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The Mastersons #1427

The Mastersons’ second album, Good Luck Charm, shares Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson’s depth of connection both personally and after hundreds of shows together. Whether playing as a duo or band, they communicate musically in a way that brings the audience in, never crossing over into uncomfortable intimacy or leaving out the listener. Whitmore and Masterson are each stellar multi-instrument players, with years of backing incredible songwriters and bands, including their on-going gig as part of Steve Earle’s touring band. Combining their gifts, though, at first was more give and take, as on Birds Fly South (their debut together). Good Luck Charm demonstrates their comfortable interplay and loops in some of their friends for co-writes, including Country Fried Rock alumni Aaron Lee Tasjan and Steve Poltz, and many other notable pals of theirs.

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Podcast
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Jacob Furr #1424

Jacob Furr has been on our radar for a couple years, due to the surprisingly small world of Texas songwriters and Country Fried Rock alumni. Larry Hooper played Couch By Couch West and mentioned Furr, and then through our recent alumni, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, we were also connected via conversations about coffee. How does all of this relate to Furr’s new album, Trails & Traces? As Jacob profoundly says in our conversation, “We don’t live in a vacuum. None of us are doing this alone.”

Listen to this emotional conversation about songwriting and the memory of his young wife, Christina, who passed away after a terrible illness. Somehow, this is a hopeful, joy-filled chat about a person I only knew through my love of coffee and her blog, Cup Of Texas, and the melancholy songwriter who loved her. #CupOfMornings

The free PODCAST is at the bottom of this page.
It’s much longer than most, so give it time to download.
The radio program, heard on select radio stations, features a shorter version of this conversation.

Support Jacob Furr HERE on Amazon or Jacob Furr on iTunes by buying his music.

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Podcast

The Wild Feathers #1422

I finally caught up a show from The Wild Feathers following my conversation with Joel King. Rhythm N Blooms in Knoxville hosted the guys and tons of other fantastic bands for a three-day festival spanning downtown and the botanical garden. The guys are still on the road, moving east from Colorado through Texas toward Louisville, Nashville and Atlanta before they head overseas to Spain then back again to the West. If you can keep up, catch one of their shows!

Please scroll down to the bottom of this post for the podcast.

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The Wilhelms

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The Gourds

You may have heard that our alum, Kevin Russell AKA Shinyribs, was in a band called The Gourds once upon a time.

Watch All The Labor here on Amazon Instant Video.

From the packaging:

Too happy-go-lucky for the earnest fans of roots music, too plaid and pragmatic for the hippies, too old and hairy for the mainstream, too young to be called legends. Sound like friends of yours? For nearly two decades, the Gourds have been the musical distillation of Austin itself: A genre-defying, unpretentious, gregarious gang of friends whose primary motive is to have fun and create great music together. ALL THE LABOR captures The Gourds’ enduring brotherhood and magnetic musicianship through candid conversations, blazing performances, on-tour media interviews and reflections and insight from friends and family. This is the theatrical trailer for the movie, which premieres at SXSW in March.

The Defibulators #1340

Nope, that’s not a misspelling! The Defibulators appreciate the aural pleasures, not just in their music, but in their name and album titles, as well. Debt’ll Get ‘Em is as fun to say as it is to hear. Bug Jennings and his cast of merry players bring together solid instrumentation with intelligent lyrics and have enough fun to brighten a drive on the New Jersey Turnpike on a holiday weekend. (Okay, maybe that’s just my personal experience over Thanksgiving…) The Defibulators hang out with a cast of our alumni, including recent features The Whiskey Gentry and upcoming features, Have Gun, Will Travel. Catch them on the road and grab their sophomore album HERE on Amazon or The Defibulators HERE on iTunes.

Liner Notes
Defibulators
Whiskey Gentry
Derailers
Stone River Boys
Buddy Miller
Molly O’Day

Style: "Brooklyn"

Podcast

Alumni Update: Porter & The Pollies

Sloane Spencer — What’s happening with your new album?

