836 N. Russell St. Portland, OR, 97227
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon
$10 advance, $10 day of show
21 and over
8 pm$10 advance, $10 day of show21 and over
The singer songwriter, Kent Smith, has established a niche that rides somewhere in between spaces; from nostalgic to catchy to creepy to caring, Kent blends soul and indie rock in a way that is both wholly original and somehow familiar.
Hailing from Kelso, Wash., Kent has been perfecting his musical and lyrical approach for over a decade. Having been raised in the 90's, the echoes of his influences can be heard like individual threads weaved into the fabric of his songs. From Mariah Carey and Boyz 2 Men to gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt and hard rock icons Guns and Roses, Kent blends it all together without entirely falling into any previously established camp. His lyrics and tones speak to the soul of the listener while also injecting the slight sensation of strangeness that pervades his many musical offerings.
Whether solo and acoustic or with a full backing band, the harmonizing ability of Kent maintains an addicting listening quality that is hard to come by.
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
Taylor Kingman sits singularly as a standup example of the duality of man. Heavy metal flower petal, he's a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll, freely selling you a beautiful mess as both a loyal pack member of The Hill Dogs and a lone wolf solo performer.
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