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American Quirk ™   Folk / Country / Acid Memory

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Jaime Leopold & the Short Stories

Playing all original music, Jaime Leopold & the Short Stories, sing the ballads of a wild deck of characters in the style of what the band calls, "American Quirk: folk/country/acid memory". It's a collaborative effort with all the band members contributing to this genre bending music. The band features Jaime on guitar and vocals, Jennifer Smieja on vocals, Clark Salisbury on guitar; Aaron Lowe on harmonica, J. Michael Kearsey on bass, and Fred Ingram on drums.

Jaime's songs are inspired by his early years in the Haight-Ashbury as a part of the youth culture of the day, where he hung out with many legends of those times--Allen Ginsburg, Neal Cassady, Jerry Garcia, to name a few. Jaime, totting his upright bass from his hometown of Portland to San Francisco, played in The Orkustra, a psychedelic electrified orchestra, before becoming the original and longtime bass player for Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. His approach to art and life was strongly influenced by those "freewheeling times."

Jaime Leopold & the Short Stories continue to bring new tales of truth and consequence to all those willing to slow down and take a listen. Their new CD is entitled "Live At O'Connor's", a venerable Portland, Oregon roadhouse.

"I love these song titles."
- Fiona Apple

"The man's a poet"
- Dan Hicks

"Americana folk, embellished with a touch of country, then seasoned with a slice of blues-tinged longing. This is music that breathes life."
- Tom Franks, Folk Words (UK)

"An album of literary slice-of-life gems."
- Steve Murray, Oregon Music News



Oct. 16 The Jade Lounge

Oct. 25  The Streetcar Bistro in the Pearl

Nov. 20  The Jade Lounge

Dec. 6 O'Connor's in Multnomah Village 

Dec. 18  The Jade Lounge

Dec. 28 The Fort George Brewery Astoria , OR


Jan. 3    The Laurelthirst Public House  9 -12

Jan. 15 The Jade Lounge

Jan. 22 The Street Car Bistro


Feb. 19  The Jade Lounge

Feb 21. O'Connor's


March  19 The Jade Lounge

March 28  Streetcar Bistro





Jaime L. was born under the Star of David in the Bronx, U.S.A. where, sccording to his parents, his first uttered word began with "F". Hitching across the country at the age of four, Jaime and the Leopold clan arrived in Portland, Oregon greeted by the first wave of immigrants who had set up camp in smoky teepees at S.W. 13th and Mill Streets - now the site of the 405 Interchange. Many Years passed by.