Cool Nutz, Storm Large, Lewi Longmire among OMHOF inductees
The Oregon Music Hall of Fame has named its 2022 inductees and announced plans for its induction ceremony.
The inductees are: Artists — Terrence Scott (aka Cool Nutz), Scott McCaughey, Stephen Malkmus, Storm Large, Mayther Brothers, Kevin Rankin, Satan's Pilgrims, Lewi Longmire, PH Factor Jug Band, Art Abrams; Industry — Clay Fuller, Mike Thrasher; Artist of the Year — Esperanza Spalding; Album of the Year — Portugal The Man, "Oregon City Sessions."
The induction ceremony will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at Aladdin Theater. Satan's Pilgrims, a surf instrumental band, will perform, as well as Minus 5 (created originally by McCaughey and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and others in 1993).
For tickets: www.aladdin-theater.com.
Here's info on inductees, courtesy of OMHOF:
Terrance Scott, aka Cool Nutz
Terrance Scott, professionally known as Cool Nutz, is a Portland native and graduate of Grant High School. He made his name as a rapper in the 1990s with an eye on the business side of music by creating his own label, Jus Family Records in 1992 with Bosko Kante. In 1995, Scott co-founded the Portland Oregon Hip-Hop (POH-Hop) Festival. He also produced a Hip-Hop television show, "The Ledge," and was heard for many years as the radio host of the "Breakout Show" on KXJM JAM'N 107.5 and The Family Hours on KBOO-FM. As he toured San Francisco and the West Coast, major record deals came and went for Cool Nutz, with Universal and Big Beat/Atlantic. Through it all he kept releasing records on his own label, eleven under his own name and many more with his collaborative projects like G-Ism, Kenny Mack and DBA and most recently Western Conference All-Starz, a compilation of Portland Rap and Hip Hop. He is respected as a producer and mentor to a new generation of Portland's creative music scene.
Scott McCaughey is a singer, guitarist and songwriter best known for his groups in Seattle and Portland, Young Fresh Fellows and Minus 5. He was also an auxiliary player with REM from 1994 to 2011 — touring and playing on many of their albums. He released his solo album, "My Chartreuse Opinion," in 1989 and the first Minus 5 album, "Old Liquidator" in 1995. Known for his excellent songwriting and droll sense of humor, McCaughey, moved to Portland and has continued to write and perform with REM's Peter Buck as well as Alejandro Escovedo. In 2017 Scott suffered a stroke while on tour in San Francisco. Though serious, he has made a great recovery with the financial help of several benefit concerts. Scott is making music again with a variety of bandmates. He just completed a European tour with The No Ones and Minus 5 is touring again this summer on the West Coast with friends NRBQ.
Stephen Malkmus was born in Santa Monica in 1966 and put together the band, Pavement, in Stockton, California in 1989 with fellow guitarist Scott Kannberg. Their first album, "Slanted & Enchanted," was released to critical acclaim. Pavement, and principal songwriter Malkmus, were cited as leading the underground indie movement of the 1990s. Touching the mainstream with their single, "Cut Your Hair," in 1994 and appearing on Jay Leno's show, Pavement released five studio albums, toured the world but disbanded in 1999. Malkmus began their last record at Jackpot Studios in Portland, where he soon settled. He moved ahead quickly: forming The Jicks in 2000, recording their first release in 2001 on Matador Records. Malkmus has released 7 albums and EPs under his own name and six with The Jicks. Pavement has announced a 2022 reunion to include a North American and European tour next fall.
Storm Large has been singing since the age of five, growing up in suburban Boston. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Large moved to San Francisco and later to Portland in 2002, where she formed the band Storm and The Balls and developed a cult-like following. Storm shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show "Rock Star: Supernova." Her memoir, "Crazy Enough," released by Simon and Schuster in 2012, was named Oprah's Book of the Week, and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Storm made her debut with Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra. She continues to perform with the band, when schedules agree and In fall 2014, Storm and her new band released the album "Le Bonheur," a collection of love songs from the American Songbook that are beautiful, familiar, yet twisted. Recently, Large appeared on "America's Got Talent" on June 14, 2021, performing Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin," which received an enthusiastic response.
Born in Portland to an artistic and creative family, Chris and Craig Mayther partnered in many bands mostly known as the Mayther Brothers: Craig with his funky and ferocious guitar playing and Chris with his over-the-top soulful vocals. The band covered Soul and R&B songs with a memorable intensity. They also worked with Rhonda Kennedy's band, Rhoda X as well as many solo projects. Craig Mayther was a co-founder/producer of the first (what is now called) Waterfront Blues Festival, and until 1993, the talent booker. He was executive producer for the recording of the inaugural festival. This album, on Po-Town Records, featured the Mayther Brothers version of Sam Cooke's "We're Having a Party," on the Rose City Blues Festival LP, recorded live on July 25, 1987 by Fritz Richmond. Along with a long string of Oregon club dates, The Mayther Brothers played festivals and the Mayor's Ball for many years.
