Archive for "Artist News"

Neo Boys: Doing It Their Way

Artist News, News Nov 04, 2015 No Comments

It was the 70’s in Portland and the music scene was dominated by the guys. Until. Punk washed onshore in Portland and everybody was inspired . Including a group of young women who couldn’t be stopped. The power and urgency of the punk movement caught everyone in its wave. Thanks to pioneers like Patti Smith, girls got into the act. In this case as Neo Boys. Read more »

The Reinvention of Ellen Whyte

Artist News, News Oct 26, 2015 No Comments

She says the world has spoiled her rotten! Ellen has had the chance to carve her own path. She has tended to her craft  because as she suggests, “that’s what you do as an artist”.  Her songwriting team is made up of Garry Meziere and her husband John Mullin. There are no signs of letting up for a woman who has been singing since she was a small child and even wanted to sing her school lessons and not recite them! Take a look at this Portland treasure in our video interview and don’t miss the unedited conversation with Ellen and Garry at Classic Pianos, pre-2015 Induction ceremony. Read more »

In the Zone with Jerry Joseph

Artist News, News Oct 24, 2015 6 Comments

He’s known for his dynamic and even anthemic live shows (think Bruce Springsteen), but while Jerry Joseph can go from a whisper to a scream, in-between there’s some incredible subtlety and poetry at play in his songs. He says his music is very personal, not about other characters. And Jerry works to bring the truth to every song, emotionally and lyrically. We also talked about what has informed his songwriting over the years; that and more in our pre-induction interview. Watch and then listen to the unedited conversation as we go deep into how he shapes songs and on-stage performances. Read more »

Godfather of Northwest Blues: Bill Rhoades

Artist News, News Oct 22, 2015 2 Comments

Not everyone considers how to bend a note or do a trill on a harmonica. Bill Rhoades admits you can’t really “teach” someone how to play. It comes from the inside and at the beginning, it comes from just making noise. That’s the secret sauce on how to start playing. Take a look at our video interview and then listen to the full conversation with Bill. Plenty of tips for every wanna-be. Read more »

Reminiscing On Paul Revere & The Raiders

Artist News, News Oct 21, 2015 1 Comment

Though Paul Revere & The Raiders had many musical parallels along the road with a band that was having enormous success as well, at the recent 2015 Induction, October 10th, we saw for the first time in decades three former Raiders join together with The Kingsmen to offer up the song they both helped make famous. Video interview with Phil “Fang” Volk and the entire conversation below, for your listening and viewing pleasure. Read more »

Brian Foxworth: Side Player Extraordinaire

Artist News, News Oct 16, 2015 No Comments

He is one busy guy because he is known for his ability to step right in and bring beats and the feeling to music at a moment’s notice. Brian is Portland’s go-to drummer. Add to that being a talented vocalist and songwriter AND arranger. Get a taste of Brian’s mad drumming skills and amazing personality in our Induction 2015 video interview, below. Read more »

Storm Large: Artist of the Year

Artist News, News Oct 14, 2015 No Comments

When you are born to be an entertainer, it’s not surprising that during the course of the induction ceremony, many of us called Storm “Entertainer of the year”, though she is without a doubt, an Artist. It’s a complete thrill ride to be near her and the energy she exudes. Catch some of that thrill, right here with our video/interview. Read more »

The Delines COLFAX is Album of the Year

Artist News Sep 14, 2015 3 Comments

Prolific writer Willy Vlautin has a new muse. She has allowed him to write songs of love, passion, despair and darkness, at once bitter and filled with wisdom. Willy would never voice these songs himself. But Amy Boone has allowed him to channel the lyrics through her old-soul and world weary voice.
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Jim PepperFest 2013

Artist News, Events Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

Jim Pepper : Back at you.  “You must not forget me when I’m long gone, for I loved you so dearly…”.  Save the dates for  the 1st annual Jim PepperFest. Expect a lot of amazing music, AND Spirit! Read more »

Songwriting as Process

Artist News, News May 02, 2013 No Comments

Is every one madly recording their new albums right now, or is it just us? Michele Van Kleef is among that group.  Michele  shares  her process, since she is in the very thick of it, right now. Read more »