December 20, 2017

Blues State Pride Shirts to Make an Appearance in Memphis

Show your State Blues Pride!
Good quality t-shirt just in time for your trip to Memphis attend the International Blues Challenge, where acts from all over the world come to mingle and make music magic.

Be seen from across the room by others from your state and build your facebook friends’ list!  $20.  Prepay for pick up in Memphis January 17-20th. LIMITED SUPPLY.  If supplies last, $25 on site, but cannot be guaranteed.

Proceeds go to help Rae Gordon and musicians with expenses to get back to Memphis to perform January 16-20th, 2018, with 10% donated to the National Women in Blues 501C3.  The Women in Blues Show is at Alfred’s is Thursday, January 18th.  She will also be performing January 16th in Clarksdale, Mississippi and January 17th at Club 152 for the NW Showcase along with Dave Melyan, Ben Rice and RGB guitar player and bass player Kivett Bednar and Joseph Conrad.

Rae Gordon and her band placed 3rd in the finals in January of 2017 and it’s an honor to come back and support the next round of musicians from near and far.  To learn about this great event (no relation to this t-shirt sale), please go to

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December 4, 2017

Christmas, Coats and Kings

The holidays are here and all over the world, people are celebrating in many ways.  Some are sipping their favorite cup of cocoa, others are are surrounding the dinner table with friends and family from near and far, while other are celebrating with song!   The Rae Gordon Band are proud to be part of the Christmas offering of We Three Kings, a show that highlights some of the best talent on the west coast from Washington down to California, and if that isn’t enough, Rae will join the NW Women in Rhythm & Blues show with a bevy of blues belters.

At any of the shows, bring a new or nicely used coat for her “Coat for a Cause” and she and other musicians will disperse to people who are cold and in need.

WE THREE KINGS IN THE BAY – Club Fox, Redwood City, California.

Rae Gordon, Kivett Bednar and Pat McDougall join forces with the Bay area’s own king, Dennis Dove, an incredible drummer and vocalist known as much for his sense of humor, as his talented drum playing.  Much sought after bass player Mike Phillips joins in and California King Tommy Marsh from the Crooked Eye Tommy Band out of Ventura County, and winner of the Best Band join forces to bring some seasonal cheer to the bay.  The Club Fox jam is a Wednesday hotbed of talent, from national to international players.  The dedicated and supportive audience is part of the charm of this weekly mainstay and musicians travelling through always make it one of the highlights of their tours.



WE THREE KINGS IN L.A. – Arcadia Blues Club, Arcadia, California.

Rae Gordon, Kivett Bednar and Pat McDougall head down to Los Angeles to meet up with the Kings of California Blues, Tommy Marsh and Joey Delgado, with bass player Lou Castro.

Joey Delgado is one of the Delgado Brothers, a band of siblings who have been delighting Southern California audiences for years and have recently enjoyed travel in and out of the country.  The Delgado Brothers won the International Blues Challenge, an annual competition that brings the best of the best from all corners of the world.  His guitar work is a favorite of both live music fans, but of fellow award winning musicians.


The whole Rae Gordon Band comes to the renowned Hwy 99 club in downtown Seattle to bring Christmas cheer to the State of Washington.  The Kings of Washington blues joins RGB and King Kivett.  Award winning guitarist and singer CD Woodbury is known for his strong solos and deep meaningful guitar work and is the current winner of the Washington Blues Society’s Memphis Contest, where he will be competing with acts from all over the world at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.  Bandleader, promotor and trombone player Randy Oxford brings the show whereever he goes and this night will be no exception!  He is well known for his shows that bring the best of local and national talent to share the stage with him.  A repeat bandleader for the big blues cruises, he is not one to miss.  Thankfully, you won’t have to!

RGB comes back home to the Home of the Blues in downtown Oregon City, just outside Portland, Oregon for the last on the Kings Christmas tour.  Joining Rae is Salem area guitarist and songwriter Garry Meziere, a jewel in the northwest crown, along with Kivett Bednar and from Seattle, CD Woodbury.


