Martha Scanlan debuts new album at Mississippi Studios Sunday

Written by on April 23, 2015

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Friends — This week singer-songwriter Martha Scanlan will debut her new album here in Portland. She’ll headline Sunday’s show at Mississippi Studios in support of “The Shape Of Things Gone Missing; the Shape Of Things To Come.” I had the privilege of playing some songs from it on last Sunday’s Viking Twang here on KPSU.

Martha is a veteran of the early 2000s bluegrass band Reeltime Travelers. Her songs “Hallelujah,” an ode to her 1958 Chevy pickup truck, and “Little Bird of Heaven” are classics, and “Like A Songbird Has Fallen” was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Cold Mountain. After the Travelers broke up, she moved to Montana and put out two albums, “The West Was Burning” and “Tongue River Stories.”

The new album was recorded in October here in Portland and has nine thoughtful, beautiful songs. It was produced by Jon Neufeld, guitar player for Jackstraw and Black Prairie, and includes musicians from Black Prairie and The Decemberists, some of whom will be performing with her Sunday night.

It’s a show well worth seeing. Al James, formerly of Delorean, is opening. You can hear Martha’s songs in the second set of this link from last Sunday’s Viking Twang: http://bit.ly/1H3XQqz. You can also see her and Jon play at the 2010 Pickathon at the Viking Twang Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

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