Horse Feathers On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Belly of June"
  • "Working Poor"
  • "Cascades"
  • "Thistled Spring"
  • "Starving Robins"
  • "Steel Strings" (By Julie Adams)

Horse Feathers is a quartet from Portland, Ore., founded by singer and songwriter Justin Ringle. Originally from a small town in Idaho, Ringle moved to Oregon in 2004 and began playing shows solo. After meeting the rest of the musicians who would make up Horse Feathers, Ringle established his chamber-folk sound, which is beautifully represented on the group's third CD, Thistled Spring. Featuring dense, string-laden songs the album is, as Ringle says in his interview, an unintended sequel to their previous release, 2008's House With No Home.

With multi-instrumentalist Sam Cooper (banjo, violin, percussion and vocals), Catherine O'Dell (cello) and Nate Crockett (violin and saw), the band brings to life Thistled Spring's arrangements in its first Mountain Stage appearance. "Belly of June" was not heard on the radio broadcast, and closer "Starving Robins" features a bowed cymbal and singing saw.

Mountain Stage's Julie Adams caps the concert with a version of Peter Case's song "Steel Strings."'

This story originally aired on January 13, 2011.

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