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In Memory of Chris Porter:  Shonna Tucker #1707

In Memory of Chris Porter: Shonna Tucker #1707

Shonna Tucker came out of self-imposed music exile to play bass for Chris Porter‘s final album, Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You. After she left the Drive-By Truckers, she formed a band and released a great album that we featured on a previous podcast, then went through a period of questioning whether […]

By November 14, 2017 Read More →
In Memory of Chris Porter:  The Mastersons #1706

In Memory of Chris Porter: The Mastersons #1706

Friendships run deep when you are a musician, and those with whom you can pick up right where you left off after months on the road become family. Chris Porter had a gift for forging deep, fast friendships with people in every little town he toured across the country, but especially with his tight-knit chosen […]

By November 6, 2017 Read More →
In Memory of Chris Porter:  Will Johnson #1705

In Memory of Chris Porter: Will Johnson #1705

Will Johnson (Centro-Matic, South San Gabriel) produced Chris Porter‘s final album, Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You, as well as his previous record, This Red Mountain. Both albums were recorded with Johnson producing and Britton Beisenherz engineering and mixing at Ramble Creek Studio in Austin, Texas. The bands differed in each project, […]

By October 30, 2017 Read More →
Two Wheel Gear Convertible Pannier Backpack

Two Wheel Gear Convertible Pannier Backpack

I used the new Two Wheel Gear Convertible Pannier Backpack for two weeks as a bicycle commuter from an in-town neighborhood to a small city co-work space in a bike-friendly Southern city. I’ve been using a “corporate backpack” that is great for vehicle commuting, but was not shaped nor designed for bicycle-commuting. Overall, I like […]

By October 22, 2017 Read More →
In Memory of Chris Porter:  Andrea Juarez #1704

In Memory of Chris Porter: Andrea Juarez #1704

Andrea Juarez never planned to release an album, but it seemed like the best way to honor her fiance, Chris Porter, who passed away on tour October 2016, when their van was rear-ended on the interstate. Mitchell Vandenburg also was killed, and Adam Nurre miraculously survived the horrific wreck. Porter was mostly finished with tracking […]

By October 16, 2017 Read More →
Sally Jaye #1703

Sally Jaye #1703

Sally Jaye launched Cafe Rooster Records with a legendary guerrilla party at AmericanaFest 2016 in Nashville, TN. The cooperative record label began with friend and co-founder, Darrin Bradbury’s album, Elmwood Park, quickly adding a vinyl release of Jaye’s band, Ladies Gun Club, a vinyl re-issue of her solo album, Amarillo, and a digital release of […]

By October 6, 2017 Read More →
Boo Ray #1702

Boo Ray #1702

Boo Ray recently released Sea of Lights on vinyl, the debut release from Kindercore record pressing in Athens, GA. With a fresh mastering for vinyl and successful showcase at AmericanaFest 2017, Boo Ray and his band continue to tour the US with his distinct brand of Jerry Reed-inspired rock and roll. He’s a heckuva picker […]

By October 1, 2017 Read More →
Drivin N Cryin:  Mystery Road Re-issued

Drivin N Cryin: Mystery Road Re-issued

It’s crazy and weird and fantastic to have bands I snuck out of the house to see (R.E.M. and Drivin N Cryin) continue to matter to music fans so much that their albums get re-issued. I’m pretty sure I’ve told y’all the story of not getting hired at a Columbus, Ohio, radio station in the […]

By September 27, 2017 Read More →
How to Cold Pitch Digital Media for DIY Musicians

How to Cold Pitch Digital Media for DIY Musicians

After decades working in corporate radio, print and digital media, and PR, I’ve developed a few tips for independent musicians to increase the likelihood of gaining media coverage. At the AmericanaFest 2017 conference, I mentored several songwriters in quick ten-minute sessions. Everyone should have access to the #PRoTip nuggets of wisdom, so spread the word! […]

By September 21, 2017 Read More →
“Shit Got Dark” from Upcoming Posthumous Album, Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes

“Shit Got Dark” from Upcoming Posthumous Album, Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes

Long-time pal and friend to everyone he ever met, Chris Porter‘s final album, Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You from Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes, will be released 10/20 on Cornelius Chapel Records. Porter recorded with fellow Country Fried Rock alumni and friends, Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), John Calvin Abney, Shonna Tucker (former […]

By September 11, 2017 Read More →
Chad Cochran #1701

Chad Cochran #1701

I first got to know Chad Cochran, known online as CowtownChad, through the defunct Twitter event, Couch By Couchwest. Cochran’s photographs and mixed media art featuring haunting landscapes and abandoned buildings held titles from songs by musicians featured on our show. Through the magic of social media, we became friends and hung out at AmericanaFest […]

By May 11, 2017 Read More →
Austin Lucas House Concert, Columbia, SC

Austin Lucas House Concert, Columbia, SC

Hey, you sparkling sunfish!  You must be here because you support Girls Rock Columbia.  Heck, yeah! My buddy, Austin Lucas, is a fabulous songwriter from Indiana, and a wonderful supporter of the GRC cause.  He’s going to play a house concert in Columbia and a portion of the reservations go to GRC. Win win! *** Reservations […]

By April 4, 2017 Read More →