The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host a double album release preview party with Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers and Bart Budwig at 6pm Thursday, May 12. Curtis/Sutton and Budwig also will be celebrating their new albums at 8pm Friday, May 13 at Pengilly’s Saloon. As always, this Record Exchange in-store is free and all ages.
Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers’ self-titled six-song EP and Bart Budwig’s full-length “The Moon and Other Things” will be available for purchase at The Record Exchange on the 12th!
ABOUT CURTIS/SUTTON AND THE SCAVENGERS
Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers are an Americana/folk blues band based out of Boise, Idaho. The band’s sound is best described as country-folk meets swamp-blues. This hodgepodge of gritty-sweet roots music is the brainchild of the band’s two distinct songwriters, Charlie Sutton and Ryan Curtis. Both songwriters have played across the country in different band settings. Sutton has even been featured as a solo artist on “A Prairie Home Companion.” The revolving cast of characters known as the Scavengers are anchored by their only full-timer, Sam Alkire (upright bass).
Sutton and Curtis share their musical roots in the Midwest — Sutton in St. Louis and Curtis in Michigan and Chicago. The story of Curtis/Sutton began in 2013, when both songwriters found their way to Boise. Curtis was escaping the suburban sprawl of Los Angeles and Sutton the rural farmland of north Idaho. The North Boise neighbors quickly hit it off over late-night jam sessions, cold beers and old records.
Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers are known for their rowdy 3-4 hour sets of mainly original music. They take their listeners on a journey through the genres of blues, traditional country, bluegrass, rockabilly and folk. You can catch them most weekends playing the dives and haunts of Idaho and the greater Northwest.
ABOUT BART BUDWIG
One has to wonder: what is a twenty-something, jazz trumpet-playing, Wes Anderson movie-loving, ex-Certified Nursing Assistant who literally lives backstage in one of America’s longest-running theaters doing writing an album that would’ve sounded more at home in 1970s Texas?
Fortunately, Bart Budwig is a man who would rather ask good questions than give bad answers. In the same way that Willie and Waylon were rebelling against “the machine,” the above begins to make sense when considering the Oregonian songwriter’s authenticity as a fellow outlaw.
Budwig’s new full-length, “The Moon and Other Things,” was recorded to four-track reel-to-reel in the historic OK Theatre in Enterprise, Oregon.
Budwig grew up on the Idaho Palouse with a pawn shop trumpet and a heart as big as a skyscraper — if skyscrapers knew how to be humble. Budwig learned melody from classic jazz charts, and learned that fault-lines in big hearts create drifting continents, cut new oceans and forge new mountains. Everyone close to him disappeared, whether to death or Texas, and from Texas he got a letter from Waylon Jennings entreating him to pick up a guitar and a pen.
Budwig doesn’t write the big songs. He writes the songs about the places between the hills, in the draws and hidden canyons where truth is a little more in focus, stories can take their time gettin’ told, heartbreak is a place of deep reflection, and melodies don’t have to wear rhinestone suits or drive new, shiny cars to be beautiful.
Budwig’s also not afraid of working out of the spotlight — he engineered not only his own full-length “Whiskey Girl” (2012) but also albums and tours with Radiation City, Holiday Friends, Girlfriends, Misé, John Craigie, Edmund Wayne and Mama Doll. He also made the rare (for songwriters these days) move of covering both a Waylon tune and a friend’s (An American Forrest) tune on “Whiskey Girl.” He’s busy regularly updating “Jalapeno Business,” a covers and duets record available for free on Soundcloud, featuring Joseph, Craigie, Forrest, Luke Ydtsie (of Blind Pilot), Janis Carper and a whole slew of other Northwest musicians.