#SXSW is upon us. Lots of killer bands to go catch. Don’t fuck up by missing East Cameron Folkcore. This is a band that should not be missed. I’ve been to a lot of shows. This band changes you. There is passion behind them. They make you feel the music. I promise you will walk away changed.
This Is American Music goes to SXSW / Austin Music Week
Have Gun, Will Travel 11am (90 minute set) @ Bar Mirabeau - Cirrus Logic Party
This Is American Music presents the 149th Annual Hole In The Wall SX Kickoff Party w/ The Kernal, Tedo Stone, Lydia Loveless, Pile, Two Cow Garage, Glossary, Grand Champeen 7pm - late ass night
Bonnie Whitmore Trio 1:30PM @ Dogwood - Guitartown/Conqueroo Party
Hurray For The Riff Raff 2:00 @ Mellow Johnny’s KEXP/Distiller Party
Hurray For The Riff Raff 5:20 @ ATO/Billy Reid Party @ Weather Up
Tedo Stone 8:45 @ Smith’s Olde Bar Party @ Big Bang
Chris Porter / Bonnie Whitmore 11:45PM @ Smith’s Olde Bar Party @ Big Bang
Nekkid Armadilla Showcase / TIAM @ Lucky Lounge (starts at 7pm) w/ Tedo Stone, Have Gun Will Travel, Glossary, and more.
Have Gun, Will Travel @ Gingerman for the New Granada Showcase 11:30PM
The Pollies @ The Tap Room (1:35AM) for Single Lock / Muscle Shoals Official Showcase w/ Belle Adair, Steelism, The Bear, Donnie Fritts, Dylan LeBlanc, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Bonnie Whitmore @ Camel Cigarette Cigarette Room (above the old Emo’s) w Colin Gilmore TIME TBD
Have Gun, Will Travel @ Tiniest Bar in texas Day Party - 1:30pm
The Kernal (3pm) and Tedo Stone (6pm) SX Oskar Blues @ Black Sheep Lodge
Glossary - 9:00 Official SXSW Showcase @ SoHo Lounge
The Kernal @ Austin Beer Garden 11pm
The Kernal (1pm) Tedo Stone (9pm) and many more SX Oskar Blues @ The Whip Inn — full sched: http://tinyurl.com/mhg2j97
Hurray For The Riff Raff @ Hotel San Jose 4:00
Hurray For The Riff Raff @ Americana SXSW Official Showcase @ The Gatsby (set time: 10:00)
Tedo Stone Noon @ Athens / Georgia Theater Day Party @ Sidebar
Chris Porter 12pm @ Ramble Creek Day Party - 306 W. Annie St
Bonnie Whitmore Trio 12:45 @ Whip Inn SX Oskar Blues Party
The Kernal, Bonnie Whitmore - Brooklyn Cantina Party @ Licha’s Cantinahttp://brooklyncountrycantina.com/
Bonnie Whitmore @ Continental Club Gallery “Jon Dee Graham and friends”
*** Non-TIAM folks to seek out during the week - John Moreland, Ruby The Rabbitfoot, Banditos, Ramsay Midwood, New Madrid, Natural Child, Reigning Sound, anything Burger Records, People’s Blues of Richmond, Andrew Combs, The Deslondes, Belle Adair, The Bear, Lydia Loveless, Grand Champeen, Two Cow Garage.
I will be at this. Such a great lineup!!!
Well, shit. Thanks! Bring a tissue. That guy knows how to stir some emotions inside of you.
Pretty sure I’m an Alt Country blog. I also like singer/songwriters. I mostly really just enjoy people who put THEIR actual thoughts and life experiences into music that THEY write. Luke Bryan doesn’t. He’s a poser. Kind of like people who troll the web anonymously. I’d say way to be a great fan if you had the gall to not hide. But you don’t, so here is what I say to you:
So, have a Happy Wednesday fucktard. And thanks for following my shit closely.
