Jenny Don't And The Spurs

Hi-Fi Music Lounge Presents

Jenny Don't And The Spurs

Chuck Westmoreland, Brittany Bailey

Sat · November 25, 2017

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

Hi-Fi Lounge

$8 at the Door

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Jenny Don't And The Spurs
Jenny Don't And The Spurs
If you have a love for old classic country artists such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline then you might have a soft spot for this Portland band. Jenny Don't sings from the heart and Sam, Kelly, and JT play like there is no tomorrow. Sit back and enjoy!
Chuck Westmoreland
Chuck Westmoreland
Eight years ago you would’ve seen Chuck Westmoreland onstage, a busted sprinkler head of awkward and endearing gyrations, gesticulations, and sweat who came, as he put it then, to “rock [your] balls off.”
Eight years ago he would’ve been preaching psycho-sexual pop songs with his band, The Kingdom. Singing conceptually interconnected, insanely catchy nuggets about cars, gender metamorphosis, Dog Day Afternoon, and—somehow—Johnny Unitas in a warbling falsetto caught somewhere between the pearly gates and a truck stop.
Eight years ago. Before he walked away from it all. Before marriage. Before his wife’s cancer fight brought him to his knees. Before the birth of his first child chiseled away whatever remained of that almost-famous man that used to bounce around under the spotlight.
Nearly a decade later, Westmoreland returns with his self-titled solo debut, a powerful album that takes his gift for character sketches and deconstructions and turns the focus squarely, and unblinkingly, on himself.
Chuck Westmoreland is not only a history of his eight-year rock ‘n’ roll sabbatical, but a departure from rock ‘n’ roll entirely. Westmoreland’s work with The Kingdom—hailed by everyone from Spin and The Onion’s A.V. Club to Portland’s dueling alt-weeklies—existed in an ephemeral flight of pop fancy. Chuck Westmoreland has four appendages firmly planted in the unforgiving muck and mire of real life.
“The songs are about the lyrics more than anything else,” Westmoreland explains. “I’m trying to tell personal stories that reveal something terrible, familiar, and hopeful to the listener.”
Owing more to Gordon Lightfoot than Guided by Voices, Chuck Westmoreland shears away all outré influences for a singer-songwriter’s lunch pail full of bare-knuckle blood and guts. Much like Springsteen turned his back on street-racing anthems for noir Heartland story telling on Nebraska, Westmoreland gets to the gritty business of life and death and loss on his solo debut. These aren’t songs about leaving and transformation; these are songs about sticking around in the face of tragedy, setting your feet, and fighting. Bones are cracked open and marrow spooned out with dirty fingers: the good, the bad, and the frustratingly in-between.
Sometimes that darkness is lathered up with sweet, warm harmonies, and slow-rolling rhythms (“Pattern in the Blood”), sometimes it’s laid bare in a creaking, near death rattle (“The Clouds Beyond Us Carry Rain”)…and sometimes it’s clubbed over the head with a beer bottle in the heat of a honky-tonk brawl (“Satin”). It’s a riveting journey that at once pulls influences from the high water mark of late-70s singer-songwriters, while sounding in narrative lockstep alongside the current stars of country’s literary revival.
“All these songs are about the character trying to recover something that has been taken from them,” Westmoreland says. “Or the character trying to understand some horrible thing they’ve been given to deal with.”
In Westmoreland’s case, dealing with horrible things means releasing one of the best albums of the year.
Brittany Bailey
Brittany Bailey
Raised in the pines of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany was immersed in music at an early age. Though exposed to and inspired by a wide variety of music, a close relationship with her grandparents, both of whom are singers, was responsible for the influence of traditional Bluegrass and Country music that has inevitably helped to shape her unique sound.
Spending her early years developing her singing voice in the back seat of a traveling van going from festivals to shows and jam sessions, Brittany recalls listening to The Whites, the high, lonesome sound of The Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, Merle Haggard, and Emmylou Harris to name a few.
Having her first festival stage experience at the age of nine, her polished and soulful young voice gained the attention of adult audiences and artists alike, leading to ongoing guest appearances with bands up and down the west coast including Alison Krauss and Union Station. Brittany says, ''I was blessed to have grown within a community of musicians who were so supportive of budding talent.'' At thirteen she took to learning chords on her grandpa's Martin guitar. Not long after, she began playing shows of her own. Her adolescent years were spent traveling in pursuit of music and annual trips across the country to the IBMA World of Bluegrass showcases.
With the help of her love for 60's and 70's folk singers, a whole new facet of artistry was being born at the age of sixteen, as Brittany's poetic agility matured into songwriting. The next year she found herself in Nashville recording her self titled acoustic album with producer Alan O' Bryant of the Nashville Bluegrass Band. "It was an unbelievable feeling to hear the words of my soul come to life with an amazing band of musicians i had admired and listened to for years.", says Brittany looking back. After a summer of recording she decided to make the move to Tennessee on her own soon after turning eighteen.
Her first gig was touring as a lead singer for a band called the Grasshoppers which included Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, now part of the Infamous Stringdusters, then on to writing for an Americana publishing company.
Brittany has since moved back to Oregon where she says, "Having grounding adult experiences have led to the best songs I've ever written, and the most authentic artist in me, one reawakened of a learned soul, is ready to share with the world."
Venue Information:
Hi-Fi Lounge
44 E. 7th Ave
Eugene, OR, 97401