Chris Porter (better known as Porter) — Well, that depends on which one. I’ve had a busy year! I just released the new Porter and The Pollies EP. Shortly after my move from Birmingham, Alabama, to Austin, Texas, I was in a funk of sorts, and while talking to my brother-in-arms Jay Burgess (of The Pollies), we decided to go honest with this idea of a Porter/Pollies collaboration. We had kicked the idea around green rooms for a while, and were interested to hear how I would sound fronting a full band, and how the Pollies would sound with my country ass on vocals. We decided that the session was just what we needed, for ourselves and our bands. I bought a big ass red guitar and drove down to The Shoals with a handful of tunes. When I arrived we soon all realized what a state of disrepair we were all in. 2012 had been bittersweet to say the least, and it was cathartic to be around my brothers again. Somewhere in there we cut some tracks. We opted to go as live as possible with the tracking and forgot to turn on the click track. The product is more amazing than I could have ever hoped for. It’s buzzy and fuzzy, and a little drunk and surly — covers all of the bases we wanted it to, and represents the week that we shared making it to a T. I’m so proud of it.

I am also heading into the studio in December to cut my first solo full length record. For that I am blessed to be able to work with Will Johnson (Centro-Matic/ South San Gabriel) as my producer, along with Chris Masterson (Steve Earle/Son Volt/ The Mastersons), Eleanor Whitmore (Steve Earle, The Mastersons, and everybody else that’s great), and my lovely girlfriend Bonnie Whitmore (who needs no introduction). There is an Indiegogo floating around there somewhere, but I won’t solicit funds through here. You will be hearing a lot more about that in the coming weeks. (NOTE: I added the link to his fundraiser anyway. SS)

SS — It’s been a couple of albums since we featured you on Country Fried Rock radio show. What’s changed with your music?

Porter — WOW! When we spoke, I was in a smelly van with the infamous Back Row Baptists! It’s been a while and The Baptists are all doing really well! I still front Some Dark Holler with Helen Gassenheimer (the most talented lady ever), and have criss-crossed the country a few times with that. Last fall Helen and I gave birth to a very special little record called Hollow Chest [Explicit]
which we released on This Is American Music. We are still focused on touring and recording, so after the solo full length, expect to hear more from Some Dark Holler.

SS — What’s working for you? Where do you see things heading?

Porter — I’m doing my best to make my new material the strongest it has ever been. My move to Austin has thrown me in with an amazing cast of songwriters who not only inspire me to write, but force me to write better than I ever have. The tunes that I have prepared for this solo full length, touch on themes that my previous work passed over. Don’t worry, there is still plenty of fire and brimstone, but there are also some understated sentiments present that y’all might not expect from the guy whose band was once referred to as “the drunk Civil Wars.”

Where do I see things heading? Around in circles. In a good way.

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Buy the album on Bandcamp: https://somedarkholler.bandcamp.com/

Tracklist
1. Your Hometown
2. Fourth of July
3. Wood and Steel
4. Rest The Bones
5. When I Get Home
6. Blood on My Hands

Chris Porter – Guitar, Vox
Jay Burgess – Guitar, Vox, Producer
Chris James – Bass
Reed Watson – Drums
Daniel Stoddard – Steel, Keys, guitar, vox
Helen Gassenheimer – Fiddle, Vox on “Rest These Bones”

Recorded in Greenhill, Alabama
Produced by Jay Burgess
Mixed by TJ Mimbs and Jay Burgess
Mastered by TJ Mimbs at Easy Street Studios
Cover art by Jeff Moore – Green Olive Media

Charlie Robison

I’ll admit to having a lot to learn about Texas music, especially the “family tree” of bands and musicians and even, their actual families! I did not know that Bruce Robison is Charlie’s brother (should have noticed they both are missing that “n”) nor that their sister is Robyn Ludwick. So, forgive my usual avoidance of cover songs while I learn about his Texas influences, too.

Buy High Life here on Amazon or here on iTunes.

Lincoln Durham (CFR Alumni)

Country Fried Rock alum, Lincoln Durham, has a new record. Check out our great conversation following his last album here. You can also get the podcast here.

Buy Lincoln Durham’s music on Amazon or on iTunes.

Biff Rushton

Biff Rushton is a songwriter from Longview, Texas. Social media is a quirky thing — you never know what quick post or tweet might connect with someone, and open up a world of new music to you. This is how I discovered Rushton’s music and songwriting. You can find some more at his ReverbNation page, too.

Dale Watson

Dale Watson on Letterman

Funny connection to Dale Watson: Country Fried Rock alum, Sarah Gayle Meech, frequently records vocals with him and they have some cool live collaborations.

Texas honky-tonk hero Dale Watson and His Lonestars made their late-night television debut last night on Late Show with David Letterman performing “I Lie When I Drink.”

Buy Dale Watson’s album HERE ON AMAZON or HERE ON ITUNES.

Sour Bridges: EXCLUSIVE Album Stream


Stream the new album from Sour Bridges, Catfish Charlie, exclusively this week on Country Fried Rock!