[NFBWATLK] If anyone's interested

Jim Portillo portillo.jim at gmail.com
Fri May 5 19:25:37 UTC 2017



If anyone in the Vancouver area is interested, my trio, Fine Company, will
be holding its Portland CD release concert this coming Sunday at Artichoke


It should be a fun time and hope some of you Vancouver/Portland folks can
attend.  We hope we'll be received as well there as we were here.  I'll
include what's on the Artichoke page.  There's a link to get tickets, but
you can also call them for more information.

Artichoke Music
3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214



Fine Company
Featuring Bill Murlin, Jim Portillo and Ron Dalton
CD Release Concert

Sunday, May 7, 2017
7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Tickets: $15.00



About Fine Company 

"In Fine Company" - a great place to be. It warms the heart and in this
case, the ears as well. Fine Company's debut album says, "We're glad you're
here. Come stay a while." The enticements are crisp string work on guitar,
banjo, and bass along with vocal harmonies that say synergy, which is a
fancy word when applied to folk music. But it aptly fits Fine Company. It is
clear from the songs on In Fine Company that the whole is greater than the
sum of the parts. 

Bill Murlin, Jim Portillo, and Ron Dalton are talented Northwest musicians,
from the Portland and Seattle areas, who love what they do - sing and play
together. Folk Icon, Tom Paxton says, it shows. "Fine Company is fine
company, indeed. This is what happens when three friends who love music get
out the instruments and decide to enjoy themselves. We are privileged to sit
and listen and if we just can't help joining in, nobody will mind." Indeed. 

Take an old Carter Family standard - Dixie Darling. Fine Company keeps that
old timey feel with banjo, guitar and bass yet there's something different -
that harmony. Tom Paxton's Last Thing On My Mind is the perfect song for
that rich harmony. Synergy.

Ron's original Backroad Country Ride, puts listeners in the car to enjoy
some scenery and silliness as well. And the tightly timed guitars in Bill's
instrumental Cascade Creek transport the listener to an idyllic mountain
stream. Each song creates anticipation for what's next and Fine Company does
not disappoint

. One of the leading ladies of bluegrass, Laurie Lewis says, "Fine Company
has a welcome air of love and dedication in their thoughtful arrangements
and choice of songs. These are songs that beg to be sung, and Jim, Bill and
Ron join their voices with obvious and infectious delight."

Bluegrass star, Kathy Kallick noted that "Fine Company evokes the folk trio
sound of the 1960s." That's when Bill learned his early folk music skills in
a college group called The Wanderers. More recently Bill has published the
Columbia River Collection, 26 songs Woody Guthrie penned in Portland in

Jim fell in love with folk music when he was seven in El Paso, Texas, long
after the 1960s. He heard Doc Watson on the radio and was hooked. Later in
Seattle, lessons, open mics and sitting in with various groups helped him
hone his skills. He's still stealing licks from pickers like Wayne

Ron is the "vocal gymnast" of the trio. He is equally comfortable as a
tenor, baritone, or bass, though how he does that seems magical. The soaring
harmonies from the 1970s got his attention. Ron's clever songwriting shows
in three originals on the CD: Round and Round, Down, Down, Down and Backroad
Country Ride. Ron also performs with the Seattle duo/trio, Burgundy Pearl. 

Bringing these three together blends the love of the folk tradition with a
fresh perspective on how music connects us. 

Kathy Kallick added, "They have a rich and mellow blend, and a warm
sweetness. While they are paying homage to this traditional sound, they
bring originality with their newly composed tunes. Their vocal blend is
satisfying, and the perfect combination with the twin guitars, and
occasional banjo. This collection feels like sitting in front of a big cozy
fire, sipping a mug of hot cider with a splash of something thrown in for a
little kick!"

So come stay a while. Sit back with that mug of nectar. You'll be In Fine


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