California indie-pop band Saint Motel were in Portland earlier this week to tear it up at Crystal Ballroom, But before they did we had a fun opportunity to sit down with them and ask all our burning questions like “What’s in a name?” Check out our video, and an informative print-interview from earlier this year, as well.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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