“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.
The Rae Gordon Band brings together award winning and nominated musicians and is fronted by 2013 Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist (Cascade Blues Association). They have played the big and little stages of northwest’s favorite clubs, dance floors and 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. 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.
Their much awaited recent CD release of original tunes, which was produced and co-written with RGB guitar player Gaddis Cavenah called “Blue Lemonade” debuted in 2013 to a sold out venue and rave reviews. It highlights 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. The CD was recently nominated as Best NW Recording by the Cascade Blues Association and is being sent as a contender for the best self produced recording by the Blues Association.
“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.
It is currently getting airplay in Portland Radio markets including KINK FM, KMHD, Eugene, Kansas City, back east and has recently crossed the pond to the radio listeners of England.
In summer of 2013, RGB opened for Lydia Pense and Cold Blood and was chosen by the Rainy Day Blues Society to be the band representative for the 2014 International Blues Challenge in January in Memphis, Tennessee.
Rae Gordon Band performances are not only a show, but a celebration, as Gordon follows the policy that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met…yet.
RAE GORDON, Vocals
“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
Rae Gordon, named Cascade Blues Association’s Best Female Vocalist in 2011 and nominated again in 2013, 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 sense of humor that she brings to audiences today.
GADDIS CAVENAH, Guitar
Gaddis recently played with the Hudson Rocket Band as well as HiFi Mojo before joining RGB. He is a long time Portland musician, songwriter, noted for his vocals and unique electric slide guitar. In addition to leading the band and co-writing the original music, he is a master at multiple instruments and a wealth of blues history knowledge.
RGB highlights the songwriting partnership of Rae Gordon & Gaddis Cavenah along with the musician stylings of seasoned national players, such as Scott Franklin, Joe Conrad and Ed Pierce.
The Rae Gordon Band appreciates people and businesses that support live music and community. In addition, RGB promotes the patronage of the Oregon City Grocery Outlet, NaDean’s Custom Plumbing, Silver Lining Jewelry & Loan and Kathy Rose Photography PDX.