“New Orleans to Jackson” by Beth McKee

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Apr 092012
 

Beth McKee performing New Orleans to Jackson, a new song about taking the train home after a long party weekend in the Crescent City. (It’s so new, she has a crib sheet) Charlie Dechant of Hall & Oates Band fame wails on sax. Hear Beth talk about this song and the music from Next To Nowhere on episode 82 of the Taproot Music Show.

Apr 062012
 

Beth McKee talks about the different styles of southern music on her latest CD, Next To Nowhere; tells us about fishing or redfish near Port Sulfer, Louisiana and its metaphorical implications; and tells us how her “Swamp Sistas” movement got started.

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Beth McKee joins Calvin on the show live via telephone to talk about her new CD, Next To Nowhere.

Beth McKee talk this being Beth’s second appearance on the show. She was a guest back on episode 7 of the show.

Beth McKee talks about this CD being a testament to persistence and gumption. She says the climate in the music business is different than it’s ever been before. So having gumption and “stick-to-it-tiveness” is important for anybody in the music business today.

Beth McKee sets up “On The Verge” as the anthem track of the CD. It was inspired by a group of women that she’s gotten to know as she toured and promoted her previous CD, I’m That Way. As she met these interesting women that she wanted to keep up with, she decided to create an online Facebook community which she calls The Swamp Sistas. The group now has 1200 women. They are mostly from or in the south but they are from all over the world. Getting to know these women inspired this song. The song is about getting back to your dreams if you’ve lost track of them and it could apply to anybody.

[ plays “On The Verge” ]

Calvin talks about the many different styles of song on CD and asked her if it was a deliberate choice. Beth McKee says no, it wasn’t deliberate. It’s just her. Beth says these songs “are the sound track to her life.” She talks about how the time she’s spent in Mississippi, Texas, Louisianna, Florida, and North Carolina. Each of those states have their own type of southern culture and she’s picked them up as she went around.

Calvin asks if any of the genres are harder than others. Beth says no, they were all challenging in their own way and that the whole band and producer Tony Battaglia put everything they had into every track.

Beth McKee set up “Should Have Kept On Walking”. This is a song she wrote with a friend in New Orleans, Gary Hirstius. It’s about realizing that you should have gotten out of a relationship earlier than you did but being glad that at least you did eventually get out of it.

[ plays “Should Have Kept On Walkin’” ]

Beth and Calvin talk about the very short insert of back up vocals into “Should Have Kept On Walking.” She says it was Tony’s idea and she recorded that back up bit and her rule is “Tony is always right.”

Beth talks about the difference between covering someone else’s songs like she did on the previous CD and writing songs from her personal experience. She says its obviously a little more frightening but that was all the more reason for doing it. She said that Bobby Charles told her to follow her gut and don’t question yourself and just be honest about it.

Beth McKee tells a story about fishing to illustrate how she feels about the CD, Next To Nowhere. She says she used to go fishing down in Cocodrie, LA (near Port Sulfer) in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana and that she’d fish for redfish. She’d catch then from the bank, some times 8-10 pounders. She talks about the intense nervous feeling she got when she’d hook a fish on her line and it was so overwhelming she’d have to remind herself tht’s the fun part. She’d tell herself “don’t be freaked out that you are going to lose the fish so much that you don’t enjoy catching the durn thing.”

Beth McKee picks the third track, “Same Dog’s Tail,” because it is based on a quote from a famous North Carolina baseball player, Catfish Hunter. She had to clean up the language and “PG it down a little.”

[plays “Same Dog’s Tail” ]

Beth McKee talks about the many musical influences she’s had. One in particular she mentioned was Gram Parsons because she lives in the area of Florida he was from. Calvin asks Beth to talk about the Americana of Gram Parsons of then vs the Americana of today. Beth says he was the guy the connected rock and country music then and that’s the core of americana today.

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Taproot Radio News #301

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Feb 262012
 

Rotation #301, February 27, 2012

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There’s a great moment in the movie The Big Chill when “Nick,” played by William Hurt, is being faux-interviewed by one of his friends in a mock TV interview. His friend is running down a list of half finished projects, abandoned careers, and miscellaneous dodgy dealings. Nick abruptly interrupts and says indignantly, “I was evolving, I’m still evolving.”

