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Portland to Portland Wraps Up + Upcoming PNW Shows 

November 2018: We have returned to the PNW for the winter. The Portland to Portland tour was a blast. Two months on the road supporting the release of our new EP, Threshold, and it's accompanying videos for Drug For That and Afterthought. There was some really great press for this material, coming from here in the States, Europe, the UK, and Mexico. Check out some of the reviews, premiers, and interviews on our BIO/Contact page. Special thanks to Clovis IV and Shameless Promotion PR for helping get our music in front of people across the globe! You can download Threshold from our site HERE. Currently, our limited edition screen printed Threshold CDs are only available at shows. Or if Spotify is your thing, our entire catalog is now available to stream to your hearts content. 

Before I get to the tour wrap up, we have some shows coming up in the Northwest. We are very excited for our first performance at Wildwood Hotel in Willamina, OR on Friday, November 30th. We are joining Alex Salcido of The Harmed Brothers, I think this one is worth a road trip! You should book a room at the hotel and enjoy a cozy autumn night with us. Go HERE to check out the rooms at the hotel. 

We are returning to Seaside Brewery for our yearly holiday season visit. Our chance to hang out with the coastal locals! Sunday, December 2 starting at 7:30p. It's going to be a grand reunion. Speaking of reunions, we will be back at Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver once again for the Ugly Sweater contest on December 15. Our third year in a row? It's all a blur of atrocious knitting... We haven't played in Vancouver in about a year, it will be good to be back in town. See you soon. 

Back to the tour... We raced out of California once again as the fires were exploding and this time, in the wake of a tragic bar room shooting spree. It was hot in SoCal in November. Everything is parched and/or recently burned. The landscape looked drastically different from when we moved there in 2006. Mass shootings at music venues had not yet become a trend. What a difference 12 years makes.

But within our world of playing music in SB, Ventura, and LA, those 12 years have led to some happy progress. The Cinema Bar in Culver City was a really positive night for us, once again, with thanks to Jay Souza of Patrolled By Radar. Hoping we can build on that and continue to explore LA this summer. That was followed by one of the most fun shows Merry and I have played. Maverick Saloon was a bit of a risky bet for us. We hoped we could get folks to come out from across the county to help us fill up that big honky tonk, and despite the somewhat sketchy mountain drive from SB, you did not disappoint. I was coming off of a cold that had left me pretty lifeless since North Carolina. It was the first night I felt 100%. Earlier in the day we went to Seven Bar in Santa Barbara to check in with our roots. It's the bar that was founded by our fallen bandmate, Michael. There's a small shrine to him tucked above the bar where we pay our respects. It's also the place where Merry and I were married. Stopping in always gives us a boost of energy and confidence. It's exactly the same boost we would get from Mikey before a show. So once Matt Armor had gotten the crowd moving with his incredible set at the Mav, and our sound check gave us exactly what we needed, and we were fueled by our pilgrimage, it was the perfect formula for a rocking show. There were great dancers, people getting up on stage to rock out, lots of voices singing along, dead quiet when we played our ballads, and a lone "circle pit" enthusiast during Drug For That. An incredibly positive night for us. Thank you all.

We were still on cloud 9 the next morning, after being cared for by our friends at Lion Eye Farms, when we started out for our Ventura gig at MadeWest Brewing. Our set was graciously received by an audience that had clearly come out for beer more than music. It was a happy surprise for us to get that giant room's attention for our set. But the real bonus to the show, from our perspective, was hearing our friends, The Detroit Sportsmen's Congress, bust out a version of our rarely heard song, "Sayonara, Senorita". It's a waltzy, indie-folk song off of our EP Nihilisteria from 2009. The DSC is a fantastic band with a soulful groove behind their Americana rock. Their set was amazing. They took our quirky and halting indie folk song and passed it through The Pogues/Dylan filter, with a big assist from Ben Saunders' accordion, and smoothed our waltz into a great jam. Well done my friends. It really is an honor to have someone play our song. You can see a clip of it on our FB feed.

