BY KEVIN TOMANKA //
Scott Pemberton released his new album Timber Rock this February at the Star Theater in Portland.
It is his second studio album with acclaimed producer Steve Berlin, and like Scott’s own personality, this album represents the Pacific Northwest from front to back. To put all you Ethnomusicologists on alert, he’s coining a new genre here. Scott explains the origin of the title in the liner notes, Timber Rock. “That is the best way to describe my music. I feel like the influence of Portland’s diverse musical community is right there in the music.” The native Oregonian is not new to keeping it local. He is a Portland fixture and a model for the hard-working solo artist. His commitments are toward his band; building his fan base steadily and sustainably; his commitment to perpetually improving on his instrument to push musical boundaries; and “Go Team” is possibly his favorite shout out.
He’s well aware and not secretive of his secret weapon, it is this team of Pemberton momentum that, like Portland itself, is beginning to gain popularity beyond the tall fence of the Pacific Northwest. On last winter’s East Coast tour, the band arrived to discover sell-out shows on multiple locations. Now they will return with a new offering to show people country-wide what Timber Rock really sounds like. Don’t miss a chance to see Scott Pemberton and his band live here in Portland on Thursday, April 16 at the Wonder Ballroom.