TRUE NORTH & NOAH HALL of WHISKEY PRIEST at LEVEL B
Sunday, December 21st
Doors@3PM // Music@4PM
all ages+bar w/i.d.
$10 in advance through brownpapertickets.com or at the door
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Take a break from holiday shenanigans and join us for an afternoon of entertainment with TRUE NORTH and NOAH HALL!
True North is:
Kristen Grainger, vocals, ukulele
Dan Wetzel, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, vocals
Dale Adkins, guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals
Suzanne Pearce, upright bass, vocals
Hailing from Oregon's beautiful Willamette valley, Americana-bluegrass quartet True North combines traditional bluegrass instrumentation with fat harmonies and folk-edged songwriting for a distinctive sound that is fresh, warm and memorable.
Fronted by vocalist and award-winning singer-songwriters Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel, True North is rounded out with two well-known Northwest bluegrass superstars Dale Adkins and Suzanne Pearce Adkins.
The band's latest release, "Elsebound" (April 2014) has received very favorable reviews* from music critics here and abroad and has been very successful on the Roots Music Report's top ten (national folk charts), rubbing elbows with big names like Nickel Creek, Ray Lamontagne and Sarah Jaroz.
True North's performances exemplify the most compelling aspects of live acoustic roots music: intelligent songwriting, thoughtful arrangements, terrific instrumental interpretations by the band's highly-skilled pickers, and vocals that alternately bring you to tears or raise ecstatic hairs on the back of your neck.
Frontman for the indie/pop band Easterly, Hall has been making music as Whiskey Priest since 2006 with the first album, Hungry, being much more sparse and darker than Almost Satisfied. Hall has earned a reputation for his personal and honest lyrics. Songs about the pensive topics of loss, alienation and heartbreak are paired with melodies and arrangements that infuse the melancholy with a joyfulness and optimism. "I love making music, " Said Hall. " I would write songs whether or not anyone ever heard them. Melancholia is something I live and explore in every song I write. Songwriting for me is a way to process life."
The fragile nature of relationships and energy we (humans) put towards them, whether we leave or stay, is the thread moving throughout Almost Satisfied's twelve tracks. Originally slated to be named, Somewhere and Not Anywhere, Hall was inspired by the Walker Percy novel, The Moviegoer. "He talked about wanting to be someone somewhere and not anyone, anywhere." Said Hall. "I felt like these songs were in that spirit. There are a lot of ghosts in these songs, a lot of running."
Believing in the T Bone Burnett maxim, "I don't bother with a song if I can't whistle a melody"; Noah Hall's melodies create the difficult task of making his songs happy and sad at the same time.
"I write songs that are extremely personal yet people tell me they feel like they were written for them." Said Hall "I love hearing what other people think my songs are about. I learn from them. It means the world to me that others find meaning and affirmation in my songs."
Almost Satisfied is Noah Hall's second album as Whiskey Priest. Twelve songs sung in a beautiful hushed voice, gently impelled by acoustic plucks and strums, backed by piano, electric guitar, bass, synthesizers, spare percussion and cello.
LEVEL B Theater Pub (Salem, OR) (View)
445 High Street SE
Salem, OR 97301