That weekend was a real high point of the tour, and it was perfectly placed towards the end of the schedule. A two month tour has its peaks and valleys. Here are some other peak moments:

Charlotte, NC at The Evening Muse: We've played many shows with Drunken Prayer in our history, but this one was clearly one of the best performances by Morgan Geer we have seen. Solo, with his new Gretch Country Gentleman through my Fender Deluxe, the guitar tone was juicy and rich. But it was the vocals that really put the show over the top. Morgan played a bunch of tracks from his forthcoming album along with the best of his catalog. A beautiful room, it was an honor to play there.

Washington, D.C. at The Pie Shop: What a great new venue. Some of the best staff we have run across. Top shelf equipment. And The Highballers! Those guys rocked our worlds. They release their new album next week. If you are in DC go support The Pie Shop. We need venues like that in this world. And go see The Highballers so they can honky tonk the shit out of you. 

Jersey: What can we say? You folks come through time and time again, and you bring new friends with you. It's a huge pleasure to return. Special thanks to Rob Miceli for the hospitality. And to Gerry's Place for making us feel at home. Our second gig in NJ, in Jersey City at Pet Shop, was the surprise show of the tour. On a Tuesday night, with bands we hadn't met before, in the basement of a club we have never played, in a city where we have never played, we had a great show. I won't forget the odd moment while we were loading out. People had been really responsive to our set and saying positive things to us afterwards. A member of the following band stopped me to say he enjoyed the set and "Don't give up! Don't quit!" It was oddly unsettling and comforting at the same time. It was a refrain we heard throughout the tour, all across the country. People know that the odds are against anyone trying to make a living playing original music. They understand that the world is always hinting at you to move on to something safer and more secure. They see the grind of loading and unloading for our 40 minutes under the lights (if there are lights). They know there isn't much money in it. They guess, correctly, that we often have no idea where we will sleep that night. But they want us to be out there doing the thing night after night. I think it gives folks some kind of happiness to imagine a band on the road, living a free life. It's nice to know that they recognize the struggle and offer their support. Those are almost always the same folks who shop at the merch booth btw ;)

Becket, MA at Dream Away: It was our third stay at Dream Away. You've probably read me gushing over it in previous tour posts. This time was no different. After much experimentation with the electric guitar in small rooms, we finally tuned up our sound to work with an all acoustic guitar show. Most of what we changed was on the sound engineering end, but we also approached our more rocking tracks with a different style that leaned more toward Velvet Underground than X on our heavier material. We also put most of the emphasis on the vocals over the guitar and drums. The audience response was great and we felt like we had hit on something really good. I predict an acoustic album in our future. 

I won't linger on the low points. They can be fun to laugh about in retrospect, but most of mine involve sweating profusely in the van in 36 degrees or being in a fever haze while on stage. That didn't last for more than a few shows tho. Kansas needs to learn how to Autumn. I mean really? 95 degrees in late September? sheesh. I feel lousy we didn't play in the midwest on the way back to the west coast. I would have liked to try Nashville again as well. Oh well, we will get em next time.

We will be playing in the PNW through the rest of autumn and the winter. Spring plans are already in the works. Hope y'all are doing well out there. Thank you to all the new email list members! Thanks for all the support.

"Afterthought" Video Premier / Halfway Point of the Tour 

We are very excited to share our latest video collaboration with Clovis IV. Our video for our second single "Afterthought" premiered last Friday on Rebel Noise. You can check out the video and see what they had to say about it here: http://www.rebelnoise.com/articles/video-premiere-afterthought-by-the-mutineers

Or watch it right here:

Our most important relationships are the ones we are most likely to take for granted. Friends, lovers, and family grow weary of each other’s weaknesses and shortcomings over the years. We forget the struggles and victories of the past. Our long term relationships can become emotional traps or they can help us evolve. Afterthought is a warning to those of us who have not recognized the challenge in our midst.

