Blitzen Trapper is a folk/country/rock band out of Portland, Oregon. The band was formed in 2000, but I (and probably most of their fans) didn’t get into them until their 2008 release Furr, their first album by Sub Pop Records. Since then they have released two more albums with their latest, American Goldwing, being released last year. Sub Pop Records uploaded the entire album for streaming on Youtube here. The songwriting is tightened up and the production quality has increased a lot since their earlier albums (which sounded a bit rough). This album was inspired by the loss of someone close to Eric Earley and is full of nostalgia of growing up in rural America. He wrote the songs so that “The earthiness of these songs makes you want to get loaded and get in a fight, or find a girl and fall in love forever, simultaneously”. I like to listen to Blitzen Trapper during the fall when I am feeling particularly nostalgic for the Oregon countryside. The subjects on this album range from remembering good old boys (Fletcher), being trapped in a small town and wanting to travel (American Goldwing), to remembering past loves (Love the Way You Walk Away). I really like the video for “Girl in a Coat” as it reminds me of Oregon especially the Oregon coast with its footage of the Peter Iredale.
I just recently saw these guys open up for The Head and the Heart at Spreckles Theatre in San Diego earlier this month. Blitzen Trapper put on a great show, especially for having to share the stage with The Head and the Heart who put on their own amazing show. Most of the songs they played were off of their latest album, American Goldwing, but they still play their older hits such as “Black River Killer” and “Furr”. The NPR website has a stream of a live concert here which is a pretty fair representation of what they sounded like at the show I went to. Blitzen Trapper will be playing on the West Coast again in November as the opening act in support of Brandi Carlile. Blitzen Trapper is a great band to listen to every time I am feeling nostalgic for Oregon and I am looking forward to seeing where they go next.