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Three Dimes Down For Nuci’s Space

Our friends at the Three Dimes Down fan forum for Drive-By Truckers have another incredibly successful project for Nuci’s Space this year. They have raised a ton more money that we have, and we want to support their latest project!

Links:

  • Three Dimes Down fundraiser DVD for Nuci’s Space
  • Country Fried Rock’s Vol. 1 & 2 for Nuci’s Space
  • Nuci’s Space
  • Testimonials of why Nuci’s Space matters, even if you’ve never been to Athens, GA

    “…of course I went straight to Nuҫi’s Space after all this; I broke down in tears practically as soon as I walked through the door. The people there are so, so nice. I spoke with the counseling advocate there for an hour or so, and it felt more productive than any “professional” counseling session I’ve had in weeks. So I eventually felt some peace of mind, but without the help of a paid professional. This makes me wish I had more people that I felt comfortable with opening up to, so that I don’t have to pay someone to listen to me.”

    I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that things are MUCH better for me now that I’ve started therapy with [my therapist]. She is absolutely wonderful, calm, and easy to talk to.
    The past few months have been very difficult for me and I can’t thank Nuҫi’s Space enough for helping me find the help I need to have a healthy life. I’ll keep in touch! Thank you for all you do.

    Just wanted to drop you a note and say thank you so much to you and the rest of Nuҫi’s for sponsoring my therapy. It’s going so great and I feel like I’m growing and getting better and stronger all the time. Just wanted to take a moment and let you know I really appreciate this help y’all are giving me.

    Thanks so much for the help throughout the years. I honestly wouldn’t have known what to do without Nuҫi’s Space.

    I know that many of us have been personally affected by the suicide of friends and family members. There are others of us who are recovering addicts and/or have also suffered from various types of mental illness ourselves.

    Christmas Cracker

    Ho, ho, ho! It’s gonna snow!

    Check out Bryan Howard on bass! His band, The Heap, are the background music band you hear in every Country Fried Rock radio show. (They’re great. You should buy their music. Deluxe on Amazon
    )

    Alumni Update: The Burning Angels

    Mark Cunningham was one of our first features on Country Fried Rock back in 2010, when we were a fledgling online radio station. He plays with several bands, as many musicians in Athens, Georgia do, and fronts his own band, The Burning Angels.  He also does pen and ink drawings and digital collage, many of which are his album covers and posters.

    Get The Burning Angels’ music here on Bandcamp.

    burning angels cover

    Beautiful Scars is not an album that The Burning Angels have made before. It is an album that two of the band’s constant members (Mark Cunningham, Andrew Vickery) decided had to be made immediately after the release of Love & 20 Pesos. A deeply personal album for songwriter Mark Cunningham, Beautiful Scars explores the frailty, darkness, emotions and stories set in a gothic Southern landscape.

    Putting trust into their own hands as producers, the pair played all of the instruments, recorded and mixed all of the songs, learning and discovering new sounds along the way. Beautiful Scars was a 6 month labor of love for The Burning Angels and is the band’s 3rd full-length album.

    The Burning Angels are an Americana band based out of Athens, Georgia, founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter, Mark Cunningham. Previous releases are the 2011 self-titled, The Burning Angels and Love & 20 Pesos released in 2013. Mark Cunningham has released Searching for the Smaller Gods in 2010.

    The Whiskey Gentry #1337

    The Whiskey Gentry‘s second album, Holly Grove, sets the stage for this Atlanta band to break out of their Georgia confines and become a nationally known roots music band.  Lauren Staley’s lyrics and vocals are backed by a tight band of stellar players.  Their second album is the first that wholly originated during the lifespan of the band, and John Keane again coaxed the best from their talents, while changing up their recording methods from song to song, partially because of its piecemeal recording process over five months, and partially because the core of the band, husband and wife, Jason Morrow and Lauren Staley, were inspired by the Sound City documentary, and wanted to record some songs fully live.  Following up on a year of success, including their first European tour, The Whiskey Gentry will be touring much more in the coming year across the US.  Their high-energy live show should be on your must-see list.

