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Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside: 
They Told Me

Portland-based Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside vigorously mines a sweet spot between modern and vintage. Sallie’s voice has elicited comparisons to classic jazz and blues icons, yet it is stoked with the fire of youth and rebellion, too, an instrument capable of conveying raw emotion and nuanced artistry in the same breath. Intertwining elements of swinging roots rock, country, jazz, and blues with a contemporary lyrical stance and Ford’s instantly recognizable voice, the quartet is steadily earning a growing following throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: 
Fiddlehead Fern

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.

Lake Street Dive: 
Rabid Animal

How is it that something so unlikely can also be so infectious, so naturally exhilarating? Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. Composed of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-wielding guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, Lake Street Dive encompasses a myriad of possibilities within its members’ collective experiences, and the resultant music is a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop.

Recorded at the 2013 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Lake Street Dive’s website.

The Cactus Blossoms: 
San Antonio Rose

The Stanley Brothers, the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys, the Maddox Brothers & Rose. Country music has a long-held appreciation for sibling bands, and it seems there’s no sweeter sound than two brothers harmonizing over a sad country tune. Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey have capitalized on this tried-and-true formula with their band The Cactus Blossoms, most recently pulling together a backup band of music veterans: Mike “Razz” Russell on fiddle, Nadine Landry (from the Foghorn String band) on upright bass, and Randy Broughten on pedal steel guitar and dobro.

Caleb Klauder: 
Hard Times

The Caleb Klauder Country Band represents the best of the Northwest music scene. Caleb has been touring nationally and internationally for over 15 years, first with acclaimed folk-rock band Calobo, a luminary in the Northwest’s burgeoning music scene, and then with the widely celebrated Foghorn Stringband.

Pharis and Jason Romero: 
Lay Down In Sorrow

Pharis and Jason Romero live in the British Columbia woods. They spend their days building fine open-back banjos, and singing and playing the old-time and early country music they love. This is music not made for profit or for product, but made by hand, the old-fashioned way. Music made from a true love of the tradition and informed by an insatiable need to find or write the most beautiful songs.

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: 
Natural Thing To Do

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.

Marco Benevento: 
Escape Horse

For more than a decade pianist/sound-sculptor/songwriter Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His studio albums have set forth a vision for music that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other, while in the live setting his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy.

Old Light: 
Bait & Switch

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 2013 Pickathon Music Festival.
Checkout Old Light’s website.

The Relatives: 
Your Love is Real

The Relatives sing a burning gospel refracted through the lens of psychedelic rock, heavy R&B and 1970s funk. Their riffs and drum grooves owe as much to Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone as to the Rev. James Cleveland and Shirley Ceasar. “Even back then people would tell us that we was ahead of our time,” Gean said. “We always did our own thing.”