Christina Duane at the Applegate Lodge
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Christina Duane expresses her love for Oregon in her newest album released this week. "Oh Oregon, Songs of Oregon," is a collection of about 24 years of songs Duane has written about the state she adores.
"I had a dream to move to Oregon all my life, and when I was 18, I moved here," Duane said.
Although Duane, 47, has shifted between Oregon and California several times throughout her life, she moved permanently to Jacksonville in 2005 and continues to focus the lyrics of her songs on Oregon, especially Southern Oregon.
"I love the weather, the change of the seasons ... not too rainy, a beautiful climate," she said. "There's a magic about it and the history."
The lyrics of her song, "Sunset over Jacksonville," read: "When I first beheld her in her autumn glory, my life lay before me an unwritten story. We waded through the leaves down the historic streets while the courthouse was framed in magnificent trees."
Duane said her music combines elements of folk, Celtic, country and soft rock.
"It's kind of a hybrid between many of the types of music I like," she said.
Duane will perform a CD release concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Applegate Lodge, 15100 Highway 238, Applegate.
Her band includes guitarist Dave Day and bassist John Lingafelter, of the band Mercy, as well as fiddler Tony Askins, drummer Michael Saint John and percussionist Theresa McCoy.
Roman Morykit, of Gypsy Soul, played dobro, steel guitar and fretless bass for the recording of " Sunset over Jacksonville." Duane said Morykit's musical contribution added the "haunting" quality she had wanted in the song.
Duane's family roots run deep in show business. Her grandfather, Ronnie Mansfield, was a regular on the popular comedy radio show "Fibber McGee and Molly" and hosted his own radio program, the "Ronnie Mansfield Show." Harriett Mansfield, her grandmother, was a chorus-line dancer. Her mother, Maureen, was an actress and met her father in acting class.
"I've had show business in my family all along," Duane said.
She said she started writing, singing and playing guitar when she was young, inspired by the Eagles, Melanie Saska, Judy Collins and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. She began performing with pop-rock duo Velvet Bleu in California in 1992. The group released their first album, "Velvet Bleu Rhapsody," in 1995. Several of Duane's songs were featured in the band's second album, "Capistrano."
In Oregon, several of her songs, including "I Love Oregon," "Sunset over Jacksonville" and "City of Roses" have been featured on JPR, Grants Pass' KRRM-FM and Newport's KYTE-FM.
Duane has performed at festivals, county fairs and concert theaters. "City of Roses" also features the accomplished jazz pianist Patti McCoy.
She said she already has written four songs for "Oh Oregon, Songs of Oregon, Volume 2" to be released in December 2010.
The first volume was produced by McCoy's husband, Sean. Duane's husband, Jym, photographed scenery at Crater Lake, Jacksonville, Multnomah Falls and the old McKee Bridge to include in the CD.
"I love nature and nature has always been an inspiration in my writing — nature and history and people," she said.
Admission to her concert at the lodge is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 846-6690.