For more than nine years, Amadan has cut its teeth on the clubs, bars, stages, and highways of the Pacific Northwest. In the blue-collar tradition of other regional celtic- and folk-inspired rock acts, Amadan spent five years filling a heavy ~100-gig-per-year schedule with music and cultural festival appearances, college campus events, and the obvious staple: three- to four-hour, high-energy house gigs in various pubs throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Amadan swiftly developed a reputation for raucous, energetic, beer-swilling, punk-inspired shows. Filling those time slots with Gaelic traditionals, American folk tunes, and punk rock covers gave the Amadan players the sustainable energy and cohesive trad and rock chops to churn out a number of developed original songs.
Amadan’s second full-length record, 2004’s “Hell-Bent 4 Victory!,” represented a culmination of those strengths and efforts and an earmark from which the musicians could grow. Amadan filled the next three years honing performance at an increasing number of festival and rock performances on bills with bands ranging from the Clumsy Lovers to The Supersuckers and Eek-A-Mouse to Pepper. During the same period, members Eric Tonsfeldt and Kevin Pardew wrote, arranged, and, ultimately, co-produced the record that became 2007’s “Pacifica.”
Seeking to break the molds of traditional music, punk rock, and live performance with their intricate and fast-paced three-hour rock shows and searing musicianship, their third full-length album betrays a sound that is both post-punk and post-celtic in composition, feel, and influence and post-barroom in energy level and maturity. This is world music from the picket lines and the surface streets, and rock and roll from life’s daily struggles and rewards. This is music for the revolution. This is Amadan. Amadan’s third full length album, Pacifica, is available at CD Baby and Itunes. Here’s what people are saying:
The interaction between the instruments is what really shines. Banjos and didgeridoos weave in and out of fiddles and distorted guitars to create interesting tableaux, making for something unique but still familiar and comforting.
Dusty Rust is a Neo Honky Tonk performer crawling out from under the hidden music hub of Kansas City, MO. His sound brings a lot of twang to the urban streets and taverns where he’s often heard, one such place being The Westport Saloon. Every Thursday night you can hear him paying homage to the greats that harken back to the golden days of country music, filling singing breaks with fiery telecaster solos while doubling on lap steel.
With a strong DIY work ethic, Dusty has self-produced two full length albums in the last two years, and is currently in the studio working on the third. Starting out with a residency at The Landmark Saloon in Portland, OR, it wasn’t too long before it paid off with opportunities to open shows for acts such as: Dale Watson, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, Luke Bell, and The Calamity Cubes.
With a kick ass band of honky tonkers featuring Chelsea Rae on bass, Adam Watson on drums, and Chad Graves (The Hillbenders) on Pedal Steel, Dusty and company are constantly working the road. Their brand of music fits in well in almost any environment, including doing longer nights of mixing in originals from the newly released ‘Kansas City Cowboy’ to covering Waylon Jennings and Hank Sr/Jr, they also compliment bills ranging from Bluegrass to Rockabilly.
Rounding out 2016, Dusty and his honky tonk quartet toured nationally across the U.S., playing over 150 dates including such festivals as The Westport Roots Festival in Kansas City, MO and Ruckus In The Boonies in Heppner, OR. In February of 2017 Dusty was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in the “Outlaw Male” category.
The Slick and The Dead (Formerly The Royal Enfield)
Combining members from other great northwest acts, and weaving time-tested standards with new original classics, The Slick and the Dead craft music that reflects a working class experience and desires to unite all communities with auditory mirth. The band begun with a collective interest in Irish and British songwriters like Luke Kelly and Billy Bragg, grew to include Americana greats like Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and Drive By Truckers, and has since evolved to encompass original creations inspired by the old guard. The Slick and the Dead’s music offers a sprightly attitude combined with an artistic, muddy demeanor. What the hell does that even mean? Come find out. See ya up front!