Award-winning performer is releasing his third album, '5 Kinds of Rain'

Award-winning Portland singer-songwriter Justin Jude is kicking off a series at McMenamin's Edgefield Winery on Saturday, May 12. Jude will be there every second Saturday of the month, performing his own tunes as well as hosting a fellow songwriter.

Jude's guest this Saturday will be Brad Creel, a cartoonist-turned-singer who's well known in local Americana and roots music circles and who has played with members of Bela Fleck's band, Three Legged Torso and Yonder Mountain.

Meanwhile, Jude is set to release his third album, '5 Kinds of Rain,' an acoustic record featuring just him, his guitar and a handful of other instruments.

''5 Kinds of Rain' is a lyric from the second track on my album, 'Rose City,' and it fits the songs perfectly,' he says. "Some rain brings gloom, and a despair that it will never stop. Other rain is a long-awaited relief, a reason for celebration.'

Engineered by Brent Rogers, and featuring guest appearances by pianist Jake Oken-Berg and violinist Dylan Dean, '5 Kinds of Rain' draws from the profound changes in Jude's life over the past four years, including the birth of his two children.

Jude's previous album 'Truce' garnered Jude plenty of radio airplay and won him such honors as being included on radio station KINK FM's 2009 local band compilation. He's also won the Bite of Oregon Festival's 'Best Singer-Songwriter' title, and the Portland Songwriters Association named him one of the best songwriters of 2009.

'I'm really drawn to songwriters who can do an acoustic folk style as well as a rock style,' he says. "Martin Sexton, Shawn Colvin on the acoustic end. On the (other) end, Springsteen, John Cougar Mellencamp - songwriters who play rock music.'

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