Sugar Time Bakery, 107 North River Street, Ste. A, Enterprise, Oregon, starting at 7 p.m.

The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance presents another edition of Tunesmith Night, a monthly showcase of original music. The Saturday, January 12 show features songwriters Mise, Nevada Sowle, and James Dean Kindle. Venue is Sugar Time Bakery, located in the Burnaugh Building on North River Street and provides the perfect atmosphere for our listening audience.

Mise has brought an eclectic pop style to the Northwest since 2012.  Originally the solo project of North Idaho’s Cooper L. Trail, Mise’s “mature, worldly folk…brimming with wise and soft-spoken lyrics” (Portals) has since broadened to include heavier and more experimental elements with several iterations of a live band, while remaining lyrical at the core.  From raucous basement shows to sharing the stage with artists like Angel Olsen and Blind Pilot, “Mise stands as an impressive example of differentiation within a community while staying ground to his roots (No Fear Of Pop).”

You’d expect most musicians from Northern Idaho to be immovably rooted in folk, country, and Americana stylings, but Nevada Sowle doesn’t let that landlocked positioning define his sound. Constantly seeking to find new tones both acoustic & electronic, unique yet familiar, Sowle’s catalogue fits most snuggly into the category of Pop – but don’t let that word deter you if you’re a stickler for quality lyrical content and well-thought-out composition. Having spent the past few years recording and touring the west coast with acts like Bart Budwig, Joseph Hein, An American Forrest, and Mise, Sowle has found time in between green rooms and sound booths to develop a style that will help define the sound and style of the Inland Northwest.

James Dean Kindle is a singer-songwriter from Pendleton, Oregon – a town most well known for its cowboy culture and wool blankets. James embraces the “country & western” label in his songs about love and despair while also seeking to expand the notion of what constitutes rural music. With his backing country-rock band The Eastern Oregon Playboys he has released four albums including their most recent “Roaming Charges May Apply” (2018). In 2017 he released a tape of minimalist piano recordings on the Brooklyn, NY based Cimiotti Recordings. He is currently working on a collection of songs tentatively titled “Trail Songs” that pervert the singing cowboy (Slim Whitman, Marty Robbins, etc) trope of using the western landscape and cowboy imagery as metaphors for romance

James is a past recipient of the Umatilla County Cultural Coalition’s Local Grants Program and has been a featured performed on Oregon Public Broadcasting and Boise State Public Radio. When not performing James works as the executive director of the Oregon East Symphony, as a contributing columnist for the East Oregonian newspaper, and as publisher of the Northeastern Oregon-centric zine/record label Honey Mushroom

Tunesmith Night is presented in a round-robin format, with each musician playing a song, then the next taking a turn, creating an interesting and varied performance. Admission is $10 at the door or by season pass. Doors open at 6pm (SEATING IS LIMITED), music at 7pm, all ages welcome. Sugar Time will have the kitchen open for soups and sandwiches, in addition to their usual yummy sweet treats (BYO adult beverages).

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