Rae Gordon Band
Franco Paletta & the Stingers
For more info on the contest and acts, go to www.raegordon.com/ibc
Rae Gordon Band
Franco Paletta & the Stingers
For more info on the contest and acts, go to www.raegordon.com/ibc
(Or How a Whole Community Sent an Oregon Band to Memphis)
Personal Thank You from Rae
Dear Friends…We are all still in the afterglow of Memphis. We were excited to make it to the semi-finals and blessed to be able to hang with and see some of our NW music family perform. Magic and memories were made because of YOU and your faith in us. I am forever grateful to Gaddis, Ed, Joe and Scott, who were troopers from start to finish and it was an honor to be able to do all original music written by Gaddis and me to an audience like no other. You friends and family got us flown, fed and a roof on our head. I have always heard that saying “I’m there for you in spirit” but never really truly understood or fully embraced the real meaning until now. When we were on stage performing and competing in this chance of a lifetime….YOU were there too…in spirit. On stage and in our hearts. Thank You! XO, Rae
THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS
(special thanks for the photographers in Portland and Memphis)
September 2013 – Rae Gordon Band Given the Opportunity of a Lifetime
The Rae Gordon Band was nominated by the Rainy Day Blues Society of Eugene, Oregon to go and compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The IBC is an annual event that brings bands from all over the world for one glorious song filled week to play, to learn, to network , to overeat BBQ and most of all , to shine for their hometowns to go and perform and compete with over 255 other acts on the infamous Beale Street.
October 2013 - Putting the “T” in Fundraising
Acts start their IBC adventure at home with their fans, friends and families way before the exciting competition. That is just the beginning of their journey and where it becomes very clear early on that their passions are much bigger than their pocketbooks. Rae and the guys knew that they wanted to represent Oregon in Memphis. But, wanting to go and being able to go was an even further distance than the plane ride to the other side of the country!
This incredible chance to perform for an international crowd every year is contingent on raising the funds to not only get the band to the competition, but housed. The task is daunting and possibly heartbreaking to the bands.
One night while driving home from a gig, Rae’s mind was racing with bad fundraising ideas….do a kissing booth, sell all her belongings, make blue lemonade!…when a commercial came on the radio about selling T-Shirts for special projects.
Photographer Kathy Rose’s son Jacob designed the logo and Rae designed the back of the shirt using www.booster.com.
This one-of-a-kind t-shirt said exactly what would happen if it was successful… “I sent…the Rae Gordon Band to Memphis”. She hoped that a few would be sold, to help pay maybe one or two flights for the band. Most of all, she wondered if people would not only buy the shirt, but want to wear them……and wear them they did!
After 30 days and an incredible outpouring of love and support, even from people who had never seen the band, 191 t-shirts were sold and the whole band got to Memphis!
Other fundraising fell in place with a last minute gig at Duff’s Garage with special guest Ben Rice (the Cascade Blues Association representative for the IBCs), who wholeheartedly agreed to a fun photo shoot between the two Portland Metro bands that would be competing against each other in Memphis. Thank you Tony Kutter for being a last minute photographer.
A Halloween party and costume contest at the 505 Tavern in Oregon City, and with the Rainy Day Blues Society in Eugene at Cozmic Pizza.
Thank you so much to the t-shirt buyers who helped get us there!
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November 2014 – Will Play for Food
The flights and the hotel lodging was taken care of, when it started to come clear that everybody might want to eat and wouldn’t be able to survive on adrenaline alone, so the BEALE MEALE campaign was unveiled and the bandmates were able to fill their bellies with barbeque, thanks to the picture of the hungry guitar player barely able to pick his guitar on an empty stomach. People stepped up and fed the band in exchange for a picture done on Beale Street with a sign of their choosing.
January 17, 2014 – Beale and Birthday Bash Send off at Trails End Saloon
The weekend before the band was to fly to Memphis for the competition, they enjoyed a proper send off from friends, family and people who made it all possible. It was also Rae’s birthday and her birthday wish was already coming true…the band was going to Memphis!
