On Friday, September 20th at 2pm, JPR welcomes Blitzen Trapper into the studios for a JPR Live Session.
Back in 2008, Portland's Blitzen Trapper released its highly lauded fourth full-length album Furr on Sub Pop Records. At the time, it was a record that captured exactly where the band’s frontman, Eric Earley, found himself, both literally and metaphorically, geographically and existentially. Furr stands as a kind of tribute and elegy to the city that inspired it, but one that, a decade later, no longer exists. “What I was trying to do with those recordings,” explains Earley, “was capture this kind of atmosphere that I was feeling and which pervaded the city at that time. I think I was attempting to capture what Portland was at the time and what it felt like to me. That city is gone now. Old Portland, we call it, but Old Portland has disappeared. But that record gives me the feeling of those times and this city— when it was poor and dumpy and really drug-addled. And it also captures the magic of the outlying rural areas that has slowly changed as well.”
Ten years after, Earley and company set to work on a full-blown rock opera called Wild and Reckless. The production ran for a month at Portland's Center Stage theater, and then morphed and expanded, resulting in an album of the same name released in 2017.
Tune in Friday afternoon, September 20th at 2pm for a JPR Live Session with Blitzen Trapper on JPR's Rhythm & News Service. To listen online, click the "Listen Live" link at the top of the page and select "Rhythm & News."
Blitzen Trapper performs Friday night, September 20th at 7pm at Fry Family Farm in Medford as part of Ashland Folk Collective's Summer Concert Series. Information and tickets at ashlandfolkcollective.com
JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.