(Note: Ringle attended University of Idaho, not College of Idaho.)
In 2007, a pal handed me a copy of Words Are Dead, an album by an old College of Idaho friend and current Portland resident Justin Ringle. Under the name Horse Feathers, Ringle and fellow musician Peter Broderick crafted a delicately haunting record that echoed with a soft, snowy loneliness utterly steeped in the Northwest. Ringle's Sam Beam-esque quivering high vocals paired with Broderick's light banjo strums and weepy violin swirled together into one of my favorite albums that winter--a soundtrack of sorts.
Since then, Horse Feathers has gone on to garner considerable attention for their lovely folk pop, playing NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series last spring, signing with label Kill Rock Stars and touring across the United States. Their 2008 release, House With No Home, saw the addition of Heather Broderick on cello and backup vocals. On Tuesday, Ringle will swing back through his home state to play with his touring band, comprised of Nathan Crockett, Catherine Odell and Sam Cooper.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, with Hillfolk Noir, $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.