January 21, 2014 – NOT Early to Bed, but Early to Rise
The day of the flight arrived! For some of the band, they got to bed early for the 5am trip to the airport and a few had just gotten to bed! Suffice to say, there was some napping time on the plane on it’s first stop to Atlanta, Georgia, where the sound of someone playing a piano snagged Rae’s ears. She got a chance to sit in for a few tunes with a local player and warm up for Memphis.
Once they arrived in Tennessee, they checked into the hotel all starry eyed. There was magic in the air from the streets to the lobby, where musicians hung out to talk, network and even pick a little on their guitars. Friends from near and far got to finally meet in person or reconnect. This annual event truly is a reunion.
January 22-23, 2014 – Band Orientation Commences
The New Daisy Theater on the infamous Beale was packed with wall to wall wailers and wah wah peddlers to learn about what to do and not to do. Musicians from all over the world were packed in like sardines, but nobody seemed to complain much and hugs were freely given out whether they were wanted or not.
The band was delighted to see some of the folks from the northwest there and excited to visit everybody’s sets if they could. The band names were drawn and the Rae Gordon Band got 5:35pm that night at Alfred’s, a great club with a perfect stage…not too tall, not too short, just right.
They competed with all their might under the STAX neon sign for two nights straight and enjoyed playing for the respected judges from the industry and audience members that included a favorite, Candye Kane and her guitar player Laura Chavez.
Then they made it to the Semi Finals!
January 22, 2014 – Semi Finals turns out the Crowd in Droves!
The Rae Gordon Band was pulled for Flynn’s, a nice long club with a very short stage, which is great for getting out in the audience. The bandmembers got to enjoy The Randy Oxford Band from Washington the night before and they kicked it into high gear with an incredible show that leaves no wonder why Randy Oxford is a Blues Cruise favorite.
There was an incredible array of talent that people from all over packed into to see, elbow to elbow, chest to back, it was people thick and blues fanatic rich. The band was “on” that night as everybody made sure to connect with the audience and shine individually, Gaddis even showed that dancing on a monitor can be done in cold temperatures, really showcasing his great guitar work.
Ben Rice from the Portland area put on a good show that night as did the rest of the acts. One band from each club only, could advance to the Finals at the Orpheum Theatre and everybody was delighted when Ben Rice & The Illamatics could show the International crowd what Oregon’s blues has to offer.
January 25, 2014 – Finals for All is Just the Beginning
The beautiful Orpheum Theatre was buzzing with people stuck on their favorites and having their minds changed over and over again as each incredible performance unfolded like a storybook romance, each word, each song leaving an imprint and butterflies in their stomachs.
Northwest favorite Ben Rice fought the good fight, making Oregon proud, leaving his mark on the blues world. The band winner was ultimately Mr. Sipp from Mississippi and 2nd went to The Ghost Town Blues Band from Memphis, Tennessee itself.
The finals is just the beginning as bands go on to perform in major festivals and other life changing opportunities like Ben Rice opening up for BB King. Even semi finalists got interest, including the Rae Gordon Band, going on to play in a national club this year.
Every audience member that night left with a gift from those acts, a new appreciation of blues and musicians left with something even more, a appreciation of themselves and a continued love for the live music audience.
January 26, 2014 – Flying Back and Into the Arms of Audience
The flight back was another early one as most everybody loaded up in a black SUV that made the band look more like FBI….but in this case, it would stand for Fabulous Blues Inspired…. The driver was a lovely woman who laughed at Rae’s terrible jokes while the guys in the back went on and on reliving the last few days, the bands, the lessons, the museum trips and a stop at the House of Elvis.
We were blessed to be able to hang with and see some of our northwest music family perform like Ben Rice & The Illamatics, Tevis Hodge Jr, and the Randy Oxford Band along with Duo David Pinsky and Phil Newton. Our region made a great impact on the blues world. Memories were made and an impact felt not only our craft, but their very souls. No wonder Memphis is considered an important role in the development of the blues, because we all came back as better musicians and better people.
We want to thank everybody who helped to support the trip to Memphis, before, during and after, whether financially or a pat on the back to say “Go get ‘em” and everybody in general that supports live music.
