By Karl Andres
Red Jacket Mine performed at the Great Pacific in Pendleton on Oct. 17 and was truly a treat for those who attended. The band played in support of their latest album, “Someone Else’s Cake.” With a musical variety including blues, soul, folk, rock and country, there was a little bit of something for everyone.
The band consists of Lincoln Barr on vocals and lead guitar, Matthew Cunningham on bass, Andrew Salzman on drums and Daniel Walker on keyboards.
One of the great songs they performed was “Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner?” It was filled with lots of folk and country inspired sound and very up tempo. The harmonica, keyboard and guitar blended together well on this song which made for a special treat in person.
Another song that was one of the highlights of the performance was “Better to be Broken than Blind.” The lyrics spoke about the trouble of being broke and how hard it is to sometimes make ends meet. Despite the somber theme of the song, this was another toe-tapper. This song featured the band’s great vocal harmonies as well.
Several DJs from KEOL-FM, EOU’s student-run radio station, went to the show. Tommy Hill, better known on air as The Offbeat Geek, said, “It was awesome to see Red Jacket Mine.” Hill is also president of the KEOL Club, which supports the station by finding possible new music sources for airplay.
Ikaika Brennan, vice president of KEOL club, had seen Barr and the band play at the Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle this summer. Brennan, who goes by Sticky Icky at KEOL, has been a huge supporter of the band ever since. He recently had a live interview with band member Lincoln Barr on his Tuesday afternoon show.
“It was the coolest thing getting to see Red Jacket Mine Perform live at The Great Pacific,” Brennan said, “They were so awesome and it was cool to finally get to talk to Lincoln one-on-one and finally meet such a great musician.”
It’s clear that the band is highly skilled musically from the wide variety of musical styles they use in their songs. This, along with their friendly and charismatic stage presence, shows that Red Jacket Mine has what it takes to be stars.
Those lucky enough to see a live performance by Red Jacket Mine will see and hear what live music should be; a fun, personal experience for everyone involved, including the musicians.