Friday, February 15, 2019

Sylvia's Ghost

J. Moses & The Ragged Sunday

Wilkinson Blades

8 p.m.

$8 in advance, $10 day of show

21 and over

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J. Moses & The Ragged Sunday

J. Moses & The Ragged Sunday

J. Moses is the musical alias of Portland-ish native singer-songwriter Jason Morgan.
He's a sleeper. Some might say he's a bit late to the game.

Raised in the hills of Clatskanie, OR his earliest musical exposure consisted mainly of Metal (Heavy and Hair Band courtesy of his older brother) and 70's AM Gold (courtesy of the family station wagon radio and cardboard box of 45's).

Sometime in the waning years of his 30's he made the rare decision to take a mid life stab at being a singer-songwriter. This inevitably led to the often daunting process of "putting a band together". So he took the path of least resistance by recruiting three friends, all of whom were already longtime active Portland musicians.

Enter guitarist Joel Roth (The Low Bones, Daystar), bass guitarist Kip Lindig (WhistlePunk!, Timber County, Barn Burners), and drummer Chris Hutton (RootJack, Hong Kong Banana). Together they make up The Ragged Sunday, which is no accident. Many of their musical themes are rooted in salvation. Deliverance from lost love, broken promises, and the feeling that we are all just hanging on by a thread. Redemption found by embracing our addictions, our fears, and the inherent vice that is our own mortality.
J. Moses and the Ragged Sunday is "rootsy storytelling with a modern classic rock edge". Imagine the music of Crazy Horse, Springsteen, Haggard and The Band getting baptized in a moody Pacific Northwest rainstorm, circa 1992.



Wilkinson Blades

Wilkinson Blades

Working the stages and studios in Portland and the greater Northwest over the past two decades, singer/songwriter Steve Wilkinson has cemented his position as one of the region's most honest & consistent voices in rock.

4:00 AM is a richly evocative & layered album, ruminating on past pleasures and loves, but firmly looking toward a bright future. Originally intended as a solo outing, Wilkinson recruited a roster of veteran Portland players along the way to flesh out the tracks and it soon became apparent that they were in for something other. John Beyer (drums), Grant Cumpston (guitar) & John Huckfeldt (bass) provide more than just a backing band. The 11 tracks that make up 4:00 AM ring with a confidence that speaks not only to the seasoning of the players, but to the vision for the record as a whole.

The Blades' second full-length LP has just been completed and will be released later this year.



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