Dark Coast Locals

Southern Oregon music in the house!

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Kurt R. Krueger – South Jetty Blew, Cay to Cay (feat. Tonya DePoala)

~ I was stunned when David Bowie passed away. Such a great artist and so prolific. I’d no accomplishments and decided to put pen to paper, my thoughts. The words started to feel like poems and then songs started to form.Then came an (ongoing) series of coincidences; Watching a documentary about the Voyager aircraft (listening to Willie Nelson’s “Borderline”, specifically the lyric “paint the Sistine Chapel on the head of a pin”, tripped me out). I was writing a protest song about how from the beginning of time, most of all our leaders found war and the suffering it brings to be the answer. Then I supposed that perhaps all of our lost souls could, theoretically, be on/in one atom and that could be on the Voyager. I read Carl Sagan’s book about Voyager and the history of humanity’s exploration of our lands and then our seas and then space and everything that was on the Golden Record. A biography about Glen Gould on tv, then a search for a melody on his Voyager addition, Bach’s Fugue in C major. No melody I could discern, just mathematics. Elements of a song were in place, but everything was at a standstill.   

     One of the people I work with made mention of a recording studio in our town, Cymatic Sound Studio, and that the recording engineer, Allen Giardinelli, played weekends at his family restaurant. I went to introduce myself. His promotional poster in the window described his bent for “Gypsy Jazz, Delta Blues and Beyond”. I listened to his trio’s renditions of Django Rheinhardt…amazing! He agreed to meet with me the next week at his studio.

     He took my thoughts and laid down backing tracks. He brought in session players and two sisters that were primarily gospel singers. This changed the dynamic of a folkie/protest song to a soulful/protest that the more I listened to sounded like an Elton John song. I’ve always loved his “Friends” recording from the early 70’s and kept thinking about Glenn Gould’s love of Petula Clark’s voice. An interesting mix of artist performances. The fact that Voyager/Redemption paled did not deter my desire to create as best I could.

Check out a KBOG’s favorite tracks below, and then head to Bandcamp to get your copy!

~ Atlas – Curious about Marco Polo’s transcontinental route to the Far East. Snuck in a, “hey Charles” to Charles Atlas (body builder), and I wanted to
hear Tonya say “Marco Polo”. The terrifying swimming pool game. Blindfolded in deep water, indeed.

~ Buzz – True story about my neighbor. From dawn ’til dusk he rides his bike…

~ Voyager Redemption – Refer to “What Happened”

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Divine Dirt

Divine Dirt consists of many veterans of the American punk & rock music scenes. Singer Bloody F. Mess has been fronting bands over 36 years! Besides singing/writing, Bloody is an actor & has appeared in half a dozen independent films and he’s the co producer/co host of the Church of Rock radio show, broadcasting on FM radio for nearly 20 years (Sunday nights on KBOG!). Guitarist Skyler Squglio is a legend in southern Oregon & is known for his other band 100 Watt Mind. He is considered one of the very best guitar players in Oregon. Multi instrumentalist David Vallee started out as the drummer of the band but is now bass player and he wrote most of the music for the band’s new album (“From the Underworld”) and drummer Jesse Lee has paid his dues in his past bands, performing with many name acts like Bad Brains, The Dwarves & many others – his drumming style will make your jaw drop. The band recently released their first full length 10 song album DIVINE DIRT “FROM THE UNDERWORLD ” available on CD & vinyl Lp via most big social media/music platforms by contacting Derek Moody at: dmoody41at hotmail.com or contact DIVINE DIRT thru their Facebook page to order directly. They also have 2 music videos available on YouTube, including a new one filmed by Nick Zedd! Check out the latest video Here!

To learn more about Divine Dirt and pick up their new LP, click Here.

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Local Honey

 

We are a five piece band that features many genres of music including Indie rock, original tunes, Americana, Classic Rock and Rockabilly, Reggae, Western Swing and much more! Artists we like include k.d. lang, Elle King, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Osbourne, Chrissie Hyde, Emmy Lou Harris, Asleep at the Wheel and Fleetwood Mac. Check out some of their tunes on Soundcloud Here.

Music for all occasions can be provided from a private party to a wedding. We cover the Port Orford to Reedsport area, including Coos Bay, North Bend, Bandon, Coquille, Roseburg, Winston and Sutherlin. Contact Mary through Facebook for bookings in Coos and Douglas County in Oregon.

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CAUGHT RED HANDED is a popular trio based in Bandon, Oregon. They perform regularly at pubs, coffee houses and festival events throughout Oregon and Northern California. They’re known for strong 3-part vocal harmony, flashy instrumental breaks and quirky conversation during live shows. The band brings together Bob Shaffar (fiddle & dobro), Kenny Croes (acoustic guitar, u-bass & banjo) and Mike Dado (bass guitar, acoustic guitar & banjo), all accomplished singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists in the country, bluegrass and folk traditions. They perform songs from their debut CD “Bustin’ Out” along with well-known tunes from the Americana songbook. Check ’em out Here. 

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THE GOOD LOOKERS is made up of Joseph Decker and Bond Collins. Joseph says; “The music we make is a reflection of our upbringing, people we admire and the teachers we’ve known. Our hearts lie in the country, the Oregon south coast, the wild places. We met in the small town of Langlois, but that is only a small portion of the total story. Our influences are Loretta, Johnny, Waylon, Willie, Marty, The Jackson Five, Chet Atkins and many others. We are as much at home playing a set of country tunes as we are playing Jazz. We are usually on tour, sometimes on the south coast or the central valley, sometimes wintering in South Lake Tahoe, sharpening our chops. Langlois captured my imagination of what could be. I worked there on a cranberry/grass-fed beef farm and Bond worked at Flora’s Creek coffee. There is a brilliant synergy between the crafters and producers in that area, the likes of which I’ve never seen. There is also a love of live music that is rare in such a small community. The Spoon, The Langlois Cheese Factory, and Valley Flora all host music from time to time, even bands as ‘big’ as The California Honeydrops. We spent some time on KSKQ Farm Talk Radio discussing the differences between the monocrop farms I was raised on in the midwest and the focus on local producers here on the south coast. Bond is a certified Permaculturist as well as a singer/songwriter, so talks about the land, conservation, ecology, etc figure heavily into our lives.”

You can check out their tour schedule Here, and their Facebook page Here.

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Allen Giardinelli is the leader of the Giardinelli Hot Club and has been playing music for 3 decades throughout 35 countries. He grew up performing and traveling the world with his musician parents, his father a producer/songwriter for European RCA and his mother a classical violinist with an abiding interest in rock, blues and jazz. Al began performing at a young age, both in the recording studio and on stage, and by the time he was in his early teens he’d acquired a proficiency in multiple musical genres, playing music full time and also touring with several rock and blues bands. Al discovered and developed a consuming interest in gypsy jazz, particularly the music of Django Reinhardt. Today Al has melded this interest with his lifelong love of Mississippi Delta blues to develop a unique style of his own, tinged with rock and Americana influences. He is an accomplished songwriter, arranger, and composer producing albums for his fellow musicians at Cymatic Sound Studios in Bandon, Oregon, where he can also be found performing in spare moments at Angelo’s Italy.

Giardinelli Hotclub is recording a new album right now, follow the Al’s Facebook page Here for updates and schedule, and you can check out Al’s solo work Here.