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Annabelle - Writing a Custom Song 

Bryan Emerson asked Kelly and Woody to write a love song for his wife Anne. So we set up a time to get together and talk about it. Although we knew that Bryan was a musician and played a mean guitar, we were a little surprised when he showed up with his Breedlove acoustic. Bryan told us that he had been experimenting with an open tuning and wanted to show it to us, just in case we were inspired. The tuning was D-A-E-F#-A-E, and Bryan showed us some progressions and chord shapes that he had worked out using this tuning. Bryan was obviously in love with his wife Anne, and said that she reminded him of a museum of fine art. So, art, picnics at a local winery with their kids and friends became the basis of the song. Kelly asked the best question when she inquired if he had a pet name for Anne, and he told us yes... it's Annabelle.

Learn more about Custom Songs from Brightwell & Moran.

"Radio Stranger Are The Real Deal." 

Radio Stranger recently performed at Two Blue Roses House Concert Series in Eugene, OR, hosted by V.P. of FAR-West, Jeanette Lundgren. We had such a great night; Harmonies super tight, awesome dynamics, fantastic audience that were not afraid to sing along. We we also joined by amazing Eugene songwriter Phoebe Blume. After the show, this is what Jeanette had to say about the Brightwell & Moran performance.

"Radio Stranger are the real deal.  This is fully revealed when they hit a live stage, captivating the audience right from the very first song.  Tight harmonies; meaningful memorable melodies, lyrics and songs; audience rapor; and an impressive stage presence. Their show at Two Blue Roses in Eugene Oregon was outstanding and I can't wait to be able to book them again.  Radio Stranger are a high quality, high energy performing duo." Jeanette Lundren, Host - Two Blue Roses House Concert

"Christmas Lights" by Radio Stranger 

Radio Stranger wrote a Christmas song because we were playing a holiday party and the hosts encouraged us to play our own songs that celebrate the holiday season. We sort of looked at each other... (silence)... Well, I guess we're going to write a Christmas song. But it can't be cheesy. It can't be too lovey-dovey. No wise men or Jesus in the manger. It can't be a crooner song (at which point we both break into our best Frank Sinatra voices). Well what can it be about? Christmas Lights! Everyone loves Christmas Lights! So with no further ado, here it is... ta da!! "Christmas Lights" recorded live at a Cafe Artichoke Holiday Benefit Concert. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. One World, One Love.

Radio Stranger Best Unsigned Band 2017 

Following the review of Brightwell & Moran's Radio Stranger Crosstalk EP by Music Connection magazine in November 2017, Music Connection has now selected them as one of the Best Unsigned Bands of 2017 in their 40th Anniversary, December 2017 issue. What an honor. Seriously, how cool is that?

This Radio Stranger Music Ain't For The Kids 


Thanks to Music Connection Magazine for their positive comments and encouragement on our new EP, Radio Stranger CROSSTALK. Music Connection's review of CROSSTALK appears in the November 2017 issue of the magazine. They absolutely loved Kelly Brightwell's vocals (well, who doesn't). We loved this line in the review,  "Radio Stranger will appeal to grown-ups, with meaningful music that touches the heart and soul." MC wrapped up the review saying, "All in all, these seasoned players are captured by pristine production that enables Radio Stranger to deliver humanist messages." Sweet.

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Eric & Jodi's Famous Summer Wine Dinner

Private Location, West Linn

Radio Stranger auctioned off a performance at the last Woodfest, which was won by Eric & Jodi. Each summer, Eric & Jodi host a private dinner where they open the wine cellar for each course. Radio Stranger is really looking forward to this performance (and we have been invited to share the dinner).

Radio Stranger Performs at Art In The Pearl

Pearl District, between W Davis and NW Flanders at NW 8th Avenue, Portland

Art In The Pearl has been named one of the best arts and crafts shows in the country. Both Kelly & Woody have performed individually at Art In The Pearl, but this will be the 2nd Radio Stranger performance on the Singer/Songwriter Stage. Over one hundred artists showing and selling their work. Singer/Songwriter Stage presents a variety of original music An Education Pavillion featuring hands-on art activities for children and adults Delicious food to enjoy