Road Song 306: “Booty City” by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

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Mar 312012
 

black joe lewis scandalous cover artBlack Joe Lewis and the Honeybears have proven beyond booty-shakin’ doubt that soul music has a place in the21st century. “Booty City” is probably the hardest hitting cut from their Scandalous CD and you can’t help but want to shout along with the chorus.

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Review: Ghost of Browder Holler by Chelle Rose

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Mar 312012
 

Chelle Rose Ghost of Browder Holler Cover ArtChelle Rose (pronounced as in “Shelly”) comes from the deep woods of the Appalachian mountains around the North Carolina / Tennessee border and her album, Ghost of Browder Holler, sounds like it. Her vocals have that mountain sound to them. But tales of rural preachers, moonshine, and mountain flowers are just the jumping off point for a collection of songs that’s closer to rock and roll than folk, closer to soul then country. The opening track “Browder Holler Boy,” sets the stage Appalachian mountains but comes off more like a rock song in the spirit of Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” “Shady Grove Gonna Blow” has a Stones-ey feel along the lines of “Gimmie Shelter.” And “Weepin’ Willow on the Hill” confirms Chelle’s ability to pull on heart strings in an authentic way. But the highlight track for me is “Rufus Morgan,” a country-soul tune that conjures up the ghost of Dusty Springfield, featuring the McCrary sisters on perfectly timed backup vocals and a long slow build to a hair raising payoff.  While comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Mary Gauthier come to mind, she’s definitely drawing from her own background and pursuing her on vision of Appalachian rock an roll.

TPR#81 The Parlor Soldiers – Interview and Music

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Mar 302012
 

Alex Culbreth and Karen Jonas are the Parlor Soldiers and they talk about the origin of their band name, how they manage to combine folk and alt.country into something that works, how they are able to write such gritty, detailed songs, their advice for aspiring singer/songwriters, and their Johnny Cash / June Carter song.

TPR#81 Parlor Soldiers – Interview and Music (MP3)

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Interview Recap:

Alex Culbreth and Karen Jonas are the Parlor Soldiers and they join Calvin for a telephone interview.

Alex Culbreth notes that the folk influence in their music mostly comes through Karen and the gritty alt.country influence comes through Alex. Karen says Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Paul Simon as her musical influences, but since she has met Alex she’s enjoyed exploring the alt.country influences.

Calvin asks the Parlor Soldiers if they could open for any band they wanted who would it be. Alex Culbreth says they are into Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earl, and Hayes Carll these days. Alex also says that they are looking forward to opening some gigs for Chris Knight and says that Knight’s CD, Enough Rope, was a big influence on his music.

Karen Jonas set up “Mess.” She says it’s about a girl who who runs into some bar mishaps and is trying to get noticed by a guy and she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. She said this is one of the first songs she’s written that’s not autobiographical.

[plays “Mess”]

Calvin asks Karen and Alex about how they got to the point where they can write such detailed songs. Alex Culbreth talks about trying to say a lot in as few words as possible and how Charles Bukowski advice to writers rings true for him. Karen Jonas believes that detailed writing is something that can be learned and intentional. She talks about getting away from “emotional language” and translate emotion with a story. Karen also says that it’s important to collaborate with other artists and to not feel like your art is their specific thing and they can’t share it. But Karen has said this band has taught her the value of working with other artists.

Alex Culbreth sets up “Shallow Grave.” He says it started out with the guitar riff and the first line “Pretty Mary Jo with a bloody broken nose, left her clothes out on the line.” From there he wrote a rough draft and sent it to Karen and she wrote the bridge for it. Alex says Karen didn’t like the song at first because she thought it was too gory.

[plays “Shallow Grave’]

Alex Culbreth talks about the band name. They are based in edericksburg, Virginia which was the location of many significant Civil War battles. And the term “parlor soldier” was a slang term of the times indicating someone who’s a poseur, someone who looks good in uniform in the parlor but isn’t really a soldier.

Karen Jonas talks about supportive music scene in Fredericksburg and their upcoming gig a the historic Kenmore Inn with the Green Boys and Brooklyn’s The Spirit Family Reunion.

