TPR#89 Allison Russell and Dom Flemons of Sankofa

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May 252012
 

Allison Russell and Dom Flemons from the jug band called Sankofa talk about how they and their band mates Sule Greg Wilson and Ndidi Onukwulu put together this unique collection music. They talk about the history of jug band music, the instruments and culture it was built on in the early 20th century.

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TPR#88 Addam Scott – Interview and Music

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May 182012
 

Addam Scott, the musician, not the actor, talks to Calvin about his latest CD, San Diablo. He discusses the concept of conflict that runs through the CD and how he likes ““I like to move forward that contradiction and show the best of who we are as people and the worst of who we are as people.” He discusses his musically formative years in Wyoming where he learned equally from the hippie Rainbow Family and the cowboys on the ranches. He says, “there’s such a zest for life on one side and a subdued dignity on the other.” Scott also talks about the yearly charity event he helps put on for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach which features music, raffles, and an “80 proof Santa.”

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Recap of Interview with Addam Scott about San Diablo

Addam Scott talks about the roots music in the Long Beach / Los Angeles area and how there’s a thriving roots music scene that hasn’t reached out to the rest of the country yet.

Addam Scott talks about the idea behind his CD, San Diablo, is centered around “conflict.” Even the title highlights the conflict translating into “saint devil.” “I like to move forward that contradiction and show the best of who we are as people and the worst of who we are as people.” He also wanted to make a record that is a “little bit smarter than what we hear on pop culture radio.”

Addam Scott sets up a song he wrote with Brian De Den called “Gallows.” This song was written a few years ago when he was in El Paso. It was 1:00pm in the afternoon. He was looking across into Juarez. You’d think it would be a bustling community that time of day but all they saw walking around were little clumps of people dressed in black. It was during one of the worst months of the drug wars down there. He wrote this song to personalize the story that of someone who might have gotten involved in the drug war and might not have made the best decisions at the time.

[Calvin plays “Gallows” from the Addam Scott’s CD, San Diablo.]

Addam Scott says that song had a lot of Marty Robbins in it and he was thinking of a cinematic kind of song.

Addam Scott talks about his earliest recollections of music was playing records at his grandparents house where they played Willie and Waylon. As he got older he moved into Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson. Has respect for Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens. Addam Scott says that at some point we’re going to see a Buck Owens biopic that shows what an innovator he really is. Addam Scott also talks about Merle Haggard as being one of the local artists he pulls from.

Addam Scott sets up “Good News.” He says this song as about what’s good comes from what’s bad. And what’s bad comes from what’s good.

[Calvin plays “Good News” from Addam Scott’s San Diablo CD.]

Calvin asks about the beer hall group sing song he has in some of his songs. Addam Scott says they deliberately tried to create a song people would like to sing along with. He’s not adverse to get people who just happen to be in the studio to come in and sing the chorus. He talks about the need to write choruses that are easy to sing along to to give people the confidence to do it.

Addam Scott talks about his musically formative years. He grew up in a small desert town called Apple Valley, California. He says its mostly known for “tumble weeds, meth labs and bikers.” After finishing high school, he had a buddy whose uncle owned a brick yard up in Wyoming, went thereto work for the summer. But the job fell through after they got up there. So he ended up in Jackson Hole. He lived out of his car for the summer and worked odd jobs. He hung out with the hippie group, The Rainbow Family. He was hanging out in the heartland of America, living with the cowboys out there juxtaposed with the hippies that were staying there. He met different musicians in town and some hippies taught him some chords on a guitar. He’d listen to cowboy songs on the ranches. He says he learned about music equally from the cowboys and hippies. “there’s such a zest for life on one side and a subdued dignity on the other.”

Addam Scott sets up “California.” One of the jobs he’s done over the years is truck driving. He says people don’t realize how hard the work is. While he was growing up, truckers were super heroes and movies were made of them. Addam Scott says that over time there’s been a growing disdain for manual labor and blue collar labor. So we wrote a song to pay tribute to it the truckers.

[Calvin plays “California,” off Addam Scott’s CD San Diablo]

Addam Scott talks about his charity, Honky Tonk Christmas. Originally it came from a guy named Jerry Zinn another country music artist. It’s a yearly Christmas show to raise money for the Boys and Girls club of Long Beach. They make it “just a little bit off from classy.” They bring in thousands of Christmas lights and you can get your picture taken with Santa. But it’s an “80 proof Santa.” They get a bunch of bands to play and they raffle off prizes to raise money.

Addam Scott talks about his next project. He spends half his time promoting the current record and half his time working on his next CD which will be more of a three instrument arrangement with vocals.

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Rotation 312

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May 142012
 

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 lead instigator behind country music’s worst nightmare, Cornell Hurd. We’ll be talking about his long career and playing tracks from his band’s latest release, Drop In On My Dream.

