September 4 — Pretty Gritty
Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both from Montgomery County, MD. Although they originate from different rock bands, fate brought them together at local “open-mic” nights, where it became evident that they shared an interest in writing and performing songs that mix country, rock, blues, and soul. It’s said that she brings the “pretty” while he brings the “gritty,” combining for an engaging alt-country duo with seducing harmonies and addicting acoustics.
Book Pretty Gritty 9/4
September 11 — Tyler Stenson
Born in Wyoming but raised in Oregon, Tyler Stenson is an arresting singer/songwriter of acoustic 'elegant folk' music that hints at comparison to songwriter greats such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Ryan Adams. While he has been locally recognized as the two-time 'Songwriter of the Year' by the Portland Songwriters Association (2007 and 2008) and 'Best Male Artist' at the 2011 Portland Music Awards, on the national stage, Stenson has received even more impressive praise from the top tier of the music industry.
Recently hand-picked by legendary producer Don Was, Stenson was named a Top 10 Finalist in Guitar Center's Songwriter III contest (out of 10,000), as well as, he was hand-selected by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and music critic Ryan Spaulding, to perform at their Outlaw Roadshow showcase at SxSW 2013 (out of 4,000). Additionally, Stenson's music is currently in rotation on SiriusXM's "The Coffee House" station (ch31), he was named ReverbNation's 'Breaking Artist' of 2013, he has opened for LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, John Popper, Marc Cohn, Matisyahu and more and his original music has been featured on multiple Chevrolet commercials and a few popular television series.
Above all, Stenson has proven he's not just another "guy and his guitar," his foundational belief that 'lyric is king' sets him apart as a true artist worth getting to know.
Book Tyler Stenson 9/11
September 18 — The Neil Darling Band
It might be a little rock and roll, and it's definitely funky, but we just call it Gypsy Soul.
The Neil Darling Band is a young group with an old soul, and years of experience between them in Rock, Reggae, Funk, Soul,Blues, Gospel and everything in between.
The bands front man, Neil Darling is a new Oregonian from Alaska, by way of Austin,Texas. Neil's heartfelt,unique style is reminiscent of Johnny Lang and Stevie Ray Vaughan, with just the right touch of John Mayer. Within his first few months of being on Reverbnation, Neil became the #1 alternative artist in Portland and continues to reign in the top two spots.
Backed by the incredible talents of Charles "Charlie 100%" Santos on drums, the funkiest bass lines you've ever heard from the amazing Rodney Wilder, and accented by the siren's songs that are the vocal stylings of Shevonne Sayers, The Neil Darling Band is sure to impress, and keep you coming back to see what new grooves they will throw down next.
Book The Neil Darling Band 9/18
September 25 — Tim Snider
How would you define “world music”? For Tim Snider, it’s personal expression inspired by his world travels. Studying violin, guitar and percussion across the globe and incorporating his influences like Ben Harper, Paul Simon, Nick Drake and Bill Withers, Tim Snider continues to surprise his audience – and himself – with new blends of foot-stomping, soul-stirring musical goodness.
For most of us drawn to music, it’s an inexplicable force. For Tim, it was a cosmic force. When he was two weeks old, his grandmother, nearing her last days, held him in her arms and proclaimed, “Finally, this will be my violinist.” She had inherited her love of violin from her father, Theodore Post, who had studied violin at Julliard and Harvard and helped found the music department at University of Nevada Reno (UNR). Since none of her children took to violin, she knew a grandchild would. She was right. A three-year old Tim, mesmerized by a performance by Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street, begged his mother right there and then for violin lessons.
Book Tim Snider 9/25