Incorporating aspects of Americana, outlaw country and classic rock 'n' roll,...the band tak[es] inspiration from the past while carving out a space for themselves in our own turbulent times.”

— The Southern Sounding

A country side so authentic you'd think these guys and gals were a honky-tonk house band.”

— MAGNET Magazine

Their country-rock vibe shines...with an authenticity that only that kind of music can bring.”

— Imperfect Fifth

Prepare to punch the air and say 'yay!'”

— Americana UK

The Stubborn Lovers

Fueled by whiskey, vinyl, and heartache, the Stubborn Lovers rumble like a vintage pony car across the landscape of American roots music. Imagine Emmylou and Dolly jamming with Springsteen and the ghost of Gram Parsons at a lonesome roadhouse, with gorgeous vocals and soaring pedal steel over big beats and ringing guitars. 

Having previously released two EPs, the Portland, Oregon-based quintet released its first full-length recording, Mother Road, in August 2018. Lead single “Porch Light” recalls ‘70s Southern rock in its vivid evocation of a childhood summer, while follow-up “Drivin’ 22” is a rowdy roadhouse rocker that mines a similar vein of nostalgia. The album’s 10 songs, recorded at a Vancouver, Washington studio that once played host to Willie Nelson, explore themes of family—those we’re born into and those we make ourselves—and the road that both leads us away from and brings us back home.

Band members:

Mandy Allan (lead vocals, acoustic guitar)
Todd Melton (electric guitar, vocals)
Michael "Pearl" Nelson (drums)
Jeff Porter (pedal steel and resonator guitars)
Jenny Taylor (bass guitar, vocals)

 

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L-R: Todd, Mandy, Pearl, Jeff, Jenny Photo by Taylor Barnes

L-R: Todd, Mandy, Pearl, Jeff, Jenny Photo by Taylor Barnes

L-R: Jeff, Pearl, Todd, Mandy, Jenny Photo by Taylor Barnes

L-R: Jeff, Pearl, Todd, Mandy, Jenny Photo by Taylor Barnes

L-R: Jenny, Jeff, Todd, Pearl, Mandy Photo by Taylor Barnes

L-R: Jenny, Jeff, Todd, Pearl, Mandy Photo by Taylor Barnes

Sample Tracks

Tour Dates

Previous events

Date Event Location
The Stubborn Lovers, Wilkinson Blades, Nick Arneson Dante's, Portland, Oregon Dante's, Portland, Oregon
The Stubborn Lovers, Margo Cilker, Caitlin Jemma The Liquor Store, Portland, Oregon The Liquor Store, Portland, Oregon
Gabby Holt, The Stubborn Lovers, Kool Stuff Katie The Secret Society, Portland, Oregon The Secret Society, Portland, Oregon
The Crying Shame, The Stubborn Lovers, Whiskey Field Conor Byrne Pub, Seattle, Washington Conor Byrne Pub, Seattle, Washington
Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters with The Stubborn Lovers Mississippi Studios, Portland, Oregon Mississippi Studios, Portland, Oregon
The Stubborn Lovers, Valerie Jay and the Americanos Ivy Room, Albany, California Ivy Room, Albany, California
Wild Iris, The Stubborn Lovers, Dan Too, Lindsie Feathers The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, California The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, California
An Evening with The Stubborn Lovers Oberon's, Ashland, Oregon Oberon's, Ashland, Oregon
The Stubborn Lovers, Gina Villalobos, Amee Chapman Sam Bond's Garage, Eugene, Oregon Sam Bond's Garage, Eugene, Oregon
The Stubborn Lovers, Gina Villalobos, Amee Chapman, Ian Jones Boon's Treasury, Salem, Oregon Boon's Treasury, Salem, Oregon
The Stubborn Lovers, Gina Villalobos, Amee Chapman White Eagle Saloon, Portland, Oregon White Eagle Saloon, Portland, Oregon
An Evening with The Stubborn Lovers The Stubborn Mule Saloon, Joseph, Oregon The Stubborn Mule Saloon, Joseph, Oregon
An Evening with The Stubborn Lovers Pengilly's Saloon, Boise, Idaho Pengilly's Saloon, Boise, Idaho
The Stubborn Lovers Album Release w/Cedar Teeth, Lizdelise Mississippi Studios, Portland, Oregon Mississippi Studios, Portland, Oregon
Danielle Nicole, The Stubborn Lovers White Eagle Saloon, Portland, Oregon White Eagle Saloon, Portland, Oregon
Michael Donhowe & Sin City Ramblers, The Stubborn Lovers, Terri Lynn Davis Turn! Turn! Turn!, Portland, Oregon Turn! Turn! Turn!, Portland, Oregon
The Stubborn Lovers, Matthew Lindley Band, Nate Wallace (Hearts of Oak) LaurelThirst Public House, Portland, Oregon LaurelThirst Public House, Portland, Oregon
Mandy & Jenny acoustic duo Jade Lounge, Portland, Oregon Jade Lounge, Portland, Oregon
The Stubborn Lovers w/ The Pearls, Stars of Cascadia The Fixin' To, Portland, OR 97203 The Fixin' To, Portland, OR 97203
The Stubborn Lovers Skyline Tavern, Portland, OR 97229 Skyline Tavern, Portland, OR 97229