There is so many people to thank that we will for sure be adding to this list…. Kim Walsh for being the best RGB fan and friend, Rainy Day Blues Society and Bill Shreve for getting us there, Steve Spoulos, Keith & Denise Price for their support, Paul & Vicki Linnman, Oregon City Lions Club, Greg Johnson for his unwavering love of live blues and submitting to IBC “Blue Lemonade” for best recording from CBA, Lynn Wymore, Dan Harrington, Dano’s Dogs, those beautiful people who traveled with us: Sarah Cavenah, Kayci Cavenah, Lisa Osterhoudt, LeeAnn Gibbons-Pankratz, Michael Pankratz and these fine folks who came to see us in Memphis: Jane Martin Manning, Kathie Tizler, Candye Kane, Laura Chavez, Lori Haynes, Stacy Jeffress, Ben Rice & Roxanne Dickson. Also, Franco & Jeri Paletta, DK Stewart, Timmer Blakely and Paula, Duff’s Garage, Jon & Jennifer Wallace, Joey Scruggs, Cindy Benda, Eric Hallingstad, Trails End Saloon, 505 Tavern, All or Oregon City and Mayor Doug Neeley and Beth, Kat Rose Photograhy PDX, all the t-shirt buyers and wearers! Amanda Gresham, Barbara Hammerman, Stacy Jeffries and Steve Pringle, Rege Shaw and all the other radio folk who play our music!
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Rae and the guys are excited to be a part of the 4th annual 20/20 Celebration of Sight & Sound along with our favorites DK Stewart and the Return Flight Band. This event helps the 1190 KEX Kids Fund and the Oregon City Lions Club help change lives. It provides hearing and vision services for children of families that cannot otherwise provide them. Something very close to Rae’s heart, as a child such as that. Please come join us in helping children find success earlier in life. Dancing, dining from Portland Catering, live & silent auctions, including Breakfast with Paul Linnman & the 1190 Morning Crew, Meat & Music package with blues & brats.
This event started as a way to celebrate Rae’s 40th birthday, but also give back. It has now become an annual community wide effort that musicians and community can get behind and make a difference in the life of a child.
Come join us on January 19th and make a difference AND have fun while you are at it!
Pioneer Center, 615 5th Street, Oregon City, 97045.
Donation for silent auction basket still being collected! Call 503-452-0440 or email email@example.com for a pick up.
The Blue Lemonade recording by the Rae Gordon band was entered by the Cascade Blues Association out of Portland, Oregon.
This compilation of original songs by songwriting duo Rae Gordon and Gaddis Cavenah, is now in the Round Two of the Best Self-Produced CD Competition. The CD has seen great success since it’s February 2013 release, including play on Pandora, across the US and in England and hitting #10 on the Billboard Blues Charts. The Rae Gordon Band will find out in Memphis if they made the final when they are competing in the International Blues Challenge for the Rainy Day Blues Society (www.blues.org/ibc).
2014 Best Self-Produced CD – Round Two
The 2014 Best Self-Produced CD competition is in full swing!
The winner will be announced at the International Blues Challenge on January 25, 2014 at Finals in the Orpheum Threatre January 25, 2014.
Thank you to the affiliates for continuing to foster new Blues acts to keep this Genre alive!
Discs are listed in alphabetical order by affiliate.
Discs that advaced to ROUND TWO are listed below.
