Pendleton’s James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys is a tour de foursome of seemingly genre defying character. Picture a smoke-laden, ramshackle lounge with polyester urinals and surly sailors betting all their earnings on a single game of snooker. A woman bursts through the door and out of the rain, her stockings needing mending. She spits a cherry pit from her plump crimson lips and calls in a low, confidant tone, “Bartender, you better call the sherriff, I just done somethin’ bad.”

Mind your tongue if you believe that Eastern Oregon is little more than methamphetamines and rodeo. James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys roll through town like a tumbleweed, dispensing their haunting sound (think Nick Cave from high desert country) along the way. The Pendleton-based band is touring in support of Campfire Pop Abstraction, a soulful recording that covers a massive swath of musical real estate (Americana, pop, and just about everything in-between) and proves that there just might be life beyond our precious city limits.”
-Ezra Ace Caraeff, The Portland Mercury