Karen sets up “Crazy”. A sort of Johnny Cash / June Carter style tune that they wrote together. Karen says at first she didn’t like it but as they played it at live gigs she began to like it more and more.

[plays “Crazy”]

Alex talks about their web site and some of their upcoming shows, including one in October in Winston-Salem.

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Taproot Radio News #305

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Mar 262012
 

Taproot Radio News LogoRotation #305
March 26, 2012

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Merlefest LogoIt’s getting to be Merlefest time of the year again, North Carolina’s big contribution to live roots music. I’m proud to announce that Taproot Radio has tickets to giveaway courtesy of Merlefest and WCOM FM in Chapel Hill, NC. The tickets will be given away to a randomly selected subscriber to the newsletter. BUT you must enter to win. Look for the “update subscription preferences” link at the bottom of every issue of the newsletter. Follow that link to your newsletter subscription profile. Click Yes in the Merlefest 2012 Ticket Giveaway Field. Then click the Update button at the bottom of the form. Full details about the Ticket Giveaway can be found at the free stuff page at the site. Tickets will be given away on April 9th, so enter soon!

 

Yarn Almost HomeYARN’s Almost Home reminds me of Paul Simon’s folk. Down to earth and world wise at the same time. A little worn and weary but at the same time optimistic and hopeful. They have a barroom twang and a enough character sketches to fill a wall with black and white photos.  Highlights for me are “Dirt Road,” “Annie,” “Almost Home,” and “Heart Worth Breaking.” Yet another twangy band from Brooklyn!

 

Moot Davis’ music on Man About Town hearkens back to the early days when both rock & roll and country were warm, earnest, confident, and a little off the rails. Fun times. Kinda reminds me of something Roy Orbison might have done if he were more twangy. Highlights for me are “Crazy In Love With You” featuring a duet with Elizabeth Cook, “Only You,” “Queensbury Rules,” and “How Long.”

On episode 80 of the Taproot Music Show, Joe Maynard talks about his many-faceted art career in New York City; explains the name of his first band, the Millerite Redeemers; runs through the current band line up and explains how they became The Musties; the advice he got from Ryan Adams; and explains why his band is mapped out to “the rhythm section” and “the weirdos.”

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Taproot Road Song of the Week

Death of a Decade - Ha Ha Tonka“Usual Suspects” by Ha Ha Tonka has kind of an80′s REM-ish feel to it. Reminds you of the days when all you needed to get by was naive enthusiasm. Good thing to keep in mind. Love the mandolin riff.

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Santa Ana Winds / Sons Of Bill / Sirens / 4:28
Life In Shambles / Sons Of Bill / Sirens / 3:10
Slow Slow Boogie / Davy Jay Sparrow & His Well-Known Famous Drovers / Olde Fashioned / 4:16
Hot Tamale! / Davy Jay Sparrow & His Well-Known Famous Drovers / Olde Fashioned / 2:38
Orange Grove / Shanimal / Rough & Tumble / 2:47
Suitcase Lover / Shanimal / Rough & Tumble / 0:50
Dirt Road / YARN / Almost Home / 3:28
Annie / YARN / Almost Home / 4:07
Almost Home / YARN / Almost Home / 4:16
Heart Worth Breaking / YARN / Almost Home / 3:40
How Long / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:29
Only You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:31
Queensbury Rules / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:50
Rust / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:56
Blue Collar King / Family Reunion / Family Album / 3:48

 

Taproot Music Show Recent Episodes

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Episode 76 –  Brandon Sampson from Six Mile Grove and Bob Wootton tell the story of how they met and began their long time musical collaboration, talk about their mission to keep the Johnny Cash sound alive, give us a preview of Six Mile Grove’s upcoming CD Secret Life In A Quiet Town, and explore the existential question of free will and predestination.

Episode 77 – Becky Warren of The Great Unknowns talks about why there’s almost always a geographic reference in all of her songs; her experience driving the Lewis and Clark Trail and what it mean to her; the long wait between their first and second CD; writing a song about a band that doesn’t become that famous; the new line up; and plays three tracks from their new release, Homefront.