Arkansas River Blues Society, In His Element, Charlie Woods
Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast, Cajun Moon, Big Jim Adam
Blues Society of the Ozarks, What Kind of Fool,The Mojo Roots
Blues Society of Tulsa, FaceBook Blues, Little Joe McLerran
Cascade Blues Association, Blue Lemonade, Rae Gordon Band
Central Delaware Blues Society, Damned Ole Blues, Covered Bridge
Cincy Blues Society, Singing In My Soul, Lisa Biales
Cleveland Blues Society, No Stranger To Blues, The Alan Greene Band
Collingwood Jazz and Blues Society, Self-Titled, Jerome Tucker & Tim Bastmeyer
Edmonton Blues Society, Baptized by the Mud, Kat Danser
Long Island Blues Society, Blues Enough, The Hitman Blues Band
Maine Blues Society, Keep Jukin, Blues Prophets
Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society, Last Thing on my Mind, Dan Dinnen
Minnesota Blues Society, Baptized in the Blues, Annie Mack
Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, Shy, Sharo Perry
MO Blues Association, Can’t Live Without ‘Em, Ben Green
Nashville Blues Society, Have Axe – Will Groove, Mark Robinson
Northeast Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA), Mighty Fine Gumbo, Zydeco Kings
Ottawa Blues Society, Bluesoul, Terry Gillespie
Ozark Blues Society of NW Arkansas, Go Ahead & Sang the Blues, Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society, Can’t Take the Blues, Benny Jenkins Bloodline
Rhode Island Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society, Soul Changes, Dave Keller
Topeka Blues Society, Blues and Trouble, Grand Marquis
Vicksburg Blues Society, It’s My Guitar, Mr. Sipp
Washington Blues Society, Monday Night, The CD Woodbury Band
West Michigan Blues Society, Account To Me, Hank Mowery
WILL PLAY FOR FOOD….
$10 - Help with just 1 Memphis Meale for 1 musician & get a selfie portrait with them holding up a sign with anything you want said! (G rated please)
$150 - Help pay for a full day of meals for the 5 musicians (15 meals) and the whole band will hold up a sign with anything you want said. Wish somebody a Happy Birthday from Beale? Promote your business!
$200 – You want a meal brought back from Beale to you? Rae will bring you back your meal of choice and take a picture of the place she got it! And deliver personally to you (within an hour of the Portland Metro area).
Things are going great for the Rae Gordon Band’s fundraising efforts for getting the band to the International Blues Challenge in January 2014. In addition to rehearsing the tunes that they will be bringing to the infamous Beale Street in Memphis, where dreams and careers have met and ignited, they are overjoyed to have been successful in paying for all the Flights and Lodging for the band of five.
Thanks to some incredible supporters who bought a limited run T-Shirt (regular band T-shirts will be available this month) and attended and enjoyed the benefits at the 505 Tavern on Halloween and the Duff’s Garage, RGB was able to completely pay the largest portion of this amazing journey.
However, it recently came to Rae Gordon’s mind that the band might want to eat when they are there. Rae was under the impression that the band could survive on adrenaline alone and was trying to figure out a way to vacuum pack the beautiful Oregon air for snack packs.
She is well aware that this adventure is not only hers and the band’s alone, but everybody who loves and supports live music, RGB and otherwise, so she knew that if she was going to open up fundraising to include meals, that those Foodie Funders would have to also enjoy the Meale on Beale too by having a personalized sign held up by the band and broadcast on the www.raegordon.com and on Facebook and Social Media!
Here is your chance to continue to support AND be involved in this once in lifetime opportunity to “be” on Beale Street with the Rae Gordon Band!
The Rainy Day Blues Society based out of Eugene, Oregon has chosen the Rae Gordon Band to represent them in the exciting world renowned blues competition that has bands from all over the United States and the world, competing on the infamous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
It is an incredible honor for Rae and the guys, to not only be chosen to represent Oregon, but to to this annual competition has been the start of incredible careers for blues artists, who go on to tour, have record contracts and lucrative careers, such as Susan Tedeschi and more recently, Grady Champion.
In addition to Rae, the stellar cast of musicians going to Memphis in January 2014 are co songwriter Gaddis Cavenah on guitar, Ed Pierce (also of the DK Stewart Band) on drums, Joe Conrad (also of the DK Stewart Band) on bass and Scott Franklin (also of the Ants in the Kitchen Band) on Saxophone.
They recently gathered in Oregon City at the Train Depot to have professional pictures for the IBC competition by Kathy Rose Photography PDX. Vintage luggage provided by Haven Antiques of Oregon City.
GB is looking forward to bring home the Blues Gold to Oregon!
