The Lowest Pair, Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters, Huck Notari
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Lowest Pair
The Lowest Pair is a quirky, old-time roots influenced duet, featuring the high lonesome harmonies of banjo pickin' songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. They perform both traditional and original music, often nestling-in somewhere between. Arkansas born, and homesteading in Olympia, Kendl is a solo artist on indie record label K Records and was one of the founding members of the popular string band The Blackberry Bushes. Palmer hails from Minneapolis, MN and is the front man of high energy festival favorites bluegrass outfit, The Boys n' the Barrels. The two met in early 2013 and began discussing the idea of collaborating. Shorty thereafter they hit the road with their banjos and an old guitar. A few months after the duet formed they teamed up with Dave Simonette of Trampled By Turtles to record their debut record "36¢" put out by Team Love Records. They are road warriors with a city folk front and back porch sentiment. This dynamic duo is turning heads across the country.
Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters
Ashleigh Flynn grew up in Kentucky and cut her teeth on local bluegrass music. She arrived on the national scene in 2008 with the release of her third record, American Dream, and continues playing national and international stages with the release of A Million Stars (2013). A prolific songwriter, Ashleigh is also an electrifying performer blessed with unbridled charisma. Ashleigh has performed at many a music festival including Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Falcon Ridge Folk and High Sierra. A Million Stars, Ashleigh's fourth studio effort on her own Home Perm Records, is produced by Chris Funk, her longtime friend and musical collaborator, best-known as the Decemberists' multi-instrumentalist. The record features Todd Snider and many of Portland's most talented musicians including, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee-Drizos, Nate Query, John Moen, Annalisa Tornfelt, and the Stolen Sweets singers, among others. She has also traveled the globe regularly warming tours for Todd Snider and Nanci Griffith, among others.
A Million Stars continues the inspired narrative Flynn began on earlier records with tales deeply rooted in the American experience. The most profound seed of inspiration for the new record was a watercolor painted by her young niece depicting a cowgirl atop her horse under a starry desert sky. Who was this girl so confidently astride her mount? Discovering the painting led her on a quest to learn more about the women of the westward expansion, unnamed heroes that history had largely overlooked.
"Flynn's best attributes: a soulful croon best described as a gold-plated gift from beyond, a songwriter's eye for detail and narrative that captures the humanity and hope in the lives of our fair city's various down-and-outers …" - Douglas Perry, The Oregonian
I grew up in the white mountains of New Hampshire. Quite a beautiful place. I lived there for some time and then caught a Greyhound one day out to Oregon. Big changes. Was hanging out with musicians and played some open mics around. Wound up in New Orleans miming on Royal Street as Charlie Chaplin and then soon joined a country blues and ragtime band, the Kitchen Syncopators, that featured Gill Landry (now with Old Crow Medicine Show), Woody Pines (touring with his own band) and Felix Hatfield (of Oz st. Fossils and Cardboard Songsters).
Later, I wound up in Portland and began writing songs on guitar and piano and released my first album, "Highland" in 2007 and "Very Long Dream" in 2009. I am usually joined by Karin Nystrom (also with What Hearts), who sings and plays snare drum and Joel Shimmin, who plays a variety of guitars.
I've been playing around the Northwest and have toured a bit in Ireland. Im workin' on my third record currently. Its hard to describe my music, but I generally refer to it as original country folk.
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