Malachi Graham, Laura Curtis And Jack Martin At The Secret Society

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Malachi Graham
Portland-based songwriter Malachi Graham writes lush, intimate Americana inspired by complicated women. It’s no wonder— as the descendant of five generations of formidable, tale-telling Portland women stretching back to the Oregon Trail, Malachi learned early that great stories come from unreliable narrators and that the strongest characters are often the most flawed. Since she started writing songs five years ago, Malachi has drawn on history, poetry, and cinema in character-rich narratives. Her sound has coalesced into something richer than the sum of its parts, her forceful and nuanced electric guitar and vocals working tightly together to tell strikingly sincere stories.

On her debut EP Selfish, recorded live to an 8-track at Mike Coykendall’s Blue Room Studios and produced by Dustin Hamman (Run On Sentence), Malachi's character-driven songs come to life with percussion by Dan Galucki (Wooden Indian Burial Ground), bass by William Joersz (Nick Jaina, Ezza Rose), and slide guitar by Courtney von Drehle (3 Leg Torso). Selfish channels female voices that are— like the leading ladies of classic cinema— intoxicating, self-sabotaging, mesmerizing, and not preoccupied with being liked; the compulsive wiretapper, the jealous lover, the censored femme fatale, and the title track’s confessional narcissist.

Capturing to tape in single takes, Malachi and this team of top-notch Portland players craft a punchy, electrified folk record led by her strong, unaffected voice, a sound that perfectly mirrors her honest and unapologetic heroines.

“Malachi Graham’s roots in Oregon go all the way back to the Oregon Trail, and her voice sounds like it, steeped in the individualism that won the West but also could make it a lonely place.”
— Portland Tribune

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Laura Curtis and Jack Martin
Laura Curtis carries on the tradition of emotive song writing rooted deeply in the folk, Americana music she grew up listening to. She has worked with and been mentored by women songwriters in the folk tradition, including Meg Hutchinson, Susan Werner and Ruthie Foster.

Jack Martin views Americana folk music through the lens of an improvisational jazz musician. His most recent record, 2014’s The Folk, stretches from acoustic ballads to barn-burning rock & roll.

When these two songwriters get together, it’s Paul Simon meets Patty Griffin.
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