Articles by: Neil Ferguson

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, David Grisman Trio, and Jerry Douglas Band Treat Portland to a Night of Bluegrass at the Zoo (SHOW REVIEW)

The scene was set for a perfect night. Crowds soaked up the sun and the fragrant air that comes with a hot summer night in Oregon, while nearby elephants and cheetahs lounged in the shade. ...

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James McMurtry Shares Truth Through Fiction and Rock and Roll in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

What does it mean to be a truth teller in a time when lies are pervasive? For damn near three decades, Austin-based Americana songwriter James McMurtry has been a master of fact through fiction. His ...

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Trampled by Turtles Focus on Lively Bluegrass-Heavy Songs at Oregon Zoo (SHOW REVIEW)

There was a time not long ago when banjo-wielding, suspender-wearing hipsters ushered in a wave of neo-folk. With just a hint of bluegrass and Americana, these acts reigned over festival stages for a short handful ...

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Numero Group’s ‘Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights’ a Tiki-licious Collection of Forgotten Gems (ALBUM REVIEW)

There was a time in America where you could sip on a deathly sweet and strong tropical cocktail and not have to remind yourself that Donald Trump was president. Sure, the 1940’s and 50’s weren’t ...

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Suds & Sounds: Sanctuary Brewing Company Keeps It Community-Oriented In Hendersonville, North Carolina

In Suds & Sounds we turn the spotlight on breweries, focusing on the role of music in that brewery’s history, packaging, tastes, and in its city or town as a whole. The idea is to get beer and ...

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Yo La Tengo Go From Quiet to Loud With Two Sprawling Sets in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

New Jersey band Yo La Tengo have maintained a cult following for well over two decades with their mellow and dreamy rock. Interestingly, in recent years the band has gotten even bigger as new audiences ...

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David Byrne Delivers Powerful, Innovative Performance in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

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It would be easy for David Byrne to rest on his laurels and dabble in music here and there. His Talking Heads catalogue alone is enough to keep fans happy forever, and his mere presence ...

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The James Hunter Six Delight Portland With Vintage Soul Crooning (SHOW REVIEW)

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Fresh off their latest release, the critically acclaimed Whatever It Takes on Dap-Tone Records, vintage soul favorites The James Hunter Six made their way through Portland, Oregon on May 26 for a show at the Aladdin ...

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Pokey LaFarge and Al Scorch Delight Portland With Loose and Lively Performances (SHOW REVIEW)

Dabbling in old timey music can be a slippery slope. Striving for authenticity can lead to sounding hokey and cliché, while trying to innovate can feel too contrived. Some artists can strike a perfect balance, ...

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Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards Rocks Portland With Soulful Cosmic Folk (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

For fifteen years Erika Wennerstrom has been the powerful voice and leader of Austin, Texas-based rockers the Heartless Bastards. Recently, she decided to take things in a different direction with her debut solo album, Sweet ...

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