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Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside breaking up

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSOTT - The Sound Outside is (from left) Jeff Munger on lead guitar, Ford Tennis on drums, Sallie Ford on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Tyler Tornfelt on standup bass. The group is calling it quits at the end of this year.Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, one of Portland’s top rock ’n’ roll bands, is calling it quits.

Ford posted an announcement on the band’s Facebook page Tuesday evening with the news that the band that once was considered the best indy group in the Rose City was going its separate ways. Its last Portland show as a band will be Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Doug Fire Lounge. After that, the bandmates are on to other things.

“It is a mutual decision and there are no hard feelings or ill will between any of us,” Ford wrote in the Facebook post. “We still love and support each other in whatever we do.”

Guitarist and singer Ford says she is forming an all-woman band. She also plans to continue writing music.

Alaskan native Tyler Tornfelt, the group’s bass player, “is gonna catch up on some motorcycle projects he has been putting off, find some studio work and you'll likely see him playing at an old-timey square dance,” Ford wrote.

Drummer Ford Tennis, also from Alaska, “plans on going back to school, solving some secret math problems he’s been stewing up and playing in other musical projects,” she wrote.

Lead guitar player Jeff Munger of Portland “plans on takin’ ’er easy in Portland, spending time with his family and loved ones and playin’ music,” Ford wrote.

Ford, the daughter of a puppeteer, came to Portland in 2006 from Asheville, N.C., and got together with the other musicians to create the new band. The group has toured across the country, in Europe and Japan. One highlight was a performance last year on The Late Show with David Letterman.