Sam Chase and The Untraditionals
Thursday, February 28th, 2019
Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm
$10 Cover at the door
Opening Set by Kory Quinn 8:45–9:30 pm (scroll for more info)
Sam Chase and the Untraditionals take the stage at 9:45 pm
The Sam Chase & The Untraditional hails from San Francisco, California. This juggernaut of a band blends rock n roll with folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes that come from growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock.
The leader of the band is The Sam Chase himself, a natural storyteller with a voice that sounds as if it has weathered many an epic tale. With boot stomping orchestration and lyrics that have been immortalized on the tattooed skin of their fans, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional doesn’t mess around.
These are the warriors we need in these troubled times.
The Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick- and sweat-stained motel bedsheets. He likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much whiskey. His is a show you’ll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool.
Hailing from the hills of San Francisco, California, Sam and his band, whom he lovingly refers to as The Untraditional, take to stages all over the country. They play with a virulent and frenetic passion which many history buffs might liken to the Norse warriors known as The Berserkers, who were known to have fought their battles with an uncontrollable, trance-like fury. Norse literature notes that they would work themselves into a rage before battle, consuming drugged food, and dressed in nothing but their enemies’ blood. The Sam Chase and The Untraditional maintain that spirit, but leave the drugged foods and enemies’ blood up to the discretion of the crowd.
In 2012 came the release of his long awaited first studio album, THE SAM CHASE WILL LEAD US TO VICTORY. It took the group all across these United States and back to their home in the Bay Area. The cry came for more, so the band dove head first into writing and preparing a new album. In late May of 2013, the band released THE SAM CHASE WILL NEVER DIE. Many children have been conceived to this album since its release. All of the children who are now born are showing higher than normal levels of intelligence and immunity to most diseases.
As of the early hours of 2016, Sam and the band went back into the studio and laid down 13 brand new tracks. The new album dropped on April 29th, 2016. Many sages and religious fanatics believe that it will bring about the end of days. Stay safe. These are troubled and unpredictable times.
Kory Quinn – Americana/Outlaw Country
A revelation! The steady pendulum of a land oil rig. He is tapped inspiration. He swings between misery and pride, exploring the complexities inherent in the immorality of capitalism and the individual purpose found in one’s work. With uncanny awareness, Kory knows the exact point where the two disparate paradigms collide. He speaks of the greater implications of our reliance on fossil fuels, corrupt political leaders and fear. Even as he tackles such heaviness, the songs are boisterous and driving—the perfect rallying cry for humanity from the heart of a working man.
In his own words:
I am an Internationally Touring Singer/Songwriter based out of Portland, OR. I will be attending the Folk Alliance Conference this year for the first time. I am available for booking Private Showcases. I have toured 1700+ dates over the past 8 years throughout Europe and North America. I have a long roster of notable performances with the likes of Leon Russell, Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show), Robbie Fulks, “Anna Tivel, Jefferey Martin and Al Scorch to name just a few.
“If the haunting harmonica hook that kicks off “Black Gold Blues” doesn’t grab you, I’m not sure what well. I’ve highlighted Quinn’s work in the past, but Black Gold Blues is his best work yet. Quinn pulls off a neat trick that so many others are trying to imitate, especially in these times — a political album that sounds as if it could apply to the 1890s, 1990s, or 2090s. On Black Gold Blues, Quinn makes it look easy.
“The first two openers show off Quinn and his band’s blues chops. But we soon get into meatier lyrics with the heart of the album, “Fall in Line” and “Last Broken Town.” The first song is what feels like a pretty standard jeremiad against the disparities in our society etc etc but Quinn’s attention to imagery, his band’s intensity, and the passion in his own vocal performance will make it sound new. “Last Rotten Town,” however, is a beast all of its own. Evoking recent protest chants, the song is a jubilant folk song foreseeing the day when these chants will no longer be necessary:
Can’t you see trouble coming round?
It’s just around the corner
In the last broken town
“This is one of my favorite protest songs right now, certainly ranking up there with M. Lockwood Porter’s How to Dream Again (incidentally, they’re both former classroom teachers).”
And this, from Vortex:
Kory Quinn’s new album, Live at The OK, can be held responsible for all of this and more. Through a beautiful display of musical juxtaposition mastered only with a guitar and a voice, listeners can expect to dance, to learn about the culture of the 2010s, to introspectively look at personal experiences in the “War On Love,” and to laugh with Quinn as he authentically shares his stories with us.
Quinn’s powerful voice paired with the wisdom packed into his lyrics make this album sound almost like old, western gospel. He poetically serenades us about the struggle many of us face today from classism and feeling unheard on a song like “In The Shadow of The Tower of Babel”:
“There’s no way we can shake off these chains in this world held onto by reins,” he sings. “There’s no race that can ever be run in which the winner hasn’t already won.”
Yet he encourages us to keep our focus on living for our dreams, delivered in a heartfelt and authentic way on “Livin’ & Dyin’ (to Dream)”:
“Well the night comes a risin’, there is the reason for livin’ and dyin’, the reason to dream / Well in the moonlight shinin’, there is the reason for livin’ and dyin’, there’s a reason to dream.”
Quinn’s first album, Waitin’ For A Train, was released in 2011, and he’s since shared three subsequent albums. No album has shied away from displaying his talent in songwriting and skilled stringed instrument playing. Listeners can expect to find some familiar songs on this new live record mixed with some unrecorded material. What makes this album particularly unique, however, is his solo stage presence. Other than the audience and Bart Budwig, who recorded, mixed and mastered the album, Quinn performs the songs with only himself and his guitar. Recorded at the OK Theatre in Enterprise, which is the oldest continuously operating theater in Oregon and one of the oldest in the country, perhaps this is why the album delivers the passion of an old soul.
The current social environment has certainly impacted Quinn’s writing as well. “There’s so much turmoil, insecurity and fear that is driving the world,” he explains. “Writing, singing and playing songs is just my way of coping with all the inequity, strife and division that stands between today and tomorrow.”
Kory Quinn kicks off his nine-date Northwest tour with his electric band, the Quinntessentials, on Thursday, March 22. Till then, listen to some new live tunes below.