One of the original British blues pioneers Kim Simmonds is touring again, celebrating 50 years of music with his band Savoy Brown and a legion of fans. At 67, Simmonds sounded as good as ever when he and his band (Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums) took the Aladdin Theater crowd on a journey through the past and into the future featuring a setlist filled with Savoy Brown classics and new songs alike. Simmonds, a genuine and timeless artist, shared great remembrances of his former bandmates and the experience of being a young kid following his idols Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker with his ever-evolving band. From my perspective, Kim Simmonds is a great bluesman, an architect of blues rock Chicago-style, and still continues to carry the torch—playing with a passion that's second to none. Thank you Kim!
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!