The Weather Machine, Worth – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – November 21st, 2018

The Weather Machine, Worth

Co-headline affair featuring rootsy and folk-rock Portland songwriters

The Weather Machine

Worth

Nathaniel Talbot

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

The Weather Machine
The Weather Machine
“A little bit Josh Ritter, a little bit Modest Mouse, the Weather Machine forges a stable relationship between contemporary folk-pop and more traditional pop-rock sensibilities, and are one of the current flag-bearers of the sound in Portland.”–Willamette Week“

Bigger, louder, and more dynamic than their debut, and they've never sounded better”–Portland Mercury“

Capable of channeling a soaring energy through their performances” –PASTE Magazine“

Peach sees the band not only expanding into a more straightforward rock sound on many songs, it also sees them exploring country-tinged songs (“Wannabe Cowboys”) and even some slow-burn electronica (“Peach”).” –Eleven PDX Magazine***

The Weather Machine’s sophomore full-length, Peach, was recorded over the course of two years, and showcases the band’s transition from folk-born storytelling into the realm power-ballads and effects pedals. It’s not quite “tongue and cheek,” but Peachmakes the listener wonder as it pits a not-quite-country anthem called “Wannabe Cowboys” right up against the electronic slow-jam title track, then moves deftly along into “Breakup Song” –a tune worthy of high-kicking chorus lines. They’ve drawn comparisons to everything from My Morning Jacketto Cake.A short few months after their independent release in 2015, The Weather Machine was tapped to openfor Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakesin Portland, OR, and then again for Cold War Kids, both to sold out audiences. 2016brought the bandto Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republicin February, marking The Weather Machine’s first trip overseas. They’re currently recording athird full-length, and expect announce this year.Based in Portland OR, The Weather Machinereleased its first album after a blustery winter of recording on the Oregon Coast. With strong ties to the region, the 5-piece found its roots in the Pacific Northwest’s unique folk aesthetic, developing ahard-hitting, theatrical rock performancethat expands upon their recorded work. After emerging on the scene in April ‘13, The Weather Machinehas been featured inPASTE Magazine, Buzzfeed,OPB’s Think Out Loud,The Oregonian, thePortland Mercury,Willamette Week, and many more international and US-based publications. Theyworked collaboratively withOregon State ParksandOregon Filmto release their first music video, which debuted on acclaimed actor RainnWilson’s video blogSoulPancakeand was later rereleased online throughGoPro Cameras. Slater Smithstarted The Weather Machinein 2012, andthe band nowfeaturesdrummer Luke Hoffman,bassistAndré Zapata,saxophonistNoah Bernstein, and guitaristTim Karplus.They are currentlyproducing their thirdfull-length record in collaborationwith Oregon State Parks and Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association. The Weather Machine’sconcept album in celebration of the 50thAnniversary of Oregon’s 1967 environmentalBeach Bill will be released before 2018.
Worth
Worth
WORTH is the music moniker of Portland, OR based singer-songwriter Christopher Worth. Christopher has become known for his unique vibe of bohemian blues which he developed as a street performer traveling across the US and Europe. His new album - Pardon Me - is the third and final piece in a trilogy titled “The Identity Triptych" that began with his first two records, Six Foot Soul and Two. Produced by Steve Berlin, Pardon Me spans a wide range of genre and style and is tied together by melodic songwriting, potent lyricism, and Christopher’s powerful voice.
Nathaniel Talbot
Nathaniel Talbot
“I work on the farm 60 hours a week between March and October. An average week during the busy season has two harvest days, one market day, and three days of weeding, planting, and everything else.” It’s a busy life for singer-songwriter and farmer NATHANIEL TALBOT, who runs an organic vegetable farm on Whidbey Island, in Washington State’s Puget Sound. In addition to farming, he’s just released his fourth album, SWAMP ROSE & HONEYSUCKLE VINE on Portland, Oregon’s Fluff & Gravy Records. The album marks the harvest of a different sort for Talbot, who has also spent over two decades tending to the crafts of songwriting and guitar playing. His songs on the new album are intimately tied to the lush farmland and windswept vistas of Whidbey Island, deeply rooted in the earth and American traditionalism.

“The folk music and big trees that surrounded my childhood were hugely impactful,” says songwriter and farmer Nathaniel Talbot of his upbringing just a few hundred miles south of his farm in the foothills just southeast of Portland, Oregon. “I spent most of my free time running around the forest and making up adventures with the neighbor kids,” he says. “The natural setting certainly imprinted on my sense of self and how I make music.” Raised on the music of Paul Simon and Eric Clapton, Talbot began playing music at a young age, learning piano at seven and turning to guitar around thirteen, later steeping himself in the sounds of local artists like Soundgarden, Elliot Smith, and Kelly Joe Phelps. Produced by Talbot along with Rob Stroup, Swamp Rose & Honeysuckle Vine marks a big step forward in Talbot’s evolution as a lyricist and a storyteller. “If you listen to my previous albums, there’s a lot of songs of logging, botany, and even soil erosion, photosynthesis and the deep beauty of hiking at night,” says Talbot. But upon becoming a farmer, he began to dig deep into our most human trait – storytelling. “There was all of a sudden all this raw, untapped material to write about. Stuff that people used to sing about – stories about farmers wrestling the landscape, loving it, abusing it, old tractors getting stuck in the wetland, kids leaving the farm, soil blowing away in the wind, long hard days of work and the amazing sense of reward and connection with the land.”

Swamp Rose & Honeysuckle Vine captures the raw, live energy of Talbot’s guitar playing, and has a more stripped-down approach than his previous albums – no drums, fewer string arrangements, and sparse vocal harmonies. Tracking guitar and vocals live and solo, usually in just one or two takes, Talbot then brought in his quartet of Portland all-stars, Anna Tivel (violin, vocals), Sam Howard (double bass) and Lincoln Crockett (mandolin) and Benji Nagel (dobro), whose auxiliary instrumentation is used intentionally and sparingly to great effect, filling in and conversing with the core of Talbot’s playing and singing. “Challenging what folk music is capable of,” says Seattle Weekly, “Talbot’s powerful, uplifting voice harnesses a country twang complemented by lush acoustic finger-picking and a violin that feels like it was birthed next to a babbling brook in the mountains.” Channeling the lyrical prowess and gritty charm of Anais Mitchell on tracks like “As the Way,” and the concrete characterization in the work of Elliott Smith on tracks like “Able Man,” Talbot stands on the shoulders of generations of folk musicians and Americana singer-songwriters before him. His approach to music feels like that of someone who treats it as a craft handed down and honed, like the tilling of soil or the carving of wood.

Nathaniel Talbot’s music has dirt under its fingernails, the product of decades of hard work and crafting – retuning, replanting, and retelling. The result is true American roots music, combining the soulful edge of tradition with the Pacific Northwest’s legacy of freedom and innovation.