The album was born on a sunny summer day in July 2013 in Portland at the Deer Lodge. Ezra and I were listening to vinyl records in the bar. As we tend to do when it’s just me and him in there, in the off-hours, we were listening to George Jones. The really random cuts, like his 80’s albums “Shine On” and “Yesterday’s Wine.” We were sad because George had recently died.
It was in that spirit that thinking out loud I blurted out, “We…
The Wellspring is a Los Angeles duo that I don’t know how I learned about, but I do know which song of theirs hooked me on their sound. On my Facebook feed I noticed that they did some music for a soundtrack, and on their page was a cover of “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Big Star.
When I saw they’d covered it, I thought to myself, “You can’t cover that song! It’s too much of a lay-up!” Simply because I love that song, it’s such a beautiful anthem, it seemed perfect and…
Another high school/college hero of mine is Shawn Smith. I listened to his Pigeonhed “Full Sentence” album almost every day after it came out back in the late 90’s. Last year I got into his solo work when I was directing a movie, and used one of his songs in the trailer.
It was a long shot, I thought, to ask him to contribute a song to this compilation because as far as I knew he had no country leanings in his music at all. But my approach in this project was to be as…
I struggled to settle on a song to do, because there were so many deep cuts to choose from (“Bone Dry,” “The Brothers). But as time went on I decided to not fight it and just do the song that I was most feeling at the moment.
That was a random 90’s track of George’s that was a little hokey and corny but that I never forgot, during a time in my youth when I was really searching. It just stuck with me.
Ezra and I had a day between sessions and I knew that this was the day…
I had never heard The Tumblers’ music, nor the song they chose to cover, “ Seasons of My Heart.” That’s a great way to come into a session – primes you for an adventure.
This track has grown into one of my favorites on the album. I love Tyler’s vocal delivery – and he has great microphone technique in the studio. I also love the lazy electric piano on this song and the overall groove.
The boys in the band stayed late into the night after the session, and it was great…
Save the Eastmoreland Trees!, SE 36th and Martins Ave, Portland, Oregon
Eastmoreland residents will host a “Save the Giants Jam,” a concert to fundraise to save three large sequoia trees in their neighborhood from removal. Local artists will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 6 at the lot, 3790 S.E. Martins St.
The neighbors are hoping to raise nearly $1 million to buy the lot from a developer who plans to chop the 150-year-old trees down. The Tribune reported last week how neighbors came to an agreement with Vic Remmers of Everett Custom Homes to hold off on cutting down the trees, by giving Remmers a $50,000 deposit and agreeing to a total of $900,000 being paid by July 6.
Everett Custom Homes had planned to cut down the trees June 23, prior to neighbors protesting outside the lot and Remmers striking a deal with Robert McCullough, president of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association. Neighbors currently have a Go Fund Me campaign that has raised $5,670 as of Wednesday morning.
Elizabeth Leach, who lives next door to the tree lot, is leading the fundraising efforts. She says they are currently searching for a nonprofit group to accept the funds they raise to buy the lot. Leach says if the group is able to raise the necessary funds, they will turn the space into a community park.
Local musician Alexa Wiley is headlining Monday's event, with performances also from Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk, Paul Brainard and Friends, Grant Remington, Matthew Zeltzer and Bert Sperling. To donate, contact Elizabeth Leach at email@example.com or donate online at www.gofundme.com/SavetheGiants.