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Beautifully imagined and exquisitely rendered, Rich West Blatt & The Once In A While Sky introduces a powerful new voice in Portland's Americana music scene. The five songs on the disc display the varied talents of singer-songwriter Rich West Blatt, a noted musician, producer and engineer who has risen in stature since arriving in the Pacific Northwest five years ago. Culled from sessions featuring some of Portland's finest players, the songs please and challenge both the listener and fantastic musicians who make up Mr. Blatt's new band.


released September 29, 2012

Rich West Blatt - vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, tambourine
and other fiddly percussion
Aram Arslanian - bgvs Jail Free Card, Window, Butterfly
Anders Bergstrom - drums
Arthur Parker - bass
JP Garau - Wurlitzer and Hammond B3 - Jail Free Card, Window, What I Do
Harley James - pedal steel guitar - What I Do
Kat Jones - bgvs - What I Do
Dr. Kris Kwapis - trumpet choir on Stella
Chuck Colburn - trumpet choir on Stella



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Rich West Blatt and The Once In A While Sky Portland, Oregon

East coast raised, steeped in The Boss and 70s radio rock, tempered by years spent kicking around in recording studios and dirty bars in Detroit and then transplanted to Portland Oregon, Rich West Blatt's wistful songwriting captures longing and regret in a style reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell and Gram Parsons. ... more

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