Casey Neill & The Norway Rats
The music of Casey Neill & The Norway Rats combines high energy rock rave-ups and haunting lush acoustic reveries built around melodic narrative songwriting. The Norway Rats are a collective of Portland indie all star players whose credits include The Decemberists, Eels, Viva Voce and more. Neill has been touring with the band and solo throughout the USA, Japan, and Europe for more than a decade, performing his songs at venues such as Town Hall in New York, San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, and the Newport Folk Festival. The new Norway Rats record Subterrene is a major leap forward for the band that No Depression calls "a milestone in Neill and company’s trajectory thus far" while Rolling Stone says " (Neill's) songs mask their complexities beneath a simple, singalong-worthy surface... these swimming waters have serious depth."
Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters
Like the Ohio to muddy Ol’ Miss, Ashleigh Flynn follows her
troubadour heart. Flynn grew up in Kentucky and cut her teeth on
local bluegrass music and Motown. A prolific songwriter and
performer blessed with unbridled charisma, she has taken the
stage at Bonnaroo and Bumbershoot, Delfest, High Sierra and
Vancouver Folk Fest and toured with the likes of Todd Snider and
the Wood Brothers.
Thanks to two critically acclaimed independently released studio albums and a live EP, Flynn is making a name for herself in Americana music. She arrived on the scene in 2008 with the release of American Dream, a poetic lament to the elusiveness of that national ethos. A Million Stars followed in 2013 – a rollicking journey celebrating the women pioneers of the American West. Her most recent EP, The Low Arc of the Sun, 2016, was recorded live on the winter solstice in Portland, Oregon as an offering to the coming of the light.
With a fresh slate of songs in her arsenal, Flynn returned to
the studio in 2017 to develop a bold new project: Ashleigh Flynn
& the Riveters. In both name and spirit, this all-female band is
a nod to the “Rosie the Riveter” archetype and an homage to the
millions of American women who entered this country’s male-
dominated workforce during World War II and kicked some serious
The record’s 11 tracks feature Flynn’s compelling brand of
storytelling and soulful vocals, amped-up and virtuously
enveloped by the electrified Riveters. Inspired in large part by
her new guitar player Nancy Luca’s style and skill, the album
hearkens back to early Stones and ‘70s psychedelic country rock,
yet the result feels simultaneously new and necessary.
Produced by Flynn’s longtime musical collaborator, Chris Funk of
the Decemberists, this highly anticipated LP was recorded and
mixed at Halfling Studios in Portland and supported by grants
from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and