Blog Archives

Sonny Smith Feat. Old Light: 
Too Young to Burn

Led by former San Francisco cabbie and current Portland resident Garth Klippart, Old Light began when Garth (singer and autoharp) bought an old autoharp from an antique instrument guru and recorded it over and over, layering the tracks. The result is like nothing else that has come out of the Pacific Northwest.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Old Light’s website.

Mike + Ruthy: 
Raise Your Glasses High

Mike + Ruthy have refined their sound down to the very core of acoustic American music, demonstrating an uncommon ability to create songs as lyrically sophisticated as Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen and as harmonically beautiful as Gillian Welch & David Rawlings or Simon & Garfunkel.

AgesandAges: 
Demons

AgesandAges’ music bursts forth with brightness, handclaps and harmonies that find themselves stuck in your head for days. Their sunny sound—equal parts gospel, soul, country, and rock, so that any genre descriptor other than “pop” doesn’t quite fit—was designed to be infectious and invitational.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout AgesandAges’s website.

Damien Jurado: 
Notes of Season

In the ’90s, when the entire music scene in his adopted hometown of Seattle zigged one way, towards punk and grunge, Damien Jurado zagged the opposite, picking up an acoustic guitar and embracing vintage folk. Encouraged by the genre’s longstanding embrace of unusual voices, Jurado began self-releasing a series of cassettes that captured his quavering, mournful, slightly off-kilter croon over strummed, mournful ballads. Slowly, his prolific recording schedule and journeyman touring won him a cult following nationwide, and over a career spanning a decade and a half, he’s released numerous EPs, singles and tour-only discs, as well as nine proper studio albums.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Damien Jurado’s website.

Charlie Parr: 
The Coffee's Gone Cold

A shy individual, Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo. He was raised in Austin, Minnesota, in a household that prized traditional American folk music. His style bears the influence of hours spent listening to country blues records and Smithsonian/Folkways field recordings; often in the garage.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Charlie Parr’s website.

Califone: 
Silvermine Pictures

In an underground music landscape where lone MP3s propel bands to momentary internet stardom, bands are here today and gone tomorrow. Califone is a band that defies this blueprint. Their albums are full of layers and textures, offering endless depth, entire universes to lose yourself in – and beyond the thick spectrum of sound, they do something even more important: They write great songs.

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: 
God's Rocky Shore/Pot Luck

With a handful of acoustic instruments and the clear harmonies of bluegrass song, Cahalen and Eli have created an entirely new strain of roots music. Their sound crosses the warmth of Cahalen’s clawhammer banjo with the blistering runs of Eli’s bluegrass guitar and percussive mandolin, and adds high lonesome harmonies that would fit into any evening at the Opry. Together, they’ve taken time-tested musical traditions and bent them into new shapes to fit a new world.

Danny Barnes: 
Road

“A good song has a way of speaking to everybody” Danny Barnes says. “I have faith that more people are going to hear my songs, which is really what I have to offer.” Part Southern Gentleman, part humble artist, Barnes is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and genre-bending artists of his craft, Barnes’ musical interests are both varried and adventurous, and he incorporates that versatility into a progressive approach to an instrument that is musically polarizing and steeped in tradition.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Danny Barnes’ website.

Damien Jurado: 
Golden

In the ’90s, when the entire music scene in his adopted hometown of Seattle zigged one way, towards punk and grunge, Damien Jurado zagged the opposite, picking up an acoustic guitar and embracing vintage folk. Encouraged by the genre’s longstanding embrace of unusual voices, Jurado began self-releasing a series of cassettes that captured his quavering, mournful, slightly off-kilter croon over strummed, mournful ballads. Slowly, his prolific recording schedule and journeyman touring won him a cult following nationwide, and over a career spanning a decade and a half, he’s released numerous EPs, singles and tour-only discs, as well as nine proper studio albums.

Recorded at the 2011 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Damien Jurado’s website.

Wye Oak & Future Islands: 
Little Dreamer

Wye Oak and Future Islands, two Baltimore-based indie bands, team up to play some tunes in the Pumphouse at Pickathon. You’re sure to find different styles stemming from both of them – Future Islands with a new wave synthpop feel and Wye Oak more indie-folk inspired – so be sure to also check out their music individually.