Moving from Montana to Portland in the 1994, super drummer Kevin Rankin joined vocalist Lea Krueger and Greg Kirkelle to form the band On a Llama, releasing a self titled album in 1995. He then joined Portland power trio, Western Aerial, recording and performing until Rankin joined 1980s band Animotion in 2002. Animotion was playing festivals and many co-bills with Flock of Seagulls who lost their drummer and asked him to join that group in 2016 playing all over the world with the group best known for the song "I Ran (So Far Away)." He has played with a number of other national acts like including Missing Persons, Nu Shooz, Tommy Tutone and Jennifer Batten. During the pandemic, he took time to create the popular podcast, "All Access with Kevin Rankin," with hundreds of music interviews.
Satan's Pilgrims formed in 1992 during a series of house parties and were playing shows in their hometown of Portland by 1993, donning their now-familiar matching outfits complete with vampire capes. The Pilgrims are one of the most influential surf instrumental bands around, creating their own sub-genre of surf instrumental with three distinct guitarists and a relentless rhythm section, while maintaining their patented haunted sound. They have released 8 full-length albums, 2 double disc compilation albums, countless singles, and have 2 new albums in the works: "Go Action!!" coming in Sept of 2022 and "Thomas Lauderdale Meets the Pilgrims," slated for release in spring of 2023. In March of 2021, original Pilgrim Dave (Busacker) passed away unexpectedly but was able to record on these two upcoming albums.
The rest of the world is still catching on to what some have known for over 30 years: if you want a surfy, spooky, garage-stompin' good time, put on some Satan's Pilgrims.
Lewi Longmire has been an integral part of the Portland music community since relocating from his native New Mexico in 1997. Longmire has worked steadily for over 20 years here, as a guitarist/bassist/multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, playing in a dozen local and regional artists including Casey Neill, Jimmy Boyer, Little Sue, Michael Hurley, Fernando, TK & the Holy Know Nothings and his own Left Coast Roasters. He's also been a tireless contributor to innumerable charity benefit shows, and has been curating the music program at the Laurelthirst Pub for over 17 years, eventually becoming a partner in the ownership of the venue when the opportunity arose. Lewi has dedicated most of his time in Oregon championing live music and the people who create it as often as possible.
PH Factor Jug Band
PH Factor Jug Band was formed in the mid-'60s by a gang of acoustic musicians who loved the old timey sounds of the 1920's and 1930's, leaning towards jug band, ragtime, jazz and hokum. The band was made up of Northwest musicians and based in Portland. In 1965 they found themselves in the middle of San Francisco's psychedelic music scene often opening for Jefferson Airplane, the Doors and the Grateful Dead. They recorded a single, "Barefoot John," and album, "Merryjuana," on Piccadilly Records in Seattle. Members included: Paul Bassett, John Browne, Davy Coffin, John Hendricks, Dennis Long, Steve Mork, Nick Ogilvie, Chris Robinson and Mike Rush. One of their biggest local gigs was at the Memorial Coliseum with the Airplane, Byrds and Magic Fern on May 28, 1967. The band was a regular draw at the Crystal Ballroom and many continued on with their style in the band, Melodious Funk.
Art Abrams began his music career as a teenager in the midst of the big band era. He fell in love with the sound of the trumpet, especially the trumpet stylings of Harry James and later in his career, Chet Baker. After graduating from the Los Angeles City College he became a professional musician playing with the Charlie Barnet and Les Elgart big bands in the 50's and early 60's.After moving to Portland Art played, and led several small combos, including Latin, jazz, and casual combos. He formed his Swing Machine Big Band in 1986, the year after he started his Jazz Summit radio program, and now hosts "Jukebox Saturday Night" on KMHD. The Swing Machine Big Band plays jazz and blues all around the Portland area and has released three CDs: "The First One," "Children of the Night" and "Art Attack." He is a musical perfectionist looking for that perfect chord, that excellence of sound that has become the signature of his band.
Clay Fuller has been a most important concert producer for many years. His Fuller Promotions was founded in 1969 to organize and promote festivals and sporting events. Over the years he has been involved with The Bite, Rose Festival, Bite of Beaverton and many other outdoor events.
He became producer of the Waterfront Blues Festival in 1987 and has produced it for 35 years, working with the Oregon Food Bank as principal charity recipient. Fuller got the Cascade Blues Association and the city more heavily involved and wasn't afraid to take chances and be creative. Fuller added more music to the event (the A&E Stage in 1999 and later the Crossroads Stage for workshops, in addition to the two main stages). He added the popular and more intimate Willamette River cruises in 2003, and after-hours club gigs around town. He also backed the somewhat controversial booking of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant in 2013 that many felt was too far afield for a blues festival but ultimately capped the biggest Waterfront Blues Festival weekend ever.
Mike Thrasher began his career booking shows at northeast Portland's rock venue, EJ's, in the 1990s. He founded Mike Thrasher Presents in 1994 and by 2005, became the owner of the Hawthorne Theatre, booking an unusual mix of up-and-coming national acts from all genres: rock punk, metal, ska, standup comedy, reggae and hip-hop and creating one of Oregon's most prominent all-ages concert venues. Mike Thrasher Presents became one of the largest independent promoters in the country, covering Seattle and multiple states in the west. A former musician himself, Thrasher, booked early gigs for the White Stripes, Killers, Code Orange, Bowling For Soup, Paramore and Portugal The Man (in 2008). Mike passed away in March of 2020, requesting donations be made to the Portland Rescue Mission on his behalf.
For more, see www.omhof.org.
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