Portland musician, Pilar French, and her band will return to the Lincoln Cultural Center, Saturday night, July 13, 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. French has been busy writing and recording new songs for her fourth album since she was last here in March 2012. Then, she had just released Deliver, a six-song collection of heartfelt, warm pop-rock, sprinkled with memories of home.
French has continued with positive themes about the joys of daily life in her latest batch of tracks, stretching them to “almost Country” but then hearkening back to her earlier days of “bluesier” songwriting. Album number four remains unnamed and unfinished as songs continue to flow onto the page. “I have three good songs that aren’t quite finished, but also five others that are, and listener-ready,” French explains. “I’m not sure whether I want to release the five that are complete or be bold and add in the new ones for a full-length release. It’s trips to places like Lincoln City that will help me decide and perhaps finish the last three in the coming months.”
As a child, French grew up in land-locked Indiana, and consequently finds Oregon’s landscape eternally mesmerizing. This inspiration is expressed in her songs, which use descriptions of Oregon’s landscape to describe life — the beauty of a sunset on the beach, the arid grit at the end of an Oregon summer, to a coastline dotted by historic lighthouses. “Oregonians will understand when I sing about Oregon’s rivers, streams, mountains, and waves — natural splendor, quite foreign to where I grew up in the flat, featureless farmlands of Indiana. But I think listeners might also enjoy the latest song on the new cd, ‘Pinwheels and Daffodils,’ a song about the summertime ritual of county fairs. The song comes full circle, drawing fond memories of Indiana where we had fireflies and other magical creatures unheard of here. I think everyone will be able to share in my sweet nostalgia for my birthplace.”
French will be accompanied by bassist, Joshua Slamp, and guitarist, Jeffrey Koch. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You can listen to some of Pilar’s songs by clicking here.
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln City Cultural Center
540 U.S. 101
Just north of the D-River Wayside