The Rae Gordon Band is proud to announce that two nominations have been announced for Rae Gordon for Best Female Vocalist and for the first CD Release “Blues Lemonade”, written by Rae Gordon and Gaddis Cavenah, guitar player, producer and band director. The Awards Ceremony will be held November 7th at the Melody Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, where Rae Gordon will be performing with the All Star band.
The 2013 Muddy Award nominees are in. Looks like a big year for Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes and Journey to Memphis winners Ben Rice Band and Tevis Hodge Jr. with numerous nominations each. Kevin Selfe and Ben Rice were nominated by the members in both contemporary and traditional act catagories, so we have left them in place in both. Kevin was also nominated in both NW and National recording catagories. The Hurley Award is nominated by stage crew at the Waterfront Blues Festival. The Waterfront Blues Festival requested to be retired from nomination this year in order for other well deserving events to receive recognition; the Waterfront has own the Muddy every year they have been presented so far (hard to argue with one of the elite blues festivals world wide.) Congratulations to all and good luck.
CONTEMPORARY BLUES ACT – Ben Rice Band, Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes, The Strange Tones
R&B ACT – Curtis Salgado, Linda Hornbuckle, Norman Sylvester Band
TRADITIONAL BLUES ACT – Ben Rice Band, Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes , Tevis Hodge Jr.
NEW ACT – Beacon Street Titans, Roseland Hunters, Sonny Hess & Vicki Stevens Band, Tevis Hodge Jr.
REGIONAL ACT – Ben Rice Band, Hank Shreve Band, Randy Oxford Band, Tommy Hogan
“DUFFY BISHOP” FEMALE VOCALIST – LaRhonda Steele, Lisa Mann, Rae Gordon
“CURTIS SALGADO” MALE VOCALIST – Ben Rice, Kevin Selfe, Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner
ELECTRIC GUITAR – Ben Rice, Kevin Selfe, Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner
“TERRY ROBB” ACOUSTIC GUITAR – Alan Hager, Ben Rice, Mary Flower, Tevis Hodge Jr.
BASS – Allen Markel, Dave Kahl, Lisa Mann
DRUMS – Brian Foxworth, Dave Melyan, Jimi Bott
HARMONICA – Hank Shreve, Jim Wallace, Mitch Kashmar
KEYBOARDS – Dave Fleschner, DK Stewart, Steve Kerin
HORNS – Brad Ulrich, Joe McCarthy, Peter Moss
VENUE – Duff’s Garage, The Blue Diamond, Trail’s End Saloon
NW RECORDING – Hank Shreve Band – I’ve Had It, Kevin Selfe – Long Walk Home, Rae Gordon Band – Blue Lemonade
NATIONAL RECORDING – Candye Kane – Coming Out Swingin’, Kevin Selfe – Long Walk Home, Nikki Hill – Here’s Nikki Hill, Southern Hospitality – Easy Livin’, Too Slim & The Taildraggers – Blue Heart, Trampled Under Foot – Badlands
BEST PERFORMANCE – Ben Rice Band – Journey To Memphis Finals at
Waterfront Blues Festival, Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes Big Band –
Waterfront Blues Festival, Nikki Hill – Waterfront Blues Festival
NW BLUES EVENT – Bronze, Blues & Brews, CBA Membership Picnic, Ilwaco Blues Festival
“Hurley Award” For Behind the Scenes Stage Crew Achievement – Chris Culligan, Darren Mack, Steve Gross
“PAUL DELAY” LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – DK Stewart, Jimi Bott, Norman Sylvester
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rae Gordon Band Hits a High Note with Their Very First CD Release on the Charts
Portland, ORE, July 25, 2013 – Rae Gordon, a Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist, has had an amazing year of firsts in 2013. The Rae Gordon Band released their first CD to great reviews and airplay in the US and over the pond to England, while the 4th of July weekend brought them to the big stage at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival that also featured Robert Plant and Allen Stone. However, the sweetest first to new writing duo Rae Gordon and RGB guitar player Gaddis Cavenah was their February release of originals “Blue Lemonade” hitting the Billboard Blues Charts at number 10 in it’s first week and the week after, right behind Pine Leaf Boys and Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa. http://www.billboard.com/charts/2013-07-27/blues-albums
This exciting new development was a highlight to both, who have been playing separately for many years and recently together as a popular band and duo. That all changed on one fateful night when Gordon went to see the Kevin Selfe Band play, but had received the date wrong and ended up at the small Oregon bar watching another band play instead. She dug the guitar player who had some great licks and was a master at slide. Turns out that she was exactly where she needed to be at the right time as they later joined writing forces.
