Chris Mateer is a freelance music writer living in Portland, OR. He is the founder and writer of the Uprooted Music Revue and is a featured contributor to No Depression. In addition to music writing, Chris teaches visual art and plays the drums and some mandolin.
As a player and music writer, Chris is always excited to share and learn more. He believes a community thrives on participation and enthusiasm, and he's thrilled to contribute.
You can read his posts here on No Depression and on Uprooted Music Revue at http://www.uprootedmusicrevue.com/. To follow Chris and UMR more closely, sign up on UMR's Facebook page and subscribe to UMR's twitter feed.
For over 45 years Tony Trischka has been one of the most influential and groundbreaking banjo artists influencing bluegrass and acoustic musicians everywhere. He is a legendary banjo innovator, composer, collaborator, and teacher. His new album, Great Big World, was recently released via the Rounder label.…Continue
Posted on March 5, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments
After a year and a halfish of calling Portland, OR my new home, I am now finally connecting with the vibrant music scene here. In an effort to spread the word on some of these exciting artists of the greater Northwest, I am going to be posting a new series of interviews focusing on their work.
I am thrilled to kick off these regionally-focused features with an interview with Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks, otherwise known as …Continue
Posted on February 28, 2014 at 10:00am
Although not quite household names (yet!) and often referred to as "musician's musicians", Cahalen Morrison and Eli West have returned with their magnificent, third full length album called I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands, which is sure to be making quite an impression. The duo have been making quite a name for themselves over the years, playing every kind of venue including small intimate clubs, opening up for some of roots music's biggest artists, as well as appearing…Continue
Posted on February 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments
Ever since I picked up a copy of Doug Paisley's Constant Companion, it has been one of my favorite albums and one of the most played in our home. As someone who has anxiously awaited for new recordings by the artist ever since that release, I have equally enjoyed his Golden Embers EP (which features a number of guests, including Feist), anticipating the next full length. Well the wait is over, Doug Paisely has returned with Strong Feelings, his third release…Continue
Posted on February 11, 2014 at 12:30pm