Town Mountain‘s new album, Southern Crescent, will be out on April Fools’ Day 2016 on Todd Snider’s new record label, Lo Hi. We previously featured this IBMA Award winning band just prior to the release of Leave the Bottle. When we talked for this podcast at Revelator Coffee in Nashville during AmericanaFest, the band had not publicly announced the album and were shopping it around. Southern Crescent reflects the band’s loose, dance-able music, more reflective of their festival and club sets that a staid performing arts center straight-bluegrass set. I’m not sure if the Southern Crescent still runs from Atlanta to Boston like my relatives talked about taking to go “visit culture” in the Northeast, but I’m fairly sure it still runs down to New Orleans, where a more exhilarating culture has endured — an apt analogy for this album.
Kevin Gordon‘s latest album, Long Gone Time, continues his thoughtful, critical examination of reconciling your love for family with deeply held incompatible beliefs. Country Fried Rock previously featured Gordon following his album, Gloryland. Gordon again recorded with his friend and frequent guitar player, Joe V. McMahan, and funded the album with a personal twist on crowdfunding, detailed in our conversation. We recorded this program in our AirBnB in East Nashville during AmericanaFest 2015.
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Country Fried Rock alumnus, Kevin Gordon‘s, new album Long Gone Time officially lands in stores and online Friday, 4 September 2015, but we are thrilled to exclusively premiere a track off the album: “Shotgun Behind the Door.”
It’s no secret that we love Gordon’s songs, but his live shows are special events, especially when he brings his buddies to play in the band. Grab your tickets for the Nashville album release party ushering in Americana week, Monday, 9/14/15 at the City Winery Nashville. Tickets HERE. Special guest, Sarah Potenza, opens. Keep your eyes on our social media for another special update with Kevin Gordon soon.
Caleb Caudle left North Carolina for New Orleans, but he spends so much time on the road, that it almost does not matter. When Caudle’s scheduled studio time for Nashville fell through at the last minute, he hit the road with fellow Country Fried Rock alum, John Moreland, for intense reflection and regrouping, while giving his songs a thorough workout. Returning from tour, Caudle regrouped with his friends at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, North Carolina, and backed by Roseland (another good band from the Triangle area). Caudle then hit the road again with a Country Fried Rock alum, Chris Porter (formerly of Back Row Baptists, also of a collaboration with CFR alums, The Pollies, and his duo, Some Dark Holler — Porter also donated a new version of one of his older BRB songs for Vol. 2 For Nuci’s Space, our charity album preventing musician suicide). Both Caudle and Porter were listening to mixes of their new records while on the road, trading the excitement of their new projects. Paint Another Layer On My Heart is available for pre-order from This Is American Music and releases next week. Podcast below the photo.
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B. Singer splits his time between the coastal mountains of Maine and the sweet & gritty city of New Orleans. He was Born in London and came of age in New Orleans. He comes from a family of choir members, piano players, music lovers and hard working people. Described as playing, “all good and salty” and “with swing” B. Singer brings you “Cherryfield.” (from his website)
This is a cool promo video in support of a concert and foundation, The Ponderosa Stomp. I found this through the music of The Standells and Swamp Dogg, who we have highlighted in the past.
From their press release:
The music fanatics of the Stomp bulldoze the slick detritus of contemporary music to find the rawest, deepest stuff out there, simmering under the surface, waiting to be rediscovered before it’s too late. They are still out there among us, and the Stomp exists to celebrate these architects of American music. Go Behind the Curtain of the full 2013 Ponderosa Stomp Festival line-up and see the dizzying array of artists, from girl singers to rock n’ roll to soul, garage and swamp shouters, performing in October.
Mod Mobilian Records and This Is American Music are proud to announce the public release of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s album “My Dearest Darkest Neighbor” on July 1st, 2013.
“These are songs I’ve gathered over the years. I’ve taken them with me wherever I go. For a musician who lives most of her life on the road, the songs you know and love are one of your only consistencies. They carry a feeling of home. These songs have been there for me in a dark hour. They’ve guided me down long roads that stretched through time. They have illuminated me on the human spirit, its unbreakable will, its strength and power. The songwriters who’ve penned them have inspired me endlessly. I have studied them because I hope to never cease my education on how to write a good tune. I threw on two songs I’ve written that were building blocks for me. These are my attempts at the folk tradition of writing a song where someone else left off. I try to learn from the greats. These are soul songs, let’s sing them together. “ – Alynda lee Segarra
Kevin Gordon’s album, Gloryland, explores the blues side of roots music, with lyrics that would make the Drive-By Truckers jealous. Gordon grew up in Monroe, Louisiana, and although he has been away for decades, the reality of life there and the people he knew bring grit to rural life without glorification. Glorylandis not about redemption or salvation, and definitely not about glossing over the seamy and sadistic side of life in the deep South.
Gordon has an advantage over many songwriters, in that he earned his Masters degree in Poetry while studying in Iowa–but the leverage is less in writing and more in his extensive reading and weekends on the road touring the upper Midwest with his friend Bo Ramsey after escaping The Compound. Those miles tracing the routes of Chess Records’ legends helped Gordon hone his tour skills, refining how to perform as a solo act, make money on the road, and get his music to people. Eventually, Gordon realized that music, and not poetry, was his muse, and he needed to relocated to a music town–East Nashville.
The music industry makes Nashville a natural place for many musicians, but it’s the music community of East Nashville where the real creativity happens. Songwriters and players from many genres, particularly the Big Tent of roots music, live and work in this funky part of town. With constant interaction with other creative minds, and neighbors who face similar work-life challenges, the vibe of East Nashville keeps writers like Gordon active and moving forward with his craft. It’s not just “hit makers” here, but artists.
Songs in this radio show include:
- Kevin Gordon Gloryland “Gloryland,” “Bus to Shreveport, “Don’t Stop Me This Time”
- X Under The Big Black Sun “Under the Big Black Sun”
- Marshall Crenshaw Definitive Pop (Mcup) “Cynical Girl” (Loose association on this selection–Garry Tallent, mentioned in the conversation, produced Crenshaw’s version of the Buddy Holly tune, “Crying, Waiting, Hoping,” on this same compilation, but with the discussion of Gordon’s teenager and a pop sound, rather than choose a Ron Sexsmith tune, the lyrics to this song appealed to me for some reason–a bit random, but a wayward branch on the musical family tree.)
- Eddie Cochran Live & Dangerous “Milk Cow Blues”
- Ray Charles Lonely Avenue Hits “What’d I Say, Parts 1 and 2”
- Mike Farris Salvation in Lights “Streets of Galilee” (Joe McMahan plays guitar on this album, and I wanted to bring in the blues-rock fusion that Gordon perfects in a more secular form)