Tyler Stenson Album Release
Tenth Album Release @Aladdin Theater
On October 19, 2012, Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Tyler Stenson will celebrate the release of his tenth studio album, Some Days I’m A Lion, a collection of elegant folk music combined with pop, with a show at the Aladdin T 2000 heater. Also on the bill are Naomi Hooley and Crown Point.
Stenson, a rarely prolific singer/songwriter, has managed to make a name for himself in the Portland trenches through pure hard work – releasing ten albums in just over ten years, making even the most prolific sit back and admire Stenson’s songwriting tenacity.
Some Portlanders remember him as one of the “duct tape wallet guys” (db clay) from The Saturday Market years ago but Stenson has always had a burning passion beyond tape – lyrics. Despite the fact that db clay wallets have come and gone much too soon, Stenson has since channeled that same blue-collar work ethic, which drove him to hand-make over 40,000 wallets with his brother Garett, and used those same hands in creating ten full-length studio albums that he is equally as proud of.
While it’s easy to think that an artist must care more about quantity than quality in order to create ten albums in as many years, the fact that Stenson has been twice-named “Songwriter of the Year” by the Portland Songwriters Association (2007 and 2008) and “Best Male Artist” at the 2011 Portland Music awards is proof that he takes great pride and care in his craft. He’s also landed multiple songs on national Chevrolet ad campaigns in 2012.
“I’ve always been about creating with purpose,” says Stenson about his detail-oriented approach. “I’m not the type who writes 50 throw-away songs, then pairs that down into my strongest 12 for an album – I’m pretty cut-throat from the beginning within my creative process. I’m always writing with an album in mind so if it’s not album worthy from the start, I don’t even pursue it.”
Standing as his boldest release yet, Some Days I’m a Lion is a motivational anthem as much as it is an album title. Inspired by Stenson’s two-year stint as a singer/songwriter in Nashville, the record is surely Stenson’s most upbeat and optimistic release to date, touching on the up-and-down tribulations of a working musician, overcoming uncertainty, believing in self and loving fearlessly.
“I can say with every confidence that this one is my best one yet,” Stenson says about his upcoming release. “They’ve all been strong in individual ways but this is an album that uses all of the tools I’ve gathered over the years and finally wields them all at once.”
With this resounding confidence surrounding him, Stenson will be following up his former CD release parties at The Doug Fir Lounge, Secret Society, and Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom with a full-scale album release concert event at the grand Aladdin Theater. Sponsored by 101.9 KINK, this evening where admission includes a free copy of the album and the lesson that while some days our spirits might crawl, Some Days I’m a Lion.
October 19 @Aladdin Theater
$25.00 for a V.I.P. meet and greet
$12.00 advance, $15.00 day of show
Admission includes a free copy of Some Days I’m A Lion.
21+, or minors accompanied by a parent.
Doors at 7p.m. show at 8p.m,