In Memory of Chris Porter: The Mastersons #1706

Friendships run deep when you are a musician. Friends with whom you can pick up right where you left off, after months on the road, become family. Chris Porter forged deep, fast friendships with people in every town he toured, but especially with his tight-knit chosen family of fellow “lifers.” Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson of The Mastersons were family for Porter. The Masterson’s sound permeates his prior album, This Red Mountain. They dropped into the studio one night, just off the plane from tour, to add their sparkle to Don’t Go Baby, It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You. The Masterson’s latest release, Transient Lullaby, was completed but not yet released when he passed away unexpectedly. They dedicated the album to Porter, and often perform the song they co-wrote, “You Got the Last Laugh,” in his memory.

Golden Eels #1605

Golden Eels popped onto my feed because of our mutual music preferences on Bandcamp. Their songwriter, Neil Golden, has played on records for several Athens, Georgia, bands, ranging from the Elephant 6 legends, Elf Power, to The Glands and #CFRalumni, Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy. Periscopes in the Air leans toward the psychedelic pop sounds of Golden’s earlier collaborations, yielding a completely DIY record that suits long commutes and pleasant workday distractions.

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Kevin Gordon #1604

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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Jeffrey Foucault #1603

Jeffrey Foucault’s (pronounced Folk-alt) latest album, Salt As Wolves, brings the #CFRalum (previously featured here) back to his rock and blues roots. The title references Shakespeare’s character, Iago, from Othello, but the songs reflect Foucault’s personal life more than any of his other albums. As he prepares for the European leg of his tour supporting the record, his long-time band slips into his groove without missing a beat.

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2015 Archives

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Aaron Lee Tasjan #1523
Andy Gabbard (Buffalo Killers) #1508
Ben Miller Band #1505
The Bones of JR Jones #1510
Cale Tyson #1506
Danny Barnes #1524
Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin ***Our first updated interview w/ a #CFRalum — ever! #1522
Folk Family Revival #1517
Great Peacock #1516
Hollis Brown #1512
Jim White vs. Packway Handle Band #1501
Justin Townes Earle #1519
Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujahs #1507
Lilly Hiatt #1514
M. Lockwood Porter #1509
Mic Harrison & The High Score #1511
Mike Zito (Formerly of Royal Southern Brotherhood) #1502
Rayland Baxter #1521
6 String Drag (Rob Keller) #1503
Sam Lewis #1513
Steve Earle #1504
T. Hardy Morris #1520
Todd Grebe & Cold Country #1518
Year of October #1515

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