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"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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A Conversation Is Long Overdue 

It's very strange and a bit spooky to write a song and then to experience the song (or at least a version of the song) in real life. The inspiration for "Don't Judge Me" from the new Radio Stranger EP "Crosstalk" is from a real person who lives in Las Vegas that was questioning his own ethics and moral code. Re-examining the lyrics under the cold light of the recent Las Vegas mass shooting and the denial of our representatives to pass laws to help control guns feels like we were unintentionally prophetic. Check it out, lyrics and audio track at the link below. BTW, now IS the time to talk about gun control. This has got to stop. 

#dontjudgeme #guncontrol #secretstash #dirtylittlesecret #gunporn, #gunfanatics#massshootings #thishasgottostop 

Don't Judge Me

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Previous events

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

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

Radio Stranger CD Release PDX

Arte Soleil, 5530 SE 122nd Ave, East Portland

This is our official Portland CD Release party -- and rained-out Woodfest re-do! Anyone who attended Woodfest gets in FREE :)

Join us for an evening of local art and music at Arte Soleil, an amazing new creative arts market in East Portland. Lots of local artisans' work is featured in the space (just in time for the winter holiday season). The Baron Ward will open the evening with a set of their energetic harmonies and catchy tunes. Owners Pete Fennell and Kris Bella will be on hand to talk about the artists and their mission. Then we'll rock out with the full Radio Stranger band!

Bring a friend and BYOB. Light snacks will be provided. Suggested donation $15 at the door.

Come celebrate the season with friends, hear our newest tunes and support this important new hub for the arts in PDX!

Radio Stranger Far-West Official Showcase

Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA

This is a BFD and Radio Stranger is stoked! Chosen out of hundreds of the best folk and americana performers in the United States, Radio Stranger was awarded one of the twelve performance slots at Far-West 2017. With six performers on Saturday night, performances begin at 7:00 pm and Radio Stranger closes the official showcases at 9:30pm.

Woodfest 2017

Pete & Charity's Casa Hudnut, 3790 Rosepark Drive, West Linn, OR 97068

House Concert - Radio Stranger EP Release Party - Picnic - Free Beer - Open Mic - Raffles

THE MUSIC. Doors open at 5:00pm. We'll start the music at 5:30pm with an Open Mic. So bring your instrument and stop by the ticket booth to sign up for the open mic. Last year we had some fantastic musicians entertain us at the open mic, some even booked gigs as a result!

DAN WEBER. What a treat, as we have the fantastic musical storyteller Dan Weber as our MC. In addition to his MC duties, Dan will also play a set of music for us.

RADIO STRANGER. Brightwell & Moran's Radio Stranger band will take us into the night with songs from the new CD, as well as songs from their individual collections. The band includes well known Portland musicians: Jean-Pierre Garau (keyboard), Michael Henchman (bass), Jeff Koch (guitar), Mark Powers (drums).

RAFFLES & AUCTION. Of course, this is a CD Release party for songwriters Kelly Brightwell and Woody Moran as well. Every ticket will receive a FREE EP of the new Radio Stranger Crosstalk, which was made possible in part from funds raised at last year's Woodfest Party. So we are going to do it again with some cool raffled items and auction to help fund the next batch of songs.

Okay, if you've read this far, then this probably sounds like a lot of fun for a Saturday evening. Tickets are $20 each at the door, but to help us plan the event we are selling advance tickets for only $13.50 ea. You can sign up for the Open Mic in advance when you purchase your tickets. See you at the show!

Radio Stranger plays the Blue Room Bar @ Cartlandia

Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave, Portand, Oregon

Come out and join Kelly Brightwell & Woody Moran for a great Friday night of music at The Blue Room Bar at Cartlandia. You can grab a late night snack from some of the best gourmet food carts in Portland and bring it into the Blue Room to get a beer (or whatever) and listen to the music. This sounds like fun.

SOLD OUT - Radio Stranger Joins David Wilcox

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

Kelly Brightwell & Woody Moran as Radio Stranger open the David Wilcox show at the Doverlaff House Concert with a great set of their Eclectic Acoustic Pop co-writes. Wilcox appeared on the cover of Acoustic Guitar Magazine which described him as James Taylor combined with the "husky breathiness more reminiscent of the late Nick Drake" and said he was the "best known of the brilliant crop of singer-songwriters to emerge in the late '80s." David uses open tuning extensively, often in combination with customized capos with notches cut out to allow lower strings to ring open. He's been featured in Performing Songwriter magazine on five occasions. Suggested donation is $20.00. Contact to purchase your tickets.

Radio Stranger Television Concert

CCTV Studios, Salem, Oregon

Kelly Brightwell and Woody are recording a 30 minute Radio Stranger concert for later broadcast as part of the Local Roots Concert Television Series to promote NW area music at CCTV Studios in Salem.

Woody Moran Plays Benefit for Soldier Songs & Voices

Cafe Artichoke, 3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon

Join Woody, Kelly Brightwell and Robert Owen for the first in a series of fundraisers to benefit Soldier Songs & Voices. The format is Songwriters In The Round, although you might hear a few Radio Stranger songs in the mix. No cover charge but donations will be accepted during the performance.