Magic happens y’all. Seriously. I opened an email last week and had the new Drive By Truckers - English Oceans album attached to it. Magic. This is an awesome album. Right out of the gate with Mike Cooley and every bit of what makes him amazing on “Shit Shots Count”, which happens to be my favorite track on this now well played album. Patterson Hood is equally amazing in the way that only he can be. “Grand Canyon” and “Pauline Hawkins” are two of my favorite Patterson Hood tracks on the new album. The Truckers brought their A-game for “English Oceans”. Mike Cooley appears a lot on this album for fans of his. So does Patterson Hood. Which in my opinion is badass, I love both of them and their distinct and unique voices.
Track Listing is:
- Shit Shots Count
- When He’s Gone
- Primer Coat
- Pauline Hawkins
- Made Up English Oceans
- The Part Of Him
- Hearing Jimmy Loud
- Til He’s Dead Or Rises
- Hanging On
- Natural Light
- When Walter Went Crazy
- First Air Of Autumn
- Grand Canyon
The band is as tight as they have ever been. A really great album that is sure to please fans of The Truckers, as well as, win over new converts. You can bank on it.”English Oceans” is a great listen, one that I can’t wait to own on vinyl, and yes, it is available for preorder now. The release date is set for March 4th, 2013. March 3rd for our friends in Europe. That being said go get your preorder on y’all!
New Drive By Truckers album “English Oceans” is out today!!! Go and scoop a copy!
Austin, Texas musician, Jeff Whitehead will be releasing his album “Bloodhound Heart” on March 4th. I’ve been playing it recently and have really dug it.
The band is tight. The pedal steel, lap steel and slide work really shines through. Jeff Whitehead has been busy touring and sharing the stage with some real talent too lately. Artists like, Jake Kellen, Walt Wilkins, Cory Morrow, Chris King and others. Scott Davis (Hayes Carll’s longtime guitarist) produced this.
My hands down absolute favorite song is “Pardon Me”. It’s a song that speaks to me and current life situations. Songs that are relatable hold weight with me. This one certainly does.
"Something Never Known" has an old familiar feel to it. It’s a haunting song with some great organ playing. Really solid song.
I’ve really enjoyed listening to this album. Jeff’s voice reminds me a bit of Ray LaMontagne. It has a nice rasp to it. It’s a bit different from the usual music we cover. It is a heartfelt, thought out album. This album has some Southern soul to it. I really dig it and recommend it to y’all.
Go give Jeff Whitehead a like over at Facebook.
East Cameron Folkcore at The Scoot Inn in Austin, Texas last night. You just may think you’ve seen a great live show, but if you’ve never seen this band, you can’t make that statement. The air outside changed when they took the stage. This band is powerful. If you don’t own any of their music, please go buy some. So great in fact I’m kicking off day 2 of my weekend by seeing them at 1 today before I go see Lucero tonight. #EastCameronFolkcore #Lucero #ScootInn #Stubbs #StubbsBBQ #Austin #Texas #ATX #AltCountry #FYACB
The Misfits. The ones that count. It was the first thing that popped into my head when it started playing the first time. Which is great, at least to me. This is a heavier album. Rock n’ Roll drums, driven guitars and vocals that have some soar to them. Now I wouldn’t rob a bank, but if I did, I’d be driving a getaway car Jason Statham style to this album. This album is one you can speed off and let your badmotorfinger fly at the world.
"Hell And Back" is the opening title track from Those Crosstown Rivals’s new album. This album just has balls. It lets you know it and reminds you of that fact throughout the album.
I really dig “Ugly Side”, “Be A Man”, “Look At Me” and “Blood Sweat And Tears”. This album just has a familiar feel to it. It’s fresh and original, but the vibe is what it should be. It’s one of the things that I really like about Those Crosstown Rivals.
Go scoop up your copy here:
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The Old 97’s, Slobberbone, Black Joe Lewis and Madison King are playing Dallas April 19th. This is a legit lineup y’all. I bought my tickets today. You guys come out and have your minds blown!
Laura Allmon of FYACB caught up with Matt Woods at the Ashford Pub in Houston, TX on Sunday February 16th.
Laura: Matt, tell us about what you’ve been working on lately.
Matt: I’ve been working on the plan for releasing this new record lately.
Laura: Do you have a title for the new record?
Matt: Yes, it’s going to be called With Love From Brushy Mountain.
Laura: What is Brushy Mountain?
Matt: Brushy Mountain was the state penitentiary just up the road from where I grew up. I don’t think it was the largest state pen in the state, but it was the meanest. It was the meanest prison. It had all the worst dudes.