HALFWAY POINT ACHIEVED

We are 16 shows deep into our Portland to Portland Tour. Big thanks and hugs to some key players so far: Raymond Richards for coming out to Boise to play bass!! All my cousins in Utah who always show so much love! Raymond Greico for saving the night in Denver! Mark at Extension Cord for making Milwaukee feel like home! John Salvage for doing everything for us Detroit! The whole damn Five O'clock Lounge family! Brian Verga for saving the night in Pittsburgh! Christian Marie for the same in Portland! And especially Rob Miceli for giving us safe haven in NJ for this long stretch. 

We've continued to meet outstanding bar owners and patrons on this tour. We have hit about half new venues and half are return trips. And because you are so supportive and encouraging we just keep doing this thing. If you want us to stop, you are going to have to stop treating us like family!

We hit the "other" Portland last weekend (our first trip to Maine). New England was gorgeous this time of year, as you might guess. Up in the mountains the leaves were on fire with brilliant autumn color. We got to spend one night camping in Green Mountain National Forest. That was a treat. And we wrapped up that part of the tour at Dream Away Lodge in Becket, MA. It was our third time performing there and it has been a highlight of each tour. At the Dream Away and the night before in Portland, we played without the electric guitar and went fully acoustic. It was surprisingly satisfying. We love rocking out and think that is part of our band persona, but there was something that just seemed right about those sets. Maybe it's the space it gave us to focus on the vocals above all else. Maybe it's a bit of Michael's spirit coming through his acoustic guitar. Whatever it was, it made us consider playing in that arrangement more often. We would love to get a live recording and offer The Mutineers Unplugged. 

We head south next week. For most of this tour we have been playing alone, and have only played with other bands at a few shows. On this stretch we get to team up with some really great acts. Friday 10/19 seems like a potential candidate for best show of the tour. We will be rocking the new venue above the Dangerously Delicious Pie Shop on H Street in Washington, DC. We will be opening the night for two great acts: Wonky Tonk and The Highballers. There's so much quality right there, I can barely stand it. A couple nights later, we have another solid bill with Richmond's own The Atkinsons at Cary St Cafe.

We follow up that week with three dates in North Carolina. We will be performing as the backing band for Drunken Prayer in what we hope is a preview of some extensive touring together next spring. We will of course be doing double duty and performing our own sets as well. Our buddies The Turkey Buzzards are touring out of California as well and we will get two nights with them as well. Really fun times ahead.

We will be shooting directly across the country after NC for our west coast dates. But do not despair, we have plans to return in the Spring to hit all the spots we missed on this tour. The west coast lineup is intense and I think it deserves its own blog post. So check back in a couple weeks for the next update. As always, please help us spread the word about upcoming shows.

"Couldn't Get Over You" Premiere On Big Takeover 

Bigtakeover.com has the exclusive premiere of our newest single, "Couldn't Get Over You", off of the forthcoming, Threshold EP. Streaming now with a delightful review by writer, Jen Dan.

It's really exciting to get press for our songs, but even more so when the author is able to see into your heart's deepest desires. We can not think of a higher compliment than to suggest that we would be invited to play the stage at The Roadhouse from Twin Peaks: The Return. Thank you Big Takeover!

"One foot firmly in the Americana camp and one in old time rock n’ roll. A familiar warm feeling comes as with many Elvis Presley songs and some of the more mellow output by The White Stripes, though this track could easily fit in the final club scene that ended David Lynch’s recent season of ‘Twin Peaks’. Excellent, harmonious, sincere and catchy – a winning formula." – Big Takeover Magazine on The Mutineers' latest single, "Couldn't Get Over You"

This first release features Merry on lead vocals with Brian adding harmonies on the chorus. It signals some of the changes in our creative direction that began on Live at B-Side. We are going to continue to grow and change and hope you will stick around for the ride! Threshold will be released 9/14. You can pre-order the EP on Bandcamp now. Get an immediate download of "Drug For That" with your pre-order. PRE-ORDER THRESHOLD ON BANDCAMP

Our video for "Drug For That" directed by Clovis IV has been getting hundreds of new views! Thanks for your shares and your support. This past weekend we wrapped up shooting for another video single with Clovis. This one will be dripping in it's own peculiar, slightly creepy mood. Can't wait to share it with you all. In the meantime, keep an eye on our tour schedule. We will be all over the country this Fall. 

