“One of our state’s treasures, A diamond in the Oregon mud.” – Blues On Stage
Some call Lauren Sheehan a “songster,” referring to entertaining old blues-based finger-picking guitarists who played blues, folk, tin-pan alley, early jazz, jug, string-band tunes—and whatever else they wanted to play. Dubbed “Portland String Queen” by The Oregonian for her multi-instrumental prowess, Lauren adds her unforgettable voice “dipped in good sippin’ whiskey,” recreating the feel of down-home excellence for audiences around the country. She tours, teaches at Pacific University, and has recorded five CDs, which have received airplay on BBKing’s Bluesville, NPR, BBC and other stations worldwide, and her music is catalogued in the Library of Congress. Her most recent release, Sweet Bitter Blues, a compilation celebrating living Piedmont blues, was produced by Phil Wiggins and Frank Matheis.
Acoustic blues, ragtime, and early jazz have been major influences for guitarist/singer/songwriter Cyd Smith, a favorite performer and teacher at workshops across the country. Appearances include Centrum Blues Workshop, Augusta Heritage Blues Week, and Ashokan Guitar Workshop.
“Like so many of the great women guitarists of the past—Mary Osborne, say, or Memphis Minnie—when you finally hear Cyd Smith, you’ll wonder why you never heard this excellent musician until now.” – Del Rey, Blues guitar and ukulele virtuoso