Masters of tone, texture and melody, Portland-based Helvetia are writing some of the smartest indie …
The Lonesome Billies’ Clayton McCune (aka Ornery Bill) tells a story about their new track… “Away From My Big City Dreams is a well traveled road literally and figuratively, a theme sown across not only country and American roots music, but across our culture as a whole, which is no real surprise. It’s a return to fresh air and humble beginnings; before iPhones ruled the earth. We all have our own story that relates to thisin one way or another, which is how this song came to be. The best songs sort of just write themselves, you know? And this song was as quick to wrap up as it was to get started, took us all of 30 minutes or so. I walked in door with a verse, Mikey (William Surly) had a melody and a chorus, and Jeff (Gator Bill) had another verse. Turns out we were all in different stages of writing the same damn song. We released it into the wild a few days later at a show. Since then its been a mainstay in our set.”
ELEVEN PDX is pleased to debut the studio version of “Away From My Big City Dreams” below.
Portlanders will have the opportunity to hear this track and many more at The Lonesome Billies 8th Annual Family Tradition Potluck & Musical Extravaganza – a potent mixture of family, friends, food and music accompanied by a live auction to raise money for their 2nd full-length LP with a portion of the proceeds to benefit local nonprofit My Voice Music. (Over the last 6 years, Family Tradition has raised over $40k for MVM.)
Head over to The North Warehouse (723 N. Tillamook St) this Saturday 9/29 at 5pm – this year’s All-Ages event is sure to kick up some dust.