The Sportin’ Lifers are seasoned Portland musicians who capture the sound of a time when Rhythm and Blues and jumping novelty tunes were the dance music of the day.
aspot-life-coverTheir new album is out and Tuesday, February 9, they’ll celebrate Mardi Gras with The New Iberians at Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd Ave. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez! The Sportin’ Lifers take the stage at 7:30 pm and gumbo will be served.
This band swings their energetic tunes and are neither a period act nor a costume band. Their tunes are original and although they recall music from another time, the groove is now.
First and foremost a jump blues and rhythm band, The Lifers are comfortable with jazz, swing, and funky R&B as well.
Many of the 14 tunes on the new CD were written by guitarist Whit Draper and Erin Wallace. The instrumentals are compelling. Don Campbell’s on bass, Steve Cleveland on keyboards, Fred Ingram on drums and horns by Brad Ulrich.
Vocalist Wallace pulls no punches, growling and prowling with a classic blues voice and tales of hardluck done me wrongs.
The CD is available at Music Millennium, at their gigs and at thesportinlifers.com