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Curtis Salgado, "The Beautiful Lowdown" 

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National treasure and local legend Curtis Salgado just put out his latest blues album, "The Beautiful Lowdown," a 12-track released on April 8. Salgado expresses his deepest emotions writing or co-writing 11 of the 12 tracks on the album. This is the first time in his career that he has done this.

The lyrics speak true to heart, but more importantly, true to his heart. The blood, sweat, and mostly tears can be heard in the soulful lyrics about his life. From the opening track, "Hard to Feel the Same About Love," and with songs "Walk a Mile in My Blues," "Low Down Dirty Shame" and "I'm Not Made That Way," his own trials and tribulations become a part of his best work yet.

One night, Salgado says he looked to his guitar player and told him to "play something lowdown, but make it beautiful." He held onto those words and that sound as the genesis for "The Beautiful Lowdown."

Finding beauty in flawed characters, an exquisitely imperfect life and lessons learned the hard way are the beautiful lowdown, the deep feelings behind the blues. Tracks such as "Healing Love," with Salgado's powerful voice, "My Girlfriend," and "I Know a Good Thing," bring the journey full circle. The album closes with "Hook Me Up," a Johnny Guitar Watson number.

Born Feb. 4, 1954, in Everett, Washington, this soulful singer and performer spent much of his time in Oregon, growing up in Eugene, playing with his band The Nighthawks and co-leading the Robert Cray Band in the 1970s.

Bend is a must-stop spot for this now famous and lauded artist (2013 Blues Music Awards' B.B. King Entertainer of the Year) and his latest tour is no exception to the rule. Come see what all the fuss is about or check out his latest album for purchase on his website, curtissalgado.com or Amazon.com.

Curtis Salgado

Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Tower Theatre,

835 NW Wall St., Bend

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