CFR Alum

Caleb Caudle #1602

Caleb Caudle’s upcoming album, Carolina Ghost, is his first that’s been fully created since he got sober. The Country Fried Rock alum was previously featured on this program following Paint Another Layer on My Heart. He shares tips on releasing a record successfully, choosing songs to record, and the benefits of recording in a legendary studio close to home. After extensive touring both solo and with a band, Caudle feels like he’s starting to get it right.

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Julie Lee

Way back in 2010 when Country Fried Rock was still an online radio station, we talked with Julie Lee. She has since released a couple of other albums, highlighting her gorgeous voice and vastly different musical interests.

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Julie Lee‘s eight album, Till and Mule, came out in November 2013.

Till and Mule as described by Julie Lee:
“Several of these songs came to me in an unusual way. The title track came after digging in the dirt in my garden and then driving through the Midwest while on tour. Each song has a sense of place, a landscape.

Artistically, what is different about this record is that it was recorded over a year ago, with the initial intention of releasing a double album. I had used some of my 2012 Kickstarter support for the initial recording and mixing, but decided to sit on T & M while Julie Lee & The Baby-Daddies had its moment to shine. This afforded us the gift of a musical rest … to ‘step back from the painting.’ It allowed us the chance to look at each song individually with the perspective only time and distance can give. The people I asked to be on the record; to pick up a paintbrush, to add something to the canvas were artists and musicians that I trust implicitly! Aaron Roche, Nathan Phillips, Dan Burns, Jason Goforth, are dear and gifted friends.

Aaron encouraged me to record at Gray Matters in Nashville with engineer Mike Odmark. We began by picking up our ‘paint and brushes’ to outline the songs with a myriad of musical instruments. Dan Burns (drums and percussion) then joined in to add the perfect foundation and texture to the record. Jason Goforth (pedal steel, lap steel, and harp), who had been playing these songs with me on tour, added the initial wash of color on the canvas. Nathan Phillips then took the canvas home and gently painted with his one-of-a-kind vintage upright piano. We did an initial mixing of the basic tracks in 2012 and then ‘let it rest.’

While remixing in early 2013, we sent the canvas to Aaron to compose and record string arrangements on two of the tracks, and suddenly, it was finished. Mike Odmark’s refined mixing skills framed with Alex McCullough’s yes-mastering genius created a record which is…well…one of my personal favorites.

My sincere hope is that this music provides personal space for the listener–to step back from their own painting.”


Nocona is made up of Country Fried Rock alumni from the remnants of Paladino. You may remember the amazing early days of Widespread Panic discussion in that program, although the bands do not resemble each other.  Nocona tours California regularly and played Bonnaroo in 2013.  Keep your ears open for their lively shows and music at a great Grand Ole Austin party at SXSW 2014.

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From their bio:

Chris Isom – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Adrienne Isom – Guitar, Vocals
Annie Rothschild – Upright Bass, Vocals
Justin Smith – Drums

Before they came together in 2012 as NOCONA, husband-and-wife team, Chris and Adrienne Isom, along with charismatic southern-native, Annie Rothschild, were 3/4’s of the LA based Roots-Folk-Punk band Paladino, who ended their time together playing the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Longtime friend and accomplished drummer, Justin Smith (Old Californio, The Seeds) joined Chris, Adrienne and Annie as NOCONA, now an energetic Americana-Rock group that delivers free spirited, up-tempo tunes and infectious hooks that are brimming with heartfelt emotion and honesty, penned by songwriter Chris Isom.

NOCONA returned to Bonnaroo in 2013 after touring much of the year. The band landed a song on the hit T.V show Bones and received critical reviews after playing Fillmore West and SF’s Independent opening up for Broke Down in Bakersfield. NOCONA has already begun recording their next full length release.

