Apr 302012
 

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.

My interview guest is Jon Neufeld from the string band Jackstraw. Come har him talk about the Portland roots music scene and hear tracks from their CD, Sunday Never Comes.

Jezebel Jones / The Cornell Hurd Band / Drop In On My Dream / 2:22
Lucky Tonight / D.L. Marble / Not The One… / 2:38
Ballad of Sis (Didn’t I Love You) / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 4:17
Long Gone Long John / Woody Pines / You Gotta Roll EP / 2:46

*** Interview Guest: Jon Neufeld ***

Blue Country Mystic / Hiss Golden Messenger / Poor Moon  / 4:08
Hold On / Alabama Shakes / Boys & Girls / 3:46
Been There Before / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 3:12
I Won’t Cry / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:51
Crazy / The Parlor Soldiers / When The Dust Settles / 3:00
I’ll Keep Calling / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling / 3:07
What The Hell Is Goin’ On? / Paul Thorn / What The Hell Is Goin’ On? / 4:02
Outfit / Drive-By Truckers / Decoration Day / 4:05
River Rush / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 3:24
White Freightliner Blues / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 5:06
Burning House of Love / Knitters / The Modern Sounds of … The Knitters / 3:42

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Apr 302012
 

This week we got new music from the Cornell Hurd Band,  Paul Thorn, and D.L. Marble.  As always, you can listen to each week’s rotation for free on the taprootradio.com current rotation play list on Spotify.

Jezebel Jones / The Cornell Hurd Band / Drop In On My Dream / 2:22
What The Hell Is Goin’ On? / Paul Thorn / What The Hell Is Goin’ On? / 4:02
Lucky Tonight / D.L. Marble / Not The One… / 2:38
Long Gone Long John / Woody Pines / You Gotta Roll EP / 2:46
Hold On / Alabama Shakes / Boys & Girls / 3:46
I Won’t Cry / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:51
I’ll Keep Calling / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling / 3:07
Gallows / Addam Scott / San Diablo / 4:20
Pennsylvania Rose / Milagro Saints / Chance & Circumstance / 4:42
Ballad of Sis (Didn’t I Love You) / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 4:17
Blue Country Mystic / Hiss Golden Messenger / Poor Moon  / 4:08
Annie / YARN / Almost Home / 4:07
Only You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:31
Barton Hollow / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:26
Big Bend Boogie / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:07
Been There Before / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 3:12
Crazy / The Parlor Soldiers / When The Dust Settles / 3:00
White Freightliner Blues / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 5:06
Mother Blues / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 5:57
River Rush / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 3:24
Get Ready / Tilford Sellers & The Wagon Burners / Heartaches, Lies, and Cheating Songs / 1:59
Maybe I Will / Bap Kennedy / The Sailor’s Revenge / 4:34
Woman On The Wheel / Gretchen Peters / Hello Cruel World / 5:01
Heart With A Hole / J.J. Ford / Performance Jones / 4:14
Lee Harvey / T. Tex Edwards / Intexicated! / 3:16
Darkness in the Delta / Eden Brent / It’s All Connected / 3:21
Movin’ On / Donna The Buffalo / Positive Friction / 2:55
Think / Steve Cropper / Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales / 4:02
Sent By Angels / Arc Angels / KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 17 (Disc 2) / 5:35
If I Were A Bramble And You Were A Rose / The Long Ryders / The Long Ryders Anthology: Looking for Lewis and Clark [Disc 2] / 3:20
We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning / Gram Parsons / Under Your Spell Again [Disc II] / 3:43
I Can’t Turn You Loose / Otis Redding / Live On The Sunset Strip / 6:19
Reelin’ & Rockin’ [Live] / George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock / 5:49
What Are You Willing To Lose / Lucero / 1372 Overton Park / 4:08
Ain’t No Good / Nick Curran And The Lowlifes / Reform School Girl / 2:19
Look At Miss Ohio / The Band Of Heathens / One Foot In The Ether / 5:12
Last Fair Deal Gone Down / Crooked Still / Hop High / 4:29
Turn Here / Eddie & Ernie / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 1:57
Dancin’ Circles Round the Sun (Epictetus Speaks) / Rodney Crowell / The Outsider / 4:32
Here Tonight / Daryl Hance / Hallowed Ground / 3:10
Sleepin’ on the Job of Love / Robbie Fulks / The Very Best Of Robbie Fulks / 2:10
The Rescue Blues / Ryan Adams / Gold / 3:39
Home Of The Blues / Hacienda Brothers / Music For Ranch & Town / 2:50
You’re Gonna Make Me Cry / O.V. Wright / The Soul Of O.V. Wright / 3:24
Loving Time Of Happiness / J. Shogren / Bird Bones & Muscle / 1:54
Perfect World / Devon Allman’s Honeytribe / Torch / 3:37
Last Night / The Mannish Boys / Shake For Me / 5:04
If You Gotta Go, Go Now / Eric Ambel / Roscoe’s Gang / 3:38
Burning House of Love / Knitters / The Modern Sounds of … The Knitters / 3:42
Songs / Slobberbone / New West Records 1 / 2:47
Outfit / Drive-By Truckers / Decoration Day / 4:05
To Drink The Rain / Malcolm Holcombe / To Drink The Rain / 4:22

