The Be Good Tanyas – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – December 2nd, 2012

The Be Good Tanyas

The Be Good Tanyas

Huck Notari

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$20 adv/$22 dos

-21 permitted with parent or legal guardian

The Be Good Tanyas
The Be Good Tanyas
The Be Good Tanyas play an old-timey blend of folk, country, and blues bolstered by sweet harmonies and traditional fingerpicking. The Vancouver trio has garnered comparisons to like-minded predecessors such as Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent.

This trio - Sam (Samantha) Parton, Frazey Ford, and Trish Klein - got their name from a song by music pioneer Obo Martin ("Be Good Tanya") and now have three albums to their credit along with having a song or two in movies such as Because of Winn Dixie. There was, actually, an earlier Be Good Tanya - folk artist Jolie Holland, part songwriter, musician, and existentialist with a fiddle. But rambling blues bit her and bit her hard and she moved on to obtain solo status although she is featured with buddy Sam in the Tanyas' newest album Hello Love on a Mississippi John Hurt tune, "Nobody Cares for Me."

Some have called these three anachronistic - they dress in outfits that hearken back to the Roaring Twenties; their Chinatown cover is decorated with Tetley Tea graphics from long ago. Perhaps they are neoclassicists; perhaps they are pacifistic postmodernists; perhaps they just love the old songs and love writing and singing new songs that just sound old. It is amazing that a group from Vancouver, British Columbia shows Americans what their own music sounds like. The Be Good Tanyas make modernly nostalgic music; one listen to any of their projects (especially the Stephen Foster song "Oh, Susanna" on Blue Horse) and one is hooked permanently.

"This balance of sweet and spooky is at the heart of the Be Good Tanyas' timeless beauty. Decades from now, their musical sound is natural next to the traditional songs that inspire their work" –Meredith Ochs of NPR Music
Huck Notari
Huck Notari
I grew up in the white mountains of New Hampshire. Quite a beautiful place. I lived there for some time and then caught a Greyhound one day out to Oregon. Big changes. Was hanging out with musicians and played some open mics around. Wound up in New Orleans miming on Royal Street as Charlie Chaplin and then soon joined a country blues and ragtime band, the Kitchen Syncopators, that featured Gill Landry (now with Old Crow Medicine Show), Woody Pines (touring with his own band) and Felix Hatfield (of Oz st. Fossils and Cardboard Songsters).
Later, I wound up in Portland and began writing songs on guitar and piano and released my first album, "Highland" in 2007 and "Very Long Dream" in 2009. I am usually joined by Karin Nystrom (also with What Hearts), who sings and plays snare drum and Joel Shimmin, who plays a variety of guitars.
I've been playing around the Northwest and have toured a bit in Ireland. Im workin' on my third record currently. Its hard to describe my music, but I generally refer to it as original country folk.