China, Mouth Painter (Portland) & Donald Beaman & Band (Chico) 930pm $7
"China's Pool of Tears has sadness to spare, but this little detail from "Just Another Outlaw" especially stood out. Yeah, our narrator ignored his friends' warnings about this woman and he's kinda stalking her, but the image of another man doing the dishes made me see what he sees and feel what he feels, and kinda feel sympathy for him. It's a simple visualization that made a good song damn near perfect." - Russell Jelinek, The Baybridged
Donald Beaman is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist living in Northern California. He is the former guitarist and co-songwriter for the New York City based band The Double (Matador Records). He has shared the stage with Jonathan Richman, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Hurley, Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), and Spiral Stairs (Pavement). His sophomore solo album, Duration, was released April 2017. It features Dan Horne (Beachwood Sparks/Cass Mccombs) playing pedal steel. The album has been described as “quiet country brilliance...the quietest voice at the back of the room...that has the most to share.”
As a member of The Double he was at the epicenter of the New York City music scene of the early to mid 2000s. The Double released three albums – including Loose in the Air, on Matador Records; recorded a John Peel Session at Maida Vale Studios for the BBC; and toured extensively throughout the United States and in Europe, sharing the stage with: Feist, The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Interpol, M83, Ratatat, The Mountain Goats, The Go-Betweens, Cass McCombs, John Vanderslice, Deerhoof, Blonde Redhead, and many others.
Beaman is currently recording his third album, scheduled for release in 2018. He tours regularly with his backing band.
Comprising Barry Walker (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Valerie Osterberg (flute, saw, percussion, effects, vocals), and Jason Willmon (bass), Mouth Painter’s music is at the intersection of country/folk, drone, and exotica, blending the lines of tradition and experimentation. Their music is influenced by the sounds of nature, the geologic continuum, and the likes of Keith Whitley, Elisabeth Waldo, Steven Halpern, Evan Parker, etc.
Mouth Painter singer/pedal steel guitarist Barry Walker has released several albums including Banjo Knife (CS/2012), Barry Walker and the Tanks (LP/2013), Sinthaxis (with Valerie Osterberg/LP/2013), Barry Walker Jr. (LP/2017). Of the most recent LP, John Whitson (Holy Mountain Records) said, “Imagine ‘The Chill Out’ in full size pickup truck or a version of ‘Program’ by Silver Apples turning into spaced out pedal steel, psychedelic rock and acid folk.” Barry also plays pedal steel in several bands in Portland, OR, (incl. Roselit Bone, Hearts of Oak), and has accompanied Marisa Anderson, Lavender Country, Michael Hurley, the Lavender Flu, and Karl Blau in performances.
Mouth Painter’s debut LP “Aloha” is scheduled for release in 2018.