The Stubborn Lovers – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – August 20th, 2018

The Stubborn Lovers

Authentic and rustic rockin' Americana band from Portland with new LP, 'Porch Light'

The Stubborn Lovers

Cedar Teeth, Lizdelise

Mon, August 20, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10 ADV/DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

The Stubborn Lovers
The Stubborn Lovers
Fueled by whiskey, vinyl, and heartache, the Stubborn Lovers rumble like a vintage pony car across the landscape of American roots music. Imagine Emmylou and Dolly jamming with Springsteen and the ghost of Gram Parsons at a lonesome roadhouse, with gorgeous vocals and soaring pedal steel over big beats and ringing guitars.

Though based in the indie-rock mecca of Portland, Oregon, the quintet’s country pedigree is genuine: singer/guitarist Mandy Allan hails from Hendersonville, Tennessee, where her grandfather delivered mail to the home of Johnny and June Carter Cash; lead six-stringer Todd Melton honed his licks in the hills of Kentucky, just a stone’s throw from where Sturgill Simpson did the same.

Bassist Jenny Taylor grew up along the storied highways of New Jersey, and brings a love for anthemic blue-collar rock to the proceedings. Drummer Michael “Pearl” Nelson and pedal steel guitarist Jeff Porter, from Idaho and Northern California respectively, ground the band in the Pacific Northwest and are veterans of a diverse array of bands, with the chops to prove it.

The Stubborn Lovers have shared the stage with Americana luminaries like Lydia Loveless, Lindi Ortega, two-time Grammy nominee Brandy Clark, and legendary singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen. In 2015 they released an eponymous EP and were twice nominated for awards by Portland newsweekly Willamette Week: first as the year’s Best New Band, and again in the annual readers’ poll as Best Alt Country Band. A second EP, Feathers and Bones, followed in 2016.

The band will release its first full-length recording, titled Mother Road, in August 2018. Lead single “Porch Light” recalls ‘70s Southern rock in its vivid evocation of a childhood summer, while follow-up “Drivin’ 22” is a rowdy roadhouse rocker that mines a similar vein of nostalgia. The album’s 10 songs, recorded at a Vancouver, Washington studio that once played host to Willie Nelson, explore themes of family—those we’re born into and those we make ourselves—and the road that both leads us away from and brings us back home.
Cedar Teeth
Cedar Teeth
Cedar Teeth hails from the Cascade foothills, where the sound of saws cut through the Oregon woods and the lights of Portland set the western horizon aglow. The music of Cedar Teeth is shaped by the experience of living in this margin dividing the wilderness from the city. Between the five members of the band emerges a fusion of guitars, banjo, keys and horns, propelled by bass and drums, while vocal harmonies weave through the music. Their songs are thus sweeping and immersive, at turns rustically melodic, lyrically raw, and aggressive, as they explore the tensions of our time: love, confusion, progress, and corruption in a morally ambivalent landscape.

Over the past five years, Cedar Teeth has steadily crafted a distinct sound and set out to build relationships with audiences and fellow musicians alike. Starting off 2015 with a series of shows at Sundance Film Festival, Cedar Teeth has performed at venues throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as festivals such as Cascadia Rainingman and Summer Meltdown. Recently endorsed by PRS Guitars and Allegra Drums, Cedar Teeth will return to the studio in spring 2016, working with producer Larry Crane at Jackpot! Records to capture their rough-hewn version of NW indie roots rock.
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