KBCS Presents: Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms + Golden Shoals
January 19, 2024
Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms are known to roots music fans across the globe for their soulful harmonies, driving dance music, classic original songs, and commitment to the raw truth of rural American music. Charismatic performers, Reeb and Caleb work intuitively, bringing the spirit of legendary country duos into their modern takes on country music with an eye towards good times and an ear towards the deepest songs and tunes. The blend of true harmonies, the sharply-written country songs, and the un-showy authenticity strike a rich vein that makes them seem like they are born and raised in Music City. For years, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms have been at the heart of Portland’s music scene. The Foghorn Stringband, of which Caleb is a founding member and now Reeb is also a member, led the burgeoning square dance and Appalachian string band revival. And for some time now they've been leading Portland’s underground country scene, quietly pursuing a country music vision without much care for what’s expected or in vogue at the time. There’s a lot to admire in this singular perseverance and honesty.
Caleb and Reeb both hail from Washington State: Caleb from the coastal San Juan Islands, and Reeb from the high desert plateau of Douglas County. The two have come together in music and are hailed as some of the most compelling musicians making original country roots music in America today. When these two sing together, their honest incantations leave us spell-bound and smiling. Pillars of the Northwest music scene, they carry the torch of their music around the world, and can be found touring as a duo, as well as with the Foghorn Stringband, and the Caleb Klauder Reeb Willms Country Band.