“Tennessee Whiskey” by Brush Prairie (Tribute to George Jones)

Country music legend George Jones (aka “The Possum”), a man credited with having the finest voice in the recorded history of country music, passed away on April 26, 2013.

In honor of the man who started out as a hardcore honky tonker in the tradition of Hank Williams but, over the course of his career, developed an affecting, nuanced ballad style, Portland, Oregon-based independent record label Deer Lodge Records put together a two-CD, thirty-track collection of songs from artists across the West Coast, paying homage to “The Possum.”

Produced by Deer Lodge’s Ezra Meredith and Bert Sperling, the album spans the gamut from punk, bluegrass, post-modern pop, and even reggae, putting Jones’ songs in a different light while giving them praise.

When asked why Deer Lodge decided to do a tribute to George Jones, Deer Lodge Studios owner and co-producer Ezra Meredith quickly states, “he’s the greatest singer of all time.”

The process for picking the bands on the tribute album, which includes heavy Northwest hitters including Sassparilla, Fernando, Water Tower, Drunken Prayer, Lewi Longmire & Portland Country Underground, Hearts of Oak, and Meredith Brothers, to name a few, started with Sperling and Meredith picking artists they knew and respected, then they “reached out to some personal heroes of mine and artists that I’d always wanted to work with,” says Sperling.

The end result is something Sperling and Meredith are very proud of, something they are happy to stamp the Deer Lodge name all over.

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“Tennessee Whiskey” by Brush Prairie (Tribute to George Jones)

Cover Art

Image and mp3 courtesy of Alex Steininger of In Music We Trust PR

“Hold A Place” by Dinah Thorpe

Folk/Singer-Songwriter Dinah Thorpe has a knack for crafting smart, genre-melding pop.

Her new album, Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls, is also an exercise in beautiful contradiction. As songwriter, performer, and producer, Thorpe plays multiple stylistic roles on the album. The Toronto-based artist has been favorably compared to Laurie Anderson, Portishead, Natalie Merchant, Beth Orton, Grace Jones, Feist, and David Bowie among others. But Thorpe draws on a hugely diverse range of influences – from folk to rap, trip hop to blues, orchestral to techno – and distills them into a musical style that is unmistakably Dinah Thorpe.

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“Hold A Place” by Dinah Thorpe

Dinah Thorpe Lullibies & Wake-up Calls

Image and mp3 courtesy of Jennifer and Samuel of Working Brilliantly PR

“Tidal Waves and Hurricanes” by Maggie

Singer-songwriter, Maggie, is a small town girl with a big voice and an even bigger dream. A native of Dundas in Ontario Canada, Maggie grew up with aspirations to pursue music. Inspired by other phenomenal women like Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin, Maggie crafted her own unique, bluesy vocal style.

Shortly after graduating high school she moved to Nashville with nothing but a suitcase and her dreams. It was there that her blues inspired vocals, beautifully crafted storytelling, and dedication to her craft finally paid off. On a trip back to Canada, Maggie was offered a record deal with Linus Entertainment. In August of 2012 she released her debut album Now Hear Me Out.

Hot off the success of the debut, Maggie made another big move to Los Angeles. That’s when her new single, Tidal Waves and Hurricanes was born. The track is addictively sunny and uptempo. Plus, its rhythmic delight is blended with Maggie’s crooned message of perseverance and strength.

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“Tidal Waves and Hurricanes” by Maggie


Image and mp3 courtesy of SoundCloud via Sera Roadnight of MT Press