Episode 6: Kris Deelane

This woman is a powerhouse. Not only in vocals and performance, but also in how she communicates and sees the world… and she has the most enviable mane I’ve ever seen! When she’s on stage she gives herself completely to the performance. She was half the duo Kris & Adam when she arrived in the Northwest, which later became Sweetjuice. Decades of touring and living the troubadour lifestyle came to a halt when her mother became ill and she had to remain in Portland to caretake. So… she created a 10-piece soul band called Kris Deelane and The Hurt and played about as much regionally as a band can play.

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Episode 5: Paul Benoit

Paul Benoit, co-founder of the band Haunaman, has been touring for over 20 years, performing with songwriters including Chris Chandler, Dan Bern, Reggie Garrett and Laura Love. In June 2019, Paul released his 11th album Lost Days, Long Nights. After a string of shows from Southern Oregon to Seattle, I caught Paul at home just before he ran off to work. We talked of the travel bug, touring, and making the troubadour life work.

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Episode 4: Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms

Have you heard Foghorn Stringband? Then you’ve heard Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms. Their vocal blend is uncanny and dreamy and makes me want to kick off my shoes, pull up a swinging chair on the front porch and sip lemonade. I spent the afternoon with them, talking about songwriting, learning to sing, juggling projects, dealing with fear and The Great Big Fais-do-do.

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EPISODE 2: Stand and Sway

Beth Wood and Ara Lee James of the new vocal duo Stand and Sway, let it rip in this boisterous conversation. Unruly at times, super fun and full of laughter, these women playfully dive deep into the waters of fame, the value of live music, and the process of creating their upcoming new duo album Deep Blue.

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EPISODE 1: Anna Tivel

Anna Tivel shows little movies in every one of her songs. Stories of extraordinary characters living ordinary lives. She is mostly on the road these days and a world of folks are discovering why this disarming singer-songwriter with the sky in her voice is melting hearts from every stage she graces. We sipped tea while sitting on her living room couch in Portland, Oregon and she shed some bright light on living the life of a touring Troubadour.

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