Wooden Sleepers is a folk trio from Portland comprised of Nolan Gordin, Nik Kemmer, and Philip Krug. Founded in early 2014, Wooden Sleepers bring an honest and exciting energy to their songwriting and live shows, drawing influence from folk, bluegrass, americana, and indie roots. The trio is genuinely a collaborative effort as all of the members write songs and are multi instrumentalists. On stage, Nik and Nolan trade off guitar and mandolin duties while Phil holds 'em together on the bass. You cant help but stomp your feet and sing along with the heart melting harmonies and riddled grooves.
River Valley Sessions is the trio's first release and the culmination of a year of growth, experience, and finding a unique sound. Recorded in a cabin on the SIletz River near the Oregon coast last December, the EP was entirely self produced and features artwork from photographer and close friend Alex Kocher. The trio will be joined by banjo and fiddle player Amy Hakanson and vocalist Tricia Laine for the release show.
The Desert Kind resonates in the rising mountains and twisting roads of the pacific northwest, echoing emotional struggles and passions penned by artists like Woody Guthrie and Roy Harper. The songs are culled from day to day struggle of common people live and thrive in the complex and sometimes complexly simple world. A blend of Americana country and folk ballads Chris Bigley's lyrics emerge from a root which is common to all people but remains unnoticed until it is given the grace of poetic verse, this divergence of poetry and universality creates a sound which is both familiar and challenging in the direction it forges.
Sink & Swim masterfully mixes upright bass, fiddle, guitar and banjo with three voices, creating an innovative and dynamic approach to string band music. This trio embraces it's inherent bluegrass/Americana roots while seamlessly incorporating elements of jazz, country, rock and blues, making for a groove-stomp'in, on-your-toes musical experience for audiences and performers alike. Each a unique and expressive songwriter, Andrew DeRossett, Kimbo Slice, and James Rossi unite one another's ideas into a flow of harmonized concepts and emotions while bringing it forth with a raw passion.