Axe and Fiddle

  Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping turns his attention to climate change in his new book and CD, The Earth Wants YOU! He speaks with Eric Alan about weather as a form of communication, about launching a revolution by singing in big box stores, and why it’s worth getting arrested seventy times (so far). Reverend Billy gives a book reading at Kalapuya Books/Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Friday, April 29th.  

Photo by Ashley Garmon

  Meera Subramanian is an independent journalist, Fulbright-Nehru scholar, and author of the book A River Runs Again, which tells the stories of ordinary people and micro-enterprises seeking to rescue India's natural world from crisis. It connects to the eight years Meera spent at Aprovecho Research Center in Cottage Grove, exploring a sustainable life. She returns to speak at the University of Oregon on Thursday, October 29th, and at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Sunday evening, November 1st. She speaks with Eric Alan. 

Run Boy Run, Live at KLCC

Sep 24, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Run Boy Run returns to the KLCC listening region from Arizona, bringing a progressive take on bluegrass that  weaves elements of everything from old-time Americana to classical and jazz. Garrison Keillor wrote the liner notes for their debut So Sang the Whippoorwill, and their second CD Something to Someone was recorded in the Pacific Northwest, and recently released on vinyl. Run Boy Run performs on Thursday, September 24th, at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and they visited the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Photo by Mary Goree

Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a hip-hop orchestra that includes acoustic strings and woodwinds, 2 MCs, funk drums and a lyric soprano, all led by Korean-born composer and pianist JooWan Kim. They’ll bring their unique music to Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Friday, September 4th.  JooWan Kim speaks with Eric Alan, in an interview that includes some of the ensemble's groundbreaking music.

Whetherman, Live at KLCC

Aug 20, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Whetherman is the stage name of Nicholas Williams, who has released six CDs in recent years on an independent path, including his latest CD Seeds for Harvest. He’s also been touring relentlessly during those years as well, whether it’s with a full band or solo. He’s continuing that touring with two performances in the KLCC listening region, including August 20th at Cozmic in Eugene, and on Friday night, August 21st at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove. He stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and stories.

Photo by Eric Alan

Steven Graves brings his American roots music and a full band to the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on July 31st, and to Cozmic in Eugene on Saturday evening, August 1st. Both shows are free. The band is touring behind the sixth and newest Steven Graves CD, Mission Bell, which includes appearances from longtime KLCC friends Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai, who co-produced the CD with Steven. The Steven Graves Band visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation on a hot Friday afternoon.

Photo by Eric Alan

Over the course of fourteen albums and a decade of touring the world, John Craigie has merged wit and observation in his mix of music and storytelling, which continues in his latest CD Working on My Farewell. He has several upcoming local appearances, including at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove tonight, July 8th, at the Oregon Country Fair, and in Florence at the Kenneth B. Gallery on July 15th. He’ll also be up at Horning’s Hideout for the Northwest String Summit on July 17th. He visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Jonathan Richman continues to pursue his unique musical path, long after his band the Modern Lovers helped define the punk era in the 1970s.  His career has included numerous solo albums, a major onscreen role in the hit movie There’s Something about Mary, and many appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He speaks with Eric Alan about his influences, his dislike of digital technology, and the beauty of English as a songwriting language. Includes music from his new 7" vinyl singles.

Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Casey Neill has brought his socially conscious and eclectic music to the world for twenty years now, and his current band the Norway Rats are touring behind their most recent CD All You Pretty Vandals, produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists. Before bringing a full-band show to the Axe and Fiddle tonight in Cottage Grove on Friday, May 22nd, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Evangenitals are a thoroughly eclectic band founded by playwright and director Juli Crockett, along with jazz and gospel vocalist Lisa Dee. They make music that has been described as ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp. On their new album, Moby Dick: Or, the Album, they’ve brought Herman Melville’s classic novel into the musical realm.

Mbrascatu Live at KLCC

Feb 13, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

The band Mbrascatu creates a unique mix of the sounds of Italy and Portland, led by the vocals and songs of Andrea Algieri. They released their second CD, Tempo, in 2014 and they’re out touring now with two shows in the KLCC listening region. Friday evening, February 13th, they’re at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and they’ll appear at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene on Saturday, February 14th—Valentine’s Day. Two of the five band members (Andrea Algieri and John Sabestinas) joined us for an acoustic set in the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Alice DiMicele celebrates the release of her thirteenth album, Swim, with a couple of performances in the KLCC listening region, including Thursday evening, January 29th at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and Friday evening, January 30th at Tsunami Books in Eugene.  Alice DiMicele stopped by the KLCC studios, along with Mikey Stevens, to perform three songs off of Swim.

Songwriter Jeffrey Martin performs live in the KLCC studios, as well as introducing the recorded title track of his brand new CD, Dogs In the Daylight. He'll perform at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday, September 4th, and at the Sisters Folk Festival September 5th to 7th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Rebecca Lomnicky is a Scottish fiddler originally from Corvallis. In 2009, she won the Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship in Scotland, after previously winning the junior division of the US National Scottish Fiddle Competition in 2005. Joining her in duo at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on August 28th is the equally accomplished piper David Brewer, another Oregon native. He leads the Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and has played with many top ensembles, including the Chieftains.

3 Leg Torso Live at KLCC

Jul 18, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

The band 3 Leg Torso has been making eclectic music for nearly two decades, integrating elements of chamber music, tango, Gypsy music, Latin, klezmer and more. Their music has found its way into several films as well as on recordings. They’re currently working on two new albums, as well as hitting the road for the live shows that they love. They joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, on their way to the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove.

Run Boy Run Live at KLCC

May 23, 2014

Run Boy Run is a progressive bluegrass band from Arizona, weaving occasional elements of classical and jazz into their sound at times. Their first full-length CD, So Sang the Whippoorwill, was released last year, with liner notes by Garrison Keillor. A new CD called Something to Someone will be out this fall. Run Boy Run stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and conversation, before perform at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Friday, May23rd.They will return to the KLCC listening region on Wednesday, May 28th for a show at Bombs Away Café in Corvallis.

Photo by Eric Alan

David Jacobs-Strain merges the blues with his own musical vision, including in acoustic duo shows with Philadelphia harmonica master Bob Beach. He’s also recently been recording in southern California with some stellar players, including bassist Viktor Krauss (of Lyle Lovett's Large Band), Greg Leisz and legendary drummer Jim Keltner.

Photo by Eric Alan

Vocalist and pianist Robin Bacior  is part of a musical duo with cellist Dan Bindschedler, who've recently relocated to Portland from New York. They're working on a new CD called Water Dreams, to be released this summer. They visited the KLCC studios to play a few songs, before performing at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday, April 3rd.

The Michigan band Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys merge bluegrass, swing and other elements, with beautiful vocal harmonies and exceptional instrumental skill. On the road on their Here Between tour, they visited the KLCC studios a couple of songs in the midst of gigs in Lincoln City, Cottage Grove and Eugene.

The acoustic Portland quintet called The Moonshine stopped into the KLCC studios before a performance at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove and a California tour. They played two original songs from their debut CD "And Now... The Moonshine," along with a take on the traditional "Cuckoo," as well as sharing a song from their CD.

Photo by Eric Alan

Seattle soul songwriter Whitney Monge visited the KLCC studios to perform a few songs, in advance of her show at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday evening, January 7th. Here she plays live, and talks with Eric Alan about busking in Seattle, her impending trip to the Redwoods, and refining her sound in the studio in the process of creating her new album.