Notes… and Stuff I’ve Been Meaning to Get to for a While

*** First of all… Thanks to everyone who responded to my post asking for opinions on the new Dave Matthews Band album. I’ll probably end up picking up a copy of the album later this week. The post was deleted by Blogger yesterday due to copyright infractions even though I only posted a live track from a band that encourages fans to record their live shows and trade the recordings with others. A similar thing happened last week over at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends regarding a post about Pearl Jam.

***Bonnaroo is taking place this week in Manchester, TN and you can catch some of the festivities live on WDVX Saturday. We’ll broadcast a special edition of Tennessee Shines live from “The Other Tent” for eight hours from Noon to 8:00 live on WDVX and with a special simulcast on Nashville’s legendary WSM. The featured acts will be The Steeldrivers, Cherryholmes, The Tony Rice Unit, The Del McCoury Band, and The David Grisman Quintet. Of course, Jim Lauderdale will be there as well… bringing the Bluegrass to Bonnaroo.

***Legendary L.A. punksters X are playing Knoxville’s Bijou Theater on Wednesday night. As part of the current tour, the band is letting the fans vote on which songs they want to hear at the shows. You can vote now over at the band’s website. No matter what songs are picked, expect John Doe, Exene Cervenka, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom to rock the Bijou Theatre like few before them have. I’ve only seen X perform as their cow-punk alter ego band, The Knitters (with Dave Alvin). Even that left my jaw dropped and my ears ringing.

On a more sombre X-related note… Exene Cervenka announced last week that she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. You can read a statement from Exene on the band’s site. Ironically, the band’s current tour is in support of an organization called Sweet Relief… a charity started by folk singer Victoria Williams in 1992 when she was diagnosed with MS. The organization helps uninsured musicians with their medical bills.

***I’ll close today with a couple of tracks that I’ve been sitting on for a bit, and just haven’t had time to get to here. I get a lot of new music sent to me, and sometimes it takes a while to work through it all. Today… because I’m in a bit of a country-rock mood… I’d like to dust off and share a couple of albums that I’ve actually been sitting on since last year. First we’ll go north of the border to Canada for some COUNTRY-rock, and then south to Texas for some country-ROCK.

The John Henrys hail from Ottawa and wear their Gram Parsons influence on their sleeves. Their album, Sweet as the Grain, is peppered with songs like “Angel” that feature crying steels and trembling organs to frame a lazy country groove that goes a long way toward recreating Parsons’ vision of Cosmic American (Canadian?) Music.

On the other side of the spectrum (and the Continent) lies Back Porch Mary. A rocking outfit from Austin, TX that makes me wonder if the Braun Brothers from Reckless Kelly and Micky & the Motorcars might have a few more siblings loose in the Lone Star State. “This Band” showcases their hard driving style while painting an accurate picture of what it’s like to choose a life devoted to music.

The John Henrys: Angel (Buy Album)
Back Porch Mary: This Band (Buy Album)

2 Responses to “Notes… and Stuff I’ve Been Meaning to Get to for a While”

  1. Hey nelson, just wanted to say I got to listen to your fine station on my ride back from Nashville to VA up I-40 last week. Was really impressed with the station. Only thing I hated was having to keep switching channels as I progressed, not a big deal though….I understand how the mountains are. I wish we had a full time station like that around here. Closest thing we have is The New River Sampler radio show on WUVT (virginia tech radio) in blacksburg. A great show, but sadly only on weekday mornings

  2. Glad you got a chance to listen.

    Due to the type of station we are and the type of license we have, we are only allowed to broadcast at a fairly low power. We compensate for that with the multiple signals. It's not a perfect system, but it's the best we have right now. The good news is that our transmitter is set up so high on the tower it's on that the 89.9 signal can reach quite far in a few directions.

    Of course… we're always online too…

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