Music Video - “If I Ever Stray” by Frank Turner

Here’s the newest one by Frank Turner from his newest album, “England Keep My Bones”.

Frank has been no stranger on my show, as I love this guy’s music. To hear more of his music, check out these episodes of The Americana Rock Mix:

Episode 60 - Americana Mixer

Episode 96 - Overlooked Albums

Episode 108 - On A Plateau

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Free Download - Two Cent Revival - Live From Rockwood

Live From Rockwood: 
Two Cent Revival Releases Free Live Tracks and Videos

Post & Share “The Devil’s in This Whiskey” and “My Sweet Texas” 

Recorded at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall on June 15th, “The Devil’s in This Whiskey” (Live) and “My Sweet Texas” (Live) are songs from Two Cent Revival’s new EP The Devils in This Whiskey. Please post and share both the free downloads and videos.

The Devil’s in This Whiskey mixes folk-tinged Americana and classic country elements with dark lyrical themes and an acoustic-focused rock band. Driven by singer Matt Jones’ baritone vocals, the songs hint at wooden barrooms and dusty churches, walking the line between failure and redemption.

Americana Roots Review show 89

This week I hope you enjoy this really great music from some fabulous artists.
You can listen to the show here.

Artists this week include:
Chuck Allen Floyd - “Hard Times”

Left Arm Tan - “Nowhere Blues”

Daniel Isaiah - “High Twilight”

Grant Davidson - Back Lane Serenade”

Butchers Blind - Dice Were Down”

I hope you enjoy the show.

Thanks y’all!

Americana Rock Mix: Episode 112 - Slight Return To Form

We’re taking a break from the record label retrospectives, and bringing the show back to form for a bit. I talk about the busy past week that I’ve had and introduce some new (ish) music.

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Music in this episode:

- Downlow AND I Blew It by Wagons
(from Rumble, Shake & Tumble)

- Noreen AND Looking For Love by David Mayfield Parade
(from The Parade)

- Love Has Made It So AND Don’t Tread On Me  by John Popper & the Duskray Troubadours
(from John Popper & the Duskray Troubadours)

- Rider AND Wake And Be Fine by Okkervil River
(from I Am Very Far)

- My Heart Won’t Bleed Anymore AND Colors In The Grey by Musikanto
(from Sky Of Dresses)

- Hell If I Know AND Georgia by Fifth On the Floor
(from Dark and Bloody Ground)

- Lullaby AND Worcester Boy by The Mooncussers
(from Mooncussers Aperitif)

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William Elliott Whitmore - Field Songs

William Elliott Whitmore

Field Songs

Released July 12, 2011

Reviewed by John Walker


Simplicity in music is extremely under rated in my opinion. The raw energy and passion evolving from a singer and their lone instrument can be very moving. William Elliott Whitmore is the epitome of this case. His vocal presence is unlike any other, dripping equally with pain, despair, and passion. Listening to his music is a journey that lifts your soul to his plateau and allows you to see the imagery in his own words. It is a captivating addiction.


Whitmore’s new release Field Songs takes us back to a campfire, a man and his banjo or guitar, simply telling stories with his music. It is a collection of 8 self written songs, with each song opening and closing slowly with the sounds of the quiet country life…crickets, frogs, or birds.


From the opening song Bury Your Burdens In The Ground, Whitmore leads us down his own path from despair to glory. Accompanied by his lone claw hammer banjo here, Whitmore delivers his one of a kind growling passion vocals. There is no one quite like him, which adds to his immense appeal.


Whitmore breaks out his guitar for the title cut Field Songs. His lone vocal wail tells the story of creating a farming home from your own hands, inspiring visions and memories of Woody Guthrie telling his stories decades ago.


The use of a lone drum beat accompanying Whitmore on his guitar on the bluesy Don’t Need It drives home the resolve in his vocals as his lyrics tell the story of getting the job done on his own without excuses or obstacles getting in his way. The focus is unquestioned, and drives this one home.


One of the highlights for me on this one is Everything Gets Gone. Whitmore unleashes a classic here, telling a story of despair and woe as he can so well. The acoustic arrangement with only his guitar, allows Whitmore to utilize his vocals, which are so powerful. This one needs to be heard to truly understand and capture the pure power in his words and delivery.


Lets Do Something Impossible, along with We’ll Carry On are each uplifting songs on which Whitmore utilizes his claw hammer banjo to accentuate his vocals.


