Turchi’s new album, Can’t Bury Your Past, comes out this week on Devil Down Records. How Reed Turchi has time to write, record, and tour behind a record is a mystery of space and time. As label director for the recently revived Ardent Music (part of the larger Ardent Studios family), Turchi spends most of his time in support of the label’s artists, like The Greyhounds (Mofro band members’ separate project). For his namesake band, Turchi has a strict “No Rehearsal” policy, that launches their tours with epic four-and-a-half hour shows at their favorite beach-side dive bar — part performance, part practice in front of an audience. The three primary band members live hundreds of miles apart, so snippets of songs fly via email, and coalesce in scratch and run recording sessions. If you like North Mississippi blues and rock, Turchi will fit your playlists, and even if your tastes run elsewhere, this is a surprising conversation.
Country Fried Rock alum, Danny Barnes, is a smart, interesting, experienced guy, who happens to be an incredible musician pushing the edges of what a banjo can do and challenging how listeners may think it should sound. His lyrics are usually hilarious, but often sweet and thoughtful, too. I have seen him play with Yonder Mountain String Band and Dave Matthews Band, solo with just his banjo, accompanied by Larry and Jenny Keel, and with his computer and electronic pedals.
Barnes will play Lingua Musica Live near Asheville, NC. Info here.
Dex Romweber Duo‘s brand new album, Images 13, derives its name from the cover art, an existing piece from Romweber’s own portfolio, although not enumerating the tracks (of which there are 12). Romweber was particularly forthcoming in our conversation, reflecting on his affinity for film noir, working with his friends in music, and how he would frame an autobiographical documentary, in contrast to the cult-favorite, Two Headed Cow. With a decades long career as a guitarist who rips it up every night he performs, Romweber opens up about how both his music changes or stays fixed, his duos evolved, and how he is feeling his age catching up with him, but is grateful to continue making music. He left me wanting to talk with him again.
Dex Romweber Duo
Dexter Romweber: Two Headed Cow (film)
Flat Duo Jets
Southern Culture On The Skids
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Rio Rockers
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Aaron Burdett is a well-known songwriter from Western North Carolina, but lesser-known outside of the region. His most recent album, Fruits Of My Labor, continues his path in the Americana style, fusing blues and bluegrass with with his acoustic folk songs. The result translates well to both full-band and solo performances, such as his recent appearance on Lingua Musica Live.
Re-record an entire album 20 years later? Yeah, that makes sense if you’re the beloved North Carolina cult-band, SCOTS.
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From their recent release:
Southern Culture on the Skids has re-recorded every SCOTS original song from 1994’s Ditch Digging and releases Dig This on October 29, 2013 through the band’s own Kudzu Records. Listen & share “Lordy Lordy” and find out why you dug SCOTS in the first place.
Singer/guitarist, Rick Miller recalls the inspiration, “We have a drainage ditch that runs by the Kudzu Ranch that had been left unattended for so long it was not doing its job. I decided to dig a new ditch or at least upgrade the old ditch. I was dragging tree limbs, shoveling the muck, looking for turtles and watching for snakes and humming the riff to “Ditch Digging.” That is when it dawned on me that it had been almost 20 years since we recorded the album of the same name, and all those songs could use an upgrade to 2013 specs just like this ditch I am sweating over right now, but instead of a shovel – I’d use a guitar. Easier on the back!”
Included in all packages, LP, CD and Digital is a free download of karaoke instrumental tracks and lyric sheet. Bassist/vocalist, Mary Huff loves the Karaoke — Marioke as the band calls it — so much that at her request they will be having a karaoke contest. More details will be forthcoming!
The Chapel Hill, NC trio Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since 1983. Rick Miller – guitar/vox, Mary Huff – bass/vox and Dave Hartman – drums, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country fried garage with a side of psych. It’s a musical gumbo Miller calls, “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks.” For over 30 years, the band have toured everywhere from the NC Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan, delivering what Rolling Stone calls “a hell raising rock and roll party.” Other recent releases include 2010’s The Kudzu Ranch and 2011’s Zombified.
On October 1, 2013 Yep Roc released Mondo Zombie Boogaloo, an album and tour celebrating Halloween. The album is a collection of new music from Southern Culture on the Skids plus The Fleshtones and Los Straitjackets. The set includes originals and standards from each band and promises to put listeners in a spooky mood for the Halloween season. SCOTS contributes four original songs: “The Loneliest Ghost In Town,” “Tingler Blues,” “La Marcha De Los Cabarones,” “Demon Death” plus a spellbinding cover of Ronnie Cook’s “Goo Goo Muck.” Mondo Zombie Boogaloo is sure to revive both the living and dead this Halloween.
Southern Culture on the Skids is already prepping for a busy Spring 2014. Yep Roc will release a SCOTS/Fred Schneider collaboration called “Party At My Trouse” B/W “Hey Mary.” The songs were recorded at The Kudzu Ranch and feature a couple unforgettable Mary and Fred duets. Available on 12″ and 7” vinyl, the release will be available for Record Store Day 2014. The Southern Folklife Collection at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will also feature the band’s history and musical contribution through an exhibition of photos, music and artifacts.