David Pinsky and Phil Newton

 
 

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Bio and Over the Moon

 

David Pinsky and Phil Newton, long a major part of the Oregon blues scene, have joined forces as an acoustic duo. Longtime friends, their genuine affection and love of the blues has a way of getting the audience laughing; their vocal and instrumental mastery and deep knowledge of blues and R&B will inform as well as entertain.

David’s propulsive guitar, welded with Phil’s harp chops, provide a steady groove and both men bring decades of vocal experience and songwriting skill. Their original music (from both past projects and their recent release, Over the Moon) receive steady airplay from Portland to Prague.

David and Phil tour and perform constantly in the southern Oregon base, with frequent visits to Portland and other Northwest blues havens. They have twice represented Northwest blues societies at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and, in other incarnations, have opened for the likes of BB King, Huey Lewis, Clifton Chenier, Roomful of Blues, Albert King, Mason Williams and many, many more. 

Over the Moon: Eleven original songs covering the entire spectrum of broken hearts, bad habits, redemption, living, dying and, to quote Zorba the Greek, “The whole catastrophe.” Sorrow and joy are approached with a wink and a nod. Just David and Phil, a guitar, some harmonicas and the blues.

David and Phil are committed to blues education, teaching blues harp to local school kids

 

"With the many diverse subgenres of blues that are being recorded today, it is good to regularly touch home with where the blues came from so we do not lose track of where we came from. Oregonians David Pinsky and Phil Newton are creating just this kind of bare bones music and are doing a very good job of it."     

                                 -- Rex Bartholomew, Blues Blast Magazine

 

“These guys know the blues and know how to tell the story within a song. It’s feel good and down home music, carrying on the tradition in just the right way.”

– Cascade Blues Notes, Portland OR

 

More Memphis realized

 

Though we did not come back victorious we came back champions. We played Beale and we stood at the Crossroads. David put his CD on Robert Johnson's grave. We had a great time. Thanks to The Rainy Day Blues Society for sponsoring us and thanks to all our Southern Oregon friends that gave us so much support. We will always be in debt to you for your kindness.

One Year Later:

 Memphis Here we are again. Chicken Waffle at Polly's on Beale. It all starts tomorrow ! Post Script : We had another great Memphis trip. Although we did not win anything again we played 3 times on Beale Street, met a lot of great people and had a blast. Thank You everyone for your support and helping us make this happen !!!!

 

we were on tv

 

I'm sure by now a lot of you have seen the video. David and Phil on Memphis TV talking about the blues challenge. We play at 8 CST tonight same club the 12 bar at Jerry Lee's. We find out late tonight if we make the semi finals. Fingers crossed

 

Beale Street here we come

 

It was a brisk 30 degrees as Phil Cindy Julia and I headed for a look at the Mississippi River, Beale St and a cup of coffee. It is hard to believe we have landed but I am really excited. Yesterday was long and we didn't get to our hotel till midnight. This is a day of getting our bearings relaxing and getting ready for tomorrow. We will know the club we are playing then and I will try to let all know

David

 

Medford to Portland

 

Fog in Medford made us switch planes . Left at 3 instead of 9 so we are staying in Portland tonight, We leave at 4 this afternoon for Memphis Boy am I excited.

David