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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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Previous events

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

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 at Eugene House Concert

Two Blue Roses House Concerts, Eugene, Oregon

Radio Stranger plays Two Blue Roses house concert series in Eugene, OR. This is a new concert series organized by Jeanette Lundgren of Mother Hen Promotions. Opening the show is local Eugene featured artist, Phoebe Blume. There is also a song circle after the show! Suggested donation $15-$20 each. RSVP to Jeanette at meetmepresents@gmail.com for address, directions and parking info.

Radio Stranger performs Art In The Pearl

Art In The Pearl, The Northwest Park blocks of Portland, Oregon, between W Davis and NW Flanders at NW 8th Avenue., Portland, Oregon

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 first 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

Radio Stranger at Doverlaff House Concerts

Doverlaff House Concerts, 7326 SE Woodward St, Portland, OR

Doors open at 7pm. Seating is limited so get there early for a great seat. Newly dubbed the "Doverlaff Tikki Bar" by Beth Wood, and hosted by Dan Dover and Cheryl Mitzlaff (Doverlaff) our funky performance space holds over 40 people. We have had some fine shows including David Wilcox, Jonathan Byrd, Peter Mulvey, Bethany and Rufus, Anne Hills and Michael Smith, Mitch Barrett and many more. Suggested ticket donation $20 ea. For more information Call (503) 730-3189 or dan@doverlaffhouseconcerts.org

Radio Stranger Plays Benefit for Artichoke Music

Cafe Artichoke, 2007 SE Powell, Portland, OR

This is a benefit to help Artichoke Music raise funds to pay the expenses for our move and for the remodeling to the new location. Radio Stranger joins Anne Weiss in a benefit show for Artichoke Music. Huck Notari starts the evening off followed by the gypsy jazz of Clambake Two. Suggested donation $20 - $100

Artichoke Holiday Concert

Cafe Artichoke, 2007 SE Powell, Portland, OR

Beth Wood hosts a holiday benefit concert for non-profit Artichoke Music and sock drive for our community, which features a fantastic lineup of Portland acoustic talent.

Alexa McDonald and Gary Furlow, Richey Bellinger, Dale Jones and Ann Heyen, Anne Weiss, Alexa Wiley, Radio Stranger, Ed Haynes, Adrian Martin, Matt Meighan, Beth Wood