Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy: Video & Tour

Woohoo! Country Fried Rock alums, Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy, are launching a super tour. See if they’re heading your way (DC, VA, NY, NC, GA, WI, KY, TN, more!), and buy your tickets. I got to see them in a nice long set at Rhythm N Blooms in Knoxville this month and highly recommend going.

Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy also have a brand new video for y’all, too! Please share.


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5/5/2014 Washington, D.C. @ Hill Country Live (Indoor Stage)
5/6/2014 Ashland, VA @ Ashland Coffee & Tea
5/8/2014 Washington, D.C. @ Hill Country’s Backyard BBQ at the National Building Museum
5/9/2014 NYC, NY @ Hill Country Live (Outdoor Stage)
5/10/2014 Brooklyn, NY @ Hill Country Live
5/13/2014 Raleigh, NC @The Pour House Music Hall
5/14/2014 Charlotte, NC @ The Double Door Inn
5/17/2014 Winterville, GA @ Marigold Festival
6/10/2014 Wisconsin Dells, WI @The Showboat Saloon
6/13/2014 Whitesburg, KY @ Summit City Lounge
6/14/2014 Maryville, TN @ The Shed at Smokey Harley Davidson

Drive-By Truckers “Sh!+ Shots Count”

From their brand new album, English Oceans.
NSFW language

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The Woggles #1408

The Professor Mighty Manfred of The Woggles flips between his radio persona and reflective musician, as if he momentarily forgets that he is being recorded and just…talks. As a daily host on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM, his garage rock expertise and larger-than-life character make listeners smile. As the frontman for The Woggles for two decades, Manfred’s songs and energy make audiences dance. The Woggles are not retro as in trying to stay in the past, they simply brew their music through that filter and put their own spin on songs by everybody from the Fleshtones to Hillbilly Frankenstein. The Woggles will be playing several sets during SXSW 2014, so check the apps and see a show or three.

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Liner Notes
The Woggles
The Fleshtones
Flat Duo Jets
Chuck Berry
Guadalcanal Diary
Hillbilly Frankenstein
The Forty-Fives
Dick Dale
The (Fabulous) Wailers



Amy Ray #1404

Amy Ray‘s new solo album, Goodnight Tender, allows her to explore the country music she has often been accused of writing, but this Georgia songwriter has always refused to be bottled into one form. From her on-going collaboration with Emily Saliers as The Indigo Girls, the foremost folk rock duo from the South for decades, to a reinterpretation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, to mentoring emerging songwriters and musicians, Ray follows her muse and then determines how her art should be shared. Long-time fans of her music will not be surprised by this album, as hints of Georgia and Ray’s roots have always guided her songs, but now she is not limited by expectations — and The Indigo Girls are still going strong, joined by several orchestras on tour in the coming year.

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Liner Notes
Amy Ray
Indigo Girls
Rock*A*Teens (on the Daemon Records label early on, Kelly Hogan connection, produced by David Barbe)
Ralph Stanley
Original Carter Family
Jesus Christ Superstar Resurrection
Mount Moriah
Tedesci Trucks Band
The Shadowboxers


The Woodgrains

The Woodgrains, From Marshall to Venita, just came out this weekend. As I said to a mutual friend, “This is a little trippier than what we normally feature, but I like it.” With connections to Georgia music havens Waycross and Athens, the band brings depth to their songs and shows.

Enjoy a couple of free songs from the band to download and share!

From their bio:

As a band, Nick Carroll, Dylan Crosby, and Evan Amburn pride themselves on distinct three-part harmonies and sounds of the golden days: folk, soul, rock ‘n roll, and the psychedelic revolution. Classic instrumental arrangement and lyrical depth will both groove you and move you. Inviting sing-a-longs, dream-drifting jams, and powerful riffs will take listeners on a trip unlike any other.