A music veteran, Chris spent time playing in NYC Anti-Folk/Art-Punk bands Mooney Suzuki and The Adam Green Band which adds to NOCONA’S diverse sound, incorporating punk and underground into their Country-Rock . The name NOCONA, is a nod to Chris’ Texas roots. “Nocona is the area in Texas where my Mom’s family originally lived; it comes from the Comanche word for Wanderers or Travelers.” Chris’ mom, even has ties to music history, once playing the role of tutor to Joe B. Mauldin ofBuddy Holly and The Crickets.

The influence of 1950’s artists like Buddy Holly are clearly heard on NOCONA’S debut album and they remind listeners that it was that marriage between early American rock ‘n’ roll along with a youthful, rebellious and socially conscious mindset that brought about the whole punk movement of the late 1970s. NOCONA who do well in evolving that sound and spirit, take things one step further by drawing on psychedelic bands like the 13th Floor Elevators and Love, along with the California twang of Buck Owens and Gram Parsons, crossed with the Outlaw Country of Johnny Cash. The mix of these varied musical tastes, comes together to bring a distinct style that takes risks and delivers a sound unlike any other artists today.

“This is the first music I’ve written that’s free from a lot of the artistic hang ups that have stifled my writing in the past,” says Chris. “I’ve let go and just accepted the process, and sometimes that means exploring melodies and lyrics that used to be too personal for me to share with anyone. Other times, it means just shutting up and rocking the fuck out,” says Chris.

Over the past year, NOCONA has been hard at work and recently finished their first full-length album, which was recorded at Kevin Jarvis’s Sonic Boom Room studio in Venice, California. Their first single, “Brimstone,” is one of the mellower tracks on the album, but has a steady movement that features driving acoustic blues riffs and harmonica along with an engaging boy/girl sung verse that is filled with honesty as the dialogue candidly tells the story of Chris and Adrienne’s marriage.

Adding to the eclectic sound on NOCONA, is the work of renowned pedal steel guitarist, Greg Leisz (Emmylou Harris, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton), a friend of Annie’s. “When I played the material for him, he was excited and I was overjoyed that he was willing to share his genius,” she says.

NOCONA is a collection of songs that will appeal to any taste. Ranging from Whites Of Your Eyes, an evocative panoramic track reminiscent of the higher energy moments of Calexico or Canadian alt country pioneers, The Sadies, but with a strong nod to the same western and surf influences. Train Song, a contemplative chilling track echoing some of the English folk melodic sensibility of a Bert Janch but with a contemporary hard alt-americana rock feel. Hated, a devil may care pop song recalling some of the best pop sensibilities of CCR but with a contemporary Nashville West twist. My Oh My, a modern plains cowboy road song rave-up with several unexpected turns. Brimstone, the first single and homage to the great tradition, where the crossroads between Americana blues, country, folk and pop, intersect.

Patrick Sweany “Working For You”

Our alum, Patrick Sweany, is one of my most favorite musicians on the planet. I love his records and his shows are even better. Check out his latest video which debuted on Esquire magazine today!

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Pegasus Records

A short film about Pegasus Records in Florence, Alabama (Muscle Shoals area). Pegasus Records is an independent record store that is in its 30th year of business. They carry new and used CDs, LPs, & DVDs. Pegasus stocks all types of music from rock to rap, classical to jazz, blues to country. They specialize in finding out-of-print and hard to find music & movies and focus on emerging music from The Shoals.

Pegasus Records
A Film by MadeInTheShoals
Lead – Brady Gomillion
Brandon Loper – Director
Wes Wages – Assistant Director
Wade Woods – A Camera
Daniel Beard – B Camera
Corey Hannah – 1st AC A
Trae Green – 1st AC B
Alex Wittscheck – Audio
Seth Turner – Gaffer
Justin Argo – Grip
Kennedy Pope – Grip
Tate Hipps – Edit
Tera Wages – Photo
Justin Hall – Web
Bradley Dean – Graphics
Gnarly Charlies – Help Myself
Gnarly Charlies – Fever
Doc Dailey – She Has Her Moments

Patrick Sweany

Check out this brand new track from our alum, Patrick Sweany!

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