    Liner Notes

    Dodd Ferrelle: If You Were A Jellybean

    Our alum, Dodd Ferrelle, has a children’s book, If You Were A Jellybean.

    If You Were a Jelly Bean is a fun, interactive book that parents and children of all ages can complete together. Have fun learning about animals, colors and more while learning a little bit about each other. We hope you enjoy finishing this book as much as we enjoyed leaving it unfinished… As an added bonus you will receive an mp3 of the song “My Favorite.” “My Favorite” is the second song on the CD Happy Hands released by The Happy Hands Band in 2012.

    Songwriter/Author and singer in The Happy Hands Band, Dodd Ferrelle wrote the song “My Favorite” after coming up with the idea for the book If You Were A Jelly Bean. Dodd’s wife Cameron had the pleasure of illustrating the book.

    Get the Happy Hands Theme Song here…
    happy hands band …or The Happy Hands Band on iTunes.

    Scott Low: Premiere From CFR Alum

    From his album, The Stories I Shouldn’t Tell, Scott Low presents the music video “Stuck in the Country”.

    Filmed and edited by Jay Braver (www.JayBraver.com), the video was filmed at the Historic Village at Hurricane Shoals State Park in Maysville, Georgia.

    The Stories I Shouldn’t Tell includes 14 tracks recorded over the last two years, available on Amazon and iTunes.

    Bio:

    Scott Low currently leads the band Efren, as well as penning his own southern folk songs. He has been writing and playing songs a long time and has dabbled in many genres: punk, jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues, folk, Americana, country, not in that order. Playing hundreds of stages and rooms, the song has lead the way.

    Chasing the melody and pushing thru stories and odd analogies, after bouts of lead guitar ego bubbles, Scott decided to start singing and reconnecting with the American song, verse, chorus repeat, maybe a bridge. Writing about our lives, the ones we love and especially the ones we don’t. Scott Low sings songs of loss, love, drinking, and rumors of peace. Scott Low comes from Athens, GA; which is the home of intense creativity and true American art and music. Scott has returned to writing and singing. He lives to play the guitar and listen to Townes, Dylan, Ben Nichols, Hank, Cash, Tweedy and Willie. Divorce and children mixed with dirt roads, friends and Georgia hills are all blended in to create his sound… A couple hundred shows, four albums, and intimate views on many songs, a solo stage has called Scott to tell these stories. In just under two and a half years the stories and harmonies from the quartet of albums pushed our ability and perspective. While Efren will never die, Scott Low has a separate agenda, a dark road that must be traversed alone.

    Now wrapping up a full length solo album of folk southern Americana songs, Scott pushes ahead. Love has been found, but scars don’t heal too easy in the back country. The humidity of the South radiates tell intriguing tales (probably more than just the humidity).

    “As the main man in Athens, Ga.-based Americana band Efren, Low currently stands out as one of the Peach State’s potentially great up-and-coming songwriters.”
    – T. Ballard Lesemann, Charleston City Paper (Jun 27, 2012)

    Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy #1334

    If you think you know Shonna Tucker from her years playing bass with Drive-By Truckers, then you are in for a surprise with her debut album of her songwriting with her new band, Eye Candy. The songs are sweet, fun, grooving, mellow, occasionally dark and reflective — a nice analogy for her last couple of years. Given the amazing band of John Neff (another former Trucker and player on nearly every record out of Athens in the last 15 years that I can recall), Bo Bedingfield, Clay Leverett, and Neil Golden, the record could easily move into heavier territory, but Tucker’s voice keeps it lighter and balances the monster playing. A Tell All has instant sing-alongs and lyrics that will make you laugh aloud, but also some deeper themes that are even a bit disturbing. If you are looking for a repeat of her previous band, you will not find it in this album; if you are looking for a solid hang out and have a mellow happy time, or weekend morning drive record — with a fantastic band and guest keys from Spooner Oldham — then you will be thrilled with A Tell All. Be sure to order the recipe poster, designed by our alum, Jack Logan, with Shonna Tucker’s recipes!

    Liner Notes

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    Prevent Musician Suicide #1332

    Yeah, not a fun topic…but one we should talk about more.

