Sometimes we get so unnecessarily swept up in who’s rising and falling in music these days that the sheer joy of music is overlooked. One of the great things about Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms is that they are a world apart from all of that nonsense and let you immerse yourself in the melody and story of classic sounding country music until all other cares of life fade away. Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms both originally hail from Washington State, Caleb from the coastal islands, and Reeb from the high desert plateau. They have come together in music and are two of the most compelling musicians making country roots music in America today. When these two sing together, their honest incantations leave us spell-bound and smiling. Caleb has a burnished soulful voice and lyrical mandolin style, and add Reeb’s spell-binding and timeless voice, and rock-solid rhythm guitar playing and you’ve got something undeniably real. Backed by their all star Country Band, they can muster up a honky tonk out of thin air. The band features Rusty Blake on steel guitar, Mike Bub on bass, Ned Folkerth on drums, and Ellie Hakanson on fiddle. Their repertoire is made up of original songs and tunes as well as gems from American traditional, bluegrass, and country repertoires creating an attractive meld of honky-tonk that brushes shoulders with trad bluegrass. Music is clearly in their blood. Caleb and Reeb’s originals and interpretations of songs have been covered and recorded by many performers and their musical presence reaches into a diverse and loyal fanbase, giving creedence to the impact that this pair has on their listeners. Pillars of the Northwest music scene, they carry the torch of their music around the world, and can be also be found touring as a duo, as well as with the Foghorn Stringband. Their fans exude admiration for the timeless sound that these two produce, capturing the essence of American roots music. The blend of true harmonies, the sharply-written country songs, and the un-showy authenticity strike a rich vein that makes them seem like they are born and raised in Music City.  But Portland Oregon, is their home. For years, these two have been at the heart of Portland’s underground country scene. They have quietly pursued their musical vision without much of a care for what’s expected or in vogue at the time.  There’s a lot to admire in this singular perseverance and honesty.



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