Matt Meighan & Kelly Brightwell
About Matt Meighan
"Though the way ahead never did get clear, I guess we made it after all" sings Portland songwriter Matt Meighan, and the experience of miles traveled is easy to hear in his music. Drawing on his years as an activist, journalist, parent and poet, Matt writes tradition-steeped, thought-provoking songs that are at turns personal, political, poignant and funny, infused with a philosophical bent and an audible love of language.
A song collector as well as writer, Matt mixes his originals with songs by fellow songwriters as well as older songs from the folk and blues traditions. His commitments to good writing and "truth-telling" are clear in the songs he chooses and the songs he writes, many of which are performed by other songwriters. He recently released his second CD, Long Way 'Round.
Matt's engaging, relaxed performance style and fingerstyle acoustic guitar make him an ideal performer for house concerts and similar listening venues. He also performs as a duo, with Sherry Pendarvis on upright bass, and adds a fiddle or mandolin player to perform as a trio.
After earning an MFA in poetry at the Jack Keruoac school of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University) in Boulder, Colorado, Matt turned his hand to songwriting and became a signifcant part of the Boulder acoustic music scene, organizing monthly songwriter gatherings and hosting numerous songwriter showcases. In 2003 moved to Portland, where he performs regularly, teaches a popular "Songwriting as Truth Telling" class, and hosts the weekly Songwriter Roundup show at Artichoke Music.
About Kelly Brightwell
Kellys finely crafted songs have won her numerous accolades: second place in the Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, finalist in the IAMA Susanne Millsaps Songwriter Showcase, and another honorable mention in the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest. With a new band on board, and a standout sophomore album, Kelly has returned to music-making with all the wisdom of her past, and hope for a bright future.
About Brandon De La Cruz
Brandon Thomas De La Cruz takes a literary approach to songwriting. His lyrics are uniquely shaped by a combined interest in RH Blyths translations of haiku and transcendental poetry. His approach to music is inspired by the improvised weekly performances that Jon Brion gave earlier in his career. His last release, Three Songs, based on stories by JD Salinger, appeared on You Should Never Have Opened That Doors Best of 2014 list. In 2015, he appeared on Daytrotter to showcase new songs. He currently lives in Portland, OR.
Artichoke Music (View)
3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
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