Artichoke Music hosts a rare afternoon record release concert with two award winning songwriters, Claudia Nygaard and Cowboy Poet Tom Swearingen on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 3 pm.

With a voice“ like amber honey” powerful and clear, Claudia Nygaard tours tirelessly, and has torn up the highways of all fifty states and nine foreign countries and she’s bringing her new CD Lucky Girl along for us lucky fans. Her songs are heartfelt, humorous, tough and tender, and her tales are emotionally fearless and downright captivating. A staff songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row, Nygaard will surely shine in the Café’s intimate space. claudianygaard.com.

photo by Brenda Ladd

Tom Swearingen is an Oregon horseman who tells stories of the people and land of the American West through original cowboy poetry. Inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle, he’s been a headline performer at western music and cowboy poetry festivals throughout the west. Swearingen is releasing a new CD too called Language of the Land. oregoncowboypoet.com.

Artichoke is at 2007 SE Powell Blvd. Doors open at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door, online at BrownPaperTickets.com.