Jim Drake

Entertainment and features reporter/Composition and design

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Jim has worked for the Hood River News since 1996. In addition to working in the Composition Dept, which handles computerized page layout and ad production, Jim compiles the weekly Entertainment Update column and highlights the Gorge music scene with his popular Entertainment Blog.

Jim is a fan of bluegrass music, a dark beer lover, and an avid reader of science-fiction. He lives in Mosier.

Recent Stories

JIM DRAKE’S ENTERTAINMENT BLOG: The voices have the power for ‘Independence Eve’

My timing was perfect the other evening. Not only did I catch the Columbiaires at band practice for the upcoming “Independence Eve” show at the Bingen Theater, but I managed to show up exactly during the fairly lengthy power failure that White Salmon and Bingen were experiencing at the time.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: A different side to Pamela Parker

Pamela Parker started out playing music at a super-young age — in fact, based on our phone conversation last month, she detailed her entire musical upbringing in a very clear and organized way.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Still jammin at 50: photos prove it really happened

It seems like yesterday I was celebrating birthday number 40, but to me time feels like it’s speeding by at a faster rate. I mean, it seemed like I just blinked my eyes and the last season of Downton Abbey was already wrapping up. What was that, anyway, a total of six weeks?

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Local musician gives voice to The Countryside

Since last April, drummer turned DJ Jeff Minnick has been broadcasting the classic country sounds of the 40s, 50s and 60s with his two-hour Tuesday night program The Countryside, live on the air and over the internet from 7-9 p.m.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Deep soul and rare records: Ural Thomas and the Pain plays HR

A unique R&B-soul band is coming to Hood River on Friday, Feb. 13, and even if you’re superstitious, we should be treating this show like it’s our lucky day.

Director’s cut: insight to auditions and accents

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog

The story in the news last week on the upcoming auditions for the CAST production of “Good People” prompted me to contact director Judie Hanel and ask her a few questions on a topic I know very little about: auditioning for a play.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Finally, a movie review that makes sense to me

A year ago I had the pleasure to interview NYC-based folk singer Christine Lavin. She was supposed to do a show at the Aladdin Theater in Portland but unfortunately the show got cancelled at the last minute.

Happy Holidays from Jim Drake's Entertainment Blog

The best Christmas songs you've never heard, and getting ready for 2015

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mile marker 6 returns Jan. 6

Music at Springhouse Cellar with mile marker 6

JIM DRAKE’S ENTERTAINMENT BLOG: Ben Ballinger brings ‘State I’m In’ to Gorge Jan. 2

Austin resident and Gorge native Ben Ballinger is taking a slightly different marketing approach on “The State I’m In,” his sixth album to date. Ballinger signed with Good Horse Records, and it’s called “records” for good reason — that’s what they make.

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