BADASS ADVENTURES
through this
BITTERSWEET LIFE

a little joy, a little pain,
a lot of trying to figure it out

Marilyn is a jamband-inspired singer-songwriter who creates songs like impressionist paintings -- stories of home, hiding out, and running like hell. You'll find a little joy, a little pain, a lot of trying to figure it out, as she give us stories -- like Joni Mitchell, Nanci Griffith, and Bonnie Raitt -- of badass adventures through this bittersweet life, from her native rural Oregon.

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news

winter dates!

winter dates!

 

FALL ALREADY?

  • Summer goes too fast. Haven’t stopped racing around. Quick trip to San Diego next week for work, then an idyllic week after Labor Day at Sisters song camp — will be good rejuvenation. Little girl at the farmers market last month led to a new song, reinforced this last week by listening to ten-year-old Karma, and bar-mitzvah-ing Zeb, and 27-year-old Tongva Meli, all delightful. Listening to Beth Wood under the oaks with the Severs yesterday had me pondering my family home and eternity. The things that happened to me are not unique. Everyone deserves compassion. I am so grateful to be able to see sunshine and leaves.

 

WHAT'S UP, SUMMER 2018???

  • BAND. I continue to play a couple shows a month with my band, Arlene Like Jolene, in the Corvallis, Oregon area. Memorial Day and Labor Day at the vineyard are divine, and third Thursday (usually) each month at Teri's Downtown Dog in Lebanon are always rejuvenating. I'd love to see you fill up with some of that energy! The winery is SUCH a gorgeous place to spend a summer afternoon...
  • JUST ME! I play solo shows regionally in the Northwest a time or two each month. McMinnville! Catch me at your farmer's market July 28! 
  • GEEKING OUT. I am honored to have been asked to play an instrumental version of Leonard Cohen's Bird on a Wire at a friend's wedding in late June, so I'm using learning that song to explore and grow stronger my understanding of relationships between notes and chords on guitar fretboard and piano. Pure Music Geek Happiness...
  • WHAT ABOUT THAT ALBUM? My plans to start studying sound engineering in a class that sadly was cancelled -- wah! -- derailed my plan to use the spring months to connect with a producer and start recording... so stay tuned on the next steps of that high-priority project!
  • WOMEN KNOW WHAT'S UP. And on the purely fun and true path, that house camp I went to in February has led to the wonderful Erika Gabonay Grantz and I starting an intriguing new duo. Watch this space to see what we come up with. I think you will LOVE it. I do for sure...

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shows

Dec 15 Sat,  Arlene Like Jolene
Steve Sever, Marilyn Jordan, David Whitaker, Ron Sharman, Kevin Ronkko
6-8, Downtown Dog, 780 S. Main St., LEBANON

Dec 20 Thurs, Solstice w/Ken Dunn 
Imagine Coffee, Corvallis 

Jan 11 Fri, w/Katie Sontag
House concert, Eugene, meetmepresents@gmail.com 

Jan 19 Sat,  Arlene Like Jolene
Steve Sever, Marilyn Jordan, David Whitaker, Ron Sharman
7-9, Imagine Coffee, CORVALLIS

 

Feb 13-17, Folk Alliance International, Montreal
Private Showcases, conference registration required
PGS showcase room host, Access Film Music Red

 

Feb 16 Sat,  Arlene Like Jolene
Steve Sever, David Whitaker, Ron Sharman
6-8, Downtown Dog, 780 S. Main St., LEBANON

Mar 16 Sat,  Arlene Like Jolene
Steve Sever, Marilyn Jordan, David Whitaker, Ron Sharman
7-9, Imagine Coffee, CORVALLIS

Apr 20 Sat,  Arlene Like Jolene
Steve Sever, Marilyn Jordan, David Whitaker, Ron Sharman
6-8, Downtown Dog, 780 S. Main St., LEBANON

May 18 Sat,  Arlene Like Jolene
Steve Sever, Marilyn Jordan, David Whitaker, Ron Sharman
7-9, Imagine Coffee, CORVALLIS

Jun 22 Sat,  Arlene Like Jolene
Steve Sever, David Whitaker, Ron Sharman
6-8, Downtown Dog, 780 S. Main St., LEBANON

 

 

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