What: Kendl Winter, with Joey Capoccia

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend

Cost: Free

Contact: mcmenamins.com or 541-382-5174

Editor’s note: Due to icy road conditions, this show has been canceled.

Kendl Winter is “used to being the weirdo,” as she put it during a recent conversation with GO! Magazine.

Growing up in Arkansas, the future indie-folk singer-songwriter was surrounded by bluegrass tradition, from the Sunday front-porch picking sessions across town to the various dulcimers, fiddles and other acoustic instruments lying around the house and owned by her orchestra-teacher mother. But Winter instead gravitated to punk rock, traveling to Little Rock for shows.

“I don’t think punk shows meant only punk music; it kind of just meant this DIY music scene that people really were supportive of, as long as you were doing it,” Winter said.

Through these experiences, Winter soon learned about the similarly independent, underground music scene in Olympia, Washington, home to K Records and its founder, Beat Happening leader Calvin Johnson. She moved to the city in the early 2000s and worked her way into the local music scene. But the music of her home finally seemed to call to her: At 22, she joined the bluegrass group Blackberry Bushes and started playing banjo, as the guitarist role was filled.

“That kind of is funny to me,” Winter said from Olympia about a week before her return (with longtime partner Joey Capoccia) to McMenamins Old St. Francis School on Thursday. “I think it just was the right instrument at the right time and the right people. And at the same time, I was in a punk band when I started playing banjo, too. I had an electric guitar and was screaming on some songs and trying to sing pretty on something else. I think I was exploring all the turfs, really. But banjo, I feel like I came in the back door with.”

Banjo introduced Winter to traditional music and has since become one of her calling cards, heavily featured in her post-Blackberry Bushes solo work and her more recent performances with fellow banjoist Palmer T. Lee in the duo The Lowest Pair (also a frequent Bend visitor, the duo will return with a full band to Volcanic Theatre Pub on March 29). With her punk-inspired approach to the instrument and her home-recording aesthetic (her 2011 album “Apple Core” was recorded on a four-track tape machine while Winter was living on a boat, where she still lives most of the year), it’s no wonder she found a home on K.

“I listened to music from K Records before I moved here, and I used to work at an organic bakery called the Blue Heron Bakery in Olympia, and Calvin would come in, and I talked to him,” Winter said. “And at some point, he bought my — I had an album called ‘A Walk in the Shadows,’ and it was all loop machine — it was long, weird loops. He bought it and came in another day and said he liked it. So, at some point, I had enough courage — when I made ‘Apple Core,’ I had hand-printed 250 copies, and I went in (to the label), and I was like, ‘Hey, would you guys want to put it out?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah.’ It went so easy; it was great. I feel like they were champions of me from the get-go, which was awesome, and it felt very validating.”

After three albums on K, Winter shifted over to Team Love Records for last year’s “Stumbler’s Business,” her first solo album in five years following a two-year, five-album run with The Lowest Pair. The move to the label, which also released The Lowest Pair’s music, also led to a change of producer from Johnson, who worked on Winter’s last two solo efforts, to Joey Seward.

“Both of them are Olympia punks in different styles,” Winter said. “Calvin has — we recorded on tape, which was really fun to do. And both of them pretty much allowed me to do whatever. Joey Seward actually knew a lot more, like, ‘Hey, that was a good take, or that wasn’t; you should try that again,’ sort of thing. I felt like he had more of an aesthetic that I was appreciating, where I feel like Calvin was a little more, ‘Just go for it.’”

The album’s 11 songs, including a cover of the traditional English folk ballad “Pretty Saro,” find Winter taking a more stripped-down approach after the full-band arrangements on 2013’s “It Can Be Done!” Many of the songs feature Winter on her own, accompanied by banjo or guitar.

“I feel like it’s a little bit of a moody record,” Winter said. “I did just want to embrace my solitude, and there are a couple of tunes that talk about that. I wanted something totally stripped down. I didn’t have a huge amount of time. I’d just been on the road, so most of the songs were written alone in a room anyway, and I wanted to capture that introspectiveness.”

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