In the second of the series, Blitzen Trapper’s singer/strummer/sage puts a rough-hewn spin on “Up on Cripple Creek.” From rural Oregon roots through early praise as Pitchfork’s “best new music”, Eric and band have grown into one of indie rocks most respected artists. Cripple Creek is an apt choice, as Eric explores themes of roots, nostalgia and romance in the latest Blitzen Trapper album American Goldwing. As he puts it, “The earthiness of these songs makes you want to get loaded and get in a fight, or find a girl or fall in love forever, simultaneously.”
The river called. The indie community answered.
Deschutes River Recordings is a unique collaboration between artist and cause. Deschutes Brewery put out the call for independent artists to sing river-themed songs, from the banks of the river, to benefit the vital work of the Deschutes River Conservancy. They’re musicians as committed to the cause as they are the craft. And fearless enough to tackle whatever covers Deschutes Brewery fans tossed their way. Welcome to the riverside high wire: live, unadorned, far from a studio safety net.