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November 3, 2017

RGB Brings Home Two Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association’s Annual Event

On Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at the Melody Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, the Rae Gordon Band was proud to be honored with two Muddy Awards courtesy of the Cascade Blues Association membership. The band was awarded Best Northwest Recording for its latest release Better Than I Was – the award-winning CD is Rae Gordon’s third, and is the first writing collaboration between Gordon and Pat McDougall. It was produced by the band’s guitarist Kivett Bednar, and features his artwork and photography as well. The project was recorded and mastered at Mad Shaman Studios by engineer Alisdair Lee. In addition to Rae Gordon on vocals, the principal players are Kivett Bednar on guitar, Muddy-nominated Scott Franklin on saxophone, Al Hooton on bass, Allan Kalik on trumpet, Pat McDougall on keyboards and Muddy-nominated Ed Pierce on drums. The album’s title song is further sweetened by guest appearances from LaRhonda Steele, who received the Best Female Vocalist Muddy Award the same night, and Muddy-nominated Rich Layton on harmonica.

The band was also thrilled to receive the Best Contemporary Blues Act Muddy Award, chosen from a list of nominees that are some of the most talented acts in the Northwest. The RGB feels particularly fortunate since its lineup is relatively new, having come together in May of 2016 and then going on to take third place in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis just nine months later.

The Muddy Awards are given annually by the Cascade Blues Association, a dedicated group of volunteers, musicians and live music lovers who work tirelessly all year round to support and preserve blues music in the Portland metropolitan area through special programs and events. The entire band was truly grateful to be nominated in the Muddy Awards by the members of the CBA alongside so many incredibly talented and wonderful people.

The complete list of Muddy Award recipients appears below. Clearly though, from the nominees to the recipients, from the fans to the venues, from the volunteers to the stage crews, the ability to be part of this wonderful music community makes us all winners.

Contemporary Blues Act – Rae Gordon Band
“Lloyd Jones” R&B Act – Norman Sylvester Band
Traditional Blues Act – Ben Rice Band (Hall of Fame inductee)
Regional Blues Act – Ty Curtis
New Act – Lightning Kings
“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist – Andy Stokes (Hall of Fame inductee)
“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist – LaRhonda Steele
Electric Guitar – Alan Hager
“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar – Mary Flower
Bass – Timmer Blakely
Harmonica – Mitch Kashmar
Keyboards – Steve Kerin
“Jimi Bott” Drums – Brian Foxworth (Hall of Fame inductee)
Horns – Peter Moss
Venue – Catfish Lou’s
“Hurley” Award – Charles Rowell
NW Event of the Year – Cascade Blues Association 30th Anniversary Celebration
Performance of the Year – Curtis Salgado at the Waterfront Blues Festival
NW Recording of the Year – Rae Gordon, Better Than I Was
National Recording of the Year – Karen Lovely, Fish Outta Water
“George Page” Back What You Believe In – Norman Sylvester
“Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement – Terry Robb

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October 24, 2017

Rae Gordon Returns to the International Blues Challenge to Hold Open Jam in Clarksdale, MS and to MC Womens Show During IBC

Rae Gordon returns to Memphis, Tennesse to attend the International Blues Challenge 2018 where she will reconnect with new friends she made from the 2017 IBC, where her band placed 3rd in overall contest.   Rae will be MCing the Women In Blues Show during the IBC on Friday, January 19th and in Clarksdale, Mississippi on Tuesday, January 16th for The Mississippi Mingle, an open jam for any musicians in the area, held at the infamous Hambone Gallery, owned by Stan and Dixie Street.  Rae Gordon Band guitar player and producer Kivett Bednar will also be in attendence and will be performing Tuesday, January 16th along with Rae and drummer Dave Melyan at the open jam and at the Women in Blues Show.


Other dates and times during the IBC to be announced.





Stan Street’s Hambone Gallery in the heart of historic Clarksdale, Mississippi is awash with the passion of the blues, from the music played to the brush strokes on canvas. As a blues musician himself, this self taught artist has taken what he has seen and felt through blues from his travels to this welcome to everybody place that the crossroads put on the map.
On January 16th, Rae Gordon & Kivett Bednar will travel back to Memphis, Tennessee, where just a year prior they were part of the band that placed 3rd in the International Blues Challenge and head down to Hambone and celebrate with musicians from all over the world, with an open blues jam like no other! Featuring special guest Dave Melyan on drums! Drums provided. It is also Rae’s birthday on the 17th, so there will be cake! Bring your instrument and your appetite!

