Articles by: Neil Ferguson

Hayley Thompson-King Blends Opera Background and Blistering Country Rock on ‘Psychotic Melancholia’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

From the charged up opening licks of her new album Psychotic Melancholia, it’s clear as day that Hayley Thompson-King is here to kick ass and take names. You’d hardly know this fiery rock and roll queen ...

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The Best Acts We Saw at Project Pabst Portland 2017 (FESTIVAL REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Portland, Oregon is a mecca for craft beer and prides itself on its dedication to all things local. Both of these facts make it, at first glance, an odd choice for a festival thrown by ...

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Billy Strings Talks Bluegrass Bravado and New LP, Shares New Track “Dealing Despair” (INTERVIEW/PREMIERE)

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of catching a young bluegrass musician who goes by the name of Billy Strings at the Pickathon Music Festival just outside Portland, OR. Funny enough, Billy was ...

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Matthew Sweet Brings Timeless Power Pop Catalogue to Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

Does anyone still care about the power of a good song? Matthew Sweet does. In fact, it’s fair to say that when it comes to writing catchy and melodic rock and roll songs Sweet has ...

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Ray Wylie Hubbard Reckons With The Blues On ‘Tell The Devil I’m Gettin’ There As Fast As I Can’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

When you’ve been around the block, it’s easy to sit up on your porch and yell at the kids to stay off your lawn. But Ray Wylie Hubbard is anything but a curmudgeon. In fact, ...

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Suds & Sounds: Shmaltz Brewing Company Serves Up Funky Schtick and Tasty Beer

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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Pickathon 2017: Drive-By Truckers, Deer Tick, Dungen and More Highlights (FESTIVAL REVIEW/PHOTOS)

In a way, Pickathon is the antithesis of the Bonnaroos and Coachellas of the world. The intimate festival takes place on a farm just outside of Portland, Oregon and plays host to a lineup that ...

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Wood & Wire Bring Texas-Flavored Bluegrass to Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

Austin bluegrass favorites Wood & Wire hit Portland on Wednesday, July 26 for a show at the White Eagle Saloon. Though they are still playing mostly smaller rooms, Wood & Wire are most definitely one ...

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Dave Schools Talks New Hard Working Americans Live LP, Band Changes & Shares Gritty Rocker “Something Else” (INTERVIEW/SONG PREMIERE)

Dave Schools doesn’t play in side projects, he plays in bands, and each of those bands gets the same level of devotion as his main band – Widespread Panic. He makes this very clear in ...

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Drive-By Truckers, Deer Tick, Courtney Marie Andrews, Kelsey Waldon and More – 10 Must-See Acts at Pickathon 2017 (FESTIVAL PREVIEW)

Every summer one of the best festival lineups can be found on Pendarvis Farm minutes outside Portland, OR at the Pickathon Music Festival. The event has earned a reputation for thoughtful and eclectic curation presented ...

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