The High Desert is Calling, and It Wants Its Local Music | Sound Stories & Interviews | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Search
Settings
Pin It
Favorite

The High Desert is Calling, and It Wants Its Local Music 

A compilation album, bringing together Central Oregon musicians

Bend Roots Revival and Bend Music Collective have brainstormed a project to bring the music community back together after a time of long isolation. The idea? A compilation album featuring the talents of many Central Oregon musicians, titled "High Desert Calling."

MOsley WOtta, who you'll find on the "High Desert Calling" compilation, rocks the stage at WinterFest 2019. - ISAAC BIEHL
  • Isaac Biehl
  • MOsley WOtta, who you'll find on the "High Desert Calling" compilation, rocks the stage at WinterFest 2019.

The album will showcase the variety of sounds the music scene has here and the vast number of musicians who call Central Oregon home. The minds behind "High Desert Calling" are taking submissions until June 11. Songs can either be new material or previously released, and all genres of music are accepted.

"'High Desert Calling' is coming together nicely," says project manager and local musician Jeshua Marshall. "The lineup is shaping up to be something really special."

Marshall says there are 28 submissions for the album so far. This includes artists like MOsley WOtta, Eric Leadbetter, The Parnells, Profit Drama, Pete Kartsounes and more—so don't be surprised to see your favorite local act on there come release time. The organizers will release "High Desert Calling" digitally, and free for all to listen. Royalties made from streaming will be sent directly to the artist through their online profiles.

Jeshua Marshall living it up on stage during better days pre-COVID-19. - COURTESY JESHUA MARSHALL
  • Courtesy Jeshua Marshall
  • Jeshua Marshall living it up on stage during better days pre-COVID-19.

This is also the perfect opportunity for a younger or newer artist to integrate themselves into the music scene and be a part of a moment that many may look back on to recognize the great art that was made during this time period.

Especially now, the music and arts scene could definitely use a boost. Without the normal amount of live music we've come to expect this time of year, something as simple as playing through a local album could make a lot of difference.

"As we enter Phase One of scaling back on the quarantine and people start to come back together, I hope that we can continue to cherish each other and carry the lessons we've learned into being more kind to each other," said Marshall.

If you're a musician or band interested in being a part of "High Desert Calling," send a message to bendmusiccollective@gmail.com with your info and links to your website or social media. Bend Roots Revival and Bend Music Collective plan to release the album on July 11.

Missing concerts? Want to see some local musicians in action? Check out our ongoing series, "Now Playing: Home Concerts," featuring home-based performances from Jeshua Marshall, Honey Don't and many more local musicians, online on the Music page at bendsource.com.

About The Author

Isaac Biehl

Isaac is living proof that "Iowa Nice" is actually a thing. A journalism graduate from Iowa State University, he regularly writes about music, the outdoors and the arts/culture scene. Isaac loves the Trail Blazers, backpacking and a good IPA. He plans to one day win Survivor. Your move, Jeff Probst...
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Artist Fact Sheet: Keith Harkin

    Artist Fact Sheet: Keith Harkin

    The Irishman brings his well-rounded abilities to Bend
    • Sep 11, 2019
  • Triple Whammy

    Triple Whammy

    Eric Leadbetter helps bring joy to the music scene, food industry and hospital workers with the St. Charles Meal Mission
    • Jun 1, 2020
Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Fireside Show: Damian Jurado

Fireside Show: Damian Jurado - The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse

Thu., Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social


Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • Source Material

    • Nov 25, 2020
    Highlights from Oregon artists in November: featuring Chandler P, Masinformation and Adam Selzer More »
  • Pete Kartsounes Steps into New Age

    • Nov 18, 2020
    The Bend artist's second album of the year will help relax mind, body and soul More »
  • Modern-Day Payola?

    • Nov 11, 2020
    Local artists say Spotify's recent announcement to give artist and labels paid promotion isn't a cool feature; it's harmful to the industry and those listening More »
  • More »

More by Isaac Biehl

  • Source Material

    Source Material

    Highlights from Oregon artists in November: featuring Chandler P, Masinformation and Adam Selzer
    • Nov 25, 2020
  • Pete Kartsounes Steps into New Age

    Pete Kartsounes Steps into New Age

    The Bend artist's second album of the year will help relax mind, body and soul
    • Nov 18, 2020
  • Modern-Day Payola?

    Modern-Day Payola?

    Local artists say Spotify's recent announcement to give artist and labels paid promotion isn't a cool feature; it's harmful to the industry and those listening
    • Nov 11, 2020
  • More »

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2020 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation