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the naysayers

Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF

Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF
Band Americana Country


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They may be named the Naysayers, but it’s impossible to say anything negative after hearing the band’s perfectly crafted blend of dusty Americana and radio-friendly pop. These local fellows are celebrating the release of their fourth album, “Some Other Place,” which marries blue-collar grit with massive, sing-along choruses and good old-fashioned tales of love and loss. Nothing fancy here — just solidly outstanding music made by a bunch of friends who formed for the sole purpose of creating something great. They’ve hit their mark once again.
Barbara Mitchell,Portland Tribune

In the spirit of the Byrds, Yoakum, Petty and even the better parts of the Gin Blossoms and Bodeans, Portland, Oregon’s Naysayers combine a deft and muscular mix of pop, country and the joyful jangle of tube-driven electric guitars. This quintet of long-time industry pros serves up a 12-song road trip on their newest release, "Some Other Place." Songwriters Dennis Winslow, Rod Langdahl and Bob Logue take full advantage of the three singers in the band, strong musicianship, case-hardened songwriting craft, relentlessly infectious roadhouse grooves and rollicking songs to build a burley neo-retro Americana sound that, honest to God, never goes out of style.
In a music world increasingly inhabited by cocky young guitar bands looking for the next new hook, the Naysayers serve up deliciously big guitars – acoustic and electric – on every song. These guys know their way around a melodic hook alright, which they manage to imbed indelibly in your ears with their three- and sometimes four-guitar attack on each three-minute nugget.
Bassist Rick Langdahl and drummer Kelly Bilyeu lay down a thick and impervious stripe of American highway, over which the rest of the band rides. Put the top down, pop a longneck, and pretend you’re doing the Barstow-to-Bakersfield run – it’s hot, sweaty and pedal-to-the-metal.
Don Campbell/Portland, OR Music Critic

Terry Currier of Music Millennium called their 2005 debut Life Without Regrets, “…one of the catchiest albums of the year.”

Barbara Mitchell, in the March 2, 2007 issue of the Portland Tribune described Come Into Focus as a “confident, catchy collection of countrified rockers from a group of local veterans who’ve spent more time polishing their music than fretting about fitting in.” She added “They bill themselves as ‘the best band you’ve never heard of’, but the release of their fine third album may change things.”

The January 17, 2007 issue of Music Connection reported that Winslow placed two original songs as promos for the CBS drama The Unit and also reported the upcoming release of Come Into Focus.

The September 19, 2006 issue of Positively Entertainment reported that The Naysayers “brand of rock n’ roll is Americana wrapped in lots of fun. The songs are well-written and craftily presented complete with melodic guitar solos layered over a cohesive rhythm section.”

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Life Without Regrets, LP
Misery Loves Company, LP
Come Into Focus, LP
Some Other Place, LP



With unforgettable songwriting and a sound reminiscent of timeless acts like The Jayhawks, BoDeans, Graham Parker and Tom Petty, The Naysayers could possibly be the best band you�ve never heard of - but not for long. With several radio worthy songs they are garnering more and more attention everyday. To kick off the release of their fourth album, Some Other Place, The Naysayers have released the song "Happy to be here" as their single to AAA radio stations. "SOME OTHER PLACE" IS RECEIVING PASSIONATE REVIEWS FROM FANS, CRITICS AND RADIO PROGRAMMERS NATIONWIDE.
In the past two years The Naysayers live performances have taken them throughout the Pacific Northwest playing festivals, special events and clubs drawing crowds of all ages.