Remember When We Drove To Portland To See Emma Hill?

WE DID IT! It’s been a week since we got home from work, got our comfy pants on and drove over 200 miles in about 2 hours and 45 minutes to see our favorite little-known artist, Emma Hill featuring Bryan Daste.

It rained like a motherfucker almost the entire time and you’d appreciate our superfandom more probably if you’ve ever driven that stretch of I-5 before. The freeway is all rutted out and the ruts fill with water which then tends to yank your car to one side or the other – hydroplaning…it’s a battle, really. Glad the Mr. has bulging biceps. Grawr.

My cell phone vibrated about 45 minutes into the drive. It was a text from Bryan. It was simply, “EEEEEEEEE!!!” – this our term of endearment for each other when we are excited. I responded back the same way.

We rolled into the divey neighborhood bar that is LaurelThirst Public House in Portland Oregon to be met by the gaze of Bryan Daste – an incredible pedal steel, banjo player and amazing vocalist in his own right – followed by hugs and smiles and “You made it!”‘s. He smacked Emma on the back and said, “THEY ARE HERE!!!” And then she came over and it turned into a four way hugfest. Feeling the love, we made our way to the bar and snagged our seats for the night.

Kim Delacey started her set – we hadn’t heard about her before – but she played the heck out of her 6-string acoustic guitar and sang and had a great stage-presence. She played probably 10 songs – one of which was “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” complete with the rap portion – it was a sight to behold. We all sang along and screamed our heads off when she was done. An acoustic version of that song was something that can’t be explained. Rad is the only word that I can think of and it’s poor.

Then it was time. Our Emma Hill and Bryan Daste took the stage. My video’s and pictures are rather dark – but the sound is rather good if you can get past the clanking of beer bottles and the occasional person walking in front of my impromptu video shoot. I wanted to share with you their talent. They are incredible. Right now they are on tour – 51 shows in 55 days. They started in Portland Oregon and are going as far as New Jersey before making their way back to the west coast for our show on June 1st. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do because we fucking LOVE them.

I introduce you to Emma Hill and Bryan Daste:

I Will Never Let You Go – Emma Hill and Bryan Daste

And since I’m totally all about whoring my 16 year old daughter out in the hopes of her becoming a famous singer someday, I will re-share this clip of her singing with Emma and Bryan:

Emma, Bryan and Katie singing Meet Me At The Moon


4 thoughts on “Remember When We Drove To Portland To See Emma Hill?

  1. Mancakes says:

    Whiner…I just did the drive from Portland to Safeco and back with two kids last Monday! :). This Emma girl is good, is she Portland based?

    • sassypanties says:

      She’s from Alaska – but started recording with Bryan at “The Magic Closet” (his recording studio) while living in Portland a few years ago. Bryan is also in another band called “Small Souls” – you can find their stuff – both Emma Hill and Small Souls – on Spotify, if you’re so inclined. 🙂 It’s free and RAD.

      She is super great and LOVES to do House Shows, so if you’re ever interested in having her come out it’s only like $300 and you can invite all your friends and charge $10 at the door and BOOM! You’re good. 🙂

    • sassypanties says:

      ALSO – I wasn’t whining!!!!!!! I am NOW…but I wasn’t then.HA! We got home around 2:30. We were so happy to go and help them kick off their tour! Coolest people ever! Someday she will be famous – she’s THAT good. I feel like I’m going to have a seizure because I haven’t cursed at all in this post…weird.

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