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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,…


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 | Quarterflash | Pop RockLove is a Road | Pink Martini | Pop/OrchestralGet Happy | Wild Ones | IndieKeep It Safe | Radiation City | Dream PopAnimals in the MedianPortland | Rae Gordon Band | Soul/BluesBlue Lemonade | Oregon Larry and His Flask | JamgrassBy The Lamplight | The Harmed Brothers | AmericanaBetter Days | Minden | PopWhat’s More Than Appropriate?Portland |    


2013 Photo Recap

  The Upland Bird Hunt Bob’s Red Mill: Oatmeal for the Soul The Good, the Bad and the Muddy Tyler Roemer Aubrie LeGault Tim LaBarge  

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Pioneer Woman

written by Kevin Max IN A WAY, IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE THAT ROSE FORSTER HOWE WOULD END UP BECOMING a medical technician, English riding instructor, butcher, fromager and soaper on a remote ranch in Eastern Oregon. True, the path there was a bit unexpected. But life doesn’t always travel in straight lines. Video by Kevin Max The night before I left to visit Rose and her husband, Darrell, in Monument, Oregon, I had memorized the route, not wanting to trot out my mobile phone in the quiet hills that rolled up to the north and middle forks of the John Day River. I’d be damned if I was going to resort to a GPS-enabled map to tell me how to get there. This scheme worked, too. Almost. I knew Rose primarily from her Facebook posts, which is to say not at all. There were entries such as, “Dropped off a…


What I’m Working On: Kerry Tymchuk

It’s not a gas-lighted cave, but the Oregon Historical Society “vault” is one of the state’s best kept secrets, closely guarded by a fifth-generation Oregonian who is no less a state treasure himself.


Goods & Gear: Valentine Gifts

There are times to eschew tradition, and there are times to embrace it. This year we want to embrace the standard Valentine gift—jewelry. Oregon jewelers are tooling away all over the state with elegant results. Get the perfect piece for any style or price.


Gary Randall’s Oregon

GARY RANDALL GOT HIS FIRST CAMERA when he was a boy in 1964. He began shooting and developing black and white film while in his 20s before making the leap into digital photography in his 40s. He has dabbled in many media forms, including painting, drawing, carving stone.


Vehicle Mileage Tax

The growing popularity of electronic cars has government officials reconsidering Oregon’s gasoline tax structure. The Oregon legislature recently established an exploratory, voluntary vehicle mileage tax pilot program for 5,000 Oregon drivers which will take effect in 2015. A vehicle mileage tax of one-and-a-half- cents-per-mile would replace the existing gas tax. What do you think about a per-mile tax?


Artist in Residence: A Caribbean Mosaic in Oregon

The blue-grey cityscape marked by tilted squares of sunlight and scarlet umbrellas does not exist, but Joachim McMillan will take you there nonetheless. He will introduce you to a thousand dancing women he has never met and take you out to sea on a sailboat he has never sailed.