THRESHOLD EP RELEASE AND THE PORTLAND TO PORTLAND TOUR 

We finished our EP, THRESHOLD, and we will soon be ready to release it to the world. On September 14th, we will have our CD Release Show at tHe FuNkY tAco in Boise, ID. It will also be available across online platforms after that date. We have 5 songs for you to chew on. They mark a bit of a shift in our style. We produced all of the tracks with Raymond Richards, who also engineered Live at B-side, and together we added all the instrumentation we thought the songs deserved. We will still be touring as a duo, but it was a pleasure to flush out these songs as bigger arrangements. Raymond played bass throughout the EP and added sweet pedal steel, some percussion, and extra electric guitar on various songs. You'll get a bigger dose of Merry's vocals on this recording, and you will hear me playing the Hammond here and there. We used our departed brother Michael's acoustic guitar as well. I don't think you can play that instrument without sounding like him. It's sort of a conduit for his voice on this EP. Very happy to have that voice coming through in the mix. 

You can check out the track list with an incredibly short preview clip of each song HERE (haven't figured out how to customize the preview, sorry!). 

PORTLAND TO PORTLAND TOUR - Fall '18

We begin our fall tour in support of our new EP this weekend in Portland, Oregon at Kelly's Olympian with Drunken Prayer and Hearts of Oak. Seven weeks later, after 15 dates as we cross the country, we will be in Portland, Maine, in the peak of the fall foliage. We absolutely booked our tour to be in that neck of the woods at that specific time. It's going to be lovely. After some time in the Northeast, we will head south to some familiar spots for us in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. The final leg of the tour starts in Las Vegas on 11/1, heads down into Los Angeles, and slowly makes its way north through Cali and back into Oregon. I've put up the first 17 or so dates of the tour and I'll be adding more throughout this week. We really hope to see you out there, so mark your calendars, tell a friend, and grab a copy of the new EP! As always we will have a limited amount of our self-printed, handmade CDs available directly from us. You can also pre-order the digital EP from bandcamp. Thank you for the support!

NEW VIDEO! "Drug For That" directed by Clovis IV 

"Drug For That" has a video! We worked with our long time friend and collaborator Clovis IV to produce this video in the area surrounding our home in Southeast Washington. It's a place where decay and growth are intermingled. The beautiful buildings, that must have once held so much promise, are left to rot away. They are the shadows of someone else's dream. We thought it made for a striking backdrop to this video.

This song is for those who haven't bought into the idea of American Exceptionalism, and to those of you who would like to get back to the basics of life. 

Check it out and share with friends. 

The Tour Is Over, Long Live The Tour 

Eleven weeks and some 10,000 miles later, we have returned to our home base down on the Lower Columbia River. Spring is giving way to summer. The farm is looking beautiful. We are settling in to the loft featured in this photo for a few months.There will be farm work, and there will be writing and rehearsing for the new album, and there will be booking of our fall tour.

We will also have a handful of shows in the region. We will headline the stage 7/21 for Bald Eagle Days here in Cathlamet, WA, joined by Tom Armstrong, and The Dead Hollows among other featured guests from the community. Down in Portland, on July 1st we will play a songwriter showcase at Alberta St. Pub, that will be acoustic guitar and sans drums. The full rock setup will be on display in Portland on 7/26 with the mighty Rootjack. More details on that will be added soon. And this weekend we will officially finish off our Spring Tour dates up in Northern Washington with three shows.

Our Instagram profile has all of our best tour pics @themutineers. We keep that updated often from the road. A link to our profile and some of the latest pics in the feed are right here on our video/photo page. BTW it's almost entirely different content from what we post to FB. We try to keep it interesting, folks. 

