Black Prairie was formed a few years back by guitarist Chris Funk and bassist Nate Query of the Decemberists as a vehicle for exploring string-band music. They recruited Decemberists accordionist Jenny Conlee as well as two other members of the Portland music scene: guitarist Jon Neufield and singer/violinist Annalisa Tornfelt. With the recent release of the band's second album, A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart, the members of BP have established their group as a significant Americana band in its own right, and broadened their scope to include elements of jazz and world music. Their distinctive take on Americana may originate in Appalachia but strays into distinctive territory where blues and bluegrass meet chamber jazz and European café music. (Photo by Jason Quigley)
Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m., 2012
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