Referred to as "shoegazer country" or "a singer-songwriter with a druggy,
psychedelic backing band," Portland, Oregon's Hearts of Oak, the
mastermind of front man/songwriter Nate Wallace, delivers a Jason
Molina-inspired album with New England. A nine-track collection of songs
that owe as much to the Americana forefathers as it does Crazy Horse,
Velvet Underground, and even Spiritualized, New England breaks free of the
standard confines of traditional alt. country, adding a hazy, acid-laced
trip to the mix.
Engineered and produced by Ezra Meredith, the band's guitarist, at
Meredith's Deer Lodge Studios in Portland, Oregon, the album isn't what
Wallace initially heard in his head. Rounding the band out with the rhythm
section of J Lever on drums and Keith Richard McCarthy on bass, as well as
Ezra's brother Joel Meredith on pedal steel, the quintet set out to make a
different record than Hearts of Oak's two previous releases.
Frankie Boots And The County Line are a folk rock/Americana band roaring out of the San Francisco Bay Area with a penchant for painting vivid images of late nights, lost love, and the grittier side of life. Towards the end of the last decade Frank gave up a promising career in the illustrious world of bartending to pursue a life of even longer nights and shorter tempers in the music industry. The cosmos, in their infinite wisdom, soon sent him The County Line and their visceral sound sprung from a primordial soup of horns, pedal steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, keys, guitars, bass, and drums. Whether it be country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, or any other true form of great American music, the band throws it all into the recipe for a dish that’s always served hot. Frankie Boots And The County Line’s captivating live performances keep a crowd jumping and their magnetic songs earned them the North Bay Bohemian’s award for best Country/Americana band in the Bay Area two years in a row. Their self-titled LP was released to much acclaim in 2013 and they began work on their sophomore album at the same studio in Santa Fe, NM while on a national tour this last summer. They have played alongside some of the biggest names in the industry including Robert Earl Keen, Lukas Nelson, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Justin Townes Earle, Todd Snider, Leon Russell, Cake, and many more.
Driven by his poignant lyrics and soul-wrenching voice, Portland songwriter, Matthew Zeltzer, blends influences as diverse as John Steinbeck, Neil Young, and Wilco to build a sound that harkens back to early American music, while facing modernity square in the face. Following the success of his 2011 EP, "Desert Tortoise," and a brief phone conversation with Hulk Hogan (true story), Zeltzer is currently self-producing a new EP with help from Drew Allsbrook (Ryan Adams, The Mars Volta). Zeltzer spent most of 2014 touring the west coast, highlighted by a residency at McMenamin’s Al’s Den in Portland, Or, and tours with LA songwriter Jaime Wyatt, the McCoy Tyler Band, and Frankie Boots and the County Line during their 2014 Megatour, and as well as stint as Fantastic Negrito's (NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner) lead guitarist.