Their much awaited Self Produced CD “Blue Lemonade” of original tunes debuted to a sold out venue and highlights Gordon’s extensive range and ability to move effortlessly from soul to blues infused gospel. Cascade Blues Association’s president Greg Johnson said “They have struck pay dirt in bringing out the beauty of Rae’s vocal abilities”…“Listening to the disc leaves no question on why she is a perennial nominee for female vocalist in the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards”“Blue Lemonade is a deeply accomplished work with superb original songwriting that stands up to the best releases of recent years anywhere” while Steve Pringle, air personality for KINK FM warns “Mamas lock up your boys, Rae’s on the prowl and her new disc is loaded with everything you could want from a debut album…”
“Blue Lemonade” is currently available on CDBaby.
Rae Gordon, who has been described in the media as ““Add equal parts of Janis Joplin’s pain, Aretha Franklin’s soul and Grace Slick’s power; mix them thoroughly, and add a big gob of gooey molasses and you have Rae Gordon’s voice” started her singing career in the piano bars of Los Angeles and opening up for comedians. Her early experience singing in the comedy clubs on the infamous Sunset Strip gave her an approachability and sense of humor that she brings to audiences today.
The Rae Gordon Band brings together award winning and nominated musicians that have followed her to the big and little stages of northwest’s favorite festivals helping to mold their signature sound that spans from a danceable get up and groove to a haunting slide tone that will make you want to find a back porch and sit a spell. She currently plays the northwest and is working on a west coast tour in the fall and east coast next summer. She is currently looking for management.
Recent release “Blue Lemonade” available on CDBaby at www.cdbaby.com/cd/raegordonband
The writing duo are now planning their next release with the Rae Gordon Band.
To learn more about Rae Gordon and the Rae Gordon Band, please contact Rae at 503.452.0440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PO Box 3217
Oregon City, Oregon 97045
There is an excitement in the air around Portland around the 4th of July. You can feel it and almost touch it. It surrounds the whole Portland Metro area like a warm soft blanket that you can snuggle into with all your heart and you down to the tips of your toes. If you could taste it, it would be like a bowl of the finest ice cream with hot fudge, cool, delicious and so tastefully hot lingering on the tongue like a good blues tune lingers on your ear for days later.
It’s our suspicion that this fluffy squishy warmness full of sound calories is caused by none other than the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, coming on it’s 26th Year! It was born in 1987 as a concert to support the homeless and has morphed into one of the biggest festivals this side of the Mississippi known as the nation’s premier blues festival benefiting the Oregon Food Bank and making records, financially. And we have it!!!
This weekend, all Oregonians take a little pride in saying…yeah….we live here and ownership in one of the best 4 days of the whole year. But there’s something even more incredible that I have seen as both a spectator and an artist on stage for the last 10 years at this festival. I’ve been so blessed to be a backup singer, a special guest, a volunteer pass checker at a gate and now this year with the Rae Gordon Band, on the Big Coveted Miller Stage, where the sweat of Robert Plant’s brow will splash to the very same floor that we get to perform our original tunes this Friday the 5th! But, each and every time, I have looked out either from the top of the stage or on the floor and saw familiar faces in the crowd I was overwhelmed with gratitude and a realization, that there another element.
These amazing and awesome faces that us as local musicians faithfully see in the audience at our wine bar gigs, the lounges and even on a 1st Friday event….this big festival is also in honor of you! We get to see you out in that crowd and thank you for being there, but also for being here and there, locally. You get to see your local bands on the same stages as famous faces and be a part of this incredible experience and party.
This weekend, this is for you!