Episodes

The Infamous Stringdusters #1420

The Infamous Stringdusters #1420

The Infamous Stringdusters tour so much that they even have their own festival, The Festy, with a fabulous lineup including our alumni, New Country Rehab. Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall are so in sync that they alternate answering questions and finish each others’ sentences. For their fifth album, Let It Go, the Stringdusters opted to produce […]

Dom Flemons #1419

Dom Flemons #1419

Dom Flemons’ third solo album, Prospect Hill, will be available on Music Maker records this summer.  The former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings his interest in Carolina blues, old time, and early R&B to both traditional and original songs.  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of driving Flemons from downtown Nashville […]

Caleb Caudle #1418

Caleb Caudle #1418

Caleb Caudle left North Carolina for New Orleans, but he spends so much time on the road, that it almost does not matter. When Caudle’s scheduled studio time for Nashville fell through at the last minute, he hit the road with fellow Country Fried Rock alum, John Moreland, for intense reflection and regrouping, while giving […]

David Mayfield #1417

David Mayfield #1417

David Mayfield grew up in a bus touring with his parents’ bluegrass gospel band, feeling the pressure of supporting the family’s livelihood as a child. Writing and performing define him, and he cannot see himself doing anything else. After two successful independent albums, Mayfield has just announced signing to the Compass Records label this week, […]

Fire Mountain #1416

Fire Mountain #1416

Fire Mountain’s latest album, All Dies Down, is three years in the making, but for a band that has no intention of leaving their day gigs, this works just fine. Don’t let their intentional “weekend warrior” status mislead you, though: this is an excellent album and their live shows equally worthy.  After hearing the debut […]

John Howie, Jr. #1415

John Howie, Jr. #1415

I’ve been a fan of John Howie, Jr.’s music since he fronted the Two Dollar Pistols.  His new record with his current band of friends and rotating legends is John Howie, Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff.  The cover art by fellow North Carolinian, Skillet Gilmore, ices the cake on Everything Except Goodbye. When Howie broke […]

Featured Archive:  #1219 Band of Heathens

Featured Archive: #1219 Band of Heathens

Band of Heathens developed from a side project of several Austin songwriters at Momo’s, each of whom were pursuing other projects of solo work and sideman gigs. As they continued the residency and players flowed in and out of their scene, Gordy Quist, Ed Jurdy, and Colin Brooks realized that these Good Time Supper Club […]

Drew Holcomb #1414

Drew Holcomb #1414

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors have been around the roots music community for a long time, but their continued willingness to change their sound and songwriting as they grow keeps their music fresh and their performances lively.  Despite his wife Ellie leaving full-time touring with The Neighbors to focus on her own songwriting, Holcomb takes […]

Turchi #1413

Turchi #1413

Turchi’s new album, Can’t Bury Your Past, comes out this week on Devil Down Records. How Reed Turchi has time to write, record, and tour behind a record is a mystery of space and time. As label director for the recently revived Ardent Music (part of the larger Ardent Studios family), Turchi spends most of […]

Featured Archive:  #1212 James McMurtry

Featured Archive: #1212 James McMurtry

Some songwriters craft tunes with the intent of making social commentary, but rarely do those same songs last through two Presidencies and manage to incite emotion from both sides of the political aisle. Such is the case for James McMurtry, who observes what he sees, but does not claim control of where his songs may […]

Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham #1412

Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham #1412

I did not grow up with country music. The first time I heard “Ring Of Fire,” was on a Social Distortion album. So for me, twang comes from a punk source as logically as it does anywhere else, and Southern California has a distinct take on the music that I love. One of the first […]

Featured Archive: #1213 Patrick Sweany

Featured Archive: #1213 Patrick Sweany

AmericanaFest always amazes me: such an incredible collection of roots music showcases, where it is impossible to catch every “must see” show.