Shane Smith & The Saints

Shane Smith & The Saints

Brass Tacks, The Pine Box Boys

Thu, April 11, 2019

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

Dante's

Portland, OR

General Admission: $10 | $2 increase day of show

This event is 21 and over

Tickets are $10 | $2.00 increase day of show

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Shane Smith & The Saints
Shane Smith & The Saints
Play just the first 10 seconds of "The Mountain," which opens Geronimo, the
latest and most ambitious release from Shane Smith & The Saints. Robust a
cappella, four-part harmonies set the stage for a saga of family tragedy, a young
son's revenge and a blaze burning eternally in a Pennsylvania mine. The vivid
lyrics, powerful vocals and thumping four-beat drums throughout this song are
reason enough for lovers of creative roots music to celebrate.
From their home base in Austin through performances across the country (17
states) and abroad (Ireland), these five gentlemen have not just stuck stubbornly
to their musical and lyrical convictions. They've defied audience expectations by
delivering incendiary shows, each one ignited by the band's ability to unleash,
feed from and feed back the energy of the crowd -- in spite of the fact that they
don't fit easily into any musical category.
With Geronimo, they've dared themselves to exceed their own expectations.
Each song begins with Smith creating its "bones," in the form of chords and
lyrics. He then joins fiddler Bennett Brown, lead guitarist Tim Allen, bassist Chase
Satterwhite and drummer Zack Stover to bring those bones to life. Aside from a
bit of cello, some horns and a few keyboard parts, the band lays down each note
on Geronimo. Their ability to bring songs to life has even earned them
opportunities to record instrumental tracks for other artists.
Smith's ability to draw images from everyday life into poetry goes back to his
earliest days in Terrell, Texas, an hour east of Dallas.
"There was an old Catholic church right next to our house," he recalls. "To this
day, I remember those church bells ringing. In fact, I use that reference in a song
from Geronimo called 'Suzannah,' which is about a guy who's fighting a war and
is thinking of his hometown -- and he also remembers being raised with a church
bell ringing on the hour every day."
Before he ever thought of himself as a songwriter, Smith was concerned mainly
with tennis. He played for the formidable program at Tyler Junior College before
transferring to St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Smith soon began getting
into music as well, playing solo gigs in local bars. And he began writing, inspired
by looking at life as it played out around him.
"I'd be in a restaurant and overhear someone saying something, and I'll have to
excuse myself, walk outside and write a note to myself about it," he says. "These
days, I make little iPhone recordings. The other day I made one about this
homeless guy I saw by the side of the road out in the middle of nowhere. He was
dirty and worn out but he was picking these gorgeous flowers. I constantly see
moments and images and statements, put them in the bank and have them there
to reflect on and make into honest lyrics down the road."
Even when he writes a love song, Smith almost can't help but turn the mundane
into something transcendent. On Geronimo, he does this with "All I See Is You":
"The storm's running through the Midwest like a bandit on the loose. / All the
clouds are black as night and all I see is you. / The rain's pouring through the
window panes and the cracks of this roof. / Tea's boiling from the spout of the
pot, but all I see is you."
Recorded and self-produced while on the road throughout Austin, Dallas and
Nashville, Geronimo weaves these images into story lines, each enhancing the
other, together coming alive. "I love trying to tell stories through songs," Smith
observes. "There's something that fascinates me about echoing old tales in
songs to carry them on for years and years, like old folk songs."
And so we travel with a newly freed slave in the nineteenth century, hearing the
music and feeling the exuberance of dancing in Congo Square on "New
Orleans." We feel the rueful reflection from a sinner who "spent time on the
wrong side of the church door" on "Right Side of the Ground." We stand shoulder
to shoulder with the Alamo's doomed heroes as their final seconds near on
"Crockett's Prayer." And the title track serves a dual purpose, taking us to a
heroic time and place while making a broader statement about this project.
“On one end, it is an attempt to pay tribute to the life of Geronimo, the Apache
warrior,” says Smith. “I've always been fascinated by Geronimo and the principles
he stood for. This also presented the perfect opportunity to relate the term
'Geronimo' with our intensions of this album and the 'jumping from a cliff' idea
that it symbolizes. If we are going to attempt a career in music, this album is our
commitment to give it everything we've got.”
“Our goal with this album was never to put out a bunch of catchy singles and be
all over the radio,” explains Smith. “It was to set us apart, with meaningful lyrics,
huge harmonies and the sound of a hard-working band that has played some
crappy gigs and come out stronger for it. We always had the options to either
make a 'safe' record or put something out that sounds like us and no one else.”
"We took that second option and named it Geronimo."
Brass Tacks
Brass Tacks
Country music being played today has an identity crisis; Brass Tacks were a little surprised to find out bar owners and venues couldn’t agree more by booking them to play their young, unique, and real sound. They have continued to bring their southern-rock, love-song, outlaw-country sound to all corners of the Oregon scene with a passion for music and an ever growing crowd.

The band started in 2014 when songwriter and frontman Andy Good met lead guitarist Eli Howard and harmonica player Cody Patey at a local open mic. The three were familiar with each other, Andy just stepping out into the music scene, and Eli and Cody having recently left their former band. “That’s how I’ve always envisioned that song sounding.” says Andy after playing an original of his for the first time, “and we instantly knew a new band had just formed after playing a single song together.”

The band was soon joined by drummer Eli Taghon, who’s heavy-hitting, in your face, but just right style of playing meshed seamlessly. “I’ve played with Taghon for over 8 years,” recalls Howard, “and he was in the same band as Cody and I prior to Brass Tacks so it wasn’t even a question of ‘who will the drummer be?’ it was Taghon.” The prior experience playing together was one of the key factors that helped get Brass Tacks on their feet onto stages so quickly.

Excited as they were with their new sound they didn’t let off the gas pedal, booking their first 4 hour live show a month later. By month 6 of being a band, they recorded their first album, The EP, and sold out of the initial 500 copies in two weeks. “We love this band,” says Sarah Quier, owner of the Wild Horse Bar & Grill, “we can always count on a crowd when they play and they put on a great show.” Local roadhouse and longest running honky-tonk bar manager Nic Rodio agrees, “Brass Tacks has such a unique sound. I get excited when it’s time to book them and when I know they’re going to play.”

While being very happy with their success and their devoted fans in Oregon, Brass Tacks has set their sights on the entire Pacific Northwest Region. They label their sound as Oregon Country but they know it won’t just be Oregon that will enjoy it. The band is currently in studio to record and release their first full length album, after which they are planning a tour from Southern California to Vancouver BC. “We just want to play at any opportunity we have, ” says Eli Howard, “I’ve never been in a band with this much potential and we’ll be damned if we let it go to waste.”

“Above all else,” says Andy Good, “we’re about family, friends and the music. That’s where I draw my inspiration from when writing. The hard working people of Oregon, the love I have for my family, and a couple band mates that sometimes I may want to strangle, but will always be my friends. We love what we do. Sure we hope some day it’ll pay the bills, but even if it doesn’t, we won’t stop playing our songs.”
The Pine Box Boys
The Pine Box Boys
American bluegrass band
Venue Information:
Dante's
350 West Burnside
Portland, OR, 97209
http://www.danteslive.com/
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