PENDLETON - Leigh Marble, a singer-songwriter based in Portland, will perform at 6 p.m., Dec. 15, at the Great Pacific, 403 S. Main Street. As usual, there's no cover charge for entertainment.

Marble has just issued his second recording, "Red Tornado," on Laughing Stock records, in which he tried to capture a whirlwind of emotions.

"It took a while to figure out what to call the album," he said. "None of the song titles seemed to sum up the whole, and combing through lyrics for a catchy line wasn't helping either."

He happened across a Dan Bern song, "Black Tornado," a song of emotional turmoil, unrest and anxiety. Marble changed the color to red which he felt described the emotions that produced each of the songs on the new recording. He set out, he said, to make an album with more dirt, sweat and human interaction than his first recording, "Peep."

Marble said he's happy with "Red Tornado."

"I took chances letting more people into the creative process," he said. "Working with two musicians in the band now, working with some outside engineers for tracking."

"His whipsmart lyrics; sharp, punk-influenced acoustic guitar; and blowhard harmonica put Marble at the head of Portland's singer-songwriter class," the Willamette Week wrote.

Prior to arriving in Pendleton, Marble will perform at Neurolux in Boise Dec. 12; at the Flying M Coffee Garage in Nampa, Idaho, on Dec. 13; and at The Gadfly in La Grande on Dec. 14.

Click here to listen to a sample from Leigh Marble's latest album.


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