Whitmore closes out the record with Not Feeling Any Pain. Interestingly enough, this is the only song where Whitmore uses an amplified guitar along with a lone drum beat. This is the perfect song choice here, closing with an upbeat song which allows the listener to end on the note that all is well within his soul, and we shall continue down this road and meet once again.

Americana Roots Review show 88

This week I hope you enjoy some really great music from these fabulous artists.

You can listen to the show here.

Artists this week include:

Andy Vaughan & Driveline -  ”Lipstick”

Elephant Revival  - “Barefoot Friend”

Elephant Revival

Peter Cooper  - “The Last Laugh”

Matraca Berg  - “You and Tequila”

Matraca Berg: The Dreaming Fields

John Englemann - “Taking My Life”

I hope you enjoy the show.



Thanks y’all!

Americana Rock Mix: Live Archive - Two Cow Garage

This one starts out a bit slow and soft with a band warm-up featuring Jon Snodgrass.  But it quickly builds to power house. Just like every Two Cow Garage show.

Two Cow Garage
3 Kings Tavern
Denver, CO

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- - warm up -
- Fired And Flood *
- Can’t Hardly Wait *
- - amp fire interlude -
- Folksinger’s Heart
- Glass City #
- Should’ve California
- Humble Narrator
- Come Back To Shelby
- Mediocre #
- Skinny Legged Girl
- Brass Ring
- No Shame
- Bastards and Bridesmaids
- - encore -
- Camo Jacket
- I Will Be Released (Dylan)

* Jon Snodgrass & Two Cow Garage

# Shane’s vocals low throughout the show.

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The Return Of The V-Roys. Well… Kind of….

First Ever V-Roys Comp Entitled Sooner Or Later Due September 27 Via F.A.Y. Recordings
Collection Includes Two Unreleased Original Songs; Covers Of Neil Young, Tom T. Hall And Leiber & Stoller “One Show; Goodbye” Reunion Concert On New Year’s Eve At Bijou Theatre In Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, TN: Landing September 27 is Sooner or Later, the first-ever compilation from The V-Roys, the seminal roots rock band that influenced a generation of Alt-country revelry.

Vocalist/guitarist Scott Miller, lead guitarist/vocalist Mic Harrison, bassist Paxton Sellers and drummer Jeff Bills left an indelible footprint on the music community during their succinct but illustrious run from 1994-2000 in which the quartet released two critically-acclaimed studio albums, Just Add Ice (1996) and All About Town (1999), and one live album, Are You Through Yet? (2000).

The 18-track collection of remastered material releasing on Miller’s F.A.Y. Recordings pairs thirteen previously released album tracks including fan favorites “Guess I Know I’m Right,” “Fade Away” and “Cold Beer Hello” with five unreleased studio recordings. Added to the mix are unreleased covers of Tom T. Hall’s “That’s How I Got To Memphis,” Neil Young’s “Burned,” and Leiber and Stoller’s Smokey Joe’s Café” (from the Add Ice era) with the unearthed originals, “Hotel Room” and “Someone To Push Around” from the About Town sessions. The two newly restored tracks, both penned by Harrison, represent the only unreleased original songs stashed in archives.

Bills was the driving force navigating the waters of putting together a retrospective that both the band and the fans will hold in high regard, “The goal at the onset was to make it sound as good as we could. We had a production standard we tried to shoot for and did everything in our power, short of animal sacrifice, to get there. “

Miller adds, “When Jeff (Bills) gave me the final mastered version of this compilation, which he really put the effort into making, he had written “Sooner or Later or Just Whenever” on the disc. “Perfect!” I thought. I think we all knew we’d do it sometime.  It’s nice to hear (and play) these songs again. I’m proud of what we did and I think it still stands up.”

Sooner or Later is poised to entice a new generation of music lovers to become acquainted with these sharp-dressed-East-Tennessee-men as the original E-Squared releases are long out-of-print and are not available on digital portals such as iTunes and Amazon. In fact, most of Gen “Y” likely did not have the distinct opportunity to experience the real fruition of The V-Roys, that of a burning hot set raisin’ the rafters of a sweaty packed club.

The V-Roys played their last show on New Year’s Eve 1999 at the historic Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. With nearly a dozen years of perspective for collective reflection, it wasn’t just another show at a historic theater, but the close of a historic chapter in the annals of a fiery brand of Americana.

