The Lincoln City Cultural Center will present an evening of guitar riffs and instrumentalism to beat the band. The guest performer for this First Saturday Concert will be guitarist Jamie Stillway, playing a solo concert.
Guitarist Jamie Stillway grew up on an apple orchard in rural Minnesota, and didn't begin her quest to play the guitar until she was 13 years old. As the old adage says, “better late than never,” and indeed this held true for Stillway, who started studying classical guitar in high school while still attempting to master the great guitar riffs of the seventies. After receiving a degree in film studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Stillway put her dashed dreams of being an Oscar winning cinematographer aside, and began to study with the great ragtime and blues picker Kenny Sultan.
After a brief stint in Denver as a rhythm guitarist in a gypsy jazz group, Stillway relocated to Portland, Oregon. In 2002, she formed an acoustic guitar duo with resonator slide man, Ben Bonham, and the duo snared serious accolades from all corners. As music critic Don Campbell of the Oregonian aptly reported, “Jamie Stillway not only comps big, fat, swinging and expensive jazz chords but picks with a ferocity that would make Django proud. If she's not grinning ear to ear during her solos, she should be. Her technique is commanding and artful, and she possesses a gypsy soul that would be at home in 1930s Paris, or busking on the streets of Dallas”. In 2005, Stillway released her debut solo CD, “Mell of a Hess,” which featured many guest musicians from the Portland area, and was picked up for national distribution by Burnside Distribution. Jazz Times magazine noted: "Mixing up genres without pretension, the nimble Stillway moves freely and with wit and creative restlessness, between the worlds of, say, Leo Kottke and Django Reinhardt." After a short tour of Austria and Germany, Stillway received and endorsement from Stevens Guitar of Munich, In May of 2006, Stillway was profiled on Oregon Public Broadcasting's “Oregon Art Beat.”
Stillway released her sophomore album, “Winter Rings” in July of 2007, and this album also featured many of Portland's finest musicians. The online guitar magazine Minor7th.comstated, “she continues to deliver an eclectic mix of sounds with an ensemble of fine supporting players. This is music with attitude always, muscle when it needs it, spunk, and a healthy sense of humor.” In addition to her performing, Stillway has spent many years honing her skills as a guitar instructor, and is currently teaching at the Northwest Academy, as well as private lessons.
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