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February 14, 2017

Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers Ride into a 3rd Place Win in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee

Thousands of acts all over the world competed in their local contests, from China to Australia and all points in between, musicians brought their best to their stages.  Only a few hundred won the chance to come to the heralded stages and clubs of the infamous Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

One such act from the Portland, Oregon area won the coveted spot to represent the Cascade Blues Association and placed 3rd in the whole International Contest with their finals performance on the historic Orpheum Theatre stage.
Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers thank all who made it possible from the community of Portland and Oregon City to the musicians and staff with the IBCs.


IBC Finals Picture of Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers

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September 21, 2016

Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers Journey to Memphis






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Tonight at the International Blues Challenge, The Backseat Drivers play the 2nd quarter finals in this epic and exciting competition. BB Kings on Beale Street at 5:35pm.


Wednesday February 1st 1st quarter finals – BB Kings 755pm.

excited to be playing a great club!

Wednesday February 1st – 12:00 noon at Club 152 on Beale for the Northwest Artists Showcase!



Cascade Blues Association’s band representative going to the International Blues Challenge January 31st to February 5th 2017.  


Come send off Rae & the guys this Sunday at their Memphis Send-off and last chance fundraiser!  Lots of music, mingling and a chance to bid on some great items and win cool prizes.  2-6pm AND kid friendly!

Memphis Flyer for Backseat Drivers











Do you have an upcoming event or wedding and want a good deal!


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Getting this 7 piece band flown, lodged and fed has been a huge undertaking and we are in the final stretch and still need some funds to finish up the lodging portion of our great Memphis adventure where we represent the Portland area and Cascade Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge.  People and great businesses have come together to help and these three auctions are an example of them coming together to help a band live a dream.  Bids start at $1000 and will be accepted until January 28th.  Payment is due by January 30th.  Our band is leaving on January 31st to Memphis.

All packages include Rae Gordon as an officiant (for a wedding), event consulting, live music for 3 hours, includes use of sound equipment for band and for announcements.  One package (Molalla) includes food.   Scheduling dependent on available times, referrals for decoration, catering and table/chair rentals available.  Event consulting provided by Rae Gordon.  Coordination of event available for an addition fee.  Larger band and/or more time available at additional cost.

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Canby Chapel Auction


The Canby Package venue is generously donated by Michael Allen Harrison and the Canby Chapel.





Molalla AuctionThe Molalla Package venue is generously donated by Carol Westergren and Out in the Garden Nursery.  Food is donated by Dano’s Dogs, highlighting Zenner’s products and serves 60.





Oregon City AuctionThe Oregon City Package venue is generously donated by 2 Girls Catering.








The IBC is an annual competition that brings acts from all over the world to the famed Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.  Every year, blues organizations from the United States and other countries, hold local contests to send their winners to Beale Street for 4 days of playing, networking and feeling the blues.  Friends, family and fans support their acts in Memphis and from home, through support, fundraisers and good old fashioned love!

Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers are the current winners of the local contest and will be competing at the IBCs.  RGB appreciates all the wonderful people who have helped us this far and with us in person and in spirit in Memphis.  Special thanks to the Cascade Blues Association for sending us and to the other great acts in the local competition and the other acts from the northwest .






4 week campaign online only.  Once these t-shirts are gone, that’s it!  Never to be made again.

OCTOBER 8, 2016, Portland, Oregon – the Portland Blues Cruise to Highlight the Journey to Memphis All stars while fundraising for Rae and the band to get to Memphis

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TICKETS and Cruise info 

Partygoers will cruise the Willamette River floating to music on all levels including Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers, Lisa Mann, Franco Paletta and David Pinsky and 14 year old Timothy James

JULY 4, 2016, Portland, Oregon – Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers win the Journey to Memphis Contest.

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On a beautiful summer day with just a hint of rain, new Portland Oregon area band Rae & the Backseat Drivers won the honor of representing the Cascade Blues Association at the renowned International Blues Challenge in February 2017 when



Pat McDougall, Ed Pierce, Allan Kalik, Rae Gordon, Scott Franklin, Al Hooton, Kivett Bednar, photo by Kat Rose





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July 26, 2016

Portland Blues Cruise Featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars


  $25 prepaid, $30 at the door. Cruise 3-5pm, boarding at 2:30pm.


