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2010 Americana Music Awards Sampler

Here’s a Free Americana Music Awards Sampler from 2010, featuring John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Avett Brothers and many more.

http://www.amazon.com/Americana-Music-Awards-Sampler/dp/B0041A2U80

MOOT DAVIS DISCUSSES HIS NEW RECORD MAN ABOUT TOWN

By John Walker

 

After a short hiatus from music, Moot Davis is striking back with a record that deserves to be heard. Man About Town is a not so much a departure from the past for Moot, but more of a branching out to new horizons. He has not forgotten his traditional country roots, those are very much on display here, but he has also included songs which carry more punch and variety than in his prior releases.

 

After his second release Already Moved On on the Little Dog label in 2007, Moot began to experience what he referred to as road lag or burn out.

“After doing 200 dates a year for 4 years straight, I was beginning to rebel for lack of a better term a bit. I felt like I was losing control of my own destiny. Pete and I were seeing less eye to eye on things, so I know I had to do something different soon. That is why I broke off, got my head straight, and went to New Zealand for a brief acting stint. It was there I was able to work on the songs a bit for this record.”

 

The “Pete” Moot was referring to was Pete Anderson, the former guitar player for Dwight Yoakam. After Anderson left Yoakam, he met a young Moot Davis. He begin working with Moot and produced his first two records, the first being Moot Davis in 2003. However, Anderson’s mentoring was wearing thin on Moot while touring after the release of his second record.

“You spend that much time touring together, there are going to be moments of tension and not seeing things eye to eye. I appreciate everything Pete did for me, and the opportunity to work with him, but his formula for success just did not fit me. I wanted more control over my direction. It was much more positive than negative, but I needed a change.”

 

Thus the 6 month trip to New Zealand, then to Austin, Texas where Moot wrote over 80% of the music on this record. It was not a smooth transition, however from the old label to his current situation.

“I would send songs to Pete from time to time, but he never liked any of them. Honestly, we have not spoken since October 2007. So, I knew I had to wait this thing out, continue to work on my music, and then find the right fit for me.”

 

The search did not get off to a great start. After finally getting his release from Little Dog in August, Moot headed to Nashville with some demos to see if he could work something out.

“Must have been something going on that week in Nashville, I could not get in to see anyone. So, I just headed on back home to try something else,” Moot stated.

 

This is where a good friend stepped in to help. Moot had actually met Paul Reed in a humorous way.

“When you are on your own, you sometimes let things slip a bit in some areas. I would get the occasional email from people letting me know I need to update my web site, or something like that. Well, after being away from music for a bit in New Zealand, I would still get emails from this guy wanting me to update my site or asking me what was going on. His emails were nice enough, plus they had his phone number and business title listed on each one. I finally decided to call this guy and see what the deal was and why he kept hounding me. We talked for a bit and became fast friends. After the debacle in Nashville, Paul asked just how much it would cost to start our own label and put out the record. We crunched some numbers and the Highway Kind label was born.”

 

When Moot was ready to put his new record together, he called another friend to get some advice and help. Enter Kenny Vaughan, the electric guitar extraordinaire from Marty Stuart and the Superlatives.

“I had actually met Kenny several years ago while playing with a band on Broadway Street in Nashville. A mutual friend, Andy Gibson, had introduced us. Once Kenny heard the demos we had cut in New Jersey for the new record, he was able to get things rolling by getting the recording time and to help put a band together. We just paid as we went through the project, so it worked out pretty well. I am very fortunate to get the opportunity to work with another great guitar player such as Kenny with my music after working with Pete in the past. Kenny put together a great band for the record.”

 

Produced by Kenny Vaughan, who of course also contributes on electric guitar, the record features Harry Stinson on drums, Paul Martin on bass, Chris Scruggs on steel and guitar, Hank Singer on fiddle, and George Bradfute on slide guitar. This stellar lineup truly shines throughout the record, accentuating the fine writing and vocal talents which Moot has on display here.

 

Moot writes all 13 songs appearing here, with each offering an appealing variety of content, story, and sound. Unlike his preceding material, Moot wanted to clearly show his creative independence on this record.

“With the first record I released under Little Dog, I felt a bit out of control, with some of the songs being altered and such. The second was much the same. So with this record on my own label, I wanted to show my true identity more so to speak. I wanted to branch out and not just keep releasing the same type of music over and over. I love traditional country music, and always will, but I wanted to broaden my musical base somewhat.”

 

The record opens with Rags To Rhinestones, which is loosely based on a story passed on to Moot by another country artist named Dave Gleason. The lyrics describe how a musician reaches the pinnacle of success only to plummet to the depths of despair. Donnie Herron of BR-549 fame, helped out a bit on getting this one written.

