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The Cabin Project on Sounds of PDX: Women in Music & Album Release

Last Friday The Cabin Project released their latest record, Unfolded to an eager crowd at Doug Fir Lounge. There is a lot of excitement and pressure that goes along with an album release so I appreciate the band stopping by to hang out the night before the show. From the word go I FullSizeRender (1)have loved the band’s blend of gut wrenching singer-songwriter honesty and anthemic orchestral production. The Cabin Project creates music that is inspiring and has density in both the lyrics and sonic quality. This week on the show I wanted to discuss the topic of women in music alongside digging into the making of Unfolded. Our PDX Spotlight Playlist included Ani Difranco, Sharon Van Etten, Tori Amos, Feist, and 5 unreleased songs from Unfolded. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Unfolded the week of the show so we could play some unreleased tracks for the listeners. The album has a lot of stand out moments so it was hard to pick the songs for the playlist. We ended up playing the songs, November I Miss You, Where I Stand, Focus, Throw, and Chain.

During our interview we discussed some of the common issues and struggles that female musicians face on the road. Drummer, Zanny Geffel spoke about overcoming the preconceived ideas of an “All female band” and touring in a male dominated business. Singer, guitarist and keys player, Katie Sawicki expressed the importance of being true to your art and using that as a tool to overcome outdated thinking. Violist Rebekah Hanson also told us about gender perception in the classical music world and that it has even further to go than popular music. We celebrated the female artists who paved the way and inspired generations of songwriters. It’s important to reflect on the legends as well as finding new artists that are continuing on in that same spirit.  FullSizeRender (2)

Our conversation wasn’t just about heavy topics, we had plenty of laughs as the band was recalling the making of their new video, “Highways” and some funny behind the scenes stories. During the interview it was great to listen to the personality and creative dynamic of the ladies. They are all extremely passionate about their art and connecting with the listeners. I would like to thank them again for dropping in and hanging out with me on the show. Be sure to get your copy of Unfolded and see this incredible band live!

Please enjoy our interview with The Cabin Project

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Luke Neill

I host "Sounds of PDX" every Tuesday from 7-9pm.

At my core, I am a musician, songwriter, producer, studio owner/engineer, and, most importantly, a lover of all things music. It is my goal to help connect listeners to local artists by providing music and live show reviews. I believe we should all be searching for the next thing that inspires us.

I am originally from Arizona, where over many years, I played in several different independent bands in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. I put in many, many hours of grassroots-style promotion in order to get my bands heard. I am extremely lucky to now live in Portland, OR, where we have one of the most vibrant music scenes in the nation.

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