Acoustic Conversations

Acoustic Conversations with Tyler Stenson 2

“Leave Oregon. It’s the first song I play when I hit the stage in Nashville … but it really is OH-re-gon,” Tyler Stenson tells us, noting with pride that even though he’s moved to Nashville, he remembers his roots. He’s in Portland for a CD release tour, giving us the honor of a drive-by catch-up…

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Acoustic Conversations with Matthew Price

“When I was a kid, I think it was when I was in high school … I made this decision that I wanted to start focusing on really doing things, instead of just watching,” says Matthew Price. So he learned to juggle. And play the guitar. And to write music. We caught up with Matt…

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Acoustic Conversations with Jake Oken-berg

If there’s a gimmick to Jake Oken-Berg, it’s the run for Mayor. That’s what gets you to ask, what’s up with this guy? But that’s where the gimmick ends. Because it turns out, he’s as stone serious about politics as he is about his music. And when you close your eyes and Jake starts to…

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Acoustic Conversations with James Jeffrey-West

“For me, the musicians that I like are the ones that are somehow tapping into the universe,” says James Jeffrey-West. And he says it with total and complete authenticity. He says it, too, while talking about Buddy Guy and Jimmy Hendrix, among other musical influences. We hope you enjoy the show this week with Portland’s…

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Acoustic Conversations with Lisa Forkish

“I’ve gotten really into Dollhouse,” says Lisa Forkish. “My whole family is obsessed with Joss Whedon.” And yet, somehow, her music stands in stark contrast this geek cred. Forkish exists deeply. Her songs are calculated and considerate, showing off her broad talent at the piano. Enjoy the show, and the six live tracks we recorded…

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Acoustic Conversations with Justin Jude

“I think a lot of my earlier songs were all about relationships. Mostly that went wrong,” says Justin Jude of his early songwriting. Much is going right for Jude, whose tone and tenor has taken on a rich storytelling vibe that makes his music varied and entertaining across his catalog. Enjoy the show, and the…

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Acoustic Conversations with Dustin Pattison

“I figured if I was going to write this kind of music, I was going to need a murder ballad,” says Dustin Pattison in a gentle tenor of his tune Peace With God. And it’s with that same soft-spoken demeanor that the singer-songwriter walks us through his life of musical — and practical — contradiction.…

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Acoustic Conversations with Matt Vrba

Matt Vrba isn’t pure folk. He isn’t pure country. He certainly isn’t pure rock and roll. But somewhere in there, somewhere munged between the blues licks and jazz, up under the trucker cap and faded jeans, there’s a storyteller with grace of the greats and style enough to take a bar coaster in the eye.…

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Acoustic Conversations with Sam Wegman

Sam Wegman has been playing the guitar since he was 12. So what, right? Thing is, the guy is now just 19, a college student and dorm room troubadour, turning out some insanely catchy riffs and razor-sharp lyrics. This week on the show, we talk with Sam about love, life, and music, and we give…

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Acoustic Conversations with Tyler Stenson

Tyler Stenson calls his music “Epic Folk”, a fusion of country, folk, and rock. It is at once a grab bag of honest storytelling and cutting lyricism that he deftly illustrates with his guitar. This week on the show, we talk with Tyler about growing up in a family of 10 siblings, we talk about…

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