The warm ambiance provided by Mississippi Studios, which acts like an elegant living room rather than a theater, is the perfect setting for a Charlotte Martin performance. The stunningly beautiful Martin, in her second Portland performance seemed excited, if not slightly overanxious, to make the eager audience feel as at home as the venue does. Martin, an up-and-coming pop singer with a well-disguised dark side, managed to do just that on this Sunday night as she turned in a rather talkative–Storytellers-esque
Legends cast large shadows, but such observations bare little weight when speaking of Sarah Lee Guthrie, daughter of Arlo and granddaughter of Woody. With the help of songwriter and husband Johnny Irion, Guthrie has released Exploration, the duo’s debut studio recording; an acoustic, rock-and-hum album enlivened by honey-sweet harmonies and modest hooks.