About

“The Rae Gordon Band had the audience up on their feet stomping and clapping with appreciation.” – Blues Blast Magazine

“When the band launches into the more rollicking numbers, hands start waving.”  – Willamette Week

The multi-award-winning Rae Gordon Band serves up a potent stew of gritty blues and heartfelt soul – soaring vocals with searing guitar counterpoint, high-energy horns and a hard-driving rhythm section with the power of a freight train.

Following their 3rd-place finish at the International Blues Challenge in 2017 (finals judge Walter Trout said afterwards, “I gave her a score of 10, the best score you can give. She made an incredible impression.”), the band released its third CD Better Than I Was, which has received airplay in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK and appeared on the Living Blues Radio Chart and the Roots Music Report Soul Blues Album Chart. The CD also won a Muddy Award for Best Northwest Recording from the Cascade Blues Association and the band received the Best Contemporary Blues Act Muddy Award.

Winter 2019 brings the release of the band's hotly-anticipated fourth CD, Wrong Kind Of Love, produced by Kivett Bednar and engineered and mixed by Jimi Bott at his studio Roseleaf Recording. The CD's ten original songs cover a wide gamut of styles, from lowdown barroom blues to dance-worthy funk, from heart-tugging soul ballad to slide-drenched rage rocker, from minor-key blues angst to uplifting soul anthem. 

The Rae Gordon Band has appeared at the Waterfront Blues Festival, Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, Bronze Blues & Brews Festival, Bonita Blues Festival in Florida, the Iron Mountain Music Festival in Mission, B.C. and others.

(Top photo by Kathryn L. Rankin)

Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — 1st Sunday Gospel Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045 Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045
 —  — 1st Sunday Gospel with Special Guest Kellie Jones Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045 Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045
 —  — Big Blues Bender Westgate , Las Vegas, NV Westgate , Las Vegas, NV
 —  — 1st Sunday Gospel Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045 Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045
Relay for Life Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, OR Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, OR
Summer Sip Arrivederci Wine & Jazz, Milwaukie, OR 97267 Arrivederci Wine & Jazz, Milwaukie, OR 97267
 —  — Wine & Cheese in the Garden Out in the Garden Nursery, Molalla, OR Out in the Garden Nursery, Molalla, OR
Live Music on the Water Willamette River, Oregon City Willamette River, Oregon City
Dan & Kate Wedding! Private Party!, Portland, OR Private Party!, Portland, OR
 —  — Estacada Music in the Park Wade Creek Park, Estacada Wade Creek Park, Estacada
Someone is Getting Married! Private Party! Private Party!
Trout Lake Alien Blues Festival Trout Lake, WA Trout Lake, WA
1st Sunday Gospel Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045 Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045
Blues Bash Blue Diamond, Portland Blue Diamond, Portland
Clackamas On Tap & Uncorked Milwaukie Center, Milwaukie Milwaukie Center, Milwaukie
Anniversary 64 Taphouse, Hood River, OR 64 Taphouse, Hood River, OR
Rae Gordon in the Grapes Kathken Vineyard, Salem, OR Kathken Vineyard, Salem, OR
1st Sunday Gospel Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045 Trail's End Saloon, Oregon City, OR 97045
 —  — Los Angeles Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim Convention Center
Molalla Farmers Market Hoffman House, Molalla, OR Hoffman House, Molalla, OR

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