The Delines CD Release Party feat. Mike Coykendall

The Delines CD Release Party feat. Mike Coykendall

Sat, February 16, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)


This event is 21 and over

The Delines - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Delines
It’s been a long way back for Amy Boone. In March 2016, the singer was hit by a car as she walked through a parking lot in Austin, Texas, causing horrific breaks to her legs. It’s taken
her the best part of three painful years, during which time she’s been through nine surgeries and various skin grafts, to be able to reclaim her place at the head of The Delines, the band she formed with Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin in 2012. What kept her going, apparently, was the knowledge that Vlautin had already written the bulk of what became The Imperial.

The lyrical preoccupations of this follow-up to 2014 debut Colfax are very much in keeping with Vlautin’s prior form, both as a songwriter and novelist. He’s drawn to those in society’s margins, damaged people trying to get by despite the odds, seeking warmth and comfort where, more often that not, there isn’t any. With the now defunct Richmond Fontaine, these tended to be forlorn, male-dominated environs.

But Boone’s soulful presence in The Delines brings a diferent slant to Vlautin’s characters, her voice transmitting something more hopeful and tender. “Cheer Up Charley” offers up balm to a boozer who’s lost his wife and can’t seem to get over it, the band coating the tale with a fat beat and sweet horns.

The Imperial is mainly about connections both missed and met, however briefly. The title track sees two ex-lovers reunite up for one last drink, 10 years after he was sent to prison for a deal that went south and ruined their relationship. “Let’s Be Us Again” is a country- soul ballad that stands alongside the work of Lambchop, Boone on terrific form as she details a couple who are desperately trying to rekindle what they once had: “Let’s go downtown/And hide in some old lounge/And let it get loose and easy”. Even the most unbearably sad tales –“Holly The Hustle”; “He Don’t Burn For Me”– are given empathetic grace by The Delines’ stirring arrangements.

The name “The Delines” came to Willy in a dream. He claims they were playing a nice venue somewhere and it was written across the kick drum. The idea for the band itself came long before on a tour with Richmond Fontaine. Amy was singing the female roles from the High Country and Post to Wire, originally sung by her sister Deborah. Backstage Amy would sing soul and opera numbers to warm up and get her mind off the psycho logger tunes and a-holes she was locked in a van with. Some of the soul singing must have found its way into Willy's consciousness however and upon returning home he penned several songs he hoped Amy would sing. Willy sneaked over to John's studio and whipped out some demos to share with Amy and Sean. They dug em! Amy chose her keys and Tucker came over to work out parts in the basement. They called Freddy in to lay down the bass and Jenny to play rhodes and organ. Finally they got Amy up from Austin and after some quality time in the basement hit the studio.

Band Members:
Amy Boone
Jenny Conlee-Drizos
Tucker Jackson
Sean Oldham
Freddy Trujillo
Willy Vlautin
Cory Gray
Mike Coykendall - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Mike Coykendall
Veteran songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Coykendall has been amazingly prolific over the last three decades or so. Currently most well known for his duties as a sideman, producer, and recordist via his work with M Ward, Blitzen Trapper, She & Him, Annalisa Tornfelt, & Tin Hat Trio, to name a few, Coykendall has been making his own unique outsider records since the mid '80s.

Coykendall (pronounced "Kirk-in-doll) was raised near the dead center of the contiguous 48 states of America in rural Norwich, Kansas. In early high school he began playing drums and guitar and went on to perform in mid-western regional cover bands during the early 80's. In the mid 80's he started writing and recording his own songs on cassette 4-track and soon formed Wichita, Kansas based prarie-psych popsters Klyde Konnor. Klyde was a prolific and daring band that self-released approximately nine cassette albums between '86 and '91.

In '91, he moved to San Francisco where he and wife Jill formed The Old Joe Clarks. The Old Joes worked hard and made three nuanced, highly acclaimed Americana-esque records. 1996's Town of Ten, 1999's Metal Shed Blues, & 2003's November.

In '99 after relocating to Portland, Oregon, Coykendall was able to expand his home studio and begin working other artists. One of those artists was M Ward. Their first collaboration was Ward's 2003 masterpiece Transfiguration of Vincent. Soon after, Coykendall became a member of Ward's touring band (also with She & Him), which continues to this day. In 2007 Coykendall finally gave up his day job to focus solely on music. Attrition pays off.

In 2012 Coykendall released his third solo record titled Chasing Away the Dots via Portland’s Fluff & Gravy Records. Dots is a widely varied, moody yet playful record with a lived-in feel and is the perfect vehicle for Coykendall's unfurnished vocals. This tidy little diamond in the rough also contained guest appearances by some of Coykendall's musical friends including M Ward, Zooey Deschanel, Eric Earley, & Ben Gibbard.

Translating Dots to a live setting was an undertaking, as the record itself was filled with guest performances and layers of studio psychedelia. Coykendall met that challenge by essentially turning the record inside-out and stripping it down to it’s basic elements. He took to rocking these songs out with an oversized Kay electric guitar while stomping a tin can kick drum and swishing away on a huge set of high-hat cymbals. He began calling it the "rig", and it stuck. These spontaneous performances are often a thick mix of Coykendall's own compositions and reinterpretations of other writer's famous or not-s0-famous gems. Not working from a set list and seemingly testing each situation to see what boundaries can be pushed.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212