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Billy Oskay: Coffeeshop Conversations #118 Big Red Studio survives the Eagle Creek fire

By TOM D'ANTONI // It came within a few miles of the studio and his home. Here's the story.

Thanks for coming back to OMN’s Coffeeshop Conversations. As always, we’re at World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan in Portland.

We were all scared to some degree when the Columbia Gorge was set on fire. Some to a larger degree than others.

In the coffeeshop with me is Billy Oskay who lives in Corbett. His famed recording studio, Big Red Studio, as well as his home were within a few miles of the Eagle Creek fire.

Can you imagine what that must have been like? You don’t have to because Billy is here to let us know.

We know the end of the story. The courageous firefighters did their job, but so did the rain and winds.

What did he do when he got an evacuation warning?

How are things now?

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Steven McVay Ingham

Great to hear more from Billy, who is one of the wonderful players that inspired me to study and play fiddle. And Night Noise has been and remains one of my favorite bands in their genre. I so relate to going every where with my fiddle, playing with anyone I could play with. Jammer junkies. My favorite people !. Still want to record at Big Red someday.

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