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Musical duo will perform on Saturday, Nov. 2, for audiences at Clackamas River Growlers on Main Street

COURTESY PHOTO - Cosmic Strings consists of Emma and Spencer Houghton. They will soon play at Clackamas River Growlers.

Spencer and Emma Houghton have journeyed across the country playing music, and they will soon perform in Estacada.

The husband and wife duo, known as Cosmic Strings, will play from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Clackamas River Growlers, 367 S.E. Main St.

Before the couple settled in Nehalem on the Oregon Coast, they were driving across the country, while seeking out venues to showcase their craft. In August 2018, they embarked on a year-long tour.

"We did a snail's pace tour," Spencer said. "We would park at a place for three months and play everywhere we could within three hours of that spot."

They appreciated seeing a variety of new places along their journey.

"We saw all of the different aspects of people's lives around the country," Spencer said. "It was very interesting. Everywhere is truly very unique."

"It was the best way to travel and play music at the same time. We did that for a year, and then we fell in love with the Oregon area," Emma added.

Emma and Spencer, who both sing and play guitar, described their musical style as upbeat folk rock. Their influences include Van Morrison and James Taylor.

They enjoy writing their own songs, and one of their favorites to play is "First Time in Awhile," which describes finding a new home in Oregon.

They also appreciate the meaning behind the name of their duo.

"Cosmic Strings are tears in the universe, when it was created," Emma said. "I love the double entendre. It's about space, but it sounds like it's about an instrument. We love the depth of it, and that it makes people think."

The pair enjoy being able to play music together.

"It's a job I plan to have forever," Spencer said.

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