In Memory of Chris Porter: The Mastersons #1706

Friendships run deep when you are a musician. Friends with whom you can pick up right where you left off, after months on the road, become family. Chris Porter forged deep, fast friendships with people in every town he toured, but especially with his tight-knit chosen family of fellow “lifers.” Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson of The Mastersons were family for Porter. The Masterson’s sound permeates his prior album, This Red Mountain. They dropped into the studio one night, just off the plane from tour, to add their sparkle to Don’t Go Baby, It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You. The Masterson’s latest release, Transient Lullaby, was completed but not yet released when he passed away unexpectedly. They dedicated the album to Porter, and often perform the song they co-wrote, “You Got the Last Laugh,” in his memory.

Scott Ward at Standard Deluxe

Here’s an interview (not by me) of Alabama musician, Scott Ward, from the Standard Deluxe in October 2012.   In it, Ward discusses his first 2 recording projects and his influences:  Spooner Oldham, David Hood, Drive By Truckers, etc.  In the piece, you can hear a couple of Ward’s tunes, too.

Scott Ward also is the person behind A Heaping Helping- Songs For The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Of Alabama.  Sales of this album will go to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. In honor of Scott Ward’s mother Cheryl, and in memory of his classmates Brenda Bostian and Becky Maddox Tucker.


Country Fried Rock Curates Charity Compilation

The Country Fried Rock Collection Volume One, To Benefit Nuci’s Space

Country Fried Rock is a one-hour, weekly radio road trip that features some of the most exciting off-the-radar artists from legendary veterans like James McMurtry to up-and-comers Ha Ha Tonka. Host and producer, Sloane Spencer is an unapologetic lover of all things “musically real” Read More