Browder Holler Boy / 3:26 / Chelle Rose / Ghost Of Browder Holler
Sugar / 3:11 / Lisa Biales / Just Like Honey
Boys & Girls / 3:28 / Alabama Shakes / Boys & Girls
You Got What You Wanted / 3:37 / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It

*** Interview Guest: Cornell Hurd

Please Return To Jesus / 4:14 / Bap Kennedy / The Sailor’s Revenge
Ice Age / 4:26 / Dr. John / Locked Down
Don’t Let Me Down Again / 3:35 / Paul Thorn / What The Hell Is Goin’ On?
Badly Bent / 4:49 / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling
Good News / 4:20 / Addam Scott / San Diablo
Sweet Senorita / 3:29 / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other
Morning Song / 4:17 / Milagro Saints / Chance & Circumstance
Can’t Keep You Off My Mind / 3:47 / Woody Pines / You Gotta Roll EP
Two Star Motel / 2:26 / The Two Man Gentlemen Band / Two At A Time
Maybe It’s Best / 4:48 / D.L. Marble / Not The One…
Stop Breaking Down / 5:24 / Terry Lewsader / The Beanfield Blues

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Review: Beanfield Blues

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May 112012
 

terry lewsader beanfield bluesTerry Lewsader’s Beanfield Blues hits the sweet spot of country rock cross over.  On some songs you get a midnight rambler kind of rock and roll feel, other songs are slow sweet twangy heartbreakers. It’s interesting that the lead artist on the CD is Terry Lewsader, but lead vocal duties are carried by 4 or 5 different singers, most notably Lydia Salnikova and David Upton whose voice sounds like a ragged Kris Kristofferson. Highlights for me are “The Lesson,” “Sad Song,” and “Stop Breaking Down.”

TPR#87 MC Taylor from Hiss Golden Messenger – Interview and Music

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May 112012
 

MC Taylor visits the studio to play acoustic versions of songs from Hiss Golden Messenger’s latest release, Poor Moon. He talks to Calvin about how he and Scott Hirsch got started writing music together back in their college days at University of California at Santa Barbara; describes this CD as a sort of gospel CD but that Jesus only has “a cameo or two”; talks about his roots in the Durham/Chapel Hill area; and talks about his most “William Blake-ian” song.

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Hiss Golden Messenger is a duo consisting of song writer MC Taylor multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch. Their latest release is Poor Moon which has been put out on Vinyl by Paradise of Bachelors and on CD and electronic distribution by Tompkins Square.

MC Taylor joins Calvin in the studio for an interview and some acoustic versions of songs from Poor Moon.

MC Taylor talks about his collaboration with Scott Hirsch and how they met 20 years ago when they were freshmen at University of California at Santa Barbara. They were primarily into experimental, noise music. It gradually morphed into a melange of American traditional music under the name Hiss Golden Messenger.

MC Taylor sets up “Jesus Sot Me In The Head.” He says it’s the most narrative song on the CD.

[Calvin plays “Jesus Shot Me In The Head” off the Poor Moon CD.]

MC Taylor discusses the songwriting on “Jesus Shot Me In The Head”. Scot and he are omnivorous music listeners and so a lot of different sounds show up in the records that might not show up on a traditional Americana record.

MC Taylor ponders whether this CD could be called a gospel record. He says maybe, but not necessarily a gospel of Jesus Christ. He talks about how Jesus has “a cameo or two” on the record. He says it’s a gospel record of the spirit and that “this record as a part of my trying to understanding my spiritual life and sensibility.”

MC Taylor sets up “Call Him Daylight”. He says this song is as William Blake-ian as he gets.

[MC Taylor plays an acoustic version of “Call Him Daylight.”]

MC Taylor talks about his roots in the area and his experience living in Pittsboro south of Chapel Hill. He discusses why it’s important for him to live in the south.

MC Taylor sets up “Drum” from their previous release Bad Debt. MC Taylor describes this song as a gospel song but they might not play it in a church.

[MC Taylor plays an acoustic version of “Drum.”]

MC Taylor talks about their next release. It’s about half recorded so far. Bad Debt came out in early 2011, Poor Moon came out in late 2012, and their next CD already half done so they are prolific.

MC Taylor promotes the Hiss Golden Messenger FaceBook page as the best place to get show announcements and other information about the band.

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Review: Mutt by Cory Branan

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May 102012
 

Cory Branan MuttThe thing that stands out on Cory Branan’s Bloodshot debut, Mutt, is the story-telling. Branan’s got an ear for real-world ballads, with all their contradictions, not-so-proud moments, and bittersweet ironies. The base sound here is a punk / southern rock vibe in the same vein as Paul Westerberg.

WCOM Play List for May 7, 2012

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May 072012
 

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 this week is Chelle Rose. I am super excited to have her on the show because she’s from the NC/TN mountains.

Cheese & Crackers / The Two Man Gentlemen Band / Two At A Time / 2:48
Two Lane Highway / D.L. Marble / Not The One… / 2:54
Locked Down / Dr. John / Locked Down / 4:59
Damn Your Eyes / Lisa Biales / Just Like Honey / 3:34

*** Interview Guest: Chelle Rose

Take My Love With You / Paul Thorn / What The Hell Is Goin’ On? / 4:17
Two For The Road / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling / 2:54
California / Addam Scott / San Diablo / 3:56
Almost Home / YARN / Almost Home / 4:16
Only You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:31
Live And Let Live / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 2:51
All Things Being Equal / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 3:29
Our Future (Isn’t What It Used To Be) / The Cornell Hurd Band / Drop In On My Dream / 3:32
I Ain’t The Same / Alabama Shakes / Boys & Girls / 2:56
Make It Rain / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:46
Ham & Eggs / Woody Pines / You Gotta Roll EP / 3:18

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