Preview: The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band

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Benton Center hosts their fall Acoustic ShowcaseDave Plaehn, Jeff Hino, and The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band are no strangers to the Corvallis folk music scene.

Described as a combination of acoustic, electric blues, and folk, The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band has performed at local venues and fundraisers like “A Reading to Fight Hunger” at the Magic Barrel, and the “Non-President’s Ball” benefit for the Linn-Benton Food Share.

At noon on Friday, Oct. 21, the band will appear at the Benton Center Acoustic Showcase for an hour long showcase.

Growing up in Iowa, Plaehn was influenced by the sounds of Sarah Vaughn, Dvorak, and Ricky Nelson. After playing in a high school rock band his interest in the blues sound grew, inspiring him to join a jug band.

“One of my early favorite records from college was Johnny Winter’s first Columbia release. At this point, I’d say my main vocal influences were the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell. Harmonica influences included Sonny Terry and Paul Butterfield,” said Plaehn in an interview with Under The Gun Review.

In 1984, Plaehn moved to Oregon, where he eventually graduated from OSU with a Ph.D. in math, and met The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band’s co-founder Hino.

Hino attended college in Arizona, graduating with a master’s degree in educational media. He moved to Corvallis in 1990 to work for OSU’s College of Forestry as a hands-on media specialist, but was attracted to Corvallis for it’s folk music scene.

Known for playing instruments like the national steel guitar, dobro, acoustic guitar, lap steel, and 5-string banjo, Hino has been featured around the Mid-Willamette Valley in conjunction with the bands: Highwater String, Spontaneous Combustion, The Sophisticado Swing Band, Cow Patty & Pals, and Waterbound.

“Music is just this incredible shared experience for everyone,” said Hino in an interview with the Barometer “It is a voice through which you can speak with anyone, and they can appreciate it. It is a wonderful feeling.”


At a glance:

When: Friday, Oct. 21

Where: Benton Center lounge

Time: Noon- 1 p.m.


Story by Alyssa Campbell

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