Laura: What’s the direction that the new album is going to take? Is it the idea of someone being in prison, or is that just your title track?
Matt: There is a song called With Love From Brushy Mountain, it’s the first time I’ve ever had a title track. It’s not any sort of concept album.
Laura: Tell me about your recent video for Dead Man’s Blues that came out in October of 2013? http://youtu.be/Y1GRfHs-im4
Matt: I haven’t shot a whole lot of videos in the past, so it was a blast to do. It was a three day shoot, Dead Man’s Blues is the first single from the new record, we decided to release that in the fall and get it out, we put it out on a seven inch record, digitally and spent the time to shoot the video and it seems like folks are digging it pretty well. I’m a little blown away about how well it’s been received.
Laura: So how was it to take the transition from being a musician as your art to being an actor for three days?
Matt: I’m not an actor.
Laura: You did so well looking sad and torn.
Matt: It hits a little close to home doesn’t it? You know that song is certainly one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written and I just tried to stay true to it and give it the best I could. It was a blast to shoot.
Laura: Who shot it? Was it a friend or someone you know?
Matt: There’s a production company called Loch and Key Productions (http://lochandkeyproductions.com/) in Knoxville. It’s a couple of dudes they do all sorts of video production and part of what they do is music videos, they’ve done several music videos for bands based in Knoxville. We got to be pretty good friends while planning the video, and it was a comfortable shoot.
Laura: Whose concept was it? Was it your “This is what I want to happen in my video” or did you take the song to them and they were like “This is what we think will fit”?
Matt: It was kind of both. I took the song to them and I kind of pitched the general idea of it then together we hashed out the specific details and what shots we wanted to catch and the over-riding theme is just following the theme of the song.
Laura: Yeah, it’s a great video and it’s getting a lot of views.
Matt: Yeah the only thing is if we had some sort of cat tricks like kitty cats on top of the TV or even cats eating Cheetos it’d probably get more hits.
Laura: Change your tag line.
Matt: Yeah that’s it, Cats. Cat tricks. People love cats on YouTube. People love cats more than dogs it seems, there’s always some sort of crazy cat video. Maybe that’s the next video.
Laura: What song would you choose to be your cat video?
Matt: Oh I don’t know….
Laura: I think a cat driving a Buick, with a big cross.
Matt: Yeah we could put cats in the Real Hard Times video. Just cats cruising. I think people love it.
Laura: They would; you’d be the next internet sensation.
Matt: The internet is cat crazy.
Laura: Tell me about what you’ve got coming up?
Matt: I just started what will be pretty well a yearlong tour. I’m about a week into this tour that will have me on the road until the middle of the summer at least, and even at that point I’ll probably go home long enough to do some laundry and turn around and get back out. My drummer Larry Fulford lives in Orlando Florida and I have tricked him into quitting his job and getting in the car so most of the dates throughout the spring will be a two piece band. So far we’ve got dates all over the country from New England to Southern California and everything in between.
Laura: How do you deal with being road weary when you’re out for that extended period of time?
Matt: You know, I love it. I understand that that isn’t always the case, some dudes get a little home sick or don’t always want to be on the road but for me I’m perfectly comfortable on the road, I thrive on it, I go home for a couple of weeks I start getting ancy about getting back out.
Laura: Are you picking up anybody as a side act on this tour? I know last year you did a run with Pete Stein. http://www.petesteinmusic.com/
Matt: Well not currently everything we have right now, for some pieces of the tour in the spring we’ll hook up with some friends for short legs like week long runs, but most of it’s just me and Larry. I did some traveling with Pete, I’ve done a lot of the songwriter package tours I’ve been here in Houston with my buddy Adam Lee a couple of times, but now that Larry’s in the car that exhausts all of the space that’s in the car so we’re just going that way. http://www.adamleeband.com/
Laura: Tell me where you get your inspiration for your songs and how often do you feel a song cultivating in your head?
Matt: Anything can be inspiring. I tend to write more on the road as it turns out.
Laura: Is that because you’re in that mode that every day is about the music to you?
