Saturday, December 3, 2022

The Lonesomes

Stars of Cascadia

Steve Wilkinson

8 p.m.

$10 in advance, $10 day of show
Limited Seating, first come first serve.
Expect standing room.

21 and over

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The Lonesomes

Urban Americana

The Lonesomes

The Lonesomes invoke a feeling of the American west, not just in name but also in sound and feel - a place where power rock, country twang and jangle pop blend easily and blur the lines of musical genre. Their most recent full-length CD contains shining elements of The Byrds, Tom Petty and Neil Young, but also has the punk/honky tonk charm to qualify as an alt-country gem. Since then, they've added some B-bender guitar but still never stray far from their classic rock roots. After a long, COVID-related layoff, they return with a fresh batch of tunes to perform from their upcoming CD "Alone On Foster Road," due in early 2022.


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Stars of Cascadia

country, alt-country, rock

Stars of Cascadia

Stars of Cascadia are a Portland band who span the country-rock spectrum, with influences from Willie Nelson to Gram Parsons to Neil Young to Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers. Three singer/songwriters, Emmylou-style harmonies, two guitars, fiddle and pedal steel create a diverse sound that's just as at home in a honky tonk as a downtown club. With two albums under their belt and a third they're gearing up to record, you'll hear a wide array of originals peppered with plenty of covers both old and new.


Steve Wilkinson

Stones-y rock, sunshine pop

Steve Wilkinson

Portland’s Wilkinson Blades’ third release, Inside Out, will be available December 17, 2021, on streaming services, vinyl, and compact disc. Wilkinson Blades are Portland veterans Steve Wilkinson, Grant Cumpston, David E. Lane and Leif Myrberg.  

Wilkinson and Cumpston have worked together off and on for years, as bandmates in Gravelpit as well as in duo performances and collaborations. Throughout the 1990s Gravelpit released three albums and played the burgeoning Northwest rock club circuit, including opening for a number of high profile national acts. 

In the 2000s, Wilkinson fronted the band Mission 5, which self-released two rock albums, played extensively in the Pacific Northwest and toured Europe while Cumpston joined numerous projects and collaborations, experimenting in many different musical genres. 

With Wilkinson Blades, Steve sought to forge a new, more nuanced American sound and started recording with producer Rob Stroup at Portland’s 8-Ball Studio. Featuring the contributions of Cumpston, Brian Berg, Rich Landar, John Huckfeldt, Rob Stroup, Rachel Taylor Brown, and Drew Norman, Steve was excited with the results of the recording project and decided to not only release an LP but form a band around it. The idea was to have a living, breathing, entity; one that would evolve through time, lineups, and musical styles. In searching for a band moniker, Steve ended up using the name Wilkinson Blades at the suggestion of King Black Acid’s Daniel Riddle. 

In the Blades’ third LP Inside Out, the band’s lineup has solidified into a tight, comfortable rocking ensemble featuring Nashville native David E Lane on bass and Leif Myrberg on drums. Their disparate musical backgrounds — Lane has released numerous Nashville /country-influenced solo albums, while Myberg is an encyclopedia of obscure garage rock — gel into a refreshing take on straightforward rootsy American Rock with nods to anthemic garage power pop and cheerful psychedelia.  






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