Music | Sessions

Blitzen Trapper

opbmusic | Sept. 21, 2011 3:03 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 11, 2013 12:05 p.m.

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Recording engineer: Steven Kray, with technical assistance from Bill Ward and Jonathan Newsome

Video production: Ethan Derner
Video shooters: Anthony Del Calzo / David Christensen / Jonny Harn

Photos: Inger Klekacz— see the full photo set

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The next in our series of MusicFest NW in-studio sessions recorded earlier this month, Portland’s own Blitzen Trapper makes a third stop by our studios, this time to play songs from their sixth album, American Goldwing. That latest effort finds the band combining the kind of genre-bending they’ve excelled at in the past (of particular note is the return of the “rawk” of Wild Mountain Nation on songs like “Street Fighting Sun”) with what is in some cases an unexpectedly personal tone in the songwriting of frontman Eric Earley. Above all remains a sound that might be called “New Cosmic American Music,” to paraphrase Gram Parsons.

We’ll hear an extended set of new songs from the band, and talk to them about the secrets behind their prolific pace (the new album is their fourth in five years) and ability to stay together, as well as the decision to bring in Tchad Blake to mix the album.

Blitzen Trapper is set to tour with Dawes this fall, returning to Oregon for a date at the McDonald Theater on October 13th.

Revisit our past sessions with the band: July ‘07 / April ‘09

 

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