And now for your brief tour highlights (see our previous blog for Treefort wrap up):

There was decidedly less roadkill on this trip than on previous tours, but I do believe I saw a chicken who failed to make it to the other side of the road. In northern California we communed with new friends inside of an enormous redwood stump that had been burned and hollowed out by a lightning strike. After our performance, Lagunitas Brewery sent us on our way with 54 beers. It was one hell of an Easter basket. Listen to the music of The Creston Line, Loose Engines, and RJ Bloke, three California bands that we would always, always be happy to play with. Something about that show at The Cinema Bar got us feeling like a million bucks. Maybe it was having Jeffrey Marroquin write our set lists for us! Or maybe its the afterglow of being with our SB family! <3

We traveled into space once again with The Scoundrels in Las Vegas. Smokin' Sundays... A haze of blue memories. Tell Alexa to play their latest album for you. Mike lent me his green custom Gibson SG so that I could have an actual back up guitar on tour. It came in handy three times. Thank you Mike!!! She's coming back to you in the fall! Hopefully after we return for a fourth time to Albuquerque because Marble Brewery is always a pleasure. I can't shake the image of that talking unicorn tho.

Texas was ok. Jenny introduced us to kind folks who live in a hexagonal tree house. There seemed to be a group shower room there. We found that we shared a recording engineer (Raymond Richards) with the band (Will Courtney) we played with in Austin. Jacob Furr helped us achieve emotional balance after playing for two hours to several hamburgers in Fort Worth. And it all took place during an early spring heat wave. Hello 95 degrees in April! But the weather broke and we found ourselves in Hot Springs, Arkansas discovering that it existed. It was 40 degrees that night. We didn't leave the woods again until it was time to play Nashville with Matt Woods. Out of the woods and into the arms of the handsomest sasquatch. 

Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Staunton. We played with, and sometimes in Drunken Prayer. We ate fried chicken as often as we could. We listened to a 5-record live anthology of Bruce Springsteen one night. But mostly we listened to John Wayne, Texas Funeral. Morgan cooked marshmallows over the bbq. 5 year old Leon sang "We're Not Gonna Take It" at 1 a.m. Once again, I made baked rigatoni (no surprises here). I regret nothing. 

In Lexington, KY we picked up a show by walking into a bar and asking. Everyone was nice. We did our third run through Cinci and Cleveland. The Perfect Children got yet another powerhouse singer in the band. They now have the sonic power to shatter entire city blocks of windows. And to The 5 O'clock Lounge I say, Be warned! If you keep treating us so kindly, we are going to keep returning. Our first show in Detroit was on Mothers Day. No one brought mom except John Salvage who they call The Hamtramck Springsteen. Deservedly so. Santa Cruz Batman was there, he knows. He gave us a healthy bit of advice. Keep it weird, he said. Huge respect to the great show put on by Connor Dodson and Quick Draw even though none of their mothers showed up, I don't think. 

Up and over the U.P. All the trees lost their leaves again. The great lakes are as blue as the Caribbean, but they are cold. It was only the beginning of spring there and Matt Sayles took us to the family cabin to see where he'll post up when the shit goes down. When we got to Milwaukee, it was almost winter again. I bought a book about a volcano. Our friends at Extension Cord gave us a lovely introduction to a town we had never experienced before. Also, you simply can not top their care package. Wild Turkey 101 and beef jerky!!!! Also, there are more bars in Milwaukee than traffic lights, maybe. Minneapolis was the most diverse group of people you are likely to see in a bar. We were on turf known as Somali-land. It felt like nowhere else in the U.S. We had a blast!

We got an interview on KRFC before our show in Fort Collins. We played with DW Doucet and will do so again in the fall. And the camping got real good. The rivers were running fast. The trees were giving shade. The mountain air was cool. We tried to go to Arches National Park on Memorial Day weekend. Don't do that. But we saw Canyonlands anyway before heading to our Provo show with John Ross Boyce. After meeting a cat named Sharpie and communing with family, we headed into the last week of the tour. We had to kill four days in the mountains surrounding Bozeman, MT. I think Montana in the late spring is about as close to heaven as you're likely to find. We drove home after our gig and listened to 10 hours of podcasts about Twin Peaks: The Return. 

Awards: 

Best Burger - Lagunitas Brewery, Petaluma, CA

Best Whiskey & Soda - Al's Bar, Lexington, KY

Best Bathroom Graffiti - Fred's Texas Cafe, Ft. Worth (a long form trumper vs anti-trumper insult competition)

Most Stairs to Performance Space - The Pompei Lounge, Staunton, VA

 

CALIFORNIA LEG! 

