Lots and lots of stuff in this week’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin.
So let’s get right to it, shall we?
The inimitable Fred Eaglesmith will bring his Traveling Steam Show to Sisters’ HarmonyHouse Saturday night. My colleague David Jasper spoke with him about his famously sharp sense of humor.
“When I was younger, in the ’70s and ’80s, I wrote these really horrific songs about farm loss, which was happening all around me, you know, about my neighbors losing the farm,” he said.
“The songs were so sad, people loved them but they wouldn’t come back. It was too hard. I was young and didn’t really know what I was doing. Then I started telling these jokes about people on the farm. They weren’t that great of jokes, but I was always a pretty funny guy.
“And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really learned my comedy well,” Eaglesmith said. “I’ve learned to just be a comedian. I could be a stand-up comedian if I wanted to.”
Fred’s so great. Read the whole thing here.
(Yeah, I’ve posted that before, but it’s worth watching again!)
On Saturday night, local experimental cello-looper Billy Mickelson — aka Third Seven — will celebrate the release of his new album “Cascadia” with a show at The Horned Hand. I called him up and talked to him about the theme of the record.
“It’s an album about what home is to me … and following your heart to share home with the world,” he said from his parents’ place in Lincoln City. “Oregon is my home, and as anybody who lives here knows, that feeling you get from the mountains and the trees here, you can’t replace that with city life or anywhere else that you’d want to move.
“It’s really special to me,” he continued, “and I wanted to capture that in this album in a sentimental way.”
Mickelson’s an interesting and introspective guy. Click here to read more of the story.
I also used a page to highlight the busy and diverse schedule at The Horned Hand, where Jeff Crosby & The Refugees play tonight, The Horde & The Harem and Tom VandenAvond join Third Seven on Saturday, Swansea and Patrick Dethlefs perform Tuesday and The Generators play Wednesday. Whew!
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Sean Hayes returns to Mandala Yoga, the Henhouse Prowlers bring traditional bluegrass to Silver Moon, the Hank Shreve Band gets bluesy at Liquid Lounge, Jerry Joseph and Walter Salas-Humara go acoustic at Astro Lounge, Night Under the Covers heads to the Northwest, Jones Road and Five Pint Mary play a benefit show for BAKESTARR, and more!