As a side man and solo artist, Philippe Bronchtein has logged several hundred thousand miles in on the road, crossing and recrossing the US and the Atlantic. In a few short years, he had quickly become one of Portland's most well-loved, consummate road-warriors, cherished by fans of songcraft, other songwriters, and the bandleaders who, over and over, invited him to join them on tour. Before the age of thirty, he'd released three LPs, numerous splits, 7"s EPs, and singles under the moniker Hip Hatchet and toured as a multi-instrumentalist for the likes of Esme Patterson, The War & Treaty, Quiet Life, and others. He relocated to Nashville in 2017 to continue working as the pedal steel & organist in The War and Treaty.
On his latest four song EP, "Oregon Air," Bronchtein offers familiar musings about home & love. These are road-worn songs penned in the back of vans, airport gates, hotel rooms, and unfamiliar kitchen tables. The album features Max Brown (Bass) and Sam Wilson (Guitar) from the War and Treaty band, while Drummer Josh McCewn lends a reliable and upbeat rhythm to the songs. Despite recording Oregon Air during a brief break in his touring schedule, this collection of four songs proves that Bronchtein is more than just a side man.