Tunesmith Night returns for new season


Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 11.10.21 AMJOSEPH — Although the first Tunesmith Night of the season features two Americana-flavored duos, the musicians each offer up their own unique brand of music.


Matt Cadenelli and Kris Stuart are Portland’s Wanderlodge.

Cadenelli is a longtime Portland musician and member of such bands as The Don of Division Street, Fernando, Brothers & Sister and Portland Country Underground.

“His sounds feature song-centric, melodious vistas aligned with insightful lyrical musings,” according to Wanderlodge’s Facebook bio.

Stuart is a “fierce electric slide/lead guitar player and gritty, soulful vocalist, (and) his songs bring story and wisdom accessible by all audiences,” the bio reads.

Stuart is also a member of an Allman Brothers tribute band, Brothers & Sister, and of a rock ’n’ roll country band The Deadstring Family Band.

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Jezebel’s Mother

Carolyn Lochert and Janis Carper, both residents of Wallowa County, are Jezebel’s Mother. With their brand-new CD, “Real Pearls,” in hand, Lochert and Carper blend their talents to form a sound that is tight but spontaneous.

Lochert’s career has taken her from singing lead in rock, country and funk bands to playing in the horn sections of jazz ensembles. Studying composition at OSU started her on the path to writing her own music. Her first album, “She’s Lookin’ Back,” features Lochert’s smooth, sultry sound and some of Portand’s and Wallowa County’s finest musicians.

Carper, the founder and director of the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, was a winner in the 2015 Indie International Songwriting Contest. She has nine recordings to her credit, and her soulful vocals and guitar playing have been heard at festivals, concert halls and radio programs nationwide.

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As is the Tunesmith Night tradition, the duos will perform in a round-robin format.

The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance presents the monthly showcase of original music. The season opens Oct. 14 at the Jennings Hotel in Joseph. The Gold Room, where the concert will be held, has a cozy atmosphere. According to a press release by WMVA, the venue will be a good match for the warm sounds of the musicians. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. The audience can bring their own food and beverages.

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