The Handsome Family – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – December 2nd, 2016

The Handsome Family

Husband and wife alt-Americana duo

The Handsome Family

drunken prayer

December, 2nd, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$16.00 - $18.00

This event is 21 and over

The Handsome Family
The Handsome Family
The Handsome Family is an alternative country and americana band, formed in Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
drunken prayer
drunken prayer
Morgan Christopher Geer, who performs solo and with band as Drunken Prayer, splits residence between Asheville, NC and Portland, OR. KCRW, LA calls Drunken Prayer, "a quintessential slice of backwoods poetry". The Portland Mercury describes Geer as "the bastard child of Tom Waits and Merle Haggard".
Morgan is also the current studio and touring guitar player for Bloodshot Records artists, Freakwater.

He is the son of a New Orleans folk singer and a California mushroom farmer. His wit comes easy, in whispers, shouts and sneers. He's a showman–"a barking ringleader with chops between Tom Waits and the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes" (Willamette Week, Portland, OR).

Geer, who grew up in Black Mountain, NC, wrote many of Drunken Prayer's first compositions while wood-shedding on a farm in Sonoma County, California. His records are a dark mix of blues, country, traditionals and reluctant pop music; dynamic, with "an almost inculpable sincerity" (Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC). His swampy crooning vocals and angular, percussive guitar style create a nicely creepy backdrop for rakish, playful stories of unironic and eternal themes.

In February, 2012 Drunken Prayer became Portland based Fluff and Gravy Records' inaugural artist with the release of Into the Missionfield. Since then Geer's records have been an ambitious and critical success; the Portland Mercury going so far as to declare Geer "Warren Zevon's medium, showing him the world from the great beyond." On Drunken Prayer's latest effort, The Devil & The Blues (August, 2015), Geer crafts another journey through America's weird musical heritage. With help from members of The Sadies, Reigning Sound, and Freakwater, the sounds on this record are bluesy and psychedelic; the arrangements as loose and buoyant as a New Orleans Jazz funeral. The lyrics are as sweet as they are damning, offering a window into the mind of Morgan Geer. The view that it affords is at once unsettling and familiar.

Geer's previous band, The Unholy Trio of Asheville, NC, also featured members of The Reigning Sound and Freakwater. On their 5th Year Anniversary compilation Bloodshot Records featured the Trio's devilish version of Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise".