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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 in Nashville one year, and then he came down to South Carolina to cover the Country Fried Rock 4th-ish Anniversary party, where Caleb Caudle played in our rural school house, a magical, slightly decrepit place that is made for singing.

At the urging of Lydia Loveless, Cochran has expanded his photography to include concert shots, with a specialty for stage images and raw portraits. In this podcast, we talk about many of the bands he has “shot” recently (Charles Bradley, Old 97s, John Moreland, etc.) and festivals from Nelsonville to High Water. I also put him on the spot about a “wish project” that I hope he accomplishes, with your help.

Jeanette Lynne

Y’all might know how I love to discover music at Couch By Couch West… Here’s a songwriter from CXCW with a couple tunes for you! Click to listen or right-click to “save as.”

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Jeanette Lynne is an up and coming songwriter from West Chester, Pennsylvania. She has worked her way up through the ranks to play some of Philadelphia’s finest venues and listening rooms. Sweet, simple, and from the heart… her songs will captivate any audience, and leave them wanting more.

2013 Top 11 Finalist – The Philadelphia Songwriter Project Contest @The Blockley, Philadelphia PA
2013 Top 5 Finalist – UEA Chester County Songwriter Competition @The Note, West Chester PA
2013 Finalist – Laurita Idol Singer Competition @Laurita Winery, New Egypt, NJ
Raised over $2,000 in 2012 to record debut album via crowd funding platform, Kickstarter.com
2013 Debut album “You’ve Got Me” released on Itunes, Amazon, Google, Spotify
2011 Competed in the We R Indie Music Conference – Songwriter Showdown in Knoxville,TN
Jeanette Lynne: Vocals, Guitar, Producer
Jamie Victor: Bass, Mandolin(*Intro),Glockenspiel(*No Reason), Vocals(*When I Cry)
Tom Hampton: Dobro(*When I Cry)
Glenn Barratt: Co-Producer, Engineer, Keys (*Intro)

Album artwork, Graphic Design: Jamie Victor

All tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Glenn Barratt at Morningstar Studios in East Norriton, PA.
Copyright 2013 Jeanette Lynne

#1250 Gretchen Peters

When Gretchen Peters decided to write about her private upheaval of the last few years, she chose to record these songs herself.  Calling on a small circle of close friends, including her new husband–but longtime bandmate–Barry Walsh, Peters crafted a dark but cathartic album.  For listeners familiar with her previous albums, Peters’ voice explores the lower end of her register, hinting at the difference in this theme and what is to come in Hello Cruel World.

Most Americana fans know Rodney Crowell for his songwriting and performing, but to Peters and Walsh, he was also their marriage officiant, with a certificate straight off the Internet.  Despite their familiarity with each other, Peters was a bit intimidated to work with Crowell on this record, and especially on the song that turned into their duet.  Even noted songwriters like Peters can have professional idols and a little bit of fangirl-dom, too!

Country Fried Rock probably would not have been tapped into Peters’ album if she had not stopped by  Couch By CouchWest 2012, a virtual music festival held each March.  In this event, songwriters send exclusive videos of themselves performing from a couch–or elevator, sofabed, recliner–and music fans all over Twitter join in.  This year, #CXCW went crazy when noted writers Ray Wylie Hubbard and Gretchen Peters, respectively, sent in videos.  Thanks to a fun time on the Internet, we rediscovered a writer we may have overlooked.

Liner Notes:  Gretchen Peters has extensive liner notes for Hello Cruel World on her website.
Gretchen Peters Hello Cruel World [Explicit] Gretchen Peters
Kim Richey Wreck Your WheelsWreck Your Wheels - Kim Richey
Daddy (Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack) For A Second Time Kim Richey
Mickey Newbury An American Trilogy Mickey Newbury
Bob Dylan and The Band The Basement Tapes The Basement Tapes - Bob Dylan & The Band

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