“To hear the band live, or on its debut record, one can’t escape a sepia-toned mash up of Crosby, Stills and Nash’s California, The Band’s interpretation of the American South and The Woodgrains’ own barely adult take on the region’s rock ’n’ roll history.”
– Andre Gallant, Athens Banner Herald

“For a few hours the crowd loses themselves, somewhere between transcendence and plain ol’ good times”
– Steve Labate, Georgia Music Magazine

“On their recently released self-titled debut, The Woodgrains immediately impress… Trafficking in a nostalgia-tinged brand of lysergic folk-rock”
– David Eduardo, Flagpole Magazine

“If the soul-soaked riffs of Hendrix and harmonious daydreams of The Beatles had a baby, The Woodgrains would be the lucky offspring bastards.”
– Mike, Music City

6 String Drag

Country Fried Rock alumni, Kenny Roby and Rob Keller, are back together as 6 String Drag, the most under-rated roots rock band from the mid-1990s. After some intriguing reunion shows rounding out 2013, the rumors of a new album turned out to be true. The bones are recorded, and now the glitter needs to be added — rock & roll needs horns, y’all, as Roby says.


Help them fund the last bits of the album by buying some excellent merch here (including High Hat goods!) or an extremely limited edition 3-color hand-screened poster from rock & roll artist, Skillet Gilmore of Crawlspace Press.


T. Hardy Morris

T. Hardy Morris is offering a free EP from his Audition Tapes party at the rebuilt historic Georgia Theatre. Grab the EP here on Noistrade.

Live at The Georgia Theatre EP
Track Listing
1. Audition Tapes
2. History’s Hoax
3. Disaster Proof
4. Drinking of You (New Song)
5. OK Corral
6. Beauty Rest

Buy Morris’s music here on Amazon.

Other coverage of Morris on Country Fried Rock:
here and here.

Levi Lowrey

Levi Lowrey writes quite personal songs, but this Georgia musician can’t be pigeonholed as a folk singer, not that there’s anything wrong with that. I first became aware of him through Atlanta icon, Butch Walker, and recently Lowrey has been part of the Southern Ground collection of musicians associated with Zac Brown’s ventures. I wouldn’t call him country, but he’s not Americana, either, more like Southern gritty folk troubador, for those of you who need labels.

Buy Levi Lowrey’s music here on Amazon.
His new album will be available on 25 February 2014.

From his bio:

Despite his songwriting prowess, Levi Lowrey actually began as a fiddle player. No surprise, since his great-great-grandfather, the late Gid Tanner, was also a fiddle player and today stands as a towering figure in country music history. Despite such a legacy, Lowrey felt no pressure, and he took naturally to the fiddle-it’s in his blood, after all-playing in school orchestra, at bluegrass festivals, in weekly jam sessions in his hometown of Dacula, Ga. and with various relatives.

Lowrey wrote a number of instrumental compositions designed to showcase his fiddle skills, but ultimately left it behind to pick up a guitar and seek rock ‘n’ roll glory. Inspired by Butch Walker and his Atlanta power-pop outfit, Marvelous Three, Problem Thomas became the venue where Lowrey got comfortable onstage and grew into his role as a songwriter. He also began leading worship at his church as the band ran its course-in fact, its core now remains as Lowrey’s touring ensemble, the Community House Band.

Hannah Thomas

Hannah Thomas will be at the 30A Songwriters Festival 2014 and continues on the road to Athens and Atlanta, GA to Asheville, NC and then Chicago and back down through Nashville — just in the next couple of weeks. Thomas is on the road constantly, honing her performances and playing for every crowd that will listen.

Buy her music here on Amazon.