Lives move forward. In the years since the turn of the millennium, Miller and Harrison have enjoyed successful solo careers with both continuing to tour around the country. Bills runs Lynn Point Records which has released several dozen artists’ albums including three by Harrison as well as a live album from original V-Roys guitarist John Paul Keith. Paxton joined Mic and Jeff in 2000 for a project called The Faults before segueing into the corporate work force.

Memories live on. Legends beget infamy. In 2009, The V-Roys were named the best Knoxville band ever in a poll hosted by Metro Pulse, the city’s weekly newspaper and iconic tastemaker No Depression continues to feature glowing archived articles about the group.

Chatter of the band’s stature in the grand pantheon of Alt-country and “live” rock ‘n roll has been on a slow simmer for the past decade and will soon reach a feverish boil with the planned “One show; Goodbye” New Years Eve blowout at the historic Bijou Theatre, located right up the street from the Tennessee Theatre. For this special show-of-a-lifetime, the band will treat fans to a lengthy all-encompassing set of their recorded catalog and favorite covers. Tickets, priced at $35, will go on-sale September 9th.

4217 days later and the reverential dam hath opened. The cognoscenti reckoned it would happen sooner or later.

 The V-Roys
Sooner or Later
1.    Guess I Know I’m Right*
2.    No Regrets*
3.    Pounding Heart*
4.    Sooner or Later*
5.    Goodnight Loser*
6.    Cry*
7.    Lie I Believe*
8.    Kick Me Around*
9.    Mary+
10.  Amy 88+
11.  Over The Mountain+
12.  Fade Away+
13.  Burned (Neil Young)**
14.  Someone To Push Around++
15.  How I Got To Memphis (Tom T. Hall)**
16.  Hotel Room++
17.  Smokey Joe’s Café (Leiber and Stoller)**
18.  Cold Beer Hello*

*From Just Add Ice (1996)
**Recorded during Just Add Ice sessions
+From All About Town (1999)
++Recorded during All About Town sessions

Guest musicians:
Michael Smotherman: Hammond B3 Organ on “Lie I Believe” & “Mary”
Tommy Hannum: Pedal Steel on “Pounding Heart”
Ronnie McCoury: Mandolin and Backing Vocals on “Mary”
Jim Hoke: Baritone and Tenor Saxophone on “Amy 88”
Steve Earle: Vox Mando Guitar on “Amy 88”
Ray Kennedy: Percussion on “Amy 88” & “Over The Mountain”
Dan Gillis: Tin Whistle on “Over The Mountain”
Larry Atamanuik: Drums on “Fade Away”

Free: Don’t Mess With Texas: SXSW 2011 New Music Sampler  SXSWDon’t Mess With Texas: SXSW 2011 New Music SamplerSubmitted by: Rusty HoganHere’s a link to the Free 2011 Don’t Mess With Texas: SXSW New Music Sampler:

Free: Don’t Mess With Texas: SXSW 2011 New Music Sampler

Don’t Mess With Texas: SXSW 2011 New Music Sampler
Submitted by: Rusty Hogan

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Americana Rock Mix: Episode 111 - Suburban Home Records

In this episode I have my first guest since settling down in Florida. Bryan Childs (AKA AutopsyIV) from stops by and has a beer (or 5) with me as we do a catalog retrospective of Suburban Home Records.

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Music in this episode:

- Bad Days Ahead AND Postcard And Apologies (Two Cow Garage cover) by I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch The House!
(from Sounds Of Dying)

- History With History AND Bad Kreuznach by Drag The River
(from 2010 Demons)

Tired & Fired AND Me & Joe Drove Out To California by Drag the River
(from It’s Crazy)

- What Dying Is For AND Soundtrack To My Summer by Two Cow Garage
(from Sweet Saint Me)

- Swingset Assassin by Two Cow Garage
(from Speaking In Cursive)

- She Did AND Life I’ve Got by Austin Lucas
(from Collection)

- Sing Song AND Hakuna Matata by Josh Small
(from Josh Small’s Juke)

- Friends In Bottles AND Curse Of A Drunk by The Takers
(from Taker Easy)

- American Static AND Throwing Rocks At The Sun AND Cut Me, Mick by Micah Schnabel
(from When The Stage Lights Go Dim)

- The Devil Meets the Longhaired Weirdo AND Dirty Jeans by Michael Dean Damron
(from Pleas From A Ghost)

- Thing Of The Past AND Memento Mori by Tim Barry
(from 28th And Stonewall)

- Owen Oklahogan AND Paul Revere by Arliss Nancy
(from Truckstop Roses)

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