Deschutes River Recordings

October 26, 2012 By: Erin Block

Out of collaboration between the Deschutes Brewery, Deschutes River Conservancy, and independent musicians, the Deschutes River Recordings project was born. Singing “songs for the river, by the river,” a third installment featuring artist Laura Gibson has recently been released. All in the series of music videos can be downloaded for free or donation, with proceeds going to benefit the Deschutes River Conservancy.

Deschutes River Recordings

Songs for the River, By the River

  • Exclusive video and MP3s from Eric D Johnson of Fruit Bats, Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley and Laura Gibson
  • Benefit in support of the Deschutes River Conservancy
  • In partnership with Pitchfork.tv
  • Behind the scenes photos

Deschutes Brewery, one of the Pacific Northwest’s finest craft beer makers, sits on the banks of the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. The brewery has long been a supporter of the Deschutes River Conservancy as well as being a champion of independent music from The Decemberists and Y La Bamba to Loch Lomond and The Builders and the Butchers. The newest project by Deschutes Brewery to support its beloved namesake waterway brings together craft beer fans, experimental outdoor recordings, popular indie musicians and a sustainable mission.

Here’s how Deschutes River Recordings was born:

  • The brewery issued a call to its fans through Facebook, Twitter and email lists to choose songs with a river theme through an online voting process.
  • Next, the brewery teamed up with indie artists to record the selected songs. The musicians traveled to Central Oregon and recorded the music “streamside high-wire: live, unadorned, far from a studio safety net”, resulting in a completely unique sound blending acoustic tunes with the sounds of nature.
  • A partnership with Pitchfork.com was created to host the films and links to MP3s on their Pitchfork.tv site.
  • Fans can download the songs for free, and are able to make a donation if they desire. Proceeds from downloads of this new music benefit the Deschutes River Conservancy, which is working to preserve streamflows and the health of the river in Central Oregon.

The third music video in the Deschutes River Recordings lineup will be released on 10/22. It features artist Laura Gibson performing “Down by the Riverside”. The video will be featured exclusively on Pitchfork.tv:


For more information and to download the MP3, visit:


The second episode featured Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley performing “Up on Cripple Creek”:


To view the first music video featuring Eric D Johnson of Fruit Bats performing “Ballad of Easy Rider”, visit:


This is what happens when you combine experimental craft beer, indie music and a love for a river.

Media Contact for Deschutes Brewery:
Marie Melsheimer, 541-815-3951, [email protected]

Media Contact for Deschutes River Conservancy:
Bea Armstrong, 541.382.4077 ext.23, [email protected]