Music

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The New Nashville

It seemed like a simple idea: Pick our favorite of-the-moment Oregon bands and tell their stories.

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The Shed Shakers Shake Up Oregon’s Music Scene

featured photo by Blaine and Bethany Photography Cataclysmic forces sculpted The Gorge, and The Gorge has, in turn, shaped the music of The Shed Shakers. With original, progressive bluegrass awash in rich harmonies from ethereal to hard-hitting, the musicians behind the mandolin, banjo, guitar, dobro, and upright bass draw on their experiences hiking in the wilderness, mountain biking, riding powder, rafting, kayaking and simply living in The Gorge. Their songs, colored with jazz, tell stories that tap into universal themes—fear, love and friendship. The real shaking of the shed comes from fans jamming to their tunes. They don’t call themselves The Shed Shakers for nothing. Click below to listen:  

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Trip Tracks: Oregon tunes for the journey

featured photo by Talia Galvin Highway 97 Journey Through Time on Highway 97 I was halfway to the North Pole on Highway 97 before I reached Shaniko, the ghost town in northern Central Oregon. A sign read: “45th Parallel. Halfway Between The Equator And The North Pole.” Also known as the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, this road is the passage for the journey from the all-but-abandoned Shaniko north to Biggs, at the intersection of Highway 97 and I-84. This is a land of wide open spaces, where dryland wheat farming has taken hold. Residents along this route are mostly growers who depend upon the whims of nature to determine crop viability. Though the climate is dry, farmers have worked with what nature provides and wheat has been a staple of the economy here for generations. On a clear day, driving through this rolling outback lets you take in views that…

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To the Tune of Selflessness

Across the state, giving Oregonians dedicate their lives to helping share the gift of music with people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. Our residents provide instruments and lessons, mentorship, and inspiration via life-enriching nonprofit organizations. The following local nonprofits are committed to providing a cultural experience to community members who might need it the most. 

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Oregon Singer Song Writers

Within whispering forests of skyscraping trees, in the thunder of coastal swells and between the rushing torrents of our rocky rivers, Oregon is making music. Our diverse natural environment is a symphony of sorts. Whether in the plains of the high desert or atop a snowy peak, the state seems to conduct its own musical arrangements just by being. Its inspiration and influence is undeniable to a variety of local voices—each forging their own brand of “Oregon music.” The term singer-songwriter barely scratches the surface. In the interest of discovering what exactly it means to be a musician in Oregon and how and where inspiration strikes, 1859 caught up with three local artists whose music is both turning heads and tapping toes … each to their own beat. Halie Loren When picturing the predominant musical landscape of Oregon, jazz may not be the first genre that comes to mind. However,…

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Oregon Singer Song Writers 2

written by Meredith Frengs Wales  Our diverse natural environment is a symphony of sorts Within whispering forests of skyscraping trees, in the thunder of coastal swells and between the rushing torrents of our rocky rivers, Oregon is making music. Our diverse natural environment is a symphony of sorts. Whether in the plains of the high desert or atop a snowy peak, the state seems to conduct its own musical arrangements just by being. Its inspiration and influence is undeniable to a variety of local voices—each forging their own brand of “Oregon music.” The term singer-songwriter barely scratches the surface. In the interest of discovering what exactly it means to be a musician in Oregon and how and where inspiration strikes, 1859 caught up with three local artists whose music is both turning heads and tapping toes … each to their own beat.   Halie Loren When picturing the predominant musical…

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A Year in Albums: 2013

Whether you’re holed up with a hot toddy or driving to a snowcapped mountain, Oregon musicians have tunes to keep you grooving through winter. Listen to some of 1859’ s favorite albums that debuted in the past year. Portugal. The Man | Indie RockEvil Friends | Portlandportugaltheman.com Quarterflash | Pop RockLove is a Road | Portlandquarterflash.net Pink Martini | Pop/OrchestralGet Happy | Portlandpinkmartini.com Wild Ones | IndieKeep It Safe | Portlandwild-1s.com Radiation City | Dream PopAnimals in the MedianPortland | radiationcity.net Rae Gordon Band | Soul/BluesBlue Lemonade | Oregon Cityraegordon.com Larry and His Flask | JamgrassBy The Lamplight | Redmondlarryandhisflask.com The Harmed Brothers | AmericanaBetter Days | Eugenetheharmedbrothers.com Minden | PopWhat’s More Than Appropriate?Portland | mindenband.com    

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Hear in your Hometown

Across the state, a collection of paradigm-shifting entrepreneurs is bucking the system. By turning their backs on the notion that the music industry revolves around metropolitan destinations such as Los Angeles, New York, and London, these ambitious music-lovers are bringing fans exactly what they want. By staying local, Oregon record labels are creating a culture and community that not only houses hometown musicians, but also puts our region on the map as a destination for those seeking cutting-edge musical experiences.