Friday night, Sept. 6, at Oktoberfest could be the last chance to glimpse a rising star in the country music sky.

Cloverdayle, the country duo from Portland, is on its way to Nashville next month to record with some of the bigger luminaries in the business, and to take its shot at real stardom. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Country duo Cloverdayle will play Sept. 6 at Oktoberfest.

But they’re not going out there just to step off the bus, guitar in hand, and hoping to be discovered. The pair have some connections there.

“We actually opened for Jason Aldean in Bend,” says Chad Hamar, one-half of Cloverdayle. “That was an awesome show. Jason Aldean is one of the heavies in country music these days. In fact, he sold out Fenway Park.

“They offered to produce and play on our recent recording project,” Hamar says. “It was very surreal for us. People move to Nashville and spend a decade there trying to get established.”

The Post caught up with Cloverdayle while the duo vacationed on the coast to talk about their upcoming Sandy show, their roots and their future plans.

Chad and Rachel Hamar are not only bandmates, they’re married. In live music circles, it is safe to say that makes them married twice. This is not a problem, Rachel says.

“It’s like there was no other option,” she says. “Both of us grew up wanting to be professional musicians, and we both did music all through junior high and high school.”

The pair met in a music class at Clackamas Community College and quickly put their plans in motion not only to marry but to pursue a career in music. Both have multiple talents.

“I’m a drummer actually,” Chad says. “I picked up the guitar simply as a writing tool.”

Before they were Cloverdayle, the Hamars made their first forays into live music at a Starbucks near their Portland home. Not exactly honky-tonkin’ there.

“We decided to take our music out and see how people liked it,” Chad says. “Basically we started getting up at 5 a.m. and playing for the morning coffee crowd for tips.”

That was in 2003. By 2008, they became Cloverdayle. They got their name from the Oregon Coast town of the same name.

“Of course, we added the Y to our band name to set it apart,” Rachel says. She names Carole King, James Taylor and Amy Grant as her major influences, while Chad talks about Bobbie Gentry, Van Halen and AC/DC.

“Country is always about the song,” Rachel says. “That’s what we both love about it.”

The show in Sandy will be a nice return to their roots before the Hamars move to Nashville.

“I grew up fishing on the Sandy River,” Chad says. “We used to turn off at Ivy Bear to go to the family cabin each summer.”

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