26 January 2018, Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
This was for the Pickathon 2018 Announcement Party. Each of the 3 artists tonight played 2 songs:
Jen Cloher came out with a bang in chopping guitars, poetry, and a bit of that thin wild guitar. The songs built to powerful poetic mountains and really got you moving a bit. I would love to see a full set from them — luckily we will at Pickathon 2018.
John Craigie kind of played 3 songs since he gave a small monologue about himself and folk singers between songs: He talked about how he was able to write I Wrote Mr. Tambourine Man, playing dark indoor music venues versus outdoor festivals, and girls with hoola-hoops and breakups… The only way I can describe this guy is he is the “real deal.” He is exactly what you would describe to someone what a folk singer is: a good story teller, a master of timeless lyrics, guitar embellishments, and a harmonica.
Reason #2 to go to Pickathon.
Haley Heynderickx came out to a cheering crowd; a hometown hero, if you will. It was really cool to see a horn mixed in with the music. I always felt that kind of brass variation can go a long way in a band. Like, add a saxophone to any song and it becomes magic.
I think this sums up what the band is capable of: “Paisley Underground for the 21st century. (Remember Opal? Yeah, THAT good!)
Visceral, bluesy, psychedelic folk ballads that slip in with a twangy, coffee-house sensibility, and then unleash like brilliant exploding stars!”
-Bandcamp.com – Ian Whulj, Bainbridge, Wa.
What Phase is This?
I Wrote Mr. Tambourine Man