Archive for October, 2010

Weekend YouTube: Gram Parsons

Posted in Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams on October 31, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

This coming Friday, November 5, is the birthday of the father of Cosmic American Music… Gram Parsons.  He would have been 64.

The Old 97’s: The Grand Theatre Volume 1

Posted in Old 97's on October 29, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

The Old 97’s new album The Grand Theatre: Volume 1 was released earlier this month.  I’ve had my hands on it for a few months now, and I finally had the time this week to put together a little review of the album.  Listen to the review below, and then listen to a track from the album.

Oh yeah… you can also read a review of the album I wrote for Country Standard Time.

Grand Theatre: Volume 1 Audio Review (Buy Album)
The Old 97’s: Let the Whiskey Take the Reigns (Buy Album)

ReviewShine Late Thursday/Early Friday: Mad Tea Party

Posted in Mad Tea Party on October 29, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Every Wednesday, I feature a brief review of at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday. I’ve had some connection problems with my home computer this week… so we’re a couple of days late this time around.

Asheville’s Mad Tea Party have always been a little different.  The duo made up of ukulele player  Ami Worthen and multi-instrumentalist Jason Krekel have been recording together since 2004 and first caught my attention when WDVX started playing their 2006 release Big Top Soda Pop. Their newest effort is a 7″ EP called Rock n Roll Ghoul and is made up of four extremely fun tunes based in retro rock and pop with a decidedly garage feel (at least as garage as a uke can get).  The brevity of the four-song collection (run time is less than ten minutes), makes it no less enjoyable.  Rock n Roll Ghoul should be a part of every Halloween party playlist this weekend.

I’m sharing the spooky psychedelia of “Possessed” along with a YouTube vid of the EP’s title track.

Mad Tea Party: Posessed (Buy Album)

Weekend YouTube: Old 97’s

Posted in Old 97's, Rhett Miller on October 23, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

The Old 97’s new record came out a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve had my ears on it for a couple of months now and have been working on getting something posted here about it.  Hopefully, that will happen this week.

In the meantime… you can read a review of the album that I wrote for Country Standard Time and check out these YouTube vids of some of the songs from the album.

WDVX Fall Fund Drive

Posted in Greg Horne, R.B. Morris on October 22, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Today is the final day of the WDVX Fall Fund Drive, but there is still plenty of time to call or go online to support East Tennessee’s Own listener supported community radio station.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with WDVX… It is a locally owned, non-commercial, Americana radio station dedicated to keeping real radio and real music on the air.  I’d call it my favorite station even if I didn’t work there as a DJ on Wednesday and Friday nights.  You can listen on line at our website,

For about a week and a half now, we’ve been taking to the airwaves to ask our listeners for financial support to keep the music going on WDVX.  As a non-commercial station, we rely on our listeners to provide funding to help keep us on the air.  We have these fund drives twice a year, and they routinely serve as the single largest funding source for the station.

The drives are a lot of hard work, but we also try to have fun on the air while these things are going on.  Lots of guests, volunteers, and artists are constantly stopping by to chat on the air and play some live music for our audience.  I had several artists share the air with me during this fund drive, and like to share a couple of performances from their visits with you here.

During this drive, I was visited by local Knoxville musicians Karen E. Reynolds, Mic Harrison, Greg Horne, and R.B. Morris.  Greg and R.B. brought their guitars along with them and were nice enough to share some songs with me that I’m now going to share with you.  This is what you’re missing by not tuning in and supporting WDVX.

Neither of these songs have an official studio release.  The Buy links point to the artists’ websites.

Greg Horne: Bury Me Beneath the Barstool (Buy Music)
R.B. Morris: Bardstown Road (Buy Music)

ReviewShine Wednesday: Pat Anderson

Posted in Pat Anderson on October 20, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Just a quick update today…

Pat Anderson is a songwriter based in Nashville who has just released his debut album Magnolia Road.  Anderson’s nine original tracks and two covers are brought to life by an extremely talented collection of players including Rob McNelly on guitars, former Jayhawk Jen Gunderman on keys, and Americana Jack-of-all-Trades Will Kimbrough on everything from guitars to bouzoukis.  The result is a solid mix of introspective down beat ballads and melodic up tempo anthems.

On first listen, your ear will likely be drawn to Anderson’s drastic re-imagination of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” (I wish I could share it here) as a lazy banjo tune.  Spend some time with the rest of the album, however, and you’ll find plenty to like in his original work as well.

Pat Anderson: The Hometown Blues (Buy Album)

Weekend YouTube: Buddy Miller

Posted in Buddy Miller on October 17, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Let’s take a few moments here to appreciate the talents of Mr. Buddy Miller.