Episode 78 – Tommy Womack talks about he was motivated to start writing songs about himself and “from the gut” on There I Said It and how he continues to write peronal songs on Now What because he could never go back to writing third person songs. his role of patron saint of 50 year olds with kids who don’t make it to as many shows as they used to; the structure of the CD Now What in terms of song arrangements and sequence; Tomy’s habit of reference to other musicians in his song names and lyrics; and his favorite covers of his songs.

Episode 79 – Snatches of Pink front man Michael Rank and Marc E Smith join Calvin in the studio live to play some acoustic versions of songs from Kin, the debut release from Michael Rank and Stag. Michael talks about the amazing line up of area musicians he’s got on the new CD, why he decided not to do this as a CD as a Snatches of Pink CD, the challenges of coordinating so many band mates when recording the tracks, writing songs for both acoustic and full band performances, and how he finally caught up with Taylor Swift in the break up CD department.

Episode 80 – Joe Maynard talks about his many-faceted art career in New York City; explains the name of his first band, the Millerite Redeemers; runs through the current band line up and explains how they became The Musties; the advice he got from Ryan Adams; and explains why his band is mapped out to “the rhythm section” and “the weirdos.”

 

WCOM Play List

The Taproot Radio show airs live on Monday nights at 9pm Eastern. Local listeners in Chapel Hill can tune in to WCOM at 103.5FM.  Everyone else can tune in to the WCOM.webcast stream.

This week only, I’ll be in the studio for two hours from 9-11 and I’ll be interviewing Mike June from Mike June and the Wilson Street Exiles during the 9:00 hour and Dave Willis from the Possum Jenkins Band in the 10:00 hour.

9:00 hour

Heart Worth Breaking / YARN / Almost Home / 3:40
White Freightliner Blues / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 5:06
I’ve Got This Friend / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:24
Crazy / The Parlor Soldiers / When The Dust Settles / 3:00

*** Special Guest: Mike June from The Wilson Street Exiles ***

Everything Is Free / Gillian Welch / KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 17 (Disc 1) / 4:37
Song Of The Open Road / Bobby Sichran / Peddler In Babylon / 3:44
Santa Ana Winds / Sons Of Bill / Sirens / 4:28
I’m Gonna Get My Heart Broken / The Great Unknowns / Homefront / 2:59
Houses On The Hill / Whiskeytown / Strangers Almanac / 2:38
New River / The New Familiars / Between The Moon And The Morning Light / 3:25
Been There Before / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 3:12
Usual Suspects (Album) / Ha Ha Tonka / Death Of A Decade / 3:33
Trouble In Mind / Pinetop Perkins/Odetta / Ladies Man / 4:28
Pretty & Cryin’ / Maynard and the Musties / Cheap Cigar / 4:41
Crazy in Love with You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:04

10:00

New Orleans to Jackson / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 4:44
Crazy in Love with You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:04
What Have I Done That Made You Go Away / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:29
Bird / Chris Castle / Last Bird Home / 1:47

*** Special Guest: Dave Willis from Possum Jenkins

She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye / Swamp Dogg / The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 1 / 3:00
Don’t Be Ashamed / Steve Cropper, Bettye LaVette & Willie Jones / Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales / 2:49
Faulkner Street / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 3:26
My Favorite Picture Of You / Jerry Jeff Walker / This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark [Disc 2] / 3:44
1968 / Alejandro Escovedo / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 5:10
Hangin On / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / 2:39
Usual Suspects (Album) / Ha Ha Tonka / Death Of A Decade / 3:33
Like Lightning / Lucero / Women & Work / 4:15
Mother Blues / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 5:57
Pyramid Of Tears / Lucinda Williams / Por Vida: A Tribute To The Songs Of Alejandro Escovedo / 4:47

This Week’s Webcast Rotation

Listen to the week’s rotation on the taprootradio.com current rotation play list on Spotify.

