Song “Echo In The Valley ” by Car Cactus feat. Freestone
Luke Ydstie (vocals, Johnson and Slammer or in other words: electric guitar), Kati Clayborn (vocals, banjo), Brian “Freestone” Bovenizer (harmonica)
Astoria Oregon, one of my favorite places home to many of my favorite people. I got connected to Astoria via Holiday Friends and have since become friends with Luke, Kati, and Brian. Brian has hired me to run sound for multiple beer festivals in the area (he works for Fort George brewery and books bands for them as well). Brian, like me, loves old country and new, good country. He has an excellent knowledge of music and plays a mean John Prine song on guitar. He has joined me on drums at a couple of my shows in Astoria. It’s always a lot of fun to hang out with Brian and the fact that it normally involves good music and good beer only enhances it.
Luke and Kati are rad. They might be the nicest people ever. As I get to know them I am constantly impressed by how musically talented they are, how much love playing music it and sharing it with other people. Their skill has no pretention. It’s wonderful.
Luke and Kati’s current projects are Hook & Anchor and Blind Pilot (they probably have some other ones I don’t know about). Hook & Anchor are playing shows in the Portland area. I don’t believe they have any recordings yet so make sure you catch them live.
This CassetteNW was recorded in the main room of Holiday Friend’s house in Astoria Oregon.
Photo taken on the Oregon coast, by Ben Herndon.