Rae Gordon BandIn May 2016, Rae Gordon assembled a new band featuring some of Portland’s most notable players. The fresh lineup quickly picked up steam, and by the 4th of July Rae’s new outfit had won the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis competition at the Waterfront Blues Festival. This local win sent them to Memphis in January 2017 for the renowned International Blues Challenge, where they ultimately took third place overall after competing against standout acts from all around the world. The band was recently named Best Portland Blues Act in a Willamette Week reader poll. In November 2017 the Cascade Blues Association honoured the Rae Gordon Band with two Muddy Awards: one for Best Contemporary Blues Act and another naming their latest CD Better Than I Was Best Northwest Recording. Vocalist Rae Gordon has won the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Award for Best Female Vocalist three times, landing her in their Hall Of Fame.
The 7-piece band serves up a stew of “downtown gritty with uptown city” – soaring vocals with searing guitar counterpoint, high-energy horns and a hard-driving rhythm section with the power of a freight train.