836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon
21 and over
8 p.m.Free21 and over
Bart Budwig grew up on the Idaho Palouse, with a pawn shop trumpet and a heart as big as a skyscraper - if skyscrapers knew how to be humble. Bart learned melody from classic jazz charts and found that fault-lines in big hearts create drifting continents, cut new oceans and forge new mountains. Eventually, everyone close to him disappeared, whether to death or Texas, and it was from Texas that he got a letter from Waylon Jennings inviting him to pick up a guitar and a pen. Budwig doesn't write the big songs. He writes songs about places between the hills, in the draws and hidden canyons where truth is a little more in focus, stories take their time being told, heartbreak is a place of deep reflection, and melodies don't have to wear rhinestone suits or drive shiny, new cars to be beautiful. In 2016, Bart Budwig played over 150 out-of-town shows and has shared the stage with Blind Pilot, Joseph, Alan Stone, Joe Pug, Justin Townes Earle, Damien Jurado, Mason Jennings and many more. He will be releasing his 5th full-length album Paint by Numbers Jesus on April 1st, 2017, a swamp-country concept record pulling from grooves of Motown and the American deep south in the 60s and 70s.
Portland songwriter, Matthew Zeltzer (of The American West), returns to Al's Den after a month long tour of Europe with his indie-americana duo, "The American West." In spring of 2017, The American West released their debut album, "The Soot Will Bring Us Back Again," which Frank Gutch Jr. (No Depression), calls, "Words to the wise. A warning. Beautifully done." "The Soot..." is flecked with pedal steel and longing harmonies as the album drifts between finger-picked folk songs and raucous country-rockers, all while the focus remains on Zeltzer's ragged poetry.
Matthew Zeltzer has had the distinct privilege of sharing the stage with acts including The Milk Carton Kids, Chuck Ragan, Jim Lauderdale, The Brothers Comatose, Jaime Wyatt, and is former member of Grammy Award winning Fantastic Negrito.
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