1968 / Alejandro Escovedo / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 5:10
Hu-matic Man / Andre Williams / Hoods and Shades / 3:13
New Orleans to Jackson / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 4:44
Song Of The Open Road / Bobby Sichran / Peddler In Babylon / 3:44
Why Don’t You Do Right? / Carolina Chocolate Drops / Genuine Negro Jig / 3:37
When You Come Around / Charlie Feathers / Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69) [Disc 1] / 2:09
Bird / Chris Castle / Last Bird Home / 1:47
I’ve Got This Friend / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:24
Fisherman’s Blues / Cornflower Blue / Run Down The Rails / 4:54
Long As I Can See The Light / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Chronicle, Vol. 1 / 3:34
Better Place To Stop / The Damn Quails / Down the Hatch / 3:20
Slow Slow Boogie / Davy Jay Sparrow & His Well-Known Famous Drovers / Olde Fashioned / 4:16
Little White Lies / Deer Tick / Born On Flag Day / 3:39
Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone / Diana Ross and The Supremes / The Ultimate Collection / 2:49
Jake / Eric Hisaw / Nature Of The Blues / 3:50
Fishin’ Hole / Fiona Boyes / Blues Woman / 2:58
Everything Is Free / Gillian Welch / KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 17 (Disc 1) / 4:37
Kiss The Children / Gram Parsons / Under Your Spell Again [Disc II] / 3:44
I’m Gonna Get My Heart Broken / The Great Unknowns / Homefront / 2:59
Usual Suspects (Album) / Ha Ha Tonka / Death Of A Decade / 3:33
Faulkner Street / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 3:26
My Favorite Picture Of You / Jerry Jeff Walker / This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark [Disc 2] / 3:44
Hangin On / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / 2:39
What Have I Done That Made You Go Away / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:29
Dirt On My Hands mp3 / L.P.O. / What You Been Missin’ / 3:05
You’ll Never Again Be Mine / Levon Helm / The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams / 3:10
Clementine / Lincoln Durham / The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones / 3:23
Like Lightning / Lucero / Women & Work / 4:15
Pyramid Of Tears / Lucinda Williams / Por Vida: A Tribute To The Songs Of Alejandro Escovedo / 4:47
White Freightliner Blues / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 5:06
Pretty & Cryin’ / Maynard and the Musties / Cheap Cigar / 4:41
Sea Measures / Michael Rank and Stag / Kin [Disc 2] / 4:25
Crazy in Love with You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:04
New River / The New Familiars / Between The Moon And The Morning Light / 3:25
Baby You Crazy / Nick Curran And The Lowlifes / Reform School Girl / 2:13
(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay / Otis Redding / Stax 1959-1968 #9 / 2:42
Crazy / The Parlor Soldiers / When The Dust Settles / 3:00
Trouble In Mind / Pinetop Perkins/Odetta / Ladies Man / 4:28
Been There Before / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 3:12
Mother Blues / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 5:57
Orange Grove / Shanimal / Rough & Tumble / 2:47
This Ain’t My Home / Shannon McNally / Coldwater / 4:34
Santa Ana Winds / Sons Of Bill / Sirens / 4:28
Don’t Be Ashamed / Steve Cropper, Bettye LaVette & Willie Jones / Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales / 2:49
Stage Fright / Steve Reynolds / Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band / 3:45
She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye / Swamp Dogg / The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 1 / 3:00
Wild Wild Lover / Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers / Cockadoodledon’t / 3:00
Whiskey Or Die / Tom Eure / Back Woods / 5:22
Houses On The Hill / Whiskeytown / Strangers Almanac / 2:38
I Still Miss Someone / Willie Nelson & Johnny Cash / VH1 Storytellers / 3:13
Heart Worth Breaking / YARN / Almost Home / 3:40

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Review: Man About Town by Moot Davis

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Mar 242012
 

Moot Davis’ music on Man About Town hearkens back to the early days when both rock & roll and country were warm, earnest, confident, and a little off the rails. Fun times. Kinda reminds me of something Roy Orbison might have done if he were more twangy. Highlights for me are “Crazy In Love With You” featuring a duet with Elizabeth Cook, “Only You,” “Queensbury Rules,” and “How Long.”