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Apr 282012
 

Brothers ComatoseGuys love their cars and the Brothers Comatose love their van so much it has its own email address on the band site and they paid tribute to it in their latest Album, Respect The Van. The Brothers Comatose play high-energy, traditional sounding string band / roots music in the same vein as the Avette Brothers, and with the same modern sensibility. They aren’t playing for the 1860′s. They are playing for today. Songs about modern temptations and modern decadence. Highlights for me are “Feels Like The Devil,” “Modern Day Sinners,” and “Pie For Breakfast.”

Brothers Comatose on iTunes

Brothers Comatose web site

 

Apr 272012
 

Dave Willis from the Possum Jenkins band talks about how humbling it was to have their latest album Carolinacana fan-funded through a Kickstarter campaign, how they were able to keep the band together for 8 years even while everyone in the band was having lives outside of the band, and playing bards where they have to “keep throwing music at them “til they give up and start dancing.”

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Recap of Interview with Dave Willis of Possum Jenkins

Dave Willis from Possum Jenkins talks about how they started in Boone because they all attended Appalachian State University. But now all but one of the members is based out of the Winston-Salem area.  Dave reviews the line up. Jared Church plays bass. Nate Turner is a multi-instrumentalist guitar player, drummer and singer. Brent Buckner is the harmonica player. David Brewer is also a multi-instrumentalist guitar player, drummer, and singer. And of course there’s Dave Willis himself.

Dave Willis talks about looking back on the past 8 years and he says he’s honestly surprised that people can hang out with each other every weekend and multiple times a week for 8 years. He talks about how they thought the band was going to be a short lived project but it survived 8 years even as the members were getting married and having kids etc.

Dave Willis sets up “Know The Way.” It’s a Piedmont blues gospel influenced song. He enjoyed this one because they got Jordan Craig to play trombone, David McCracken from Donna The Buffalo to play organ, and Molly McGinn to sing harmony.

[plays “Know The Way”]

Dave Willis says gospel music is overlooked sometimes but seems to be a building block of just about everything.

Dave Willis says Carolinacana is the first album the feels like they are narrowing down on a sound they can call their own. He says their past albums have been a little scattershot.

Dave Willis sets up “Swinging Door”. This is a song written by Nate and Brent wrote this one. It’s stripped down on the album, but it’s one they play live a lot and it’s evolving.

[plays “Swinging Door”]

Dave Willis talks about the turning point in the band. He says when they first got started they might not have taken it as seriously as they could have. But the turning point for him was the band’s previous release, Collection Of Bad Habits. It was at that point Dave realized they could make a decent album and ever since then he constantly writes and plays and tries to build up a lot of material just because he enjoys doing it.

Dave Willis talks about playing festivals like Shakori Hills, FloydFest, and Rhythm and Roots Fest. They like playing festivals because they get to also see other bands they like. Dave says that he also kinda likes playing bar gigs where sometimes the patrons don’t even want you there and they have to “keep throwing music at them ‘til they give up and start dancing.”

Dave Willis sets up “A Toast.” It was written as a banjo tune but they stripped it down and brought Molly in again to help out on harmonies.

[plays “A Toast”]

Dave Willis talks about how Possum Jenkins got Carolinacana raised the funds to produce the CD through a Kickstarter program. Fans pre-ordered CDs and if people supported with more cash the band would mow lawns or play private parties or whatever. Dave Willis talks about how humbling it was to get that level of support from their fans.

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Apr 232012
 

 

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.

My interview guest is the one and only Moot Davis, who has just released his first twangy CD in seven years. I really like his vocal style.

