ENTERPRISE — Pendleton musician James Dean Kindle is one of the featured artists during the upcoming Tunesmith Night in Wallowa County.
Featuring original songwriters, others performing include Mise and Nevada Sowle. The show is Saturday, Jan 12 at 7 p.m. at Sugar Time Bakery, 107 N. River St., Enterprise. The cost is $10 for the all-ages event. Sugar Time’s kitchen will be open, offering soups, sandwiches and sweet treats. There is no adult beverage service, but people may bring their own.
Kindle embraces the “country & western” label in his songs about love and despair while also seeking to expand the notion of what constitutes rural music. With his backing country-rock band, The Eastern Oregon Playboys, he has released several albums. In 2017, Kindle released a tape of minimalist piano recordings on the Brooklyn, New York-based Cimiotti Recordings. He is currently working on a collection of songs tentatively titled “Trail Songs” that pervert the singing cowboy (Slim Whitman, Marty Robbins, etc) trope of using the western landscape and cowboy imagery as metaphors for romance.
Mise has brought an eclectic pop style to the Pacific Northwest since 2012. Originally the solo project of North Idaho’s Cooper L. Trail, Mise’s folk sound is brimming with wise and soft-spoken lyrics and has since broadened to include heavier and more experimental elements of a live band, while remaining lyrical at the core. Mise provides an impressive example of differentiation within a community while staying ground to his roots.
Also hailing from northern Idaho, Sowle constantly seeks to find new tones both acoustic and electronic, unique yet familiar. While Sowle’s sound fits most snugly into the category of pop, audiences shouldn’t let that deter them as quality lyrical content and well-thought-out composition is there for the listening.