Brian Foxworth: Side Player Extraordinaire

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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…

Storm Large: Artist of the Year

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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…

The Delines COLFAX is Album of the Year

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…

Jim PepperFest 2013

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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!  The Oregon Music Hall of Fame Remembers…

Songwriting as Process

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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. There are words, there is a story or not, and…

Brooks Robertson: Natural Born Picker

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Charisma and talent overflow at Mountain Air Studios when Brooks plays finger style guitar. What is it. How did he learn it. In a moment of Zen, it seems. If you are picking, it follows you’ll be grinning. Just can’t help it. Brooks…

A Musician’s Life: Lived By the Moment

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Naomi LaViolette states she is “feeling lucky” to be an independent singer-songwriter in Portland. But so much more than good luck is packed into a successful singer-songwriter career. I admit to a fair bit of envy when I see how some…

Laura Ivancie: Not In It For the Wealth

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I wonder where Laura will truly end up in her journey. In the brief time she's been doing her thing, it has included college basketball,fighting fires for the U.S.Forest Service, and teaching English in Buenos Aires. But music was always in…

Musical Food for Thought

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We've been showing off the young and talented in these posts recently. Time to hear from a seasoned pro and share his observations through decades long experience as singer/songwriter and bandleader. A Facebook post from Jack McMahon caught…

For Savanna Coen, No Limitations

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Just as there are no "golden years" and "expiration dates" on creating and playing music, we can arrive into music-making anytime. Savanna Coen is 14 and on a mission. It was Steven Tyler's birthday on Tuesday and he was (Gasp!) turning…