836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Thursday, February 21, 2019
White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon
$8 in advance, $8 day of show
21 and over
7 p.m.$8 in advance, $8 day of show21 and over
Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit, Michigan. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Todd is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly. His life's work continues the distinguished tradition of the very roots of American music as told by the African American musicians who created it.
Todd's vigorous, gritty and soulful performances are accompanied by stories of the masters and a deep intuitive sense of respect for craft, providing audiences with a meaningful experience while creating a transcendent moment. One of the top blues guitarists in the world, Todd is the only contemporary twelve string player in his genre.
Todd began playing the blues while still a teenager, some twenty-five years ago. Initially, he was drawn to the sound of the finger-picked style and has since immersed himself in the foundational music and narratives of American culture. Over the years, Todd has shared the stage with artists such as Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, Paul Geremia, and Dakota Dave Hull.
Todd's first full-length LP, Fourth Floor Visitor, was released by Jett Plastic Recordings out of Detroit, Michigan (2017). His latest album, Detroit Twelve String: Blues & Rags, is out now on Third Man Records (2017).
songwriter Will West performs with
a rotation of acoustic musicians called The Friendly Strangers, featuring an
array of fantastic Portland players on banjo, cello, mandolin, horns, percussion
and other surprises. Together they create a signature acoustic sound blending
Old Time Roots and Folk Influences with Modern Inspirations & Positive
Vibes. They tend to improvise and experiment, and they have a great time doing
Will West & The
Friendly Strangers are cruising along after the release of their 2nd album
called "Sunshine" in July 2012. Performing in various
Northwest Festivals & Outdoor Concert Series during the Summer of
2012. Songs have been featured on KNRK 94.7, KINK fm 101.9 and KZME 107.1
in the Portland area.
They released their debut album called
"Take this Moment" in January of 2011. The song
"Understand" was featured on the KINK FM Local's Only CD
Volume 4 in the summer of 2011. The album was nominated for "Album
of the Year" by the 2012 Portland Music Awards and it has recently
launched as a station on Pandora Radio.
The son of a fiddle player, West cites Old-Time
Bluegrass, Blues and Heavy Metal music as some of his early influences.
West moved to Portland in the summertime of 2002 and began cutting his
teeth as a performer at Open-Mics and busking in Northwest Portland. He picked
up his first formal gigs in 2004 and has been on a steady rise in the vibrant
Northwest Music scene.
Will West has
also released 3 solo albums and several limited press EP's.
"to inspire" by Will West (live & lo-fi) ~ April 2009. A
collection of live studio recordings and home studio work by Will West and
guest bandmates. (limited press)
"Shine" by Will West ~ April 2007. Will's debut studio album.
Recorded with Rob Stroup at 8 Ball Studio in Portland, Oregon.
"Reconstruction" by Will West ~ Jan 2004. A collection of
intimate acoustic recording of Will West at Ethos Studio in Portland, Oregon.
Their live performances continue to evolve and change. As
a solo performer or with variations of a band, West pulls off fantastic
acoustic guitar playing with smoothly delivered vocals and harmonica. Each show
is an experience and it's all about the vibe...
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