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Alt-country musician James Low plays in Long Beach

Performance takes place May 26 at Peninsula Arts Center

Published on May 23, 2018 2:21PM

James Low

Courtesy Peninsula Arts Center

James Low

LONG BEACH, Wash. — James Low, one of the best on the Northwest’s alt-country scene, performs at the Peninsula Arts Center 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Low started out in a one-stoplight town in Eastern Oregon with a single AM radio station that went off the air every night at 6 p.m. Coming from a family steeped in music he toyed with a couple of instruments, but mostly sang.

Following his father’s lead, he starting writing songs, and after finishing school he escaped to New York.

Eventually he settled in the East Village and spent a few years playing bass in the country punk band Marlboro Country before returning to Oregon in 1995.

In 2000 he released his first album, a sparse country-folk affair titled “Mexiquita.” On a tiny boutique label, the release received a four-star review in the All Music Guide and positive reactions from the local press, but went largely unnoticed. A series of self-financed albums, including “Blackheart” (2002) and “The Blackguard’s Waltz” (2008), established for him a solid pedigree as a writer, and Low’s career flourished as a well-kept secret.

In 2012, the self-released and promoted “Whiskey Farmer” appeared on several independent radio charts and the Euro Americana chart, and received four-star reviews in magazines like Mojo and The Telegraph UK’s top roots records list for 2012, becoming the most successful release of his career.

The Peninsula Arts Center is located at 504 Pacific Ave. N., Long Beach, Wash. Tickets are $15 through Brown Paper Tickets, at the door by calling 360-901-0962, or emailing events@peninsulaartscenter.org.

Wine, beer and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Concerts benefit the Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization.


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