The Oldest Profession

The Oldest Profession

 Portland, Oregon, USA

Hey man, we're an indie/blues band that started in Memphis TN but moved out to Portland. We put on an immensely energetic live show and kick out the grooves and jams to the point where you wont be able to help yourself but get up and dance. Its serious, its fun, its wild, its The Oldest Profession


Cold was an understatement. It was one thing to live in a big house. It was another thing to live in a big house, without functioning heat, in the dead of a Memphis winter. When residing in a place where freezing temperatures are regularly read on the thermostat, productivity is generally hard to come by. However, the passion and drive put forth by The Oldest Profession lit the flame that woul...d warm the house all winter long. During those five frigid months, scores of songs were written and the “Ice Box” as they called it would transform time and time again into a functioning studio. It also played an organic role in turning the bands live performances into an explosive display of physical and musical energy. When rehearsing in the Ice Box, the only way to stay warm was to jump around and for lack of a better term, to “rock out.” This newly caged beast was then set free on stage and gained The Oldest Profession access to play with groups such as Reeves Gabrels, Morning Teleportation, Cities Aviv, and Margot and The Nuclear So So’s.
The band as a whole has spent significant time digging deep into the hard life and hard music of Memphis’s past. Pulling inspiration from Memphis greats like Howlin Worlf, Memphis Minnie, and James Carr, The Oldest Profession embraces the struggles of the past and musically juxtaposes it to a more modern side of the blues. The primal rhythms set by this band can't help but move even the most heavy of shoes. If you’ve ever been heartsick, worked a factory job, been kicked to the street with nowhere to go, or just had a bad case of itchy feet, The Oldest Profession has been there and lived to sing about it.
For a change of scenery, the band decided to head west to Portland in April 2011. In their new habitat, they quickly got the ball rolling and have promised three to four pending self recorded and produced 2011 releases as well as regular performances within the Portland area. The Oldest Profession may have headed west, but they brought the heart of the south with them.


The Oldest Profession EP
The Oldest Profession Live at The Bucc
I Live in Memphis (Single w/Nutbush B-Side)
The Warm Front (LP)
The Oldest Profession Live @ Plew's Brews
1208 N. Parkway (post-production, due November 2011)

Set List

1. Intro
2. I Live in Memphis
3. Twice Today
4. Follow The Soul Of A Man,
5. Nutbush
6. I Form a Teardrop
7. Dilemma
8. JLH
9 Stooges
10. Slip of The Tongue
11. Left Alone
12. Swallow Pain
13. Gone Till Tomorrow
14. Road Song
15. The Oldest Profession