The annual Portland Blues Cruise sets sail on the first Saturday in October on the Willamette, where attendees will be floating to the sounds of the best in area blues featuring the Journey to Memphis All Stars.

All floors of the boat will offer live music to sip along to. Memphis themed, including food that can be purchased on board. Acts highlight musicians who have competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee and serves to help support the current acts going for the 2018 competition in January.

RGB was recently named by Willamette Week as the Best Blues Act for 2017 in Portland.
The band represented the Cascade Blues Association in Memphis for the 2017 International Blues Challenge, where they placed 3rd in the finals against hundreds of bands from around the world. They are passing the blues torch to the new round of representatives that inlcude the youth, solo/duo and band act, who will be representing the Portland area and the Cascade Blues Association in the 2018 IBCs in Memphis.Rae is also a 3 time Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist and a Hall of Fame winner. Rae is known for her sense of humor and range that allows her to do a rock blues to a soft ballad. The band highlights the sweet middle between a downtown gritty and an uptown city.


“Sister Mercy’s soulful, sultry songs suddenly but smoothly transition to funky blues rock in a way that keeps you on the dance floor for hours” Michelle Bean (Owner-Catfish Lous)
SISTER MERCY possesses a high energy, blues driven sound. Lead singer April Brown is mesmerizing with her powerful, beautiful presence, full range vocals and complete joy in performance. The talented Scott Garcia adds guitar and vocal textures. Rounded out with Roger Espinor on drums, John Webb on bass and Debby Espinor on keys. Semifinalist in the International Blues Challenge 2016 and going to Memphis again in 2018, SISTER MERCY was nominated for best new band for the Muddy Awards SISTER MERCY represents the Cascade Blues Association of Portland, Oregon. SISTER MERCY presents music that is a pleasure for the ears and a show that is a feast for the eyes.


15 year old Timothy has been making blues waves around the Portland Metro area, known as much for his flowing red hair as his incredible guitar style that harps back to seasoned players 4 times his age. He is one to watch!

A fresh take on a bygone era that is intimate, alluring, and hauntingly beautiful.
Julie and Dean are the 2017 winners of the Journey to Memphis for solo/duo category and will be representing the CBA in 2018 in Memphis.
The pairing of a vocalist and upright acoustic bass is a magical combination that leaves nowhere to hide. It is a setting reserved for the most qualified artists, a mingling that Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller bring together with unexpected delight.
Julies strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the 50s when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Deans bass playing is rooted in the blues chops he earned playing with some of the finest blues legends in America and touring with the award winning international act, The Insomniacs.

Proceeds from the cruise will help lend financial support to the acts going to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge.

Tickets are Non Refundable

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July 8, 2016

Weekend Wanderings

It’s is a full and wonderful weekend for Rae Gordon and band……backseat drivers


FridayCopy of A New Poster (8) brings Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers fresh from their Journey to Memphis win at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival to hometown blues bar Trails End Saloon in historic Oregon City, where opener will be the Timothy James Gang, a 14 year old guitar player from Mulino (a small town just minutes south) who has been steadily making fans wherever he goes for his passionate playing at such a young age.  The Backseat Drivers include a horn section and will also be highlighting the guitar work of Kivett Bednar and Garry Meziere.


Saturday brings the Rae Gordon trio to t13466510_1747279042156765_6331500611723678718_n (1)he beautiful Willamette Valley.  Enjoy the sights and smells of the Lavender Festival and pick up the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself.  It includes beautiful art and the Plein Air Art Show.


sandy feast

Sunday brings Rae Gordon and the band out to the town of Sandy to participate in a wonderful community offering.  The City of Sandy is a cool place, on the way up to Mt. Hood.   Music all weekend and great food, beer and wine.  The best that the area has to offer.

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February 3, 2016

BIG Birthday Party at The Gemini for BIG Monti

Gemini Pub 2.6.2016Big Monti Amundson brings his birthday party to one of the best venues on the SW side.  Rae Gordon joins in the celebration by adding her brand of blues to Big Monti’s rockin’ band.



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December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays from Rae Gordon Music!

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