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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.

Aaron Lee Tasjan #1523

Aaron Lee Tasjan writes folk songs for an indie rock crowd, weaving storylines with humor and social commentary. His debut full-length album, In The Blazes, includes friends from his former band, Everest, at the helm, and the vibe of Elliott Smith’s studio, New Monkey. Tasjan is touring heavily in support of the album, opening for Ray Wylie Hubbard, and playing solo and band gigs across the country. NOTE: We previously featured ALT here, following his debut EP.

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Andy Gabbard (Buffalo Killers) #1508

Andy Gabbard‘s debut solo album, Fluff, definitely is not. This trippy-tinged collection of tunes brings fuzzy pop sense to Gabbard’s writings that do not fit the Buffalo Killers’ vibe. Fluff is not “trouble in paradise,” rather, it is an expansion of his creativity, like a second leg of vacation.

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Lee Gallagher #1507

Lee Gallagher inhales the Bay area of California, making it part of who he is musically. After a few years in the area, Gallagher appreciates its history and vibe even more than when he was a Midwestern kid seeking something other than cornfields. He is not jaded about his roots, though, rather, he takes the indie roots rock foundation and filters it through his newer psychedelic surroundings. With two recent albums that deserve a listen, Lee Gallagher shares his appreciation for his new home region and musicians.

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Patrick Sweany

Country Fried Rock featured Patrick Sweany a couple of albums ago, and the East Nashville-based blues rocker has just gotten better over time. Here’s a quick update from Sweany and another fun new video from him.

Patrick Sweany

1. When I first saw you play live at The Basement during Americana Fest a few years ago, your stage presence and songs blew me away. I think we had a zillion retweets that night! What’s been happening with your touring since we last talked — a couple of albums ago?

Well, a lot of things. It seems as though most of the momentum we have been experiencing has been readily apparent in the last 12 months. Doing some opening slots in the US for Tedeschi Trucks Band (nicest people in the biz, everyone in that band is a cool human being) and a lot of the attention that my song “Them Shoes” has received via Internet radio has exposed a larger amount of people who are now interested in seeing us live. It’s nice to see an audience excited to see the show, rather than us having to win them over from zero. Which means we have to be better when we come around. I’ve added a member to the band, Zach Setchfield, on guitar to play the new material and it really augments the live show. Having a really consistent touring line up in Dillon Napier on drums and Jason Harris on bass. Really driven, focused musicians and really cool guys, so the van hang has been great too. Most recently we just completed four weeks overseas and a bunch of dates in the mid south and mid west, prior to the European dates.

2. I didn’t realize how funny you are, too, until I saw the “Working For You” video. How did that idea roll around with your latest album?

I’ve always adhered to the David Lee Roth school of musical cinema. The album is pretty heavy, subject matter wise, and trying to do something dark for my first video seemed a bit much. I’ve always admired funny people. The original idea was to be an Al Bundy-esque shoe salesman and showcase some awkward and ridiculous social interactions, but we lost the location I had in mind. Door to door vacuum cleaner salesman seemed to have a suitable amount of interaction to carry the desired amount of random social awkwardness. While talking to my neighbor and fellow East Nashville BB Gun Club ( #ENBBGC ) co-founder Terry Rickards, he hipped me to his experiences as a Kirby salesman. That was definitely some food for thought. We worked with Dave Shamban, Marty Linville and Craig Hill, whose work on The Altered Statesman’s “Bait” I really admired. I couldn’t be more pleased how it turned out.

3. Where are you headed on tour? Any new places or venues? Old favorites? Anybody coming along or are you joining up with anyone else (openers, etc.)?

The current run is full of both new territory and some familiar stomping grounds, and nearly all of it headlining dates, and all of it the first time with the new band . The Canadian dates, including Montreal Jazz Fest are a big jump for us, playing NYC is always a thrill as well. Really great audiences for us there.

We also hit the old stomping grounds in Ohio for several dates across the state, which is always awesome. Just really amazing to play to hometown crowd when you’ve been away, that’s always the best.

Check out another fun video here.

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David Mayfield #1417

David Mayfield grew up in a bus touring with his parents’ bluegrass gospel band, feeling the pressure of supporting the family’s livelihood as a child. Writing and performing define him, and he cannot see himself doing anything else. After two successful independent albums, Mayfield has just announced signing to the Compass Records label this week, with a new album in store for early fall.