 

Moot states, “Donnie was my landlord at the time I was working on a part of this song. We sat and went over a few parts and he had some great suggestions. I wanted to list him as a contributing writer, but he declined saying he did not do that much. Donnie is a great guy.”

 

Next up are two songs which give a bit more of a glimpse into the musical life of one Moot Davis.

Day The World Shook My Hand certainly draws from my experience with Pete. From initially hearing all the things I wanted to hear about my future to the cold reality of what took place, this song describes a few of those experiences.

Rocket actually is derived from an autobiography I once thought about writing. I had the working title ready to go, which makes up the chorus of this song. I just decided to take all those funny stories along with the title and make it a song instead. I like the way it all came together.”

 

Two songs which perhaps show the largest departures from Moot’s prior releases are Queensbury Rules along with Rust. Each song has a bit more of an edge to them, with Queensbury driven by the electric guitar of Vaughan and Rust having a bluesy Bonnie Raitt vibe. Moot’s vocals shine in each, especially Queensbury where you can certainly hear why he has been compared with Dwight Yoakam in the past. True vocal passion today is hard to find, but it is fully in display here.

 

Moot also steps into uncharted territory with a duet and his first murder ballad as well. Crazy In Love With You features the talented Elizabeth Cook as Moots first duet partner. Black & White Picture is Moots first step into the dark edges of a murder ballad, and he goes all out with this classic.

“I had never met Elizabeth before, but after buying a new car with satellite radio I heard several of her songs on Outlaw Radio. When I approached Kenny about doing a duet on the record, he asked who I had in mind. I mentioned hearing Elizabeth on the car radio and fortunately Kenny knew her. We sent her the demo, and it all worked out very well.”

 

Moot has had several requests in the past to write a murder ballad, and the wait was worth it with this 7 minute ballad filled with great imagery and accentuated extremely well with a nice Mexican arrangement.

“I was a bit apprehensive about this one, having not written a murder ballad previously, but I really like the way it came out. My business partner Paul was a bit uncertain about the way the story went, but I told him if I am going to do it, it is going to go all out,” he laughed.

 

It is difficult to pick a favorite here, each song has something to enjoy, but the two songs which truly stand out are Memory Lane and the closing title cut Man About Town. Memory Lane is another song with vivid imagery, telling a story about a desperate man. The arrangement here has the vibe of a Marty Robbins classic.

“I had actually began writing this one back in 2000. After working on it for a while, I put it up hoping to get back to it soon. Well, about 9 years later while going through some boxes at my parents house I stumbled across it again. I took it out and finally was able to get it where I wanted. I am not a perfectionist by any means, but I want the song to feel good to me. If you mess with it too much, you lose all the good stuff,” laughed Moot.

 

The bare arrangement on Man About Town with the lone acoustic guitar and steel, allows Moots amazing vocals to paint a captivating picture of an anguished man with whom many may be able to relate. The vocals here simply draw you in, showing the true strength Moot possesses. It is thrilling to hear a voice carry a song so well.

 

This record certainly should catapult Moots career, and he has high hopes that it will be a breakthrough for him.

“We have already made strides that we have been unable to in the past. We are getting radio play on XM radio, plus added a great partnership with Conqueroo for publicity. My hopes are to be able to open some doors and perhaps open for larger more well known artists to expose my music to a much broader fan base.”

When asked what artist would be the perfect dream, Moot stated “I would love the opportunity to work with Lyle Lovett. I respect his music and musicianship very much. But, we will take it all one step at a time.”

 

Man About Town is being released on February 21, 2012

 

 

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Americana Rock Mix: Episode 130 - Liberated By The Syndicate

Not much to say in the episode. I’m dealing with a mass exodus of all my files from Mevio to Libsyn. But this episode is filled with amazing music. Enjoy!

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Music in this weeks episode:

- Women & Work AND Juniper by Lucero
(from Women & Work)
www.LuceroMusic.com

- Big Girl AND That Old Black Hole by Dr. Dog
(from Be The Void)
www.DrDogMusic.com

- For What It’s Worth AND Always by Greenland Is Melting
(from Where Were We)
www.GreenlandIsMelting.com - Cover It Up AND Anything To Pass The Time by Magic Box
(from Magic Box EP)
www.MagicBoxRock.wordpress.com

- All Is Love AND Isabel by Six Figure TransAtlantic
(from The Owl)
www.SFTA.se - Good Wife AND Paris Of The Plains by The Grisly Hand
(from Safe House)
www.TheGrislyHand.com

- The Following Moon AND Five Miles or Less by The Memphis Strange
(from Birth of the Strange)
www.MemphisStrange.com - Every Dog AND The Ballad Of Jean & Me by Robin Zander
(from Countryside Blvd.)
www.CheapTrick.com

