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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 →
Gift & Gear Guide

Gift & Gear Guide

Here are some of the nifty items we have enjoyed this year: Amazon Gift Cards: Let Them Buy Whatever They Want Ear Filters: we like Etymotic, Alpine, and EarPeace HD for long-wear comfort Bluetooth Tracker Devices: Find lost items with Trackr Superior Business Cards from MOO Paleo Meals to Go: Lightweight, Tasty MREs Without Soy […]

By December 13, 2016 Read More →
Gels or Gummies Got You Gagging?

Gels or Gummies Got You Gagging?

Electro-Bites from Fuel100 As I’ve mentioned before, my stomach is a little…touchy…on adventures. While unidentifiable street food probably won’t bother me at all, electrolyte foods quickly leave me begging to find the bushes. Partly, it’s the texture of gels that make me want to gag when running or mountain biking, but it’s also the huge […]

By December 12, 2016 Read More →
In Memory of Chris Porter, Part 1

In Memory of Chris Porter, Part 1

As most of y’all know, our friend, Chris Porter, passed away in a terrible car wreck while on tour (along with touring partner, Mitch Vandenburg, and survived by drummer, Adam Nurre). I’ve been going through my old hard drives to the early days of this show, when it was a daily feature on select country […]

By November 3, 2016 Read More →
VIDEO PREMIERE:  M. Lockwood Porter “Reach the Top”

VIDEO PREMIERE: M. Lockwood Porter “Reach the Top”

Written and Produced by M. Lockwood Porter From the album How To Dream Again on Amazon or iTunes “Reach The Top” mlockwoodporter.com blackmesarecords.com (US) hiddentrailrecords.bandcamp.com (UK & Europe) Video by Joseph Casey and M. Lockwood Porter Featuring Joseph Casey and Kris Payne Engineered and Mixed by Peter Labberton M. Lockwood Porter – vocals, guitar, harmonica […]

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
Sadler Vaden #1609

Sadler Vaden #1609

Sadler Vaden released his debut full length solo album in August 2016. His DIY effort morphed and was scrapped then re-imagined and recorded over a few years. What ultimately became this upbeat, pop influenced rock record demonstrates Vaden’s expertise gleaned from fronting his own band in the early 2000s for 8 years, playing for Drivin […]

By October 8, 2016 Read More →
AmericanaFest 2016

AmericanaFest 2016

Decided to do a quick podcast update from my 3 favorites at AmericanaFest 2016. Lots more video to come, but here’s a taste of my favorite band that I did not previously know: Ladies Gun Club (Sally Jaye/Sarah Roberts). I also dug a #CFRalumni band that I had never seen play live and the band […]

By September 29, 2016 Read More →
PREMIERE Jon Latham “Lifers”

PREMIERE Jon Latham “Lifers”

Jon Latham‘s pals are lifers. Capturing the heart of why Country Fried Rock exists, Lifers highlights songwriters who create because they must — driven to write, driving in vans. In this song premiere of the title track, dedicated listeners to this radio show will be able to guess who the song is about: a couple […]

By September 19, 2016 Read More →
Allen Thompson #1608

Allen Thompson #1608

Allen Thompson Band‘s new album, Brace Yourself, is still kept under top-secret guard, but the stories leading to the title seem surreal. Thompson and band mate, Clint Maine, both broke their backs in separate accidents within a month of each other. The following year helped them expand their sound and get weirder, as they describe. […]

By September 9, 2016 Read More →