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Hear Nilsen, SWIMFISH in concert Sunday


West Linns John Nilsen will release 18th album, Wild Rose, this spring

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The musicians in the band Swimfish include, from left, Jamin Swenson, Mike Snyder, John Nilsen and Don Woodward.  The band will present a concert Sunday at 4 p.m. at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church in Lake Oswego. Admission is $10 at the door. In celebration of the pending release of his 18th CD, West Linn musician John Nilsen and his band SWIMFISH will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 Southshore Blvd.

Titled “Wild Rose,” the CD is a collection of 10 of Nilsen’s original compositions, each featuring a different band on each track.

“Conceptually I thought working with people I had worked with throughout my career and with others I hadn’t ever worked with would be an intriguing way of carving new musical ground on my 18th recording,” said Nilsen. “I brought in Dave Captein, long time musical collaborator Phil Baker and Damian Erskine on bass, The Decemberists’ John Moen to play drums, high school friend and occasional musical collaborator Greg Georgeson, all the guys from SWIMFISH and others. ‘Wild Rose’ is a must-have CD and is already being hailed as a Nilsen classic.”

Nilsen credits famed guitarist Guthrie Thomas with launching his career more than 29 years ago. Thomas knew Nilsen was a talent and invited him to record on his Eagle Records label in Los Angeles, and Nilsen’s career was born. He recorded three solo piano records with Eagle, and then founded his label, Magic Wing, in 1987. Magic Wing has a catalog of 15 titles, each with international distribution, bringing reported records sales to more than one million copies sold. For nearly three decades Nilsen has had 200 compositions and musical arrangements receiving radio, TV and digital royalties via BMI, Sound Exchange and other royalty paying groups worldwide.

SWIMFISH came into existence as Nilsen’s guitar and vocal band when taking a break from his piano career. SWIMFISH, a talented folk-rock band with strong emphasis on vocal harmony and originality, is made up of Don Woodward on guitar, harmonica, and vocals; Mike Snyder on drums and percussion; Jamin Swenson on bass and vocals, Ronn Chick on guitar and pedal steel guitar and Nilse on guitar, piano and vocals.

“SWIMFISH has a sound no other band will ever have. Originality is what they strive for and that’s what makes them special,” wrote Dan Peek, a founding member of the rock band America. “The music is superb, the lyrics inspired and the production/arranging are top notch. The songwriting hangs together well and the tracks flow, carving out a groove like a river carves out a canyon. You deserve to be heard.”

Nilsen said he chose LOUMC as the location because of the quality of the acoustics in the venue.

Admission is $10 at the door.

For more information on Nilsen or SWIMFISH, visit johnnilsen.com or magicwing.com.