It’s a Friday night in Portland and a raucous crowd is filling the Aladdin Theater to capacity for a night with Junior Brown. For those who have not been blessed with the opportunity to experience him live, Junior Brown is a guitar enigma. Country and Western through and through, he is also a little blues and surf along with some rock and roll. At his live shows, you never are quite sure what he'll be throwing your way, but one thing's for certain: You will definitely be amazed. His playing is a masterpiece of dazzling finger work on the fretboard and slide, and his guitar—a Guit-Steel that's half Telecaster and half pedal steel (without the pedals)—is something to behold. It's even a greater treat to watch him play it. On this night, Brown undeniably delivered a performance of everything great country music should be and more.
Oregon’s Bluesman: Norman SylvesterJory Farr - May 7, 2020
In 1987, B.B. King told a 42-year-old Norman Sylvester to devote himself full time to music. The Boogie Cat heeded that advice and became his own ambassador of blues: "Musicians are messengers. We...
In Dark Times, I Sing of TreesOlivia Awbrey - Apr 22, 2020
In a blink, Covid-19 devastated the music industry. Together, we’ll adapt and evolve. During these times of uncertainty, it's more important than ever to shine a light on information that provides...
Bart Budwig: 'Sock Song' [Video Premiere]Chris Young - Dec 4, 2019
Full of goofy nostalgia—and in honor of National Sock Day, natch—the tender-hearted Eastern Oregon singer-songwriter welcomes us into his musical family for a sock fight! Celebrate the release of...
The Portland Playlist: Ural ThomasChris Young - Oct 12, 2018
It’s time for Ural Thomas to spread love and bring The Pain—he shares the songs that inspire his music, plus a couple that he just can’t live without. Listen to his playlist now!