Matt: Kind of, and in addition to that there’s this constant changing situation and environment. It could be that something could happen here later tonight and in my head I’ll kind of start working an idea and when I sit down wherever I land this evening I’ll write it down. But also when I’m traveling alone I get to sit for hours and just be inside my head and that kind of helps the whole writing process.
Laura: When you’re driving, how do you put the ideas that you have on paper, do you pull over and write it down?
Matt: I have, a lot of the time I just keep rolling it around in my head for a while and if I think I’m onto something pretty solid I might pull over and write it down or everyone’s got smart phones now so I can just talk into the thing and use it as a voice recorder and kind of dig deeper when I’m in a place where I can pull the guitar out and work. Like legitimately work on something.
Laura: Tell me where people can find you on the internet and how social media has helped you to promote yourself and change the way your music is being brought to people in place that may have never heard of you.
Matt: People can find me on the internet first of all on my website www.therealmattwoods.com, and there are links to all my social media sites there. The internet is an interesting thing; it makes everything so much smaller. You can gain momentum in places you’ve never been before if there are a group of folks here in Houston for example who are into the kind of style and into what I do then it’s easy to kind of stay in touch with those people even though I’m only able to get here a couple times a year so there’s sort of this constant communication. It’s kind of neat that way it just makes everything smaller.
Laura: Do you feel like the camaraderie with your fans has really made a difference in how your business has run?
Matt: Absolutely. You know, outside of mega pop stars or the Jason Aldean’s of country music the whole thing is about this interpersonal communication and these relationships and I think people are interested in being a part of it. If you can share with people what’s going on, on any giving day, you know driving around take photos of cool things you see on the way it makes it all more real, it makes it feel like we’re all in a community rather than this artist/ fan thing. I’d rather feel connected to the people who are interested and enjoying my music and try involve everybody into my life.
Laura: Where do you see yourself going after the new album is released and when do you expect it to release?
Matt: I expect it to release a second week of May, we haven’t announced a release date and there is always a chance that could move a week or so either direction, but the target is the second week of May. I’m not really sure what to expect. I know I’ll continue to work as hard as I always have and probably more this year I should unless something goes wrong, I should spend far more time on the road than I ever had before, and you know I try to stay on the road as much as I can already.
Laura: Do you feel like when you’re on the road that really increases your exposure verses other aspects like just internet sells.
Matt: Certainly. I think being on the road and being constantly available has helped build this family.
Laura: Thank you for meeting with me. Is there anything else you want to talk about?
Matt: No, those are the things going on in my world these days, just working on keeping the car on the road and the shows in order and getting this record out.
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Who’s going to Red Rocks to see Lucero July 12th? This dude. A road trip through some epic country. Maybe a doobie? Don’t judge, it’s legal in the Mile High state. Hope to see y’all there. (Created with @tweegram app)
Driving along a dirt road, feet hanging out the window, hair blowing in the breeze through the countryside to dancing barefoot in the kitchen, warm afternoon sun streaming through the window on a hot summer’s day, Lydia Loveless takes you along on a journey to a place of familiar warmth and nostalgia.
In her new release, “Somewhere Else”, you are taken on a ride through the ups and downs of heartbreak in “To Love Somebody”. Shown through the motions of trying to cope with the different and ever-changing facets of love, the album gives listeners a sense of comfort, familiarity, and belonging. It leaves you wanting more by making you want to unglue yourself from your seat and shake off those lovesick blues and leave it all on the dancefloor.
The very moment “Really Wanna See You” begins, the song pulls you into an upbeat down-home feel. Lydia makes you fall in love with her growl-of-a-voice that is laced with influence by the likes of country-folk music greats, like Linda Ronstadt and the punk-legend edginess of Cherie Currie. Which makes sense, since her father welcomed all manner of musicians into their family home, and growing up she was likely inspired and exposed to a vast range of stylings.
If you’re into a fresh perspective on rockabilly, “Somewhere Else”, will give it to you. Lydia Loveless’ album is sure to be the first of many. So go love yourself, and give it a listen. You’ll find the beats, melodies and dynamic lyrics refreshing and find that the take away will leave you wanting more.
Contributed to FYACB by Peggy Bygrave
Matt Woods is playing #Midland #Texas. Y’all don’t fuck up and miss a damn fine show at New Blue Max. (Created with @tweegram app)