 

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FauxJo - Is it a Banjo or is it a Guitar? My Grammy Recap…I am fairly certain it has been at least a year since my last post so it’s good to be back.  On Sunday, I spent the evening watching the Grammy’s and having a tweet off with all kinds of weird people.  For the first time since I can remember, I actually watched the Grammy’s. Overall, I thought they did a good job this year and enjoyed The Boss, Bonnie Raitt, Bruno Mars, Adele, The Beach Boys along with the highlight of the night which was “The Civil Wars” 60 second intro.  Hell, truth be told, I even enjoyed Taylor Swift and that massive pile of junk for her stage.  Prior to the airing of the Grammy’s we had a number of great Americana bands pickup awards in category 59 “American Roots”:
Best Americana AlbumRamble At The Ryan — Levon Helm
Best Bluegrass AlbumPaper Airplane — Alison Krauss & Union Station
Best Blues AlbumRevelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best Folk AlbumBarton Hollow — The Civil Wars

The best part of the night for me though was making up the name FauxJo for Taylor Swift’s guitar. I posted on twitter that her guitar was a “Faux Banjo” after I noticed it had a neck like a guitar and as someone clearly pointed out “She’s strumming the banjo — that’s a no no”.  I got a number of messages, death threats and over the top rambles to leave Taylor alone.  In reality, I wasn’t making fun of her or her guitar but was just pointing out that while it looks like a banjo it ain’t a banjo.  No big deal right? After a day of thinking about it, I was even more impressed with Taylor in that how many people that popular have ever even worn a FauxJo? Can you imagine how many FauxJo’s are being sold right now? To wrap all of this up, it was a good night for music and a great night for Americana / Folk in that we had some very talented people share a very public stage and do well.  Taylor’s a part of that even if you don’t want to believe it. Congratulations to Levon and The Civil Wars for a big win and kudos to our AmericanaMusic.org group for getting Americana up as a category! 

 

FauxJo - Is it a Banjo or is it a Guitar? My Grammy Recap…

I am fairly certain it has been at least a year since my last post so it’s good to be back.  On Sunday, I spent the evening watching the Grammy’s and having a tweet off with all kinds of weird people.  For the first time since I can remember, I actually watched the Grammy’s. Overall, I thought they did a good job this year and enjoyed The Boss, Bonnie Raitt, Bruno Mars, Adele, The Beach Boys along with the highlight of the night which was “The Civil Wars” 60 second intro.  Hell, truth be told, I even enjoyed Taylor Swift and that massive pile of junk for her stage.  Prior to the airing of the Grammy’s we had a number of great Americana bands pickup awards in category 59 “American Roots”:

Best Americana Album
Ramble At The Ryan — Levon Helm

Best Bluegrass Album
Paper Airplane
— Alison Krauss & Union Station

Best Blues Album
Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album
Barton Hollow — The Civil Wars

The best part of the night for me though was making up the name FauxJo for Taylor Swift’s guitar. I posted on twitter that her guitar was a “Faux Banjo” after I noticed it had a neck like a guitar and as someone clearly pointed out “She’s strumming the banjo — that’s a no no”.  I got a number of messages, death threats and over the top rambles to leave Taylor alone.  In reality, I wasn’t making fun of her or her guitar but was just pointing out that while it looks like a banjo it ain’t a banjo.  No big deal right? After a day of thinking about it, I was even more impressed with Taylor in that how many people that popular have ever even worn a FauxJo? Can you imagine how many FauxJo’s are being sold right now? To wrap all of this up, it was a good night for music and a great night for Americana / Folk in that we had some very talented people share a very public stage and do well.  Taylor’s a part of that even if you don’t want to believe it. Congratulations to Levon and The Civil Wars for a big win and kudos to our AmericanaMusic.org group for getting Americana up as a category! 

 

LOST NUGGETS - TRENT SUMMAR

By John Walker

 

Writers note….sorry for the lack of recent writing…had family issues to attend to. I will be back at least twice a week for a while…including a interview I just completed with Moot Davis…so stay tuned.

 

TRENT SUMMAR – HORSESHOES AND HAND GRENADES

 

Watching the Grammys last night made me think back to some of the amazing music I have collected in the recent past that perhaps very few have even heard. There are so many amazing artists out there today who have never received the publicity they truly deserved, so I am going to do my part and push some of these talented people on you over the next few months.

 

The first record I wanted to get out in front of everyone is Trent Summar’s Horseshoes &Hand Grenades. Many have heard some of Trent’s songs, but never knew he was the original writer. For example, the humorous tongue in cheek song Love You, which Jack Ingram released a few years ago with much success was actually written by Trent and appears on the record.

