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Kathleen Edwards Live @ The Square Room

Posted in Kathleen Edwards, youtube on March 12, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

Friday is going to be a great night for live music in Knoxville as Kathleen Edwards rolls into town for a show at The Square Room.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy a Kathleen Edwards show. Kathleen’s live set is irreverent, raucous, and just a helluva lot of fun. During her shows, she’s been known to have a few drinks, trade good natured profanities with audience members, and generally act like one of the guys. I don’t think I could recommend her performances any more highly.

I’ve seen Kathleen perform a handful of times now in a variety of venues and with a couple of different lineups. Each time, I come away impressed, and each show has offered its own unique story.

The first time I saw her was not long after the release of her 2003 debut album Failer. She was opening for Nickel Creek on the campus of Morehead State University (my alma mater and 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament participants). Kathleen was still a very new artist and still relatively unknown at the time of the show. As I recall, the posters on campus and the radio spots on the commercial radio stations didn’t even list her as part of the bill. I took it upon myself to become her one-man street team in Morehead. I played Failer non-stop on the air in the weeks leading up to the show and urged my audience to show up early to catch the opening act.

After the show (sound wasn’t great, but Kathleen still rocked out), I got a chance to chat with Kathleen at her merch table where I told her of my promotion efforts. We talked for a little while about the show, her album, and Johnny Cash. In the end… I left that night with an autographed copy of Failer signed, “To Nelson, Thanks for supportin’. Kathleen.”

I didn’t see Kathleen perform again until early last year just before the release of her 2008 album Asking for Flowers. She played a quiet singer/songwriter set in Knoxville on the WDVX Blue Plate Special with her husband and guitar player Colin Cripps. She had to clean up the lyrics to “The Cheapest Key” a bit since the whole thing was broadcast live on the radio (“B is for bullsugar” …but F was still her favorite letter). The quiet, (mostly) acoustic side of Kathleen is not one that often comes out, but was great to see. That was also the show where she told me of her desire to keep her record label’s panties untwisted.

A couple of months after that, my wife and I took a weekend excursion to Nashville to see Kathleen and her band play a full show at The Mercy Lounge (one of my favorite clubs around). This was the first time I actually got to experience an extended set with the full band, and it was truly something to see. Kathleen showed off her full repertoire that night by switching from acoustic to electric guitar… she even played some fiddle in a few places. She and sideman Jim Bryson engaged the audience with stories from their Nashville shopping excursion from earlier that day (Kathleen bought a t-shirt that said “Nashville’s One Hot Chicken” which she modeled for everyone during the encore), drank some Tennessee Whiskey, and even entertained an audience request for “Westby” from Failer. Another winning performance.

Heck… I even have a story from the show I missed in Knoxville. After the release of her 2005 album Back to Me, Kathleen came to town with My Morning Jacket for a show in Knoxville’s Old City. I wasn’t able to go because I still lived in Kentucky and just couldn’t make it to Knoxville in time. My wife made it to the show, however, and I am now the proud owner of another autographed Kathleen Edwards CD. This one simply says, “Nelson, Where are you? Kathleen Edwards.”

That night, I was somewhere on I-75 headed for the Tennessee border. Friday night, I’ll be at The Square Room and no one will have to ask that question.

Here are a couple of live tracks from Kathleen to whet your appetite for the show… and a couple of live covers courtesy of Youtube.

Kathleen Edwards: Hockey Skates (Buy Album)
Kathleen Edwards: Money Talks (Buy Album)

Edit: Here is a picture of the “One Hot Chicken” t-shirt that I referenced earlier. I wanted to include this pic in the original post… but I couldn’t find it. Luckily, my wife did.

New Neko Case Single: People Got a Lotta Nerve

Posted in Neko Case, youtube on January 15, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

As you probably know by now… I am a rather huge fan of Neko Case. Well… Neko’s new album Middle Cyclone will be released March 3rd from Anti Records, and she’s already released the first single from the album, “People Got a Lotta Nerve.”

That’s cool enough on its own, but Neko has put an extra spin on it by making the track freely available on the Anti Records blog. As an extra added bonus Neko is making a cash donation to the Best Friends Animal Society, a no kill animal shelter and the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused, abandoned, and special needs animals, for every blog that posts this track. She’s also making a donation for every iLike user that adds this song to his or her profile between now and February 3rd.

So, here is a brand new song from Neko Case, and a great way to help abandoned animals all in one shot. As a Neko Case fan, and the owner of a rescue dog (Deacon), I find this to be a win-win situation.

Below, you’ll find a video from Neko explaining the whole thing along with another video about the upcoming album. The download link and the link to pre-order the album are down there below the videos.