That’s kinda how I feel about Taproot Radio and especially the podcast. It’s evolving, still evolving. So yeah, I’m changing the name (again) to The Taproot Music Show. Yes, it will still primarily be delivered as a podcast. So all you podcast fanatics don’t hafta worry. But I wanted to drop Podcast (and Radio) from the name so it wouldn’t be so weird as I explore new ways to deliver the same great interview show. Not sure exactly where that’s going to lead, but I’m actively looking at alternate ways to get the show into more ears. Got an idea? I’d like to hear it.

In a meager attempt at being hip, I’ve joined Pinterest and have created a pin board for the Taproot Music Show episodes. I’ll still be announcing new episodes here, on the blog, on the Facebook, and the twitter. But if you’re into Pinterest you can follow there too. So there’s really no excuse not to listen. heh.

And on to music! Dang! I actually caught up with auditions last week. So if you’re a label rep waiting to hear about a CD you sent in, better drop me a line. I got nothing in the queue right now. Wouldn’t be the first time I lost a CD. Sorry in advance. And weirdly enough, not a single CD showed up in the mail box this week. Can’t remember the last time that happened!

But now, as of this afternoon, I understand why. It was kinda like the Red Seas parting to make way for the arrival of….drum roll please…. THE NEW BETH McKEE CD!!!! Pick your favorite superlative for Next To Nowhere because it will fit. She hits just about every style of southern music on this CD, from torch singer blues, piano bar romps, R&B ballads, southern rock, gospel-inspred anthems, a little cajun/hippie and I don’t know what all else. This CD made my day and I know it will put a little oomph in your day too. Drop what you’re doing and check it out as soon as possible.

On episode 76 of the Taproot Music Show, 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.

My interview guest on the live show this week is Mike June from Mike June and the Wilson Street Exiles. So tune in to the WCOM web stream at 9pm eastern time to hear him tell the stories behind his music.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

Taproot Road Song

Speaking of southern soul, blue-eyed soul, whatever you want to call it. I decided to put George Soulé’s “Take A Ride” up for the Road Song of the week. After last week’s kick ass road song from Lucero, this adds a smoooooooth kinda road song into the mix.

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Episode 72, Lee Briante of The Far West talks about the importance of having video and internet media available for today’s audience; how it made him feel to move to Los Angeles; and how recording in an American Legion hall brought their debut self-titled CD to life.

Episode 73 – Lincoln Durham talks about his residency at Gruene Hall, why he can’t write love songs, his long path from playing fiddle to Son House and Fred McDowell, and why he wrote a creepy songs about ne’er-do-well characters playing forty

Episode 74 – Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing from Hymn For Her, how they met and started making music together; their evolution from folk duo to lo-fi rock band; and recording in their airstream trailer.

Episode 75 – Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter of Red Molly talk about their music backgrounds, the appeal of female trios, the excitement of playing Merlefest, the appeal their music has for the NYC coffeehouse crowd, and the stories behind three of their songs on the CD Light In The Sky.

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.

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  • Next to Nowhere / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 3:04

  • On the Verge / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 4:16

  • Shoulda Kept on Walkin’ / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 2:57

  • New Orleans to Jackson / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 4:44

  • Same Dog’s Tail / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 3:37

 

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  • Next to Nowhere / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 3:04

  • Green, Green Grass Of Home / Johnny Cash / Sunday Morning Coming Down / 2:35

  • On My Way Downtown / Lucero / Women & Work / 4:29

  • Take A Ride / George Soule / Take A Ride / 3:20

*** Special Interview Guest: Mike June ***

  • Dirty Water / Chris Castle / Last Bird Home / 4:21

  • Knockin’ Over Whiskeys / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 2:56

  • Losin’ Boy / Eddy Giles / Deep Soul Treasures 2 / 3:15

  • Slow Death / Charlie Pickett / Bar Band Americanus / 3:49

  • Another Story / The Damn Quails / Down the Hatch / 3:33

  • Into The Mystic / Mike McClure Band / Camelot Falling / 4:46

  • Just Another Way To Go / Jackstraw / Sunday Never Comes / 2:53

  • Love Letters / Lincoln Durham / The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones / 2:58

  • tenderhook / Michael Rank and Stag / Kin [Disc 1] / 4:26

  • Ain’t Got No Troubles / Eden Brent / Ain’t Got No Troubles / 5:09

 

