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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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Recap of Interview with MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger

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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Review: Two At A Time by The Two Man Gentleman Band

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May 052012
 

When the CD starts out with “My Baby Tastes’ Like Pork Chops” you know your’ in for a ride. Sticking to a happy upbeat ragtime sound, The Two Man Gentleman Band write clever, modern lyrics that put you in a foot-tapping mood. Highlights for me are “Please Don’t Water It Down,” “Two Start Motel,” and “Cheese and Crackers.”

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Just Like Honey by Lisa Biales

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May 052012
 

lisa biales just like honeyLisa Biales’ release, Just Like Honey, highlights her stellar voice. She is in total control on every song, whether it’s a slow burning blues number, a ragtime jazz song, or a hair raising anthem. Her voice alone would command attention for this CD. But she also wrote three of the tracks as well. And every aspect of this CD makes you feel like this CD is a labor of fun.  Highlights for me are “Just Like Honey,” “Sugar,” and “Damn Your Eyes.”

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TPR#86 Milagro Saints – Interview and Music

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May 042012
 

Stephen Ineson, Berto Morales, and Lee Kirby join Calvin in the studio to perform acoustic versions of three tracks from their latest release, Chance and Circumstance. Steve tells the story of his Pennsylvania Rose, Berto Morales talks about how he came to be the mandolin player for the band. Lee Kirby impresses everyone with his ability to switch instruments in the middle of a song.

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The Milagro Saints are:
SD Ineson: Vocals, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Lee Kirby: Hammond Organ, Piano, Harmonica, Melodica
Roberto Morales: Electric guitar/mandolin
Smitty: Lap Steel
Steve Samosky: Bass
Rusty May: Drums/percussion
Joyce Bowden: vocals
Jick wins-Low: vocals, drums, bass, trombone, guitars, fiddle

Stephen, Lee, and Roberto joined Calvin in the studio.

Stephen Ineson and Calvin talk about how the Milagro Saints have been playing “since before the turn the century.” They talk about how Calvin bought the debut Milagro Saints CD about that time because he liked the cover and thought it looked like something Steve Earle would have made.

Stephen Ineson talks about how this collection of songs on the Milagro Saints’ new CD, Chance and Circumstance came together. They’d been writing songs for a couple of years. And a local Carrboro producer Jick wins-Low  saw the band perform their songs at the Weaver Street Market music on the lawn series. Jick helped them mix and produce the CD over about a year period.

Stephen Ineson sets up an acoustic cover of “Pennsylvania Rose,” a song he wrote for his wife.

[Stephen Ineson, Lee Kirby, and Roberto Morales of Milagro Saints play “Pennsylvania Rose”]

Stephenson Ineson talks about the songs on the Milagro Saints’ CD has many influences because he’s from England and “sees America from an outside perspective.” Besides, he says, he’s not afraid to through non-genre specific elements into the music. Ineson also talks about the fact that there’s a thriving Americana scene in England.

Lee Kirby talks about growing up in North West Arkansas and getting the chance to see Earl Scruggs live which was his first taste of roots and bluegrass music and he was also influenced by the New Grass music trend.

Roberto says he grew up in Italy without any roots music influences although Ineson is quick to point out that they have mandolins in Italy. Roberto credits Stephen and Lee for making him “see the light” on the roots music scene.

Stephen Ineson sets up “Ghost.”

[Stephen Ineson, Lee Kirby, and Roberto Morales of Milagro Saints play “Ghost.”]

Stephen Ineson talks about  the gigs that Milagro Saints play in the area including Sadlacks and Weaver Street Market. They also talk about playing in the open air. And the joys of playing earlier in the day.

Stephen Ineson sets up “These Things About You,” which he describes as a “bit of a rock and roll number.”

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[Stephen Ineson, Lee Kirby, and Roberto Morales of Milagro Saints play “These Things About You.”]

Everyone marvels at Lees harp work on that last song and his ability to switch them in mid-song.

Stephen Ineson tells us the short version of the story behind the band name. He talks about “Milagro” means “miracle.” Lee points out that the true story refers to iconography. In Central  America where they wear icons of the saints. They are saving the official story of the band name for an upcoming book, or something.

Roberto Morales tells the story of how he was tricked into becoming he band’s mandolin player.

Stephen Ineson sets up “53rd and 9th Street.”

[Stephen Ineson, Lee Kirby, and Roberto Morales of Milagro Saints play “53rd and 9th Street.”]

Stephen Ineson refers people to MilagroSaints.com and also see Milagro Saints on FaceBook.

Stephen Ineson talks about being self-produced.