programming, being true to the self, connecting to our ancestors and family, releasing fear, making choices, and honoring our heroes," Feathers says. "Spreading your wings and trusting in the flight."

That may be an ambitious mission statement, but it's hard to argue with. Engineered and Mixed by Adam Selzer at Type Foundary (M. Ward, She & Him, The Minus 5) and Produced by Lindsie Feathers and Bob Shoemaker.  The album is supported by Decemberists pedal steel player Paul Brainard, Fabulous Thunderbirds drummer Jimi Bott, Jackstraw harmonica player David Lipkind, Fernando pianist Ralph Huntley, organist Mike Walker, and Belinda Underwood, Julia Schlippert and Feathers' mentor Gayle Ritt on backing vocals, the album is a confident, accomplished, remarkably complete work. 

"More to Love" opens the album harkening immediately back to Feathers' VHS roots, evoking classic Loretta Lynn with a decidedly modern twist. "Be Good To Me" is a rabble-rousing anti-fracking protest song, while "Swine" is a self-empowerment anthem--very different songs, yet equally effective. The lovely "On Our Way" is a gentle reassurance buoyed by Feathers' tasteful lead playing, while "Honey Bee" is a honky-tonk rave-up with Feathers' gentle vocal taking on a sly, winking quality, putting her choir of backing vocalists through their paces. "Horse Moon" features an unstoppable bass groove and pulsing behind Shoemaker's positively seductive slide guitar. The album's two bonus tracks are worthy inclusions as well, with "Fly Like A Bird" featuring nine-year-old protege Iris Coleman on vocals, leading the band through the song's serene, comforting nursery-rhyme cadence.

In the words of the Neon Renaissance creed, written to define the album: "Let us follow our dream, teach the earth, serve humanity. We seek to love; not hate. To Heal; not hurt. Let love prevail." 

Website:
https://neonrenaissance.com/

Lynn Conover and Little Sue

7:30 p.m. 'til 8:15 p.m.

Pat's Stage

Lynn Conover and Little Sue

Acoustic singer/songwriter duo

website:
http://www.littlesue.com

Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan

5 p.m. 'til 6:20 p.m.

Pat's Stage

Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan

From clubs, festivals and corporate events, to session work, touring, and radio jingles, Catherine Loyer has a rich career in music. She is known for her electric presence and a voice that has power and control to spare.

Catherine is backed by a top notch band, consisting of Jim Loyer on acoustic guitar, Toby Rapp on bass, Dennis Elmer on drums, Gabriel Trees on lead guitar, and Willow Welson on vocals. She and Strawberry Roan play an array of originals, artistic covers, as well as everyone's favorites. The songs range from country, to pop, roots rock, and even rock-n-blues. By adding their own personal slant, Catherine and each player create the distinctive sound, known as Strawberry Roan.

With a busy gig schedule, Catherine and Strawberry Roan plays on, creating fans wherever they perform.

 

facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CatherineLoyerMusic

Jennifer Smieja

2 p.m. 'til 3:50 p.m.

Pat's Stage

Jennifer Smieja

A singer/songwriter with Midwest roots, Jennifer Smieja brings a refreshingly honest take on life and love to her finely drawn songs.  Inspired by the music of Gillian Welch, Patsy Cline and Richard Thompson, Jennifer's pure, evocative vocal style leads her accomplished band through the sounds of country, neo-acoustic folk and Americana.
She has joined the line up for the Lake Theater's Patsy Cline Tribute, the Star Theater's annual Holiday Stumptown Soul Spectacular, and has recently performed with the all-star cast of The Next Waltz.
Jennifer can also be found lending her voice to Too Loose, the Northwest's premiere Cajun/Zydeco band and is a regular feature at the Waterfront Blues Festival as well as headlining Portland's own Mardi Gras Ball.

A track from her debut album "To Measure The Sky" was selected for the KMUZ-FM Local Roots Compilation CD and Festival for 2016. She is joined by her band -  Greg Paul on guitar (Sing Sing Sleepwalker, Amy Farris, Debora Iyall) Dave Stricker on bass (Shoebox Letters, Lenny Rancher) and Carlos Stricker on drums.

"Jennifer Smieja is a talented singer/songwriter whose songs you can feel come right from the heart and as a listener that connection comes through in every phrase. Her debut EP "To Measure the Sky," showcases her compelling voice and ability to deliver beautifully crafted songs covering a range of styles and genres." -  Local Roots Radio - KMUZ.FM

Website:
http://jennifersmieja.com/

Video:
https://vimeo.com/216269427

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https://vimeo.com/216267110

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https://vimeo.com/193173597