836 N. Russell St.Portland, OR, 97227
Friday, July 26, 2019
White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon
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In the past, Austin Texas gang of eight, Madisons, referred to themselves as garage-folk. With theirnew EP, however, they take a step sideways to a genre of music they've long adored but never reallyattacked head on. COUNTRY MUSIC SUNDAY!!! offers a hint of what the Madisons can achievewhen they try to play it straight, yet it's filtered through their own offbeat way of making music. It'sfive songs are traditional, ramshackle, filled with youthful energy, and a downright joy to hear.COUNTRY MUSIC SUNDAY!!! gets its name from a semi-annual event band leader Dominic Solisand his wife, Denise, hold in their backyard. It started out approximately seven years ago as a way tofight a New Year's Eve hangover. Initially just a song swap among friends, it's grown into an earlySunday party, usually in the fall then in the spring around South By Southwest, attended by upwards of100 people with a beer sponsor, breakfast tacos for everyone, and all sorts of what the Madisons consider country music filling the air.A follow-up 2017's well received No Man's Land and their fifth release overall, COUNTRY MUSIC SUNDAY!!! remains a testament to the band's thinking when they first formed. They're a bunch offriends - some acting as a songwriter and not performers - others standing by for support, all obviouslyin love with what they do.A prime example being Jaz Lee Short, a Fort Worth based singer-songwriter who the band adores,contributing the EP's opener, "The Willie Song," a punkish blast of fiddle, pedal steel and shout-alongvocals that's Madisons in full bloom. Accordion player and vocalist Cass Brostad adds two bittersweettunes of her own, the mournful "Vidalia," and, "Johnny And Jamie," a melancholy banjo-led story ofyoung love on the rocks. Solis joins in with two songs as well. The jubilant and jaunty "Sometimes IGet Drunk All Day" and the frothy and jubilant back porch jam "Makin/ It On My Own" ending thedisc and this visit with Madisons much too soon."The last record was kind of dark," Solis relates. "It was released before the last election but that wholeyear was shit. This time we decided to make something fun. To not get too complicated with it. To justrelax, don't put too much pressure on ourselves and just try and bring people together."COUNTRY MUSIC SUNDAY!!! succeeds on all points. More alt.country than the mainstream shinecoming out of Nashville these days. Bowing to an older tradition with a healthy shot of Central Texasrambunctiousness that has long been Madisons' style, and here they are at their peak.
Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define
modern Americana with a winning amalgamation of classic country, folk and blues.
Their songs have been hailed by numerous publications and radio stations for
their knack of authentic, heartstring-tugging songwriting, impeccable harmonies
and ardent guitar-playing. For nearly a decade through the 1990s, Francis and
Overbo called Los Angeles home when they fronted a band called The Ruby Trees.
The couple performed in a slew of local LA clubs, which includes appearances at
Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance at The World-Famous Palomino Club. Following a move to
Portland, Francis and Overbo dealt with illness-related adversity that
sidelined them from performance. But rising healthy and happy, they found themselves adopted by a likeminded
tribe of Portland musicians who helped them get back into the art of music-making.
It was then that Silver Lake 66 was born. In August of 2016, the duo released a
new LP, Let Go Or Be Dragged, featuring a collection of songs drawn
from personal experiences of travel, love, loss and adversity. A group of local
veteran musicians from the Portland Americana community round out the vocally
driven, warm, tremolo-laden sound. The album has been a resounding success with
Americana radio, receiving airplay from over 55 stations throughout the U.S.,
Canada and Europe. The album hit #19 on the Roots Music Report’s album chart,
and the song “San Francisco Angel” reached #18 on its singles chart.
The Huffington Post’s Randy
Radic describes Silver Lake 66’s music as “elegant simplicity” and “the real
McCoy.” For Folk’s Sake’s Jonathan Frahm calls the duo “the real deal” and
highlights their “sweet harmonies that mesh the entirety of their sound
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