From her bio:

Hannah Thomas has never liked labels, or playing just one kind of music. Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls) describes Hannah’s music best. (Hannah has) “the soul of old country, and that will always be there, but she’s also a diehard rocker with some punk thrown in the mix” (Spring 2013 issue Georgia Music Magazine)
And Hannah has been playing that music for everyone who will listen. Having played over 200 shows in the past 18 months in more places than she can count, she also made time to record the 7 songs on her newest studio CD, “Goodbye on Wasted Time”
“Music is all I think about” says Thomas. And you can hear that dedication in her songs. From the soulful bluesy “Church on Friday” to the tale of life in the country (“Watch Out for the Deer”) to rockers like “Goodbye on Wasted Time and “Pacifier” (the latter featuring Amy Ray on guest vocals) Hannah keeps her audience’s attention by never having two songs sound the same.
And there is no denying Hannah has what it takes to move to the next level. Eddie Owen (founder Eddie’s Attic, now at Georgia’s Red Clay Theater) was asked about Hannah for a recent issue of Georgia Music Magazine and said “For any performing songwriter to advance through the levels, several common variables are required – talent, an unending discipline and work ethic, no hesitancy in self-assurance and self-promotion, and an unending desire to learn and become better. If one has all that there is still the ‘being in the right place at the right time’ factor. Hannah has the first four factors, so when that opportunity comes, she’ll be ready.”

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!


  • 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

    Amy Ray

    I don’t usually get very excited about a press release, but word of an Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) solo country album intrigued me. Gotta wait til January 28, 2014, though. Little birdy told me we might be talking with her soon.

    Buy Amy Ray’s music HERE on Amazon or HERE on iTunes.

    Dahlonega, GA: Amy Ray has released the first single, “Oyster and Pearl,” from her upcoming album, Goodnight Tender. As half of Grammy-winning songwriting folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls, Ray has always been a a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. But her upcoming solo release, on Ray’s own Decatur-based imprint, Daemon Records on January 28, 2014, will be a career first for her — a pure country music album. Recorded last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, N.C. with guests Justin Vernon, Heather McEntire (Mt. Moriah, Merge Records), members of Megafaun and vocal appearances by Kelly Hogan and Susan Tedeschi, this collection features 11 originals by Ray, along with a cover penned by McEntire.

    “‘Oyster and Pearl’ is about the hope for a simple life and a simple death,” Ray told Paste Magazine, which premiered the song. “I want the listener to feel like they are sitting on a river bottom, watching the world and their days go by, just contemplating life in an easy way. I want it to feel wistful but sure, something with some age on it.”

    Ray enlisted an impressive roster of collaborators for this track, including Justin Vernon, Megafaun’s Phil Cook, Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire and Hiss Golden Messenger’s Terry Lonergan. The track was recorded live to tape at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, N.C. and mixed by Trina Shoemaker who gives the recording a warm, intimate sound.

    Goodnight Tender marks a dramatic departure from Ray’s previous work, both as a solo artist and an Indigo Girl. Along with a group of trusted artists and collaborators, Ray’s sessions included fiddle, banjo, dobro, pedal steel, guitar, mandolin, bass, and drums gathered ’round a few microphones to create an authentic, vintage sound.

    The songs were written over more than a decade. “I wrote ‘Broken Record’ in early 2000 while playing a few shows in Montana for Honor the Earth (the Indigo Girls’ charity organization), imagining being a bartender, missing his/her traveling lover,” Ray says. “‘My Dog’ was a little song I wrote on the bouzouki before I played much mandolin. ‘More Pills’ was one of my earliest tunes, a contrite love song about trying to rescue lost potential. The song ‘Anyhow’ came to me when I was standing in the woods watching one of my dogs get a deathly hold of a copperhead; I was thinking about half a life left.”

    Legendary country songwriter, Harlan Howard, famously summed up country music as “three chords and the truth,” and Goodnight Tender offers just that — the kind of stripped-down melodies, honest, hat-in-hand emotions, keening pedal steel and old-time strings that once dominated tear-stained, honky-tonk jukeboxes. In her take on the early Nashville Sound, she sings movingly about dogs, pills, Duane Allman and heartache.

    “The bloodlines and kinships in music feel pretty powerful and infinite to me these day,” she says. “I’ve heard some folks say that country is where punks go to die, I don’t know about all that, but I imagine the last mile is the most lonesome, and there’s nothing like the sound of a pedal steel to keep you company.”