303 SW 12th Avenue Portland, OR, 97204
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Crystal Hotel - Al's Den
$10 in advance, $10 day of show
21 and over
Masks must be worn at all times except when eating and drinking.
7 p.m.$10 in advance, $10 day of show21 and over
Dean Damron... "Michael is one full grown walking bad ass song writing son
of a bitch with grit, groove, tone, taste and high coolness." ~ Ray Wylie
Dean Damron is one of the strongest flag-bearers for the old guard of Portland
country-punkers whose songwriting remains as sharp as it was 10 years ago. As
leader of the explosive band I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Damron's
songs have struck a thematic balance of angry diatribes and nostalgia for
'50s pop culture, all while railing against a broken system. A former boxer who
also served with the Army's 101st Airborne, Damron's wellspring of material
comes to the forefront on his new solo LP, When the Darkness Come. Produced by
Fernando Viciconte, When the Darkness Come posits earnest tunes confronting
aging, alcoholism, womanizing, and disability ("Diabetes Blues") in
new sonic avenues for Damron. Ambient instrumentation decorates Damron's
typically story-driven vignettes of underdogs, and puts this debut solo effort
in a new class for the longtime singer/songwriter.
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