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  • Next to Nowhere / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 3:04
  • A Bad Way / The Great Unknowns / Homefront / 3:05
  • On My Way Downtown / Lucero / Women & Work / 4:29
  • Dirty Water / Chris Castle / Last Bird Home / 4:21
  • Hu-matic Man / Andre Williams / Hoods and Shades / 3:13
  • tenderhook / Michael Rank and Stag / Kin [Disc 1] / 4:26
  • Delta River Line / Westbound / Blackjack Road / 3:42
  • Rock This Little Boat / Maynard and the Musties / Cheap Cigar / 3:13
  • Hangin On / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / 2:39
  • Promised Land / Drew Nelson / Tilt-A-Whirl / 3:38
  • Just Another Way To Go / Jackstraw / Sunday Never Comes / 2:53
  • Another Story / The Damn Quails / Down the Hatch / 3:33
  • Love Letters / Lincoln Durham / The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones / 2:58
  • Stuck In Memphis / Thieving Birds / Thieving Birds / 3:05
  • Randall Knife / Vince Gill / This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark [Disc 2] / 4:34
  • I’ll Never Drink Again / The Far West / The Far West / 3:12
  • Slips / Hymn For Her / Lucy & Wayne And The American Stream / 2:41
  • Dedicated To The One I Love / Steve Cropper, Lucinda Williams & Steve Winwood / Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales / 3:15
  • You Better Pray / Marquise Knox / Here I Am  / 4:45
  • Big Drops of Trouble / Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys / Another Lost Highway / 3:49
  • Mocha Jaydene / Planetary Nights / Today Ain’t Too Late / 4:36
  • The Train That’s Bound For Glory / Garrison Starr / Amateur / 3:41
  • Angel Of Death / New Country Rehab / New Country Rehab / 2:52
  • Blues for Big Bill / Chris Cotton / It’s All Connected / 3:23
  • Pony Blues / Bluff City Backsliders / It’s All Connected / 4:11
  • Take A Ride / George Soule / Take A Ride / 3:20
  • Wild Horses / The Flying Burrito Brothers / Sacred Hearts And Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology (Disc 1) / 6:24
  • New Shoes / Caleb Klauder / Dangerous Mes And Poisonous Yous / 3:11
  • You Left The Water Running (Live) / Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham / Moments From This Theatre / 3:24
  • 7 Months, 39 Days / Hank Williams III / Lovesick, Broke And Driftin’ / 3:27
  • Down To The Wire / Son Volt / American Central Dust (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) / 4:20
  • Fooled Around And Fell In Love / Mickey Thomas / The Bluesmasters Featuring Mickey Thomas / 4:20
  • Final Wild Son / The Long Ryders / The Long Ryders Anthology: Looking for Lewis and Clark [Disc 1] / 2:40
  • Losin’ Boy / Eddy Giles / Deep Soul Treasures 2 / 3:15
  • Man of Somebody’s Dreams / Los Lobos / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 3:59
  • I Can’t Turn You Loose / Otis Redding / Live On The Sunset Strip / 6:20
  • Green, Green Grass Of Home / Johnny Cash / Sunday Morning Coming Down / 2:35
  • Piss & Moan Blues / The Gourds / Dem’s Good Beeble / 3:16
  • Everything’s Alright / The O’s / Between The Two / 2:21
  • Tennessee Waltz / Ruth Brown / More Dirty Laundry: The Soul Of Black Country / 4:15
  • Money / Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kin… / I Learned the Hard Way (Bonus Version) / 3:22
  • The Ballad of Elano DeLeon / Reckless Kelly / Somewhere In Time / 3:26
  • Lucky Man / Ronnie Wood / Lucky Man / 3:53
  • Get On The Bus / The Bottle Rockets / Lean Forward / 3:51
  • Honey Now / Gillian Welch / Hell Among The Yearlings / 1:52
  • Into The Mystic / Mike McClure Band / Camelot Falling / 4:46
  • Slow Death / Charlie Pickett / Bar Band Americanus / 3:49
  • Ain’t Got No Troubles / Eden Brent / Ain’t Got No Troubles / 5:09
  • Handcuffs / Sodajerk / Sodajerk / 3:01
  • Knockin’ Over Whiskeys / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 2:56
  • Angels On A Passing Train / Marah / Angels Of Destruction / 4:06

 

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