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S. Carey, H.C. McEntire


Mississippi Studios North
Sun July 15, 2018, 9 pm 21+


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Bon Iver drummer S. Carey headlines tonight’s show, but get there early to see Mount Moriah frontwoman H.C. McEntire, who released her stunning solo debut Lionheart via Merge Records earlier this year. With the help of collaborators like riot grrl icon Kathleen Hanna and Americana singer/songwriter Tift Merritt, McEntire’s powerful songs unite the Appalachian folk traditions of the rural North Carolina hollers where she was raised with the punk ethos of her former band Bellafea and modern pop elements (like the electronic beat on “Wild Dogs,” which features backing vocals from Angel Olsen and harp from Mary Lattimore). Her words bridge another kind of canyon: On tracks like opener “A Lamb, A Dove,” she layers Biblical imagery with lyrics that openly discuss queer relationships (“I have found heaven in a woman’s touch/Come to me now, I’ll make you blush”). McEntire is one of the few openly gay women in country music, and throughout Lionheart, she sings lovingly about the Bible Belt, a place that has yet to accept her. These songs swell with mercy, grace, and grit—just listen to “Red Silo” and tell me H.C. McEntire isn’t destined for Lucinda Williams-level greatness, I dare you.

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

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  • Sun July 15, 2018, 9 pm