 

Summar is an artist who likes to have fun, and it shows throughout his music. He can easily flow from a softer love ballad such as Supposed To Do to a kick ass cover of George Jones He Stopped Loving Her Today which will have you screaming for more.

 

Here are 2 songs from this great release that each shows the talents here. Guys Like Me has a classic Buck Owens feel to it, and Louisville Nashville Line immediately draws you in with its rousing opening.

 

Give these songs a listen, then do yourself a favor and find this record. Summar has one other earlier release, plus a live record. He has no recent releases, however, which is driving me crazy. So if any of you know more, or can update me on his current status, please do so. I need another fix…

Trent_summar

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Americana Rock Mix: Episode 129 - Almost Americana

This episode is hosted by my friend Paul Taylor, who hails from Auckland, New Zealand. This is his second time hosting The Americana Rock Mix, and once again he’s bringing more kiwi flavor to the show. ENJOY!

Download this episode HERE

Music in this weeks episode:

- Ain’t Been To Memphis by All Torn Up
(from EP)
Muzic.Net.NZ Site

- Murder Song AND Love Is Nothing by The Vietnam War
(from The Vietnam War)
www.TheVietnamWar.co.nz

- Cryin’ AND Slave To Your Mojo by Heart Attack Alley
(no album listed)
www.facebook.com/HeartAttackAlley

- Hot Tanya AND Broke It Up by The Drab Doo-Riffs
(from Postcards From Uranus)
Facebook Page

- Another Man’s Eyes AND You’re A Loser by Delaney Davidson
(from Bad Luck Man)
www.DelaneyDavidson.com

- Black Betty by Stomping Nick and His Blues Grenade
(from Punk Blues One Man Band)
www.StompingNick.com

- A Day In The Sun by The Phoenix Foundation
(from Happy Ending)
www.ThePhoenixFoundation.tumblr.com

- The Day Marty Robbins Died by The Johnny’s
(from Highlights Of A Dangerous Life)
www.TheJohnnys.com

Ride Your Pony by The La De Da’s
(from The La De Da’s)
Facebook Page

- Oh My Lover by The Broadsides
(from Many Fouls And Mishaps)
www.TheBroadsides.org

Southwest Gale AND Horse Song by Bernie Griffin & The Grifters
(from Bernie Griffin & The Grifters)
Facebook Page

CHECK OUT MORE BY PAUL TAYLOR at www.95bfm.com - The Border Radio Show where he occasionally does a 2-4 Sunday morning (EST) (Keep in mind he’s in New Zealand).

Also, on youtube is 95bfm In Session - recorded at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland.

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Americana Rock Mix: Lo-Fi Videocast – Austin Lucas with Glossary

This is the third episode of Volume 3 of The Americana Rock Mix: Lo-Fi Videocast. In this episode we’ll see a performance by Austin Lucas and Glossary as his back-up band.

This is the third part of a three part series.

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See more by these artists at:

www.Glossary.us

www.AustinLucasMusic.com

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Americana Rock Mix: Episode 128 - Mailbag Mixer

In this episode I open some CD submission that I’ve gotten through the mail and haven’t had a chance to check out yet. I take a risk by randomly playing tracks from the unheard albums. I talk about how wrong I was about thinking that I could just walk away from this show, and shout out some friends.

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Music in the episode:

- Broken Rainbows AND Something Right by Naked On Rollerskates
(from Lost My Heart In The Battle)
www.Facebook.com/NORSRock

- Inspiration AND Leaving Song by Shurman
(from Inspiration)
www.ShurmanVille.com

- Six Weeks AND Little Talks by Of Monsters And Men
(from My Head Is An Animal)
OfMonstersAndMenMusic.tumblr.com

- Terrified Eyes AND New Friend Jesus by Craig Finn
(from Clear Heart Full Eyes)
www.SteadyCraig.tumblr.com

- To Hell With All My Dreams by Kim Kondrashoff
(from Let The Madness Begin)
- Will Soon Be Gone by Kim Kondrashoff
(single)
Facebook Page

- Broken Record AND Trust Me by Empty Orchestra
(from One More Time, All Together Now)
HereLiesEmptyOrchestra.wordpress.com

- Dying And Diseased (featuring Rachel Brooke) by Last False Hope
(from The Shape Of Bluegrass To Come)
- Darkest Days by Last False Hope
(from Live At The Lobo Lounge)
www.LastFalseHope.tk

Check out these people/sites:

www.NineBullets.net

www.AdobeAndTeardrops.blogspot.com

www.TwangAlliance.com

LifeJive Radio

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Wilco on Austin City Limits this weekend

Here’s a sneak peek of Wilco’s Austin City Limits set airing on PBS this weekend (check your local listings)