Portland roots rock stalwart James Low arrived on the Portland alt-country scene with his dusty debut album Mexiquita in 2000. Then came the James Low Band with Lewi Longmire, Matt Voth, Dave Camp, Marilee Hord and Jolie Clausen. They released the rocking Blackheart in 2002. The next lineup James Low and the Wreck featured Chet Lyster (Eels, Lucinda Williams, Fernando), Allen Hunter (Eels, Mike D, Kleveland), and Derek Brown (Eels, Baseboard Heaters, Fernando), and released the EP The Blackguard’s Waltz in 2008. The James Low Western Front came together in the summer of 2010 with Joe Mengis (Climber, Stereovision and a bunch more) on the drums, Dave Camp (Stereovision, Sarah King) on guitar, and Tim Huggins (Rob Stroup & The Blame) on bass. This band is a mix of the old country/ rockabilly stylings of James Low’s older bands, and a more piano based 60’s garage pop sound. They play every first Friday Happy Hour at the Laurelthirst Public House, and various other joints around town. Expect the release of a new country record in the fall of 2011, and a pop record to follow in early 2012.