EACH month WE SHINE THE LIGHT ON AN ARTIST, SONG, RADIO STATIOn/DJ, VENUE OR A CAUSE.
CALEB KLAUDER AND REEB WILLMS
A FEW YEARS AGO MY FRIEND VANESSA SAID “LISTEN TO THIS, IT’S MY FRIEND CALEB’S BAND.” I LEFT COUNTRY MUSIC BEHIND A LONG TIME AGO WHEN I LEFT NASHVILLE AND WASN’T REALLY SEEKING IT OUT AS A GENRE TO LISTEN TO THESE DAYS, BUT SHE PUSHED PLAY AND CALEB’S VOICE CAME RINGING THROUGH THE SPEAKERS AND BY THE TIME THE CHORUS HIT AND A WOMANS VOICE LAYERED IN A TIGHT, VELVET HARMONY, I WAS HOOKED.
HAVE YOU HEARD FOGHORN STRINGBAND? THEN YOU’VE HEARD CALEB KLAUDER AND REEB WILLMS. THEY MET AT WEISER’s old-time fiddle Festival where they ended up in a jam singing together. soon after, reeb joined foghorn and also the caleb klauder country band and the cajun country revival. they made a duo album, oh, do you remember, to explore different kinds of songs and to have the freedom to tour smaller venues and play house concerts. based in Portland, Oregon, where the old-time music scene is alive and well, they somehow balance life working in four different projects and still manage to keep a small food farm thriving in their front yard.
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. Caleb writes songs that get you up to do-si-do and is one heck of a mandolin player. Reeb is one of the best rhythm guitar players I’ve heard, with a right hand as steady as a metronome. They play original music, old-time, bluegrass, cajun, country, and pretty much any style in between. if you’re in portland, oregon at the end of june, check out The Great Big Fais-do-do, a cajun, honky tonk, and western swing festival organized by caleb & reeb. And if they come to your town to play a show, polish up your boots, wear your sunday best and go get your heart full of some sweet harmony and stellar music. - MM