New musical crush: Frank Fairfield

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, 11:42 pm by Ben Salmon

A week from tonight, Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, will hold its fifth birthday party at the Domino Room in Bend. Local Americana quintet Moon Mountain Ramblers will open the show, and the headliner will be old-time revivalist Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three, about whom I’ll have a full feature story in Friday’s GO! Magazine.

But in the past few days, it’s the night’s middle act — Frank Fairfield — who has captured my attention and refused to let go. I can’t even begin to describe Fairfield, perhaps other than to say he’s a mesmerizing banjo player and fiddler, and he seriously appears to have been transported to 2010 from the early 20th century, both in terms of sound and sartorial style. KEXP’s Greg Vandy called Fairfield “straight from the pages of the ‘Anthology of American Folk Music’” and the L.A. Record came up with this good line: “His pocket watch is set to about 100 years back in time.” (Frank’s response: “A hundred years ain’t nothing.”) LA Weekly has an excellent profile of him right here.

To say I’m intrigued is a massive understatement. You should take four minutes out of your busy day and watch this. You will be glad you did:

Look for details on the KPOV bash on Friday in GO! Magazine or on Frequency. Or at the station’s website.

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