Neko Case: People Got a Lotta Nerve (Buy Album)

Jodie Meeks: Sure Shot

Posted in Beastie Boys, youtube on January 14, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

My apologies for letting sports invade my little music blog tonight… but I have to get this out somewhere.

Although I now live in Tennessee… I am a Kentuckian by birth. As such, I am a fanatical follower of all things involving the University of Kentucky basketball program.

Tonight in Knoxville, Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks scored 54 points in leading the Wildcats to a 90-72 win over the rival Tennessee Vols. It’s the most points ever scored by anyone wearing a Kentucky uniform. It’s the most points scored in an SEC game since 1989 (LSU’s Chris Jackson).

Kentucky is one of the most storied programs in college basketball history. It is the winningest program in college basketball history and holds seven National Championship trophies. It is the program of Dan Issel, Goose Givens, Pat Riley, Jamal Mashburn, Tony Delk, Rex Chapman, Kyle Macy, Cliff Hagan, Kenny Walker, Sam Bowie, Louie Dampier, Tayshaun Prince, and many, many others.

Today, they’re all looking up to Jodie Meeks.

I wish I had a better song to commemorate this moment. But, here… in honor of Jodie Meeks… The Beastie Boys with “Sure Shot.” Because he can’t. He won’t. And he don’t stop.

Beastie Boys: Sure Shot (Buy Album)

Top 10 of 2008: #2 Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis

Posted in jenny lewis, Top 10 of '08, youtube on December 31, 2008 by AmericanaPulse

Well… it’s New Year’s Eve, and here I am in the studio at the radio station waiting to ring in the new year. I figure if I can’t get out and celebrate in style (my buddy Red did give me a glass of champagne)… I might as well get to work on finishing my Top 10 list for the year.

The number two album on this list is the second solo offering from Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis. I first tackled this album here back in October, and I love it as much now as I did then. In fact, I’m not sure if there’s much more I could say about the record today that I didn’t say then… so I’ll just ask you to go back and read that one again.

Again… the links in that post are dead… but here are a couple of tracks to get you through.

Jenny Lewis: Acid Tongue (Buy Album)
Jenny Lewis: The Next Messiah (Buy Album)

And just for fun…

Links and such…

Posted in Alison Krauss, Buddy and Julie Miller, Neko Case, Robert Plant, Scott Miller, Tennessee Shines, The Steeldrivers, youtube on December 9, 2008 by AmericanaPulse

Just a few links to get you through the week…

* Scott Miller has made his new CD For Crying Out Loud available for pre-order at his website. Only 1,000 copies will be offered between now and December 17th online and at Miller’s shows… and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Orders placed before the 17th should arrive by Christmas. If you don’t get in on the pre-order, then you have to wait until March for the official release. All pre-order copies also include an enhanced CD feature with a twenty minute video on the making of the album that will not be on the official release. Oh yeah… Patty Griffin appears on the album as well. Get yours now.

* A couple of local acts have been added to this month’s edition of Tennessee Shines. Knoxville’s own Alex Leach and the Watauga Mountain Boys, Todd Steed and the Sons of Phere, and Christabel and The Jons will join Elizabeth Cook and The Hackensaw Boys for the show on New Year’s Eve. As always, the show will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale and broadcast live on WDVX.

* In my Top 5 post on Neko Case, I mentioned that she has just finished recording her new album. Well… the album now has a name (Middle Cyclone), a release date (March 3), and a killer album cover…

* March 3rd is also the release date for Buddy and Julie Miller’s newest effort, Written in Chalk. It comes eight years after their last collaboration, the self titled, Buddy and Julie Miller. Julie has been in ill health for the last few years, and it will be great to hear her voice once again. Julie wrote the majority of the songs on the album, and friends Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, and Robert Plant come along for the ride on the album. Here’s a taste of that 2001 release…

Buddy and Julie Miller: Forever has Come to an End (Buy Album)

* Speaking of Robert Plant… The nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced last week, and the world of Americana was well represented. The Robert Plant and Alison Krauss collaboration that took home two wins at the Americana Music Awards in September, is now nominated for five Grammys… including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Country Collaboration with Vocals, and Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Competition in the Americana category includes Joan Baez, Ry Cooder, Rodney Crowell, and Emmylou Harris.

* The biggest news for me on the Grammy front, however, is the news that The Steeldrivers have been nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song, “Blue Side of the Mountain.” As long-time readers know, Steeldrivers’ lead singer Chris Stapleton is an old high school buddy of mine, and I could not be more thrilled for the success he is having in Nashville.