- Roll On / Dex Romweber Duo / Images 13 / 2:53
- Shit Shots Count / Drive-By Truckers / English Oceans / 4:10
- Blood 'n Guts / Luther Dickinson / Rock 'n Roll Blues / 3:19
- Oklahoma Lottery / Karen Jonas / Oklahoma Lottery / 4:25
- Train / Uncle Tupelo / No Depression (Legacy Edition) / 3:19
- Get That Fiddle Fired Up / Hezekiah Goode / Two Billion Acres Of Salt / 4:49
- Red Boards / The Knights of Mentis / New Pound Coin / 3:53
- Get High / Brandy Clark / 12 Stories / 3:31
- Let A Little Love In / Big John Hamilton and Doris Allen / The South Side Of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles 1967-1976 Disc 2 / 2:36
The Far West Info
Calvin asks Lee Briante of the Far West about their CD release party. Lee Briante says it was also a relaunch party for Medina River Records. The party the Satellite Club on Silver Lake in Los Angeles. Lee says it was a full house of about 300 people.
Calvin asks Lee Briante how he describes the music of the Far West to the hipsters in Los Angeles. He says, “We say americana off the bat. And if they're more curious, we'll say alt-coutry. And then usually they'll say you mean like 'country'? And we'll say not like what's coming out of Nashville. People don't call it country anymore even though that's how it started. We’re more along the traditional lines of Hank Williams as known and guys from the 70's like Willie Nelson and Waylon and all those guys.”
Lee Briante of The Far West sets up “On The Road.” He says, “It seems like I'm still writing about moving to Hollywood. The way that this town feels has a particular vibe. I'm still trying to understand it. I think it might take a lifetime, but that's what's in this song.”
[Calvin plays “On The Road” from Any Day Now by The Far West.]
Lee Briante talks about recording “On The Road.” He says, “This one was recorded in a vintage hot rod restoration shop. It's a very big boomy garage and you get a lot of interesting reverberations and that comes across and translates into a feeling of sparseness which was something we were seeking.”
Because The Far West is based in Los Angeles, Calvin asks “The Bakersfield question.” Lee Briante talks about the influence that folks like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard have had on The Far West.” Lee Briante says, “We used to do a lot of Buck Owens songs and we still do some Merle Haggard songs. That stuff was more prevalent on the first record, but it's in our DNA now. When we started out we were doing a lot of cover songs and not as much original material. That was how we started. So we have a great appreciation for that music. It's strange, you can't really live out here without that heritage seeping in anyway. We all love that stuff and it's in their because that's in the landscape.”
Lee Briante sets up The Far West's “The Bright Side.” Lee says, “I write about half the songs and Robert Black, the bass layer writes about half the songs. This one is his and he was telling me this was written when we were out on tour at a show that wasn't going too well. He put it to some fast music and became a rocker with some, not sad lyrics, but interesting lyrics and it rocked anyway. It's a good dancer.”
[Calvin plays “The Bright Side” from Any Day Now by the Far West.]
Lee Briante says “The Bright Side has, “incredible Smokey And The Bandit guitar solo in the middle played by our producer Collin Mclean played.”
Calvin asks Lee Briante about the video for “The Bright Side.” He says,”There's been a long running Sunday event that runs in the summer time here called the Grand Ole Echo, which is kind of a take off on the Grand Ole Opry. It had been going about 10 years. We've been playing it about four or five years. Everyone in the scene plays it. It's a great thing for the community every Sunday. Surprisingly no one ever shot a video there. We thought that was unacceptable. So we asked if we could that and they were game. So we shot it one Sunday that we were playing, That's kind of what it's like every week there. It's a really great thing they have going on.”
Lee Briante sets up the Far West song, “Words From A Letter.” He says, “I was trying to put a twist in a song. John Prine is one of my favorite writers and all his stuff has a great sense of humor to it. So I was trying to get something along those lines. I didn't quite reach that goal, but it's in that wheelhouse and we put it to kind of a barroom honky tonk shuffle.”
[Calvin plays “Words From A Letter” from Any Day Now by The Far West.]
Lee Briante tells the story about how Waylon Jennings brought the band together. “Back when I was trying to form the band originally, I put a Craigslist ad up and I didn't really put up except a link to a YouTube video of a Waylon Jennings at some three hour gig, sweating bullets at the end of the night. I think he was playing “A Couple More Years” I just said 'looking to do something like this.” Robert was the only one who responded. He said, 'I got a band. Come down. Lets' work it out.' Off we went. It was just that video. It didn't say much else, but he got it. He knew what I was trying to do and he was doing the same thing.”
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