In our conversation, Mayfield talks about the current and new albums and how they differ, confirms a Cadillac Sky reunion of sorts, and other tasty tidbits of his friends in music.

Buy David Mayfield’s music here The David Mayfield Parade on iTunes or on Amazon.

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Aaron Lee Tasjan #1411

I jokingly said to Aaron Lee Tasjan that it might be a shorter list of who he has NOT played music with.  Even though his name may not be familiar offhand, Tasjan was actually mentioned in some outtakes of our show several years ago, when I was talking with Kevn Kinney about emerging bands that he liked; Tasjan’s former band, Madison Square Gardeners, were on the top of Kinney’s list.  Bring that full circle of them working together on Anton Fier’s Golden Palominos record, A Good Country Mile, and now, Tasjan is the featured guitar player on the road with Drivin N Cryin.  It is truly a small world.

Tasjan writes his own music, as well, taking lessons from those with whom he has worked and applying them to improving his own songs.  His new EP, Crooked River Burning, shows some of his more recent direction, but I anticipate that Tasjan will continue to evolve as a writer.  I cannot imagine his music stagnating.  Produced by Anton Fier and released on Rockwood Music Hall Recordings, Tasjan incorporates his mentors into his music as much as he becomes one of them when playing their songs.

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The Speedbumps

Woohoo! We’re streaming the whole album from The Speedbumps!

Buy their music here on Amazon or The Speedbumps on iTunes.

A little background from the band:

The Speedbumps is an award-winning Americana band from Kent, Ohio founded
by singer-songwriter Erik Urycki. During the end of his freshman year in college
at KSU (2003), Erik suffered from severe panic attacks and was hospitalized for several days. He was later diagnosed with anxiety disorder and withdrew from school. Within several weeks, he picked up a guitar, taught himself to play, and busked for an entire summer with a young cellist he met as a way to work through his condition. Eventually, Erik went back to college and completed his degree in Public Relations, all while the music continued to pour out of him.

Ten years later, this sensitive and strong duo added more musicians, created three albums, earned an IMA Award, licensed their songs for feature films, and garnered local hero status as one of the best bands to come out of their region.

For Erik, the words and melodies he writes are therapeutic and autobiographical, covering topics that affect average middle class people like him, who struggle from time to time. Everything from relationships, to politics, to drugs, to death is addressed in his lyrics that are cleverly woven into upbeat jams or mood-inducing ballads. For his bandmates, the arrangements are reflective of their varying influences ranging from rural life in Northeast Ohio, to classical training at music school, to performing on the local jazz scene in Chicago.

when asked to describe his music. Writers have said the group is like Dave Matthews Band meets Steely Dan. Adult contemporary fans have said they have a Jack Johnson or John Mayer vibe. Still, Erik credits his ongoing condition as the blessing and the curse of his creativity. “I have just enough anxiety that when bad stuff happens, it just means more to me. Writing songs is simply how I deal with it.”

And there’s been a lot to deal with recently: long distance love, the sudden death of their drummer’s father, and the lost cancer battle of a close family member. In an effort to find some inner solice from the difficult personal events of the previous year, The Speedbumps sought a cabin retreat deep in the woods of Pennysylvania where they could reflect, grieve, write and release their experiences together.

Songs off this third album, The Harbors We Seek, were recorded at that cabin as part of their self-reflection and healing process.

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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Lydia Loveless

It’s been just over two years since the release of Lydia Loveless’s beloved punk-infused country (or is it country-infused punk?) album Indestructible Machine, which yielded critical acclaim and launched her into a wildly successful international touring career. Lydia just released her first set of new music since then.

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Building up to the release of her forthcoming, highly anticipated full-length album in 2014, Boy Crazy is a five-song EP that marks the re-opening of Lydia’s creative floodgates. The result is a collection of sun-washed, rebel-powered pop songs presenting a conversation about judgment and loss of innocence, as one transitions from good old American naivete to you-should-know-better “wisdom.” These five songs see Lydia and her band roping in their signature twangy, pedal-steel-laden rock beat-em-ups and tying them tightly with the crisp Southern air of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes and the snarling-but-sweet delivery of Juliana Hatfield’s heyday. It’s a summer set that arrives a little tardy this year, just in time to prolong those long, buzz-chasing July days when you hang out where you know you aren’t supposed to. This time, you just don’t care about getting caught. (from the press materials)

Patrick Sweany Solo 6.8.12 St. Louis, MO

Raw fan video from a solo show in St. Louis, MO, USA 6.8.12