A special night of talented Southern singer/songwriters
Will Kimbrough, Brigitte DeMeyer
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Will Kimbrough belongs to the same Southern singer-songwriting tradition as his pals/co-workers Rodney Crowell, Tommy Womack, and Todd Snider. Kimbrough has the same self-deprecating sense of humor and instrumental chops on guitar, banjo, mandolin, keyboards, and more that make his story songs into mini-operas. Sideshow Love is his brilliant new CD, a 12 song cycle delving into love, obsession, guilt and catharsis, Randy Newmanesque in its lens of truth. Will Kimbrough is the barker standing outside his album's intoxicating tent.
Born and raised in the deep south of the Alabama Gulf Coast, Will Kimbrough's body of work reflects a lifetime of performing, writing and collaborating from more angles than Da Vinci's protractor. His music reflect years of learning the intricacies of folk, blues, gospel, country, rock'n'roll, punk rock and jazz.
With songs recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Little Feat, Jack Ingram, Todd Snider and others, Kimbrough's multidisciplinary approach has led to collaborations in the studio and onstage with artists including Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Gomez, Emmylou Harris, the Jayhawks, Buddy Miller, John Prine, Toumani Diabate, Kim Richey, Josh Rouse, Matthew Ryan, Billy Joe Shaver and Mavis Staples. Kimbrough was recognized as the 2004 Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association.
The South is everywhere, especially in the stories told by Brigitte DeMeyer's music. It's the haunting comfort that envelops you when you drive the wooded back roads in your hometown. It's the sound of cicadas rustling in the trees. It's the salt, grease and love that goes into every plate of grits served.
With her sixth offering, 2014's Savannah Road, DeMeyer gives the listener access to a special place in her mind. The title track is inspired by Gregg Allman's book My Cross to Bear. The celebrated musician's biography was DeMeyer's companion and took her in all different, musical and emotional directions. It helped her feel connected to Georgia, the South, and in the process, connected to herself. Savannah Road intermingles acoustic steel and slide guitar, fingerpicking, gospel-tinged vocals and literary imagery. A self-produced collection of 13 songs written mostly by DeMeyer and frequent collaborator string-master Will Kimbrough, Savannah Road has been described as "gorgeous and greasy." DeMeyer simply calls it "acoustic soul."