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Funny guy, Colin Spring

Colin Spring, a performer who specializes in social commentary and likens his music to early Springsteen and Dylan with an edge of '80s punk rock a la Billy Bragg, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent.

Spring has been described as having a wry and irreverent sense of humor. His music and lyrics speak of modern life from a slightly ironic point of view.

Spring also plays with a five-piece band from Portland called the Post Modern Conveniences. His CD "Tears Of Cool" features Mark Pickerel (Screaming Trees), Jim Sangster (Young Fresh Fellows), Carla Torgerson (Walkabouts), Anne Marie Ruljancich (Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter), Kevin Suggs (Shins, Brandi Carlile) and Artis The Spoonman (of the Soundgarden song). It was produced by Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, Briefs, Smoosh, Posies).

In the past year Spring has opened for Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets' John Doe of X, Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3) and Fred Eaglesmith.

In musical style and delivery, Spring gravitates toward classic '60s and '70s folk. But he also enjoys conversations about early '80s punk rock, counterculture movements and the literature and arts that defined them.

Speaking in the third person on his Web site, Spring says, "He tries to make music that is intelligent and literary while maintaining the warts of crude and beautiful folk art. You come in here for the narrative and leave with a piece of proletariat wisdom."

Spring was recently selected as a finalist in the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Fest and the Willamette Valley Folk Fest and was the Judges Top Pick to attend the Yakima Folk Fest.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Music Coop in Ashland and at the door. Call 535-7957.

Funny guy, Colin Spring