Thursday, December 5, 2013

Now for more Music

Danielia Cotton

Its been such a avalanche of business we hardly made it to much live music. Met a local producer but the gig was sold out. So on a very chilly Portland night we headed for the unknown at the Alhambra Theatre on Hawthorne Blvd.

Pretty casual couple singers opened. Acoustic. Cool. Then the last singer gushed about the next band and singer Daniela Cotton. The bio said a 'force' on stage. Hmmm. Sipping on a good Oregon IRA we waited as the 4 band members set up.

KaBAMMM.

From the first power cord to the soulful force of Danielia this band had it. The guitarist was using some strangely lit handheld to create spectacular cords. Danielia crushed it with powerful singing which made sense once we checked the background. Artist to watch. Top 10 album. Toured/opened for Allman Brothers, B.B. King, Derek Trucks, Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Robert Cray.

The owner's wife is from Burma so we kept hearing her nose was freezing on the way to the venue. Must be a good sign. :)

Of course we bought all 4 of her albums after the show.

Naomi Hooley who packed her car with her piano and dreams about a year ago in Alaska drove down to live and cut an album in Portland. Knew no one. Just pursued her vision. Sounded a little like Feist, early Carol King and a comglom of others of the like. She comes from a musical family and it showed. She put her heart into her act. Check out her music.

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