Crow & the Canyon – Sept. 9th 6:15-6:55 – More Info
“Crow and the Canyon knew they were on to something after their first tour in the fall of 2014, which left them better—as friends and as musicians—than before they left. Live, they drink wine and whiskey and play off the vibe of their crowd, sometimes turning up the rock ‘n’ roll, sometimes going completely acoustic for a second encore. The joy with which the band plays is palpable, both live and on record, and one only needs to take a gander at the miles-wide smiles of both the group on stage and the audience to know this music is affecting people on a very real level.
“Crow and the Canyon are a band with a future. They have a good look, they’re affable and easy-going on stage and the most important thing, (obviously) they sound tremendous. All of the signifiers of a fantastic night of pickin’ are there: sad songs, drinking songs, dancing songs and of course: heartbreak songs. Austin Quattlebaum, Ben Larsen and Leigh Jones are all accomplished vocalists and players in their own right, but when on stage together they meld into something transfixing. The group went from rowdy, old school drinking numbers where they traded lines and harmonized wonderfully, to slower numbers were Jones played siren to every wistful (wishful?) single fella in the audience.
“I couldn’t quite put my finger on what exactly made the band’s sound stand out for me from other bands of their ilk until I did some research on the group’s diverse background. Featuring a Portland music scene vet in Ben Larsen, an Appalachia-via-Savannah, Georgia Southerner in Austin Quattlebaum, a bassist who cut his teeth in Santa Cruz’s funk scene in Miles Berry and Leigh Jones, an NYU-educated performer, Crow & The Canyon’s lineup is quite a bit more diverse than most. It’s also a very Portland lineup, as part of what makes this wonderful city so amazing is the fact that it serves as a beacon for creative types to come together in an environment conducive to producing art. I can’t help but postulate that such a varied background has something to do with the “it” that C&tC have in spades.”
-Donovan Farley, True Blue Magazine