This evening, at the Snow Goose, the Portland Indie Band, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, begins its Alaska tour, with their only Anchorage gig. Then it is on to Trapper Creek and Kodiak.
They got a good write-up back in April in the Alaska Dispatch. Ben Anderson wrote an excellent, comprehensive article about the relationship between Alaska musicians and the burgeoning Portland Oregon rock scene, detailing the AK roots of Portugal the Man, and the relationship between several local bands and the Outside Indie scene. Ben's article mentions former students of mine who are struggling to make it here, like the multi-talented Winston Monticello, now playing with Turquoise Boy and T.I.A.
Beside the fact that Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside features two Alaskans, drummer Ford Tennis and bass player Tyler Tornfelt, their lead guitar is my nephew, Jeff Munger. Jeff has developed a wide variety of styles to back up Sallie's voice, which is unique, and has been compared to Janis Joplin, Bessie Smith Etta James and Tom Waits.
Their new CD, Dirty Radio, came out last week, and is getting a lot of positive reviews.
They'll be playing at the Snow Goose, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Tomorrow, they'll be playing at the Trapper Creek Music Festival. Sunday, they will be in Kodiak, for the Crabfest, at the Harbor Convention Center.
Here are two songs of theirs: