KZME Presents The Americana Showcase Ft.
Brad Parsons, Sam Cooper and Friends, Brian Francis, Douglas County Daughters, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners
4811 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR, 97215
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
"In scorching form" (UK Telegraph), Northern California's own Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope. From major U.S. festivals to Bob Harris's BBC show, Rita is moving audiences around the globe with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice, "a captivating performer," (R2 Magazine.)
Rita's style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the 2008 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the 2009 Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and more. "This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family's frontier experience," (Dan Ruby, FestivalPreview.com) and Rita's fans call her "the real deal". A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice.
Rita began recording and publishing in 2005 with Are You Ready?, and followed in 2007 with Silver Stream. Come Sunrise, Rita's 2009 record, won Best Country Album Vox Pop in the 2010 Independent Music Awards. Burn, from 2011, was placed in the top 10 "Young Female Artist releases for 2011" by No Depression magazine, and listed as a "Hidden Gem of 2011" by the UK's Observer. Both Come Sunrise and Burn were produced by Rich Brotherton--producer, engineer, and guitar player in the Robert Earl Keen Band. Rich's studio in Austin, Texas, Ace Recording, is where Rita recorded her most recent album as well. Like Come Sunrise and Burn, Rita's brand new 2013 release, Little Boat, was made with Brotherton at Ace Recording.
In live performance, Rita will play solo but most often appears as a duo with her husband Sean Feder on Dobro and banjo, or as a trio or quartet dubbed "Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack"--Sean Feder (Dobro/banjo), Andy Lentz (fiddle), and Bill Dakin (upright bass). Of recent, one or more of Rita and Sean's daughters will often join in as well.
Sam Cooper and Friends
Cooper, a Boulder native, fronted several ensembles in his hometown before moving to Portland in 2007 and making a name for himself as a multi-instrumentalist with bands including Invisible Rockets, Jared Mees & the Grown Children, and Horse Feathers. Now, after several years of developing his technique as an accompanist on instruments less-familiar than his mainstay guitar, Cooper has leapt back into the role of frontman.
He teams up with the talents of Jake Maynard and Yeah Great Fine veterans Jake Hershman, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nick Werth, and Nathaniel Daniel to perform his new album, “Long Lost Love.” The album’s 11 tracks are a delightful and heartfelt peek inside Cooper’s diverse bag of musical tricks. He arranged and recorded nearly every sound on “Long Lost Love” — a laundry list that begins with lead vocals and harmonies, and continues with instruments from piano, guitar, mandolin and banjo to violin, accordion and charango, a South American lute. Nick Werth lent his expertise on drum set and percussion.
“I wanted it to be something that could be performed live, given four or five or six band members,” he says. “And I wanted instruments that didn’t necessarily have to be plugged in.”
Cooper draws from multiple musical genres to create a sound at once comfortingly familiar and totally unreplicated. His music is early American rock ‘n’ roll mixed with Americana, modern folk, a tinge of pop and a hint of bluegrass, but it’s confined to none of those genres. Tracks on “Long Lost Love” range from the vintage doo-wop of the intro to the drippy revelation of closing track “Paint.” In between, rich lyrics and instrumental complexity make the listener’s feet stomp, hearts ache, leaving them craving another spin.
“I wanted it to gel with people’s lives in a way that speaks to them,” he says. “It’s almost a sense of trying to tap into that shared thing that I feel and that other people feel, and letting it resonate.”
During live shows, the songs shed some of the album’s orchestral white collar and put on a rock ‘n’ roll t-shirt, with violin lines translated to creamy telecaster riffs and the tempo turned up a notch.
Hershman and Maynard’s seamless harmonies, and the band members’ evident camaraderie infuse the songs with a boisterous and jovial spirit. Expect a heavy sprinkling of new takes on old folk ballads, as well as old-timey refashionings of modern tunes. There’ll also likely be ample audience interaction, as Cooper is known to take a crack at even the most obscure audience request.
Cooper drifts into tangential musings on music theory, history and geography when asked to describe his influences. As much as he is a master musician, he’ll never stop being a student of a craft he sees as “an academic and spiritual pursuit.”
The band’s accessibility sets it apart from other indie musicians who establish a sound of the day, and rarely waver from their sweet spot. Cooper’s music is without pretention or exclusivity.
“I’m more interested in what you can do with a good chord progression and storyline than in a particular sound, having the sound serve the song instead of the other way around,” he says.
The result is geared toward the ears of no one in particular, but everyone in general — as likely to appeal to teenage hipsters as suburban soccer moms.
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Brian Francis has spent the past 20 years wandering around America gathering songs and stories from the road and writing a few of his own along the way. A gifted guitarist, composer and arranger with a bluesy soulful voice- Brian's developed a solo show that is eclectic, very much of the moment and thoroughly entertaining.
Douglas County Daughters
Douglas County Daughters creates an unexpected magic and charm on stage as sisters Emily West and Mollie Ziegler bring a lifetime of singing together to this Americana duet dedicated to the voice and the song. Crowds delight in the weaving of close harmonies with heart-warming banter as the two slip between vintage songs and reminiscence of childhood in small town America.
Bringing a combined twenty years of recording and performance experience, with stage credits ranging from Seattle's Benaroya Hall to Eugene's Sam Bond's Garage, Douglas County Daughters perform a unique repertoire of roots, swing, cabaret, folk, and rockabilly tunes tailored to audiences in chic spas, festival stages, intimate speakeasies, and lively pubs. Featuring attention-getting vocal harmony, the duo accompanies themselves primarily on piano and a pared-down drum set. Their classic presentation includes vintage costuming for a nostalgic audience experience.
Born and raised in Douglas County, Nebraska, their family moved when Mollie and Emily were teenagers to the Pacific Northwest, where they reside today in Seattle, WA and Eugene, OR respectively. They perform regularly for audiences in both Washington and Oregon, claiming both as home. The Daughters also eagerly adopt any and all Douglas Counties across the nation as places of kin.
Douglas County Daughters proudly joins the tradition of family bands like The Smothers Brothers, The Andrews Sisters, and The Carter Family. The two were encouraged to music at an early age and were classically trained in piano, concert bands, and choral choirs. Both continued studying music and performance throughout high school and college. Mollie earned a Masters in Music Education and Emily completed a Masters in Folklore and musicology. Their deep knowledge of varied musical traditions melts into the background as they create something delightfully appealing, blending voices and building familiarity with fans as only sisters can.
Each an accomplished vocalist and instrumentalist in her own right, Mollie and Emily have enjoyed multiple independent recording projects and appear on each others' albums. Their combined discographies include five LPs and four EP releases under the names of Fancy Bandits, Local Buddha, Mollie Ziegler, and Telepathic Dumpster.
Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners
With genres ranging from and inspired by country-blues, ragtime, and swing themed styles, Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners deliver a slew of toe tapping numbers that will leave you and your sweetie wantin' more. You can find the fellas playing on the street, your local jass club, and probably on your porch right now. With that old time spirit,'n a bit whiskey..you're bound to hear hollerin!
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