Poor Old Dirt Farmer / Levon Helm / Dirt Farmer / 3:53
You Ain’t Alone / Alabama Shakes / Boys & Girls / 4:45
There It Is / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:30

*** Special Guest: Moot Davis ***

Cranky Mulatto / The Gourds / Noble Bonus Tracks / 3:21
Almost Home / YARN / Almost Home / 4:16
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart / JC Brooks & the Uptown Sou… / Get It Together b/w I Am Trying To Break Your Heart / 3:39
on the bleed / Michael Rank and Stag / Kin [Disc 1] / 4:52
Shoulda Kept on Walkin’ / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 2:57
New Year’s Eve at the Gates of Hell / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 3:31
Don’t Let Me Down Again / Paul Thorn / What The Hell Is Goin’ On? / 3:33
Gypsy Minor / Pathos / El Pathos / 3:41
Sweet Senorita / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 3:27
I Can Get Off On You / Willie Nelson / Willie & Family Live / 2:09
Little Birds / Levon Helm / Dirt Farmer / 4:42

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Apr 232012
 

Donna the Buffalo Promo Donna The Buffalo’s “Movin’ On” is a great road song if you happen to be traveling in a converted school bus painted up Partridge Family-style with beads hangin’ in the windows and incense smoke trailing out the back. There’s just nothing like their feel-good vibe.

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Apr 232012
 

Rotation 309 features new music from Alabama Shakes, Paul Thorn, and Janiva Magness.

As always, you can listen to each week’s rotation for free on the taprootradio.com current rotation play list on Spotify.

Don’t Let Me Down Again / Paul Thorn / What The Hell Is Goin’ On? / 3:33
You Ain’t Alone / Alabama Shakes / Boys & Girls / 4:45
There It Is / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:30
Badly Bent / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling / 4:47
Good News / Addam Scott / San Diablo / 4:18
Morning Song / Milagro Saints / Chance & Circumstance / 4:15
Sweet Senorita / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 3:27
Shady Grove Gonna Blow / Chelle Rose / Ghost Of Browder Holler / 3:44
Jesus Shot Me in the Head / Hiss Golden Messenger / Poor Moon  / 5:07
Almost Home / YARN / Almost Home / 4:16
Queensbury Rules / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:50
Poison & Wine / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:40
What Have I Done That Made You Go Away / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:29
Copper Coin / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 2:46
When The Dust Settles / The Parlor Soldiers / When The Dust Settles / 4:32
One Way Gal / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 2:59
New Year’s Eve at the Gates of Hell / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 3:31
Shoulda Kept on Walkin’ / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 2:57
Like Lightning / Lucero / Women & Work / 4:15
on the bleed / Michael Rank and Stag / Kin [Disc 1] / 4:52
More To It Than This / Kane Welch Kaplin / Live at the Bluebird / 3:49
Lucky / Magnolia Collective / Ghost Stories (EP) / 2:36
When I Arrive / Sam Reid & The Riot Act / A Slow Burn / 3:00
The Right Stuff / Bap Kennedy / The Sailor’s Revenge / 3:46
Hello Cruel World / Gretchen Peters / Hello Cruel World / 4:25
Gypsy Minor / Pathos / El Pathos / 3:41
Security / Otis Redding / Stax 1959-1968 #3 / 2:37
Lights Of Downtown / The Long Ryders / The Long Ryders Anthology: Looking for Lewis and Clark [Disc 1] / 3:10
The Angels Rejoiced Last Night / Gram Parsons / Sacred Hearts And Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology (Disc 2) / 3:36
Omaha / The Gourds / Shinebox / 3:15
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart / JC Brooks & the Uptown Sou… / Get It Together b/w I Am Trying To Break Your Heart / 3:39
Sunny Side Of The Mountain / The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Various Artists / Will The Circle Be Unbroken [Disc 1] / 2:51
Appaloosa / The Black Crowes / Before The Frost…Until The Freeze / 3:27
Leonard’s Pigpen / Malcolm Holcombe / For The Mission Baby / 4:50
Sheena’s Back / Nick Curran And The Lowlifes / Reform School Girl / 2:59
You Beat Me To The Punch / Mary Wells / The Ultimate collection / 2:42
I Can Get Off On You / Willie Nelson / Willie & Family Live / 2:09
Up On Cripple Creek / The Band / Greatest Hits / 4:32
Poor Old Dirt Farmer / Levon Helm / Dirt Farmer / 3:53
Little Birds / Levon Helm / Dirt Farmer / 4:42
There’s A Hole / John Doe / A Year In The Wilderness / 2:39
Mississippi Home / The Subdudes / Miracle Mule / 4:11
Pretty Boy Floyd Was A Travelin Salesman / David Childers / Known On The Underground / 5:17
$1000 Wedding / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 3:05
Dark Night / The Blasters / Trouble Bound / 5:32
Holy Moses / Drams / Jubilee Dive / 6:30
Get Out Of My Life Woman / Allen Toussaint / New Orleans Funk: New Orleans – The Original Sound Of Funk 1960-75 / 3:04
Fool For A Lonesome Train / Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals / Lifeline / 3:30
Electric Rodeo / Shooter Jennings / Electric Rodeo / 4:34
Baffled Ghosts / Mercury Dime / Baffled Ghosts / 6:20
Cranky Mulatto / The Gourds / Noble Bonus Tracks / 3:21

 

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