“Even the shyest songbird can feel at ease stepping up to the mic to perform karaoke at The Wild Goose. Laid-back locals — along with professional actors, musicians and travelers who’ve stopped off Interstate 5 for a bite to eat — sign up to sing in the Ashland restaurant’s lounge at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s fun, and it’s free.”
Sage Meadows has been called “Oregon’s Emmylou Harris” by the Ashland Free Press. Her luxurious, soothing voice, instrumental skills, and brilliant, one of a kind songwriting have made her a barroom staple, indispensable band member and front woman. She has played everywhere from the Siskiyou Golden Fair to the main stage of the Britt Festivals with acts as diverse as the Southern Oregon University Chamber Choir, The New Autonomous Folksingers, Jef Fretwell and the Detractors, and Justin Gordon.
Her musicianship and passion are evident as she sings songs about nature, times past and the human condition. Joined by her band, High Country, Sage Meadows is truly one of the best musical acts Southern Oregon has to offer. Her band and music have been compared to Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Yoakam,Mark Knopfler, Jolie Holland and Lucinda Williams. Whether singing sweet lullabies, country classics, or a rockin’ rockabilly tune, Sage Meadows and High Country are sure to please.
High Country is:
Due to his virtuosity on the bass and in spite of his being from Canada, Jeff Addicott has become one of the most sought after musicians on the west coast. His resume is much too extensive to list here- suffice to say he has played everything with everybody. Sage is extremely thrilled to be working with a musician of such high caliber.
|David Hampton is known as one of the most versatile musicians in the Rogue Valley, as well as a recording and sound engineer. He has played guitar, bass and keyboards for The New Autonomous Folksingers, The Jeremy Hickman Band, and The Washington Street Gang, respectively, and has worked as a sound engineer at Sullivan Recording, Southern Oregon Lighting and Sound and The Jefferson State Pub and for The Rose Hip Ramblers, Little Thom, Justin Gordon, and Three Dog Night. You can currently find him every Sunday hosting the open mike at The Wild Goose Cafe.||Bob has done extensive recording, arranging and production work and remains very active in the northwest music scene. For the past 20 years he has been involved with producing the country’s largest indoor Americana and acoustic music festivals, Wintergrass, which takes place near Seattle each February.|
Wine Without Reason is a Southern Oregon rock/pop/alternative band based around the songs of Scott Calamar (lead vocals, keyboard, guitar), featuring Kevin McKern on drums and Bruce McKern on bass. Wine Without Reason blends east coast, west coast, and British-invasion musical influences to create original songs that are rich with visual imagery, wordplay, and unpredictably familiar melodies that stick with listeners. Fans cite a feel reminiscent of the late ’60s and early ’70s with a contemporary twist to it. Call it nouveau retro.
A singer/songwriter with a New York edge, Calamar’s music reflects influences including The Beatles/John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Michael Nesmith, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, David Byrne, and Thomas Dolby. Scott has been writing songs for over 40 years, mostly multi-tracking his music (see personal music page) and doing a rare open mic, though he played with the band Smatter in the late 70s and sporadically to this day. After sitting out the performing music scene for over thirty years, Scott decided to give his repertoire life and wings and formed Wine Without Reason in August of 2010.
Kevin McKern has hit drums for Mad World, for which he writes songs, Horsefeathers, The Hired Hands, Somebody and the So and So’s, and the Rogues. He has been heard playing for various musical theaters including The Oregon Cabaret Theater, Rogue Music Theater, Barnstormers, Craterian Productions, Insightout, Connect The Dots, and North and South Medford High productions. He has produced, engineered, and played on sessions in studios from Northern California to Portland.
Bruce McKern plays bass in productions of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Rogue Music Theatre, Southern Oregon University, and the Craterian Theatre. He performs in many popular Southern Oregon bands including Mad World, Easy Valley Eight, Gypsy Rogue, Hired Hands, The Mixers,Horsefeathers, and Rogue Elephants, as well as the Rogue Valley Symphony.
Video of the band taken by Mandy Valencia of the Ashland Daily-Tidings, published 6/22/12.