Tunesmith Night, Saturday, May 11 – 7PM
Sugar Time Bakery, 107 North River Street, Ste. A, Enterprise, Oregon

The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance will present the final Tunesmith Night of the season on Saturday, May 11. This monthly showcase of original music features songwriters Gregory Rawlins, Sara McMahon and Edmund Wayne. Venue is Sugar Time Bakery, located in the Burnaugh Building on North River Street and provides the perfect atmosphere for our listening audience.

Port Orchard, Washington native Gregory Rawlins has been exploring the creation of the song for over 15 years. A formal student of creative writing and poetry, Rawlins left college in the mid 2000s and, upon landing in Seattle, co-founded the acclaimed folk/rock quartet Sons of Guns, alongside his best friend Mike Surber. All told, Gregory Rawlins has overseen 9 full-lengths albums, and 3 EP’s in just over a decade, splitting his time between various creative projects (music, poetry, acting) while getting into the wilderness as much as possible. Most recently, sessions have finished for his forthcoming solo album, Blackjack Pennsylvania, engineered by two of his most inspiring and influential contemporaries: Travis Ward (Hillfolk Noir) and Mike Coykendall (M. Ward, Bright Eyes) Talk of the album is already abuzz, and a tentative release date is set for mid-2019.

Sara McMahon grew up in the small town of Vernonia, Oregon, and got her musical start singing the national anthem at local sporting events in high school. Since then, she as taught herself how to play guitar and learned how to write songs, inspired by 70’s rock bands, 90’s music, new and old country and a slew of contemporary female songwriters. McMahon has deep roots in her little country town and is proud of that heritage, naming her upcoming CD “The HWY47 Tapes” to be released early this year.

Edmund Wayne is the disguise of musician/organic farmer, Curt Krause. His intimate vocals and dynamic song structure keep your full attention. His music is well described by fellow musician Gregory Rawlins, who says, “Edmund Wayne regards the listener with great compassion and reverence–as though his songs are incomplete without you. You help rustle the leaves, sway the pines, and litter the streets with painful memories and a brighter tomorrow.” Edmund Wayne’s song “I Want to be the Lighthouse,” (from his 2015 release Can’t Remember When)appears in the soundtrack of the recent Netflix film “Paddleton.” The Seatlle Weekly describes Edmund Wayne as “Harnessing the mood of Andrew Bird with the magnitude of Radiohead” Krause resides in Snohomish, Washington.

 

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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