Dave Depper's The Ram Project

If you want to hear the living, breathing definition of "labor of love", all you need to do is point your ears toward The Ram Project. After spending years recording and touring with some of the Northwest's finest (The Decemberists, Jolie Holland, Mirah, and Loch Lomond, to name a few), Portland's Dave Depper had run into a creative wall, with little recorded output of his own to show the world. Over the course of thirty days in his spare bedroom, Depper, partnered with one lonely microphone, dove into a new project—recording a track-for-track recreation of Paul McCartney's 1970 classic LP, Ram. The resulting Ram Project LP stays true to McCartney's original blueprint, while still scattering Depper's personality and quirks amongst the tracks. Given that Sir Paul just missed the opportunity to do a 40th anniversary tour for Ram, Depper's Ram Project is the closest we'll get to hearing this classic LP performed in its entirety. With “Nelson Sings Nilsson” featuring Sean Nelson. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Tue., May 10, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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