Blitzen Trapper is giving its fans a Christmas gift -- a free (or pay what you will) download of “Live in Portland,” a 17-song disc recorded over three nights at the Doug Fir Lounge in the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Blitzen Trapper's first live recording kicks off “Fletcher” on which the band sounds very much like The Band and closes with “Street Fighting Sun,” a 14-minute ramble that kicks off with a cowbell solo by singer Eric Earley -- “get some cowbells and some harmonicas, form yourselves a little group, you’ll be bigger than Mumford and Sons.”
In between, Blitzen Trapper rolls through its country with a shade of blues roots rock, pulling out favorites like a harmonica-drenched “American Goldwing," following it with the country drive of “God and Suicide” and stretching out its easy flowing music toward jamband territory (without, thankfully, any pointless guitar noodling.)
Blitzen Trapper played one of the best Lincoln shows of 2014 at the Bourbon Theatre. If you were there, you know -- and you’ll want to get “Live in Portland,” which really conveys an excellent band doing its thing live.
Get “Live in Portland” at blitzentrapper.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-portland. Grade: B+