Andrew Paul Woodworth – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – April 30th, 2019

Andrew Paul Woodworth

PDX-via-LA storytelling songwriter (and former Elephant Ride frontman) with dense, rewarding catalog

Andrew Paul Woodworth

Kathryn Claire

Tue, April 30, 2019

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

$10 ADV / $12 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seating

Andrew Paul Woodworth
Andrew Paul Woodworth
“There’s a certain time of night when one can decide to go one way or another, to lift off and take flight, or to collapse and let one’s own weight bury you to sleep. You can either learn or unlearn what the day has brought you. Drinks To Sleep is my passage into the middle, a place where I find myself neither awake nor asleep, neither young nor old, not beginning but definitely not finished. It is a moment in time where I prefer not to accept or to deny the predicaments of my doing. These songs are a precursor and a warning of things to come. Is love a burden or a gift? Is time running out or is it expanding? Should I keep a gun in the house? Do I fix the light that went out? I have never felt like an underdog, but I do now.”

Andrew Paul Woodworth was signed to Sony Records in 1995. The first on the new roster of Jeff Ayeroff’s and Jordan Harris’ The Work Group, Woodworth led his band Elephant Ride into the studio with legendary bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. While the result was a beautiful and sweeping arrangement of angsty, melodic rock, it failed to capture the attention it deserved.

Woodworth, along with Elephant Ride guitarist Dave Martin, then formed Los Angeles staple Virgil. The band was one of the pioneers of the DIY movement and quickly built a large following based on high energy rock shows and well crafted songs. They could have played LA forever but Woodworth longed for something more, something new.

One drunken night produced an ominous re-imagining of the Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right” recorded in a home studio above The Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Music supervisors selfishly scrambled to get permission to use the track. The teen drama, One Tree Hill, won out, despite The Beasties being notorious placement naysayers.

Woodworth now had a solo career on his hands and he wasted no time in putting together a complete album of disparate tracks ranging from electro-grunge to desert country pop, yielding the album I Hate Music.

After showcasing his new material at MuseExpo Los Angeles at The Roxy, Woodworth signed with German label, Rodeostar Records and he toured extensively throughout Europe and Australia.

With his marriage falling apart, and his label crumbling under the weight of a collapsing music industry, Woodworth retreated back to his home town of Portland, Oregon.

Here, Woodworth would find bits of salvation in shared experiences with his musical family.

He quickly thrust himself into the Portland music scene and he had songs featured on 94.7 FM KNRK and on KINK FM’s Homegrown collection.

Now, Woodworth returns with his 4th solo album, Drinks To Sleep. Drinks To Sleep is a collection of quirky, sometimes sad, sometimes flippant heartache. It’s not a “poor me” album nor is it a pat on the back. Woodworth is backed by Portland’s most accomplished musicians and the result is as intense as it is fun, as hopeful as it is lies somewhere in the middle world....the world of a man perhaps stuck but certainly not done. The songs seek to understand life after love lost and where dreams are broken and crooked. Drinks to Sleep is not an indictment and it has no interest in pursuing guilt or blame. For “there is no one to blame in this world,” insists Woodworth, “because it is everyone’s fault, the good and the bad.”
Kathryn Claire
Kathryn Claire exhibits a charisma and grace on stage which is matched only by her truly unique voice and rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. She has spent years cultivating her own style and approach to music as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Strong fundamentals from her classical and traditional music background combined with an innate ability to improvise has made her a favorite at venues, festivals and institutions around the world. She has toured and performed extensively in the US, Japan, India, Holland, Belgium and France.

Kathryn Claire's solo albums include Wanderer, Homespun, Morning Comes Too Soon, Shimmering Blue. The Willamette Week praised Morning Comes Too Soon saying "Claire's rich, bell-clear alto and precise playing serve her songs with emotional generosity and evident sincerity" and described her voice as "a part of the scene's very fabric". She has collaborated with an impressive roster of national and international artists including Portland-based Hanz Araki with whom Kathryn Claire recorded and released a four album celtic music project in 2012. The Irish Edition described Kathryn's voice as "strong, deeply moving" and The Irish Post included the duo on their top 10 best album list of 2013.

Kathryn also tours in the US and Japan with BIG BRIDGES, a collaborative project between Japanese rock guitarist Takashi O'hashi and musicians in Portland, Oregon. Their new record 'Will To Ascend' features music composed by O'hashi with lead vocals and lyrics written by songwriters Casey Neill and Kathryn Claire.

She is currently working on a new album titled, Bones Will Last. It is an album both hopeful and heartbreaking, with deeply personal and starkly universal themes featuring performances by Zak Borden, Allen Hunter, Ara Lee and Don Henson. Bones Will Last explores Claire's voice as a songwriter as well as instrumental composer blending her love of classical, traditional and original music.

When she is not on the road performing with her own band or Big Bridges, Kathryn enjoys touring as a side person with a stellar list of musicians including Ashleigh Flynn, Ara Lee, Robin Jackson, The Lasses, Moody Little Sister and Lewi Longmire, among others. Whether fronting a band or supporting a fellow musician on stage, Kathryn Claire consistently delivers exciting and inspiring performances. Her genuine character, musical versatility and infectious smile make her an unforgettable performer.