Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks play Cebu Lounge Sept. 7

“Basho” is a name you don’t hear about too often. As it turns out, Basho, one half of the folk duo consisting of Jenn Rawling and Basho Parks, had “some cool hippie parents,” and the name stems from Eastern philosophy, namely a 17th century haiku poet from Japan.

He also has a sister named after a province in China, and a brother named after a Tibetan lama.

But his name did not stop him from wanting to play music, even from a very young age. He remembers seeing a classical violinist, Joshua Bell, when the prodigy (Bell) was a kid himself. That influence remains in his playing today.

Online: Listen to the song “Wyoming” by Jenn Rawling and Basho Parks at hoodrivernews.com

Basho kept up on the violin, and now performs alongside Jenn Rawling, who plays guitar and baritone ukulele. Basho also plays mandolin, ukulele and provides harmony backup.

Jenn Rawling says the band performs primarily as a duo, and fits under the Americana-indie folk genre. The songs tell stories of the duo’s travels across the country.

“We travel a lot, and it’s a real grass-roots style. We like to get out there and share the music with everyone. For us, it’s not about being on stage with lights and everything, it’s mainly about connecting with people. It’s not pop music.”

However, in the studio, the band is not afraid to throw a few more pieces into the mix. The new album, recorded in Camas, Wash., is called “Tarantula Arms,” and features a song called “Wyoming.”

“For practical purposes, we move through the world as a duo. We can get a little more creative in the studio, though, we seem to be able to pull off the sound we’re after on stage, but it is a little different,” Rawling said.

Rawling’s and Park’s music is somewhat on the quiet side, but with lots of traveling and experience under their belts, they have learned to be able to adjust their sound, to fill venues that can be a bit noisy at times.

The duo draws inspiration from a lot of old folk music, and bands like Fairport Convention and singer-songwriter Gillian Welch.

Jenn Rawling knows the Gorge area pretty well; she was employed on a fire watch tower on the east side of Mount Hood. With that job came the opportunity to think about music a lot, which today is reflected in the music she plays.

“We’re excited to be playing in Hood River, and we’ll have some great upbeat Americana songs. The landscape we’ve seen from our travels make for some great stories in our songs, and we can’t wait to play them in the Gorge.”

Jenn Rawling and Basho Parks will be at CEBU Lounge in Hood River on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 p.m.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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