The Portland Playlist tried something a little different Wednesday night with Drop-In Session guest, Tyler Stenson. Tyler stopped by the studio for a short segment and performance on his way to rehearsal with his backing band, The Black-Winged Birds. Thinking it would be fun to see what rehearsal is like, we took the show on the road to stream it on Facebook Live which you can view in the links provided below.
Tyler Stenson is one of those artists you can’t help but love from his thoughtful lyrics that speak to your heart, to his gentle yet passion-filled manner with which he performs, to the soft-spoken, kind-hearted soul that he is. He is also the master of fan-based contests with many winnings to show for it. One such contest was getting hand-selected out of thousands by his mentor, Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), and Ryan Spaulding (rsl Blog) to showcase The Outlaw Roadshow 2013, in Austin. Sharing the stage with Duritz was definitely a career high. His love for the Counting Crows music is what led him to form a band (The Black-Winged Birds) for a special Counting Crows Tribute Show. The first one was in January 2016 and the second one is Friday, October 14th, at Star Theater. Having gone to the first concert, this is a show not to miss.
Tyler has a new album in the works, “New Northbound” that was successfully funded with a Kickstarter campaign. This album speaks to the contented place he is in life with his marriage and a baby on the way. He hopes for an early 2017 album release. His children’s book, There’s Certainly a Santa, released last year, is in it’s second printing. You can find more information about the book here.
He had just enough time to perform two of his originals, Steady as I Go, and How Bright, and one of Counting Crows, Angels of the Silences. You can watch the live performance of these songs at, https://www.facebook.com/mary.teri.7/videos/724837737663857/,
The second half of the show took place in a small room at the band’s rehearsal space. It was a lot of fun seeing the collaborative process that goes into rehearsing for a show of this magnitude. Covering someone else’s material, not to mention a band as well known as the Counting Crows, is a responsibility they do not take likely. Much care is given to ensure that they cover these songs in a way that is respectful to the original artists yet making it their own. If you have ever wondered what this process is like, you can view the videos below.
If you liked what you heard you should wade through the puddles and come to the Star Theater for a show that will dry off all those raindrops. Chris Margolin will play an opening set, followed by Tyler and band, with Two Cow Garage closing.
You can watch the Facebook Live stream of their rehearsal at: https://www.facebook.com/PortlandRadioProject/videos/650104531822288/
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