THE STRANGE TONES
Hailing from Portland, the Strange Tones are a highly talented and entertaining combo with a unique take on American roots music.
The band has twice received “Best Contemporary Blues Act” and “Best Electric Guitar” Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association. But their appeal extends well beyond the blues community with a distinctive style that defies easy classification. It's the sound of Fender amps set up at the crossroads of blues, rockabilly, surf, and vintage R&B. It's the sound of Slim Harpo meets Link Wray, Magic Sam meets Wanda Jackson, and Howlin’ Wolf meets the Mod Squad.
They are led by the twin guitar attack of of "Guitar" Julie and Suburban Slim. Raised on a steady diet of Jimmy Reed’s blues and Ike and Tina’s R&B, Guitar Julie’s incendiary solos light up the stage while her soulful vocals leave no doubt that every word she sings must be true.
Suburban Slim, is recognized as one of the Northwest’s top guitar players. From greasy blues to surf-a-billy madness his playing always entertains.
The big fat groove of The Strange Tones comes from one of the finest rhythm sections around. Drummer J.D. Huge propels the band with a steady hand, at times with a subtle shuffle, at others swinging like a man possessed while Andy Strange keeps the band firmly anchored with the deep throb of his Fender bass.
The band’s new CD Crime-A-Billy was included in Real Blues Magazine's top 100 CDs of the year. Featured on National Public Radio’s Car Talk, the CD has been receiving international praise. “The album is a tasty cohesive collection of tough, ready to romp tunes. Stellar performances on all fronts and great song selections all wrapped up as only The Strange Tones can do it.” –Portland Blues
Whether it’s a smoky, down home roadhouse, a private dance, or a high profile festival performance, the Strange Tones deliver.
Show starts at 9PM. Cover is $8 at the door.