Rich Mahan #1304

Rich Mahan blames Bobby Bare for his slightly naughty, humorous songs, but really, he just wants you to have fun and enjoy the music.  Mahan’s debut solo record, Blame Bobby Bare, creates an auditory party–even if it’s just a quick escape from your workday and stresses of life by cranking up the music.  Go ahead and dance around the office if you want.

Mahan’s own musical journey began with a middle school talent show, leading him to play guitar with bands ranging from jamband to Texas rock, and find a way to be in the music field in some way at all times.  The deconstruction of smaller imprints of major labels sent him from Los Angeles to Nashville, where Mahan found other creative communities forging their own DIY path apart from the current music mold.

This independent trajectory, and intense pool of exemplary players and persons in the music industry, made Mahan’s album possible.  From the analog recording and mixing choices, to the top-notch musicians who joined the project, Blame Bobby Bare represents not just where Mahan is now, but how his history has led him to this day–fun, slightly inappropriate, but something most people can relate to and enjoy–even if your mother never found…you know…in your room!

Liner Notes

  • Rich Mahan Blame Bobby Bare [Explicit]  From his days of contributing songs to Dr. Demento to now, Mahan’s songs are fun, embracing some of life’s bad decisions with gusto.  Please note that there are drug references in many of these songs.
  • Shurman Still Waiting For The Sunset  A record from the Country Fried Rock alums, now out of Texas.  When they were all in Los Angeles, Rich Mahan was part of the band and contributed to several songs even when he was no longer in the band.
  • Rainbow The Best Of Rainbow  Great big rock and roll.
  • Bobby Bare Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends And Lies (And More) “Dropkick Me Jesus” This was a tough decision, as I really wanted to select one of the songs written by Shel Silverstein, “Qualudes Again,” but there wasn’t enough time.
  • The Standells The Very Best Of The Standells “Dirty Water” I chose the original album version instead of the spruced up version you occasionally hear on classic rock radio.
  • The Who Quadrophenia [Explicit]  “The Real Me” The most serious song in this week’s radio show, but the emotion contrasts nicely with all the silly, fun, party music of the rest of the show.
  • Boo Ray Bad News Travels Fast  This is a record from a Country Fried Rock alum, one that really should be part of a roots music collection.

NOTE:  There are references to drug use in the 1960’s and 1970’s  in this conversation and some of these songs, specifically, a bit about Jimi Hendrix using drugs before the Monterey Pop Festival and by the musicians in The Last Waltz.  Some of the song lyrics also reference drugs, as evidenced by their titles.


#1202 Shurman

Shurman first appeared on our radar when mentioned on Country Fried Rock by two Austin, Texas bands in 2011:  Stonehoney and The Mother Truckers.  When musicians recommend other musicians, we pay attention.  Through the magic of the Americana Music Festival, front-man Aaron Beavers and I met through mutual friends at a casual event in Church Street Park benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank.  We talked for a while and he mentioned that he was releasing three new records in the next year or so, including a Christmas album recorded in the height of Austin’s hottest summer in recent memory.

Despite no similarities whatsoever to Rush, Shurman’s next release, Inspiration, lands on February 21, 2012 (2.21.12…2112…insert music geek laughter here).  Shurman’s new record label, Teletone Records, has given the guys the freedom to record what they want on their own schedule.  Country Fried Rock is thrilled to be the first media outlet to bring three brand-new songs to you from the Austin rockers’ upcoming record, Inspiration.  “Back to Texas” is an homage to Aaron’s grandmother, Jane Beavers, “Midnight Apt. 9 Blues” is a song Mike Therieau wrote that the band enjoys playing and highlights Mike’s vocals, and the title track “Inspiration.”

Although Beavers is a native Texan (and we follow the Third Coast Music’s definition of “Texan”, of “from there or got there as fast as they could”), he lived in many places, including long stints near Atlanta, Hawaii, and Los Angeles.   He is definitely a Texan because he thinks barbecue is made from beef, not pork, and does not include a vinegar preparation!  Beavers is at home in many places, and with many other musicians.  He is one of those guys that other players and music people gravitate towards, like his buddies Rich Mahan, John Popper, and Shilah Morrow of Sin City Social Club.  After a nice run with Popper’s Duskray Troubadors, John returned the favor to play some awesome harmonica on one of the hotter-than-Hades sessions for the Christmas tunes Shurman just released.


Songs in Episode 1202 include:

  • the three from Shurman mentioned above
  • a tune from John Popper and the Duskray Troubadors
  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • Stonehoney
  • Band of Heathens
  • and in the 58 minute version of the radio program, Aaron’s college-band colleague, Josh Rouse