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Mercy Mild

This 4-song collection of traditional Christmas carols has a range of styles - from a Western Swing style on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" to a surf-inspired rendition of Greensleeves" (What Child Is This) with a steady backbeat of rhythm guitar. The combination of Pete Krebs on ukelele and Russ Blake on steel guitar gives a Hawaiian-sounding treatment to "Silent Night." The sound sample doesn't capture all the vocals on the song - you just have to buy the download to hear it in all its glory. And you may never have thought about dancing to "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" but you'll need to grab your partner and clear out the living room furniture before you put this one on.

The Portland Playboys formed in Portland, Oregon in 2010. Comprised of Pete Krebs (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ian Miller (lead guitar, David Langenes (lead guitar), Russ Blake (steel guitar) and Keith Brush (bass), the band performs their own mix of hot jazz, honky tonk and western swing with golden sounds reminiscent of 1940's and 50's radio. Their shows are very popular with the local swing dance community, who dance the nights away to the music of the Portland Playboys in vintage ballrooms across the city. Their first full-length record, 'The Early Sessions', will be available on Elko Records in early 2012.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Having already served successful tours in the punk/pop bands Thrillhammer and Hazel, and more recently, the rambunctious bluegrass band Golden Delicious, Pete Krebs has emerged as one of the most consistently engaging contemporary singer-songwriters. Much like his friend and collaboratorElliott Smith, Krebs uses his more rock-oriented roots to drive his intensely introspective songs, and like Smith, both have passed through early periods of extremely stripped down solo recordings to taking on grander...
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