Sutton Sorensen is a native Portlander and singer/songwriter with a ethereal pop voice and a new debut record out called Long, Long Time. Sutton stopped by the studio to chat with Indie Music PDX about her upcoming CD release concert on Jimmy Mak’s on November 30th, her new album, and her story.
Sutton’s new record is a mix of covers and originals, produced by Tim Ellis at Kung Fu Bakery Studios in Portland. We chatted about the creation of the album, her own songwriting, and how musicians can start making their music careers into a business. We also talked about her childhood in Portland, how she got her start singing, and her future plans for her music.
Listen to the podcast to hear a full song from her record called A Stranger, as well as clips from songs The Messenger and The Only Thing I’ll Ask of You.
George Turner and Ben Alexander of My Fellow Traveller stopped by to chat about their music and their unique albums. The band is bringing back the album as an art form, with their Pink Floyd-esque tunes that bleed into one another, making them sound more like movements than separate songs within themselves. There are no singles on these records.
We chatted about their most recent work, Misery Becomes Wisdom, with its creative orchestration and cheery title. We also discuss their live, their band name (Traveller with two lls?) and why their third album will be their last.
Listen to a full and yet-to-be-released song on this episode, Waiting For A Match from their upcoming Wisdom Becomes Truth. Also hear parts of A Sorrow I Can Call My Own from Misery Becomes Wisdom, and Stay Down from the unreleased record.
The Nashville singer-songwriter stops by on his Northwest tour to talk about his song-for-you project and more.
Laurel graced by the studio this week to talk about life, music, and her Airstream trailer. Seriously – ask her about it. It’s a pretty cool story.
Laurel splits her time between Portland and Bend, has a great album House of Snow (produced by Portland Cello Project’s Douglas Jenkins) out last year, and is playing a around Portland right now; check her out this Wednesday at the Laurelthirst Public House.
This singer-songwriter is down from Olympia, WA this week , and he stopped by the studio to talk about his new album Puzzle Pieces as well as his life and music. Jabi is a doctor and an author as well as a musician – it was inspirational to hear what he’s done and how he put together his latest album. Listen to Inverse Second(s) from Puzzle Pieces on this episode.
Tyler joined us this week to talk about his music, his upcoming show at the Alberta Rose in Portland, and his stint in Nashville. Learn about Tyler’s fascinating songwriting process and more on this episode.
Bluegrass-influenced band Jackstraw has been a Portland staple for more than 15 years. With a new album Sunday Never Comes released at the end of 2011, I sat down with Jon Neufeld, who plays lead guitar in the band.
Something different this week: Luciana Proano is a Portland-based dancer and artist, and she is working with her whole family including husband John JB Butler (an accomplished Jazz musician and composer) on her newest production – Ginger?!…Bread Boy. Listen to some tradition Peruvian songs and more on this episode.
We talked with soul/pop singer and pianist Nicole Berke about her upcoming album, her musical upbringing, and moving to Portland from the East Coast. Listen to Nicole’s song “Subconscious Heart” from her unreleased and yet-to-be-named album on this episode.
Jonah talks about Portland concerts this week: The Head and The Heart, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and others. Also listen to this show for music recommendations, future shows in Portland to look out for, and more.
Listen to Jonah’s song I Don’t Need You To Know in this episode.
Experimental Math-Pop rockers Wax Fingers joined us this week. The trio from Portland, OR talked about the Math-rock genre, how they started (on Craigslist), and their first full-length album. Listen to the song “Skeleton Key” on this episode.
This week we talked with Portland rockers Water & Bodies about their music and their upcoming Halloween show! Beau and Aaron joined us in the studio to talk about the bands evolution, their album Light Year, and what the future looks like for this great Portland band.
Listen to their “Moments In A Life” on this episode.
This week we talked with Lori Henriques, a Kindie artist and music educator in Portland. Never heard of Kindie music? We hadn’t either until this interview.
Lori talks about her new album, what’s different about writing and performing music for kids, and how families can benefit from exposing their kids to music. She also tells a great story about meeting Bobby McFerrin.
Listen to the track “Mean People” from her release Outside My Door on this episode.
Portland’s Americana-Folk duo The Begonias (Rachael Rice and Dan Haley) are guests this week, talking about changes in the Portland music scene since the 1980s, the meaning of “success” in music, and their favorite Portland venues. Listen to their live-in-studio song “Gone Too Far” in this episode.
On our first episode, our host Jonah Luke talks with singer/songwriter Rod MacDonald about his 35 years touring and making albums. Rod talks about his days in Greenwich Village in the 80s, his time spent touring in Europe and living in Italy, and the problems with commercial music today.