Alyssa and Doug Graham play tracks from Glory Bound and talk about finding a connection with Woody Guthrie by train and their documentary film with Cody Dickinson
I’ve also got another track from that new Jason Isbell album. I’ve also got new country from Daniel Romano, and folk rock from Sugarcane Jane. I’ve got more tracks from Amy Black, Bow Thayer, Dale Watson, and Cory Branan in this two hour episode.
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- The Long Road Home / Ron D. Rock / The Long Road Home / 4:18
- Carol Ann / Kevin Sekhani / Day Ain't Done / 3:32
- Ballad of Sugar / Sugarcane Jane / Dirt Road's End / 5:09
- Audrey and Hank / Dan Montgomery / Sin, Repent, Repeat / 1:46
- I'm Gonna Teach You / Daniel Romano / If I've Only One Time Askin' / 2:36
- One Thing That's For Sure / Colin Lake / One Thing That's For Sure / 5:02
- Speed Trap Town / Jason Isbell / Something More Than Free / 4:02
- The No-Hit Wonder / Cory Branan / The No-Hit Wonder / 4:55
- Tighten Up / Amy Black / The Muscle Shoals Sessions / 3:12
- Tug Of War / Bow Thayer / Sundowser / 3:53
- Wine and Whiskey / Crow Canyon / Leaving Soon / 3:38
- Hot Dang / Dale Watson / Call Me Insane / 2:03
- No Substitute For Handsome / Kent Goolsby & The Gold Standard / No Substitute For Handsome / 3:50
- Stay In With Me / Utley3 / While you're down there... / 3:35
- Toe to Toe / Crooks / Wildfire / 4:02
- Play Something You Believe / Jason Lee McKinney Band / Play Something You Believe Vol. 1 / 5:16
- Ghosts of Ferriday / The Old Ceremony / Sprinter / 4:25
- Nobody Wants to Cry / Ocean Carolina / Maudlin Days / 4:18
- Always Lie / The Boxmasters / Somewhere Down The Road [Disc 2] / 3:31
- Hipshake (ft Paul Routledge) / Markus K / The Patreon Files / 4:01
- Elk City / Samantha Crain / Under Branch & Thorn & Tree / 4:43
About The Grahams
The Grahams interview recap
- Alyssa Graham gives a very abbreviated history of The Grahams. She says that she and Doug have known each other since she was seven. Doug and her older brother were in a band together in high school and somewhere along the way, they fell in love and began making music together and they’ve been with each other ever since.
- Doug explains that The Riverman’s Daughter by The Grahams was inspired by the Mississippi and they traveled on the Mississippi from Minneapolis to New Orleans and then wrote the album while living in a houseboat in a Louisiana swamp. Alyssa is quick to point out that they didn’t have electricity!
- Doug says last summer they spent the entire summer traveling around the country by train and they wrote The Grahams Glory Bound almost exclusively on the train. Alyssa says they wanted to see the country from a faster more intense perspective this time. They ended up in Memphis after three months.
- When they got to Memphis, they met Cody Dickinson who suggested they create a video project. Alyssa notes that Cody and Luther Dickinson had played on The Riverman’s Daughter so they had a connection to The Grahams already. Cody suggested they document the last portion of their train trip and record live versions of their songs along the way. That video project became Rattle The Hocks.
- Alyssa notes that there is a connection between the history of the railroad and the history of folk music that goes way back to artists like Robert Johnson and Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie.
- The approach to Rattle The Hocks was a guerilla approach. Recording in the field, on the train with different musicians impromptu. Cody also suggested that they document their day to day life along the way. They were a little afraid of it turning into “reality TV” but they trusted him.
- Alyssa sets up “Griggstwon.” She says that this song started with an image of a red door on a house in the middle of New Jersey. And it’s about a woman running in fear and danger. Alyssa says there’s a reference to a Nathaniel Hawthorne story in the song. . She also mentions that they grw up with Bryan McCann who is a huge part of The Grahams music. He writes music with them even though he’s not on the road with them because he’s a professor and can’t travel with them.
- Calvin plays “Griggstown” from Glory Bound by The Grahams.
- Calvin notes that the documentary has the line :l”ooking for “modern echoes of older sounds.” Alyssa says they were really inspired by a Woody Guthrie song called “Farmer Labor Train” The song is from the 30s and in the song Woody Guthrie makes a train whistle sound with his voice. Alyssa says that sound haunted them for a long time which lead to them writing the song “Glory Bound” and on that song they also created the sound of a train whistle with their voices. Doug adds to it that they didn’t want to write a Woody Guthrie song or a Bob Dylan song. So they were looking to write fresh songs that still had a connection to the past.
- Doug tells a story about one of their stops in El Paso Texas and they got invited to visit a pecan farm. And they got to hear some of the stories about Juarez. and the dichotomy between Juarez and El Paso, which inspired their song “Borderland.”
- Alyssa sets up “Gamblin’ Girl.” She says this song is a response to the million ways the story of “Delia” has been presented. But the one common element is that Delia always dies. So The Grahams decided to write a song in which maybe Delia just goes underground and hides out for a while.
- Calvin plays “Gamblin’ Girl” from Glory Bound by The Grahams.
- The Grahams talk about the debut screening of Rattle The Hocks at Folk Alliance and plans for the additional screenings around the country.
- Doug sets up “Glory Bound.” He says this is the song they wrote in response to the Woody Guthrie song
- Calvin plays the title track from Glory Bound by The Grahams.
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