Jenny Don’t And The Spurs – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – March 15th, 2017

Jenny Don't And The Spurs

An Evening of Outlaw Country

Jenny Don't And The Spurs

The American West, Mamma Coal

March, 15th, 2017

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

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Jenny Don't And The Spurs
Jenny Don't And The Spurs
Lonely desert western style acoustics featuring Paortland's own Jenny Don't on vocals, with Kelly Halliburton playing bass, Sam Henry on drums, and Jt Halmfilst serenading on lead guitar.
The American West
The American West
The American West is releasing their debut album, The Soot Will Bring Us Back Again, on March 17th, 2017. The record built upon grit and heartbreak, desolation and soul. The bulk of the album was recorded live to two-inch tape in three days at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, with the help of engineer Jordan Richter (Band Of Horses, Legendary Shack Shakers, Plastic Ono Band). The Soot Will Bring Us Back Again is flecked with pedal steel and longing harmonies as the album drifts between finger-picked folk songs and raucous country-rockers, all while the focus remains on songwriter, Matthew Zeltzer’s ragged poetry.

Matthew Zeltzer, who performs as The American West, hails from Steinbeck’s California - a land of farms and working-class beach towns, where a historic drought is not just a news story, but a threat to one’s livelihood. These bleak landscapes serve as fitting backdrops for Zeltzer’s songs of love and heartbreak, staged on the brink of an environmental apocalypse.

Zeltzer wrote the bulk of the album in his late 20’s, while living in an Airstream trailer on an organic farm in Half Moon Bay. Flax farming in World War II left the foothills barren, and the farmers used livestock to reclaim the land. These songs echo the isolation of his experience, from “Ghost Town’s” gentle loneliness, to the grim narrative of “Patience, Young Conquistador.” Zeltzer carried his vision with him when he returned to Portland in 2015, bringing the timeless pastoral elements into an uncertain present with “Let Me Love You Like a Pauper Does”, a folk ballad equally indebted to Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen in which a rancher looks on as his land is consumed by wildfire. Similarly, “Goddamn the Westward Man,” as catchy and vibey as a mid-70s Neil Young single, explores the mythos of westward expansion and the endless growth central to the American psyche.

These are songs about the human experience, but they are also about America - its history, its land, and anxiety about its future. Listening to The Soot Will Bring Us Back Again, you can almost feel yourself being transported - nursing a heartbreak in an Airstream trailer in a barren field atop a mountain, a modern-day Tom Joad wondering how much time we have left.
Mamma Coal
Mamma Coal
Mamma Coal came into being when Carra Stasney of Copper & Coal became pregnant in May of 2013. The band was in the studio recording their first album and nobody knew she was carrying a child, not even her. When things started to show, C&C's drummer Kevin Major started calling Carra Mamma Coal. And it just stuck. Meanwhile, the album, which featured seven of Carra's original songs, went to hit number one on the Freeform American Roots Music chart. When she got the idea to create a solo concept album about a young mother gone outlaw--re-imagining Willie Nelson's classic Red Headed Stranger--the name Mamma Coal couldn't have been more fitting.