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Acoustic Artist Jeremy Tuell Strums Nice Tunes

Posted on 15 January 2010 by Tim

I’ve been trying to cover artists and musicians from my area – the Portland, Oregon metro, including Vancouver, Washington. When I put out a message on Craigslist asking for names of great bands I received a flood of responses. One of the better musicians I was directed to is Jeremy Tuell.

Jeremy began playing music in the school orchestra in 5th grade. However, these days you’ll see Jeremy working the strings of a guitar rather than a cello. Jeremy switched when he transferred school as “a Sophomore and my new school didn’t have an orchestra program. Playing guitar was simply more convenient.”

Jeremy is inspired to write about “love, struggles, ambitions, ideas, regrets, [and] pretty much anything I am passionate about at the time.” Tuell performs with drummer Ryne Freed and the two have been on stage at Tomfest Pop Culture and the Bluenote Cafe.

“I was 15 when I first performed at Washougal High School’s Bluenote Cafe, infront of over 200 people,” says Tuell, who recently produced 3-tracks which are available to listen to on MySpace.

Of the three, my favorite is Dreamer, one of the more upbeat tracks. I love the energy and the lyrics are catchy but still meaningful.

Jeremy’s voice sounds a bit underdeveloped, lacking the crispness and range of a more seasoned vocalist. However, he has a great sound overall one that should endear him to female fans.

If you would like to hear Jeremy Tuell live, Jeremy and Ryne will be performing at the Hawthorne Theater, in Portland, Oregon on March 4, 2010.

You can follow Jeremy on Twitter – @JeremyTuell.

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Meet Portland’s Loop-Ninja Tony Smiley

Posted on 15 July 2009 by Tim

Late Monday night, I was browsing through local music events on MySpace and came across a listing for a free show at The Streets of Tanasbourne. Since it was free admission, I clicked through with low expectations, figuring I’d be moving on in just a second. But I was surprised to find Tony Smiley, the loop-ninja.

Tony Smiley laying down the beat. It’s pretty amazing watching Tony compile the layers of his music. Performing his songs he switches from bass guitar to drums, to beat boxing and then laying down the lead and vocals. Each layer is looped while the next is added.

Before the first song on Tony’s profile had finished, I knew I had to check out the show. When I arrived, I was greeted with wonderfully crafted music by a truly gifted local musician.

Unfortunately, I had other plans that night so I couldn’t stay for the whole show. Luckily, Tony will be playing lots of shows over the next couple months so I should have another chance to see him perform.

Tony’s newest album will be available online soon. But first, download his album Driving Myself Sane.

Free Music Tuesdays

Alternative rock station 94/7 and Scion are sponsoring The Streets of Tanasbourne Summer Concert Series, free performances every Tuesday from 5-7pm. The shows will run July 7th to August 25th. [More Info]

Pictures from the July 14th show at Tanasbourne

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Watch Tony Smiley on YouTube

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