Press Kit

Rae Gordon Band

2017 – 3rd Place Band | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee

2017 – Named Best of Portland | Willamette Week

Issue 11-7 February 16, 2017

    Gordon had the audience in the palm of her hand”  – Oregon Music News

     “When the band launches into the more rollicking numbers, hands start waving” – Willamette Week.

Mailing: PO Box 3217, Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Phone: 503.452.0440 | Email:

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“The amazing tone and the gospel inflections…Rae Gordon is one of the more sincere purveyors off the torch blues that I have ever heard.”  James ‘Coach’ Hurley, Stage Manager & Talent Coordinator, Gorge Brews & Blues



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  • 2017 – 3rd Place Winner | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2017 – Best of Portland – Blues Act | Willamette Week |  Portland, Oregon
  • 2017 Summer Release “Better Than I Was” Recording – Nominated for Best NW Recording | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2017 Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award Nominations: Best Band (contemporary), Best Female Vocalist (Rae Gordon), Best Drummer (Ed Pierce), Best Saxophone (Scott Franklin)
  • 2016 Journey to Memphis Band Winner | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2016 Best Female Vocalist Nominee
  • 2015 Inducted into the Muddy Award Hall of Fame, Cascade Blues Association for consecutive Best Female Vocalist Awards (3 years in a row)
  • 2015 Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award Best Female Vocalist
  • 2015 Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award Best NW Recording “Dirty Flowers”
  • 2015 Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award Back What You Believe In (given by the CBA Board of Directors for going above and beyond for starting charity events for the organization including the Annual Rummage Sale & the Portland Blues Cruise Benefit for Acts going to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis)
  • 2015 Semi-Finalist Band International Blues Challenge (IBC), Memphis, Tennessee (Cascade Blues Association)
  • 2014 Semi Finalist Band IBC, Memphis, Tennessee (Rainy Day Blues Society)
  • 2013 CD Release Blue Lemonade held #10, 2 weeks Billboard National Blues Chart in July 2013
  • Nominated for Best NW Recording Blue Lemonade 2013 by Cascade Blues Association for the Blues Foundations
  • Opened for Lydia Pense & Cold Blood | Chris Cain Band


“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” … Positively Entertainment and Dining



Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival | Portland Oregon

KINK FM Radio/Skype Lounge | Portland, Oregon
Oregon State Fair | Salem, Oregon
Clackamas County Fair | Canby, Oregon
Blues by the Sea | Astoria, Oregon
Ventura County Blues Festival | Camarillo, California
Big Sky Blues Festival | Noxon, Montana
Gorge Blues & Brews | Stevenson, Washington
Walla Walla Guitar Festival | Walla Walla, Oregon
Sunbanks Music Festival | Electric City, Washington

The Orpheum Theatre | Memphis, Tennessee
Alfred’s | Memphis, Tennessee
BB King’s | Memphis, Tennessee
Club 152 | Memphis, Tennessee
Flinn’s | Memphis, Tennessee
The Country | Nashville, Tennessee


Aladdin Theater | Portland, Oregon
Alberta Rose Theater | Etta James Tribute | Portland, Oregon
Candlelight Bar & Grill | Portland, Oregon

Catfish Lou’s | Portland, Oregon
Columbia Theatre | St. Helens, Oregon
Duff’s Garage | Portland, Oregon
Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club | Portland, Oregon
Roseland Theater | Lydia Pense & Cold Blood opener | Portland, Oregon
Wilf’s at the Portland Train Station | Portland, Oregon
Oregon Golf Club | West Linn, Oregon
Roadhouse 101/Rusty Truck Brewing | Lincoln City, Oregon
The Eventuary | Lincoln City, Oregon
Spirit Mountain Casino | Grand Ronde, Oregon
Sand Dune | Manzanita, Oregon
St. Josef’s Winery | Canby, Oregon
Christopher Bridge Winery/Satori Springs | Oregon City
The Wild Hare | Canby, Oregon
The Horseradish | Carlton, Oregon
Troon Tasting Room | Carlton, Oregon
Downtown Dog | Lebanon, Oregon
The Peacock | Corvallis, Oregon
Cascade Tavern | Vancouver, Washington
Vinyl Tap Bar & Grill | Portland, Oregon
Sunbanks Music Festival | Electric City, Washington
Maribeau Hotel | Spokane Valley, Washington
Sapolil Cellars | Walla Walla, Washington
Hwy 99 Club | Seattle, Washington
88 Keys | Seattle, Washington
Club Fox | Redwood City, California
Little Lou’s Aki Kumar Show | Campbell, California

Smoking Pig | Fremont, California
Biscuits & Blues | San Francisco, California
Guinda Commons | Guinda, California

Arcadia Blues Club | Arcadia, California
Cinegrill at the Roosevelt Hotel | Hollywood, California
Celebrity Centre | Hollywood, California
Carlos & Charlies | Hollywood, California
The Rose Tattoo | West Hollywood, California
Marlarky’s | Long Beach, California
Maui Sugar Mill | Tarzana, California
Nick’s Hideaway | Garden Grove, California
Godmother’s | San Pedro, California
Palm Roadhouse | Palm Springs, California




JULY 2017 – CD Better than I Was (Written by Pat McDougall & Rae Gordon)

JULY 2015 – CD Dirty Flowers (Written by Gaddis Cavenah and Rae Gordon)

JULY 2013 – CD Blue Lemonade (Written by Gaddis Cavenah and Rae Gordon)


“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”…Greg Johnson, President of the Cascade Blues Association.




Rae cut her singing teeth in the piano bars and comedy clubs of Los Angeles, and it gave her the sense of humor she brings to her show today.  She has played the big and little stages of northwest’s favorite clubs, dance floors and festivals helping to mold a signature sound that spans from a dance able get up and groove to a haunting slide tone that will make you want to find a back porch and sit a spell. Rae enjoys playing intimate venues where she can connect one on one with people in the audience to large festivals where she can connect with a whole community.  Her style and approachability hasn’t been contained in the northwest only, with performances in Montana, Nevada, Memphis, California and back.


Her much awaited first CD release of original tunes, written with former bandmate Gaddis Cavenah called “Blue Lemonade” debuted in 2013 to a sold out venue and rave reviews. It highlighted Gordon’s extensive range and ability to move effortlessly from soul to blues infused gospel. In July of 2013, it hit the Billboard Charts for Blues at number 10 and held that spot for 2 weeks just a few notches down from Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart and was in the semi finals for the Best Independent Recording for the Blues Organization. The following CD in July 2015 Dirty Flowers, also written with Cavenah, is now getting airplay and was the 2015 Muddy Award Winner from the Cascade Blues Association for Best NW Recording.