Seasoned artists perform at The Palindrome

Posted 7/26/23

Rainshadow Recording and Concerts welcomes long-time Portland-based singer-songwriters...

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Seasoned artists perform at The Palindrome


Rainshadow Recording and Concerts welcomes long-time Portland-based singer-songwriters Jack McMahon and John Bunzow, each singing alone and then together in a final set, at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 12 at The Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery. Tickets are $20 each online or $25 cash or check at the door.

Jack McMahon has been a performing singer-songwriter for all of his adult life. From his teenage years, as leader of 1960s New Jersey rock band, “The Night Watch,” and his early work as a demo singer for renowned Brill Building songwriters, McCahon’s colorful voice and his penchant for writing smart, tuneful hooks, soon brought him to the atten- tion of Columbia and Epic Records, and New York nightclubs where he opened for rising stars Bruce Springsteen and Steely Dan. Jack moved to Portland in the mid-1970s, and quickly established himself as one of the city’s premiere musical talents. Equally at home in genres ranging from folk and rock, to country and R&B, his unique, soulful voice, and journeyman guitar chops combine to create an indelible sig- nature sound. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, and Bob Dylan are big influences, but creatively, McMahon is his own man. With five studio albums to his credit, and a sixth in the works, McMahon is a veteran artist, who delights listeners – a seasoned performer, who continues to thrill live audiences everywhere, according to Matt Miner writing for the Leader.

John Bunzow’s mix of eclectic musical influences – meld- ing blues, country, rock and even jazz – have helped establish him as an original artist of heartfelt depth, substance and style. He’s as likely to draw on his love of the music of scuf- fling barroom bard Tom Waits as he is the smooth R&B and soul of Marvin Gaye, the iconic folk wisdom of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Ry Cooder or the blues of Albert King.

After beginning his musical career in the Northwest scene playing in popular all-original bands for over two decades, John set his sights on songwriter heaven – Nashville – scoring a songwriting contract with EMI Nashville/ Famous Music and a recording contract with Liberty/Capitol Records. He quickly found his services in big demand with Nashville recording artists and had the opportunity to write for and perform with some of country and rock music’s biggest names.

As Nashville and country music trends shifted away from salt-of-the-earth working singer-songwriters in favor of fla- vor-of-the-month cover models and green-behind-the-ears young guns in Stetsons, Bunzow packed up his guitars and music notebooks and brought himself home to Portland, where he continues to hone his sizable talents. He’s found old fans and new ones as he tirelessly tours Northwest nightclubs, concert halls, festival stages, casinos, wineries and resorts, playing original cuts from his most recent CDs, and creating music that touches the heart of anybody who’s ever raised a little hell on a Saturday night, or felt the pangs of a love gone bad.