We are making our way down the coast of California, the land of seriously overpopulated and overpriced camp sites! Seriously, it's kinda crazy. I seem to remember a time when camping was a spur of the moment activity. All good tho. We get by with a little help from our friends. We have 9 shows over the next 11 days in this giant state. We are returning to some familiar stomping grounds in Sacramento, Forest Knolls, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Culver CIty. We are making our first stops in Crescent City (tonight!), Blue Lake, and Petaluma. Check the schedule for more details.

The great RJ Bloke (Patrolled By Radar) will be joining us for three shows on this tour: The Siren, The Brewhouse, and The Cinema Bar. He's one of our favorite troubadours. Our Twang n Bang buddies, The Creston Line, will headline the show at The Siren and then open for us as a two piece in Santa Barbara. And in Sacramento we will be joining Loose Engines and Diva Kings at Fox and Goose Public House. Outside of that, you'll find us holding down 2-3 sets all by our lonesome. 

This leg finishes up in good ol' Las Vegas back with our super friends, The Scoundrels, for a very special birthday show for Bianca Scoundrel at the inimitable, The Dive Bar. I'm getting antsy just thinking about all these gigs. Let's go already!

We had an absolutely fantastic time at Treefort Music Fest this year. Last year we both had a terrible cold that sidelined us outside of our own gigs. It was a bummer. This year we used every bit of time and energy to see tons of great bands. The whole festival was unbelievably well planned, executed, and attended. There was way too much for any one person to do. Here's a quick list of the bands we saw. Dial them up on your music app of choice and find something to fall in love with:

Big White (Australia), Luke Messimer, And And And, MAITA, Galactic, Marshall Poole, Dan Dan, Sun Valley Gun Club, Taylor Kingman, BAND DIALOGUE, Serpentfoot, Dante Elephante, Battlehooch, Orchestra Pacifico Tropicale, Cindy Wilson, Bart Budwig, The Weary Times, and probably a bunch more... there was so much we didn't see too.

Big thanks to our buddy Connor in Boise for hosting us when we needed some kind hospitality and down time!

More dates are about to be announced for the return trip from the east side of the Mississippi. Stay tuned!

St. Patrick's Day with GIANTS IN THE TREES in Portland 


We have entered the Oregon phase of our Spring tour. Ok it's not spring quite yet, but things are looking up here on the Columbia River. It was actually over 50 degrees and sunny today! And so we begin our journey. We've listed dates all the way up to Albuquerque, NM, with many more to come all across the country. Keep an eye out for us in your town! It all starts this Sunday in Astoria, OR at the mighty Fort George Brewery. This place is enormous and boasts some amazing views of mouth of the river. It is an awesome spot for live music. The show is free and all ages! For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/180333025886264/

Hey Portland! What are you doing on St. Patrick's Day? We have a kick-ass lineup for you at Dante's. The Mutineers will be joining troubadours Mishka Shubaly and Michael Dean Damron in support of the buzz worthy Giants in the Trees. They put on a stellar show and have been getting rave reviews by the press, both locally and nationally. They also happen to be our friends and neighbors while we are in Wahkiakum County, WA. Come see what the fuss is about. I promise we will leave it all on the stage for you Portland. We won't be back until the Summer, so we want to leave you with fond memories. Poster by Mutiny Studios. Tix and more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/125825784906957/

On our way out to Treefort Music Fest, we will be making a stop in La Grande, OR for a Tuesday night performance at HQ, a new venue space right downtown. It's also the headquarters of the Eastern Oregon Film Festival. Hope to see some of the same crazies we rocked out with last time through town. You all were a blast. We will be playing with locals, Catskills: https://www.facebook.com/events/214965349244024/

If you are thinking of coming out to Boise to see us at Treefort, you should!! You should also get your tickets or passes now so you don't get left out in the cold. There are tons of great reasons to go to Treefort. It's not just music, but there are somewhere around 500 bands performing. There's Foodfort and Yogafort and Hackfort and Filmfort and on and on. It's insane how much there is to do. We hope to see you there, bouncing around between shows and making memories. Get your plans together at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/treefort-music-fest-2018-tickets-33252299523?aff=wbmhdr

We'd love to see you at a show soon. Come say hi when you do! 

 

 

WASHINGTON SHOWS and STUDIO TIME 

We are finally making our way up to the Seattle area for the first time. There's three opportunities in February to see us play in Northern Washington. We have some great local bands on the bills with us in some very cool venues (Including Michael Ray and the Plastic Sheets, Ask Sophie, and Sharky Waters). Help us get our heads ready for our big spring tour by spreading the word to your friends in the area. We will give you a taste of some of our newest tracks. Speaking of which...

We just finished our short stint in the recording studio. We returned to B-Side Studios here in Portland to work with The Gentle Shepherd, Raymond Richards once again. This time we are taking a different approach from the live recording we put down for our last album. With help on multiple instruments from Raymond, we are fully producing our latest songs with whatever instruments and voices we feel inspired by. Expect to hear a Hammond Organ, random percussion, bass guitar, and our departed brother Michael's beautiful Gibson acoustic guitar. We recorded 4 songs and we are really happy with the results. During our Spring tour we will be wood-shedding new material and getting it ready to record in the Summer. If all goes well, we should have an album to share this coming Autumn. You can help support our new album by downloading Live at B-Side. You can pay what you want ($5 min) for our digital album when you buy it from our website. Don't forget all of our merch is designed by Merry and screen printed by Brian. Picking up a t-shirt, poster, or CD will help us a ton! And thank you in advance ;)

We posted this map on social media recently. It shows our prospective route for our upcoming Spring tour. We will be announcing the first month of show dates in about two weeks. If you'd like to see us in your town, let us know! You can reach us directly through our contact page. Help from local folks makes a world of difference. Track us on Bandsintown and keep in touch!

CHEERS!  

We closed out 2017 last night at Dante's in Portland, OR. Larry and His Flask were on fire, sparked by Ian Cook's shredding electric guitar work. Damn did that guitar sound good. The crowd was dancing throughout the set. Everyone had a blast. And they came early! There were a ton of folks there for our opening set and it grew for Bridge City Sinners after us. We feel very fortunate to have closed out this year with a few shows at Dante's. They gave us the opportunity to play for a lot of new faces. And to play with our touring buddies that we haven't seen in years!

That last gig put our show tally at 85 for 2017. It was a our busiest and most ambitious year to date. Merry and I are happy. Things have gone well. We want to make it to 120 shows in 2018. That means lots of time on the road. You can watch for our Spring tour schedule soon. It will bring us all across the country. If you want us to come to your town, we would love to hear from you! 

We will be back in Portland for a very special show on St. Patrick's Day 3/17. More on that soon! The Sunday before that, 3/11, we return to Fort George Brewery in Astoria. The last time through was outstanding. We are happy to be heading back. We will be up in Seattle and Tacoma on 2/16-17. Our first ever show in that area. Spread the word if you can. Meanwhile, we are hunkered down in SE Portland, writing and rehearsing new songs for our upcoming recording session. There's a lot of stuff to say, and we are figuring out how to say it. With any luck we will have a single to share with you in the near future. 

Merry is beginning to edit videos for us! One more skill in her vast quiver of talents. She made this video for "Break Your Fall"  

We hope you dig it. It was made from a collection of short iPhone videos. Some live footage from our tours and also shots of the farming community where we spent a majority of the year. I think she made a rad thing. We will be putting out more videos for the songs on Live at B-Side over this year. 

You can pick up our digital album directly from this website for the very low cost of pay-what-you-want-minimum-five-dollars. LIVE AT B-SIDE

Of course, you can also have a free track if you sign our mailing list!

We've recently released Live at B-Sides on all of your major streaming services. So have at it! You've got plenty of ways to have us on your stereo or earbuds or whatever. Thank you for supporting us along the way. Big thank you to all the music lovers around the country. You really make our world go round.

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