The Market opens this year the way it has for several years now, with the soulful folk tunes of Kevin Shay Johnson, AKA Farmer Slim. A self-taught guitarist who biked his way across America to settle in Portland in 1980, Farmer Slim has long been an active part of Portland’s thriving folk music scene playing with The Whammadiddle Dingbats, Cascadia Folk Quartet, and Free Range.
In 2007, Kevin released Some Day Fly Away, his first recording of all-original songs. Love, life, work, and longing frame the emotional canvas on which Kevin paints the stories of his life. Gritty, funny, poetic, and personal—an intimate listening experience, as if he’s sitting in your kitchen playing these songs just for you.