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The Portland Playlist welcomes Mexican Gunfight; not your typical gunfight

The Portland Playlist welcomed a band of brothers, Mexican Gunfight, to the studio for a night of conversation, influences, and original music. Mexican Gunfight is a rock band of “blues grit, country lyricism, the soulfulness of gospel, a rare jam thrown in … occasionally even tinges of Latin and jazz.” Band members, Dave Coey, Mike Wallace, Ned Failing, and Al Toribio, have known each other, either through school, and/or intertwining bands, for many years which gives them a sense of undeniable brotherhood. Their name stems from the time songwriter, Dave, was searching for the climax of a song to sound like …. a mexican gunfight! said Mike. The idea worked for both the song and as a name for their band.

Mexican Gunfight, photo by Teri Briggs

Mexican Gunfight, photo by Teri Briggs

Starting off the show, we listened to a few of their influences; Dixie Chicken from Little Feat, the Eagles’, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Neil Young’s, Heart of Gold, and Statesboro Blues from the Allman Brothers.

Mexican Gunfight, photo by Teri Briggs

Mexican Gunfight, photo by Teri Briggs

They have a show at The White Eagle on Saturday, February 11, which one lucky portland playlist listener won tickets to. To get a sense of their sound, we played three of their recorded tracks; Crazy in June, I’m Not the Enemy, and The Road Less Traveled. Their debut album, “Long Play” is one of those you will find yourself playing over and over, it is also a great road trip album. There is new music in the works and we are hoping that album will be out soon. A Mexican Gunfight live performance gives one a sense of nostalgia and timelessness in the music they offer, not to mention it’s a rockin good time!

Mexican Gunfight, photo by Teri Briggs

Mexican Gunfight, photo by Teri Briggs

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Teri Briggs can usually be found pedaling around town, behind the lens of her camera, or at one of the many local music venues in town. She also has a fondness for volunteering for good causes, promoting her favorite bands on her music page, and dressing up in a tutu.
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