    That’s why our album cover is a close-up of an elephant — major depression and musicians’ mental health are like the elephant in the living room.  It’s so close that you almost cannot figure out what it is.  We all know someone who needed help, but couldn’t afford it, was on the road all the time and couldn’t access care, or who self-medicated until they just disappeared.  Every friend in music knows somebody who needed help and couldn’t get it, either due to lack of access or the lifestyle challenges of being in this creative field.

    So, we decided to help musicians get the care they need, and we need you to help, too.

    BUY THE ALBUM HERE

    DOWNLOAD THE FREE PODCAST ON iTUNES, ON SPREAKER, OR AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

    Find out more about Nuci’s Space here.

    If you need to talk, please click here or call a trained counselor to talk right now.

    800-273-8255

    Scott Low (of Efren)

    Country Fried Rock alum, Scott Low of Efren, has new solo music coming soon. Low shared a song for Vol. 1 For Nuci’s Space, as well. Low is a prolific writer, not bound by genre, meaning each record is an island unto itself. He lets the songs go where they will, not trying to force them into any continuity.

    Huge thanks to Popa’s Tunes for pointing out that Low has shared some of his upcoming music with you all!

    Download and enjoy!

    Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy

    Coming soon to our radio program!

    Jack Logan #1329

    Jack Logan is known for his comics as much as his music, starting with his “Pete Buck Superhero” series in the 1980s.  While the reluctant hero of the series may not have warmed to the idea right away, R.E.M. fans in Atlanta flocked to local record stores for the cult-series comic, which was kept in the glass case at check out, full of thumbprints from everyone who just wanted to see it.  Logan never stops creating, and his most recent album is with noted luthier, Scott Baxendale of Baxendale Guitar in Athens (formerly, Colorado).  Logan accurately describes his vocals, include the Elvis Costello-ish “Lounge Downtown” and “Erased,” references a part of Athens called Normaltown, all through a filter of psychedelic rock and “Athens rock.”  If you don’t crack up listening to “Run For Your Life,” you probably did not find Pulp Fiction funny, either.  (You might not know the local connotation, but in Athens, it’s “see you at the rock show.”)  With guest appearances from several former & current members of the Drive-By Truckers, this rock record may not be on your radar, but needs to be in your collection.

    Liner Notes

    Jack Logan & Scott Baxendale

    This is a fantastic record from a couple names you might not readily recognize unless you are from Georgia, but they are locally legendary.

    Jack Logan is a noted musician, but I first knew of him for his off-beat comics that I bought at Fantasyland Records in Atlanta, especially the Peter Buck (“Pete”) as superhero ones. Baxendale is part of the amazing guitar-makers, Baxendale Guitar.

    From the liner notes:
    Indie Rock Legend Jack Logan and Guitarist and guitar maker Scott Baxendale collaborate with members of Drive-By Truckers to create a driving, at times swampy guitar record with a dark and eclectic Southern perspective.

    Jack Logan is back with his 12th studio album since his debut solo album in 1994. A debut album with an astonishing 42 songs, Bulk gained notoriety for the sheer size of the release– unfortunately more so than the quality of the songwriting. To be fair, it was a lot of work for Twin/Tone Records (home of The Replacements early releases) honcho Peter Jesperson to take 600 recordings made from 1979 to 1993 and distill them to only 42 songs! From the Bulk liner notes Jesperson says, “I went for the best songs and for what was most representative of the variety of styles. It seemed to be the only way to put across what Logan was all about.” Since that time Jack’s sporadic releases have bounced between record labels and self-released– even spending a very brief time on a major label for the 1999 album Buzz Me In.

    Logan has a very supportive and talented group of friends he regularly counts on to join him on– in his words– “compulsive recording.” For Jack’s new album titled Bones in the Desert, he partners with Scott Baxendale who brought music with an Exile on Main Street-flavored blend of moody melancholia and cranky guitar rock. Considering that portions of Logan’s recorded output often resemble a belligerent Perry Como fronting the Rolling Stones, it is a comfortable fit. In addition to being a songwriter and guitarist, Baxendale is probably best known as being a top-notch luthier whose custom guitars are in the hands of musicians like the guys in Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, Will Dailey, Butch Walker, Mick Jones of the Clash, and