In 2001, Stumptown Coffee Roasters released a novel compilation of songs recorded by musicians who worked for the company. Back then, the coffee roaster was a hyper local business with only one location on Division Street in Southeast Portland. In fact, the album was actually recorded at that store after hours.
Fast forward almost 17 years and Stumptown is a much bigger player, a subsidiary of Peet’s Coffee with national distribution and storefronts in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and New Orleans.
But they still love music.
“At the core of Stumptown’s values is our commitment to the arts, especially music,” says Mallory Pilcher, Director of Marketing. “We start each day by turning on music, turning up the music and sharing records with each other.”
So with a nod to that original album, the company has produced a followup called Worker’s Comp, Volume II. Recorded in late 2017, Stumptown selected employees’ bands from across the country and flew them to Portland to record with producer Mike Coykendall. The album includes original songs from 11 bands, including hometown heroes The Tamed West. And the Portland band’s contribution, “My Old Friend,” proves nepotism isn’t always a bad thing.
Worker’s Comp, Volume II comes out on May 25 on vinyl.
You can catch The Tamed West live in Portland at Turn! Turn! Turn! on May 19.