Casey Neill with Timothy Hull

Tickets: $20 each from https://caseyneill.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

Rainshadow Recording welcomes Portland singer-songwriter Casey Neill for an evening of original songs of political and personal struggle, Friday August 19 at 7:30pm, with special guest, Whidbey Island singer-songwriter Timothy Hull.  Proof of vaccination is required for entry. Series sponsor is Strait Floors. Media sponsor for this series is KPTZ-FM radio.

“These are songs with stories well told” – Steve Earle

Casey Neill is a songwriter from Portland, Oregon performing high energy indie folk, infused with haunting melodies and weather beaten narratives. Neill tours throughout the USA, Japan, and Europe, performing at venues such as Town Hall in New York, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, and the Newport Folk Festival. The latest Casey Neill & The Norway Rats album ‘Subterrene‘ is a major leap forward that No Depression calls “a milestone in Neill and company’s trajectory thus far” while Rolling Stone says “(Neill’s) songs mask their complexities beneath a simple, singalong-worthy surface… these swimming waters have serious depth.” Casey is a frequent member of power pop band The Minus 5 along with Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck of R.E.M. (who both guest on ‘Subterrene’).

Critic Marco Rivera described it best for music blog Splendid: “Be it through raucous rockers, fragile acoustic ballads, passionate bursts of punk fury or soulful touches of Irish folk, Neill’s narrative talent and concern for real people’s struggles stand out. (Neill) evokes an epic feel that fits perfectly with the implicit grandiosity of this emotional material, delivered with a raspy, affectionate voice that recalls Life’s Rich Pageant-era Michael Stipe. The results are so evocative, you’ll be tempted to steep further in these memories, the better to share Casey Neill’s particular blend of personal and historical experience.”

In 1997 Casey Neill began a run of three songwriter albums for acoustic label Appleseed Recordings as well as contributing tracks to their Pete Seeger Tribute along with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, and Bonnie Raitt. A compilation of his material entitled ‘Memory Against Forgetting’ was released by Indigo Girl Amy Ray’s Daemon imprint in 2005. Following a few years treading the boards in New York City, Casey moved back to the thriving music community in Portland. In 2007, a far more electric record ’Brooklyn Bridge‘ was released and The Norway Rats were formed to support it with members of The Decemberists and Eels. Casey Neill & The Norway Rats recorded three records across the 2010’s – the dreamy Americana of ‘Goodbye to the Rank and File‘, the art rock collection ‘All You Pretty Vandals‘ and the electro-folk and pop explorations of ‘Subterrene‘. A new Casey Neill album is set for release in 2023. Learn more about Casey Neill at caseyneill.org.

Timothy Hull is a widely appreciated singer-songwriter from Whidbey Island, Washington. He has toured over the past fifteen years bringing his songs, guitar, stories and humor to colleges, clubs, pubs coffee houses, and conferences, coast to coast. He has traveled with his music, but his music has traveled even further. Bands and singers from all over the world are known to cover his originals.

Tickets are $20 each from https://caseyneill.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

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