James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys
James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys have been a Pendleton, OR, institution for a little over a decade starting when James formed the band as a means of fleshing out arrangements for a couple original songs. Brian Baird, Adam Mack, and Peter Walters provide the musicianship that allows the band to effortlessly drift between psychedelic rock, laid back country, punk rock, and jazz standards. Together they have performed across the Pacific Northwest in venues ranging from rodeo arenas, festivals, prisons, dive bars, weddings, skating rinks, and concert halls, and have appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting, AM Northwest, and Boise State Public Radio.
This past spring, Kindle and the Playboys released their fourth album, “Roaming Charges May Apply” which was recorded at the historic OK Theater in Enterprise, OR. “Roaming Charges” is a spacious, high desert rock album that is equally influenced by Neil Young, Giant Sand, and Heatmiser, and thematically touches upon finding a sense of community and belonging amidst the anxiety of a decaying, rural American West. The guitars are fuzzy and reverb drenched, the monolithic drums pulverize, and freight train whistles weave from track to track.