836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Saturday, July 28, 2018
White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon
$10 in advance, $10 day of show
21 and over
9 p.m.$10 in advance, $10 day of show21 and over
Known in the Bay Area for their often raucous shows, Whiskerman has taken to lush string arrangements framing bold prophetic lyricism in their most recent effort. Fronted by Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graham Patzner, Whiskerman utilizes the structure of a classic rock band to convey a timeless familiarity, luring the listener into a new mythological landscape with a story for our time. The songs of NOMAD were written through the anxiety and uncertainty constantly revealing itself in our society towards the collapse of industrial civilization. Somehow they manage to make it all sound so catchy.
Whiskerman has gone through basically all of the growing pains a band can go through from their folkier self titled first album to their soul driven EP, BAD NEWS Produced by Tony Berg. They have maintained a working man's band approach the whole time from playing dives to dance halls, festivals and grocery stores (don't ask). Drummer Nick Cobbett, Lead Guitarist/Sitarist Charles Lloyd and Bass player Will Lawrence, all active members of this growing machine for 5 years, bring a tight groove, powerful dynamics and virtuosic chops to the landscape of Patzner's songs.
They finally found a match in Jeff Saltzman, who worked closely with the band to push them from their rock and roll backbone into a grander more symphonic sound. Working with their new label, OIM (Oaktown Indie Mayhem), the momentum and ambition keeps growing for this humble quartet.
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
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