Man About Town on iTunes

Review: Almost Home by YARN

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Mar 242012
 

Yarn Almost HomeYARN’s music reminds me of Paul Simon’s folk. Down to earth and world wise at the same time. A little worn and weary but at the same time optimistic and hopeful. They have a barroom twang and a enough character sketches to fill a wall with black and white photos. Highlights for me are “Dirt Road,” “Annie,” “Almost Home,” and “Heart Worth Breaking.”

Almost Home on iTunes.

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Mar 232012
 

Merlefest LogoMerlefest 2012 is coming April 26th – 29th and Taproot Radio is giving away a pair of one-day passes to the show courtesy of  WCOM FM radio in Carrboro, NC. The passes are good for any single day of the festival.  So check the schedule for the day you would like to atend.

MerleFest, considered one of the premiere music festivals in the country, is held on the campus of Wilkes Community College (WCC) in Wilkesboro, North Carolina each spring.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson and is a celebration of what Doc Watson calls ―”traditional plus music, meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play.”

The festival hosts over 90 artists, performing on 14 stages during the course of the four-day event.

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Mar 232012
 

Joe Maynard talks about his many-faceted art career in New York City; explains the name of his first band, the Millerite Redeemers; runs through the current band line up and explains how they became The Musties; the advice he got from Ryan Adams; and explains why his band is mapped out to “the rhythm section” and “the weirdos.”

Joe Maynard

TPR#80 Joe Maynard – Interview and Music (MP3)

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Interview Recap With Joe Maynard from Maynard and the Musties

Joe Maynard talks about how Brooklyn is home to many different kinds of people and that members of his band come from all over the U.S and their drummer is from Frnce. So that’s how they can be an oasis of easy going music in Brooklyn.

Joe Maynard talks about the anti-politically correct title “Cheap Cigar” and that they chose the name to go along with the band name “Maynard and the Musties.”

Joe Maynard sets up the title track, “Cheap Cigar” by describing it as “politics, religion, and sexual morality all tied together.”

[plays “Cheap Cigar”]

Joe Maynard talks about his many different forays into the New York City art scene. He went to Pratt, did art for a long time. He talks about how he did a series of automatic drawings” which contained more and more words, which lead him to writing fiction and zines. He worked at Christie’s for a while. He started writing lyrics and playing guitar.

Joe Maynard talks about how he put the band together. He had enough songs written. He met Naa Koshie Mills the fiddle player. They first performed with her as the “Millerite Redeemers.” Joe played in Mo’s Jepson band, Mr. MacGregor, and eventually Joe “adopted” the band and they started calling themselves the Musties because they all worked with old books. Drew Glackon also played with them on lap steel.

Joe tells the story of working at a flea market and talking to Russ Titelman  who encouraged hime to make a demo. With Russ’ advice, he booked a recording studio. He also talks about ocasionally seeing Ryan Adams at the flea market and Ryan encouraged him to go ahead and make a full album. Ryan Adams played with them on a few tracks on the band’s first CD.

Joe Maynard sets up “Pretty and Cryin’.” It’s based on a long road trip he took to Florida and in Jackson ville he witnessed a commotion in a parking lot and the songs is based on what he saw.

[plays “Pretty and Cryin’]

Joe Maynard talks about some of the additional band members. Dikko Faust plays trombone as his “midlife crisis” instrument. Chet Hartin on bass, Gordon Hartin on pedal steel.  They are from Texas and their dad was a country musician. Eric “Roscoe” Ambel plays rhythm guitar and the band plays at his bar, The Lakeside, once a month.

Joe Maynard talks about the way Eric “Roscoe” Ambel helped them “map out the group.” Joe, the bass, and drums are “the rhythm section” and everyone else are “the weirdos.” Joe says that actually helped them a lot.

Joe sets up “Marfa.” It’s a town in west Texas known for weird lights in the sky and there is speculation about what the lights are. Are they car head lights? UFOs? Something like the Northern Lights?

[plays “Marfa”]

Joe Maynard points out their myspace page, reverb nation and other sites for the band’s gigs. Joe Talsk about the joys of being self-produced and doing such fun tasks like stuffing inserts into CD jewel case.

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