This weekend my wife and I visited Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina. Pilot Mountain is a visually stunning outcrop of granite that towers over the surrounding country side. It is a little bit east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which you can see to the west. Native Americans revered the mountain as a source of spiritual guidance and early settlers from the northern colonies knew they were in North Carolina when they saw Pilot Mountain in the distance.
Pilot Mountain gained additional notoriety in pop culture because the TV Show "Mayberry RFD" was based partly on Mt Airy, North Carolina, which is just a few miles away from Pilot Mountain. So the characters on Mayberry would sometimes refer to going to Pilot Mountain.
I'm excited to announce that the guest on the live show on Monday April 28 at 9pm EDT(UTC/GMT-4) is the First Lady of Southern Soul, Candi Staton! So tune in to the web stream and hear her talk about her early years at FAME studios and her latest collaboration with Jason Isbell and John Paul White.
Go make some noise,
On episode 189 of the Americana Music Show, Edward David Anderson plays three tracks from Lies & Wishes and talks about his more direct acoustic-driven sound and the Gulf Coast music scene. Also on this episode, honkytonk from John Howie Jr., roadhouse blues from Rodney Crowell, southern rock from Jimbo Mathus, soul music from Candi Staton, retro-soul from St. Paul & The Broken Bones, indie rock from Chuck Ragan, country rock from Moot Davis, and traditional blues from Bobby Smith.
From the farmlands of rural Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven began making beautiful, graceful music together in 2010. They later added Charles Muench as their third voice giving birth to the signature harmonies that the Stray Birds have come to be admired for across the country. Their first self-titled album got rave reviews, but The Stray Birds decided it was time to give back to their musical heritage they have drawn from so heavily over the years. So in October 2013 they teamed up with Echo Mountain Studios, the recording studio in Asheville famed for bringing out the best in string bands and songwriters like Malcolm Holcombe, to record an EP of covers of some of their favorite songs. The resulting Echo Sessions is both a tribute to some of the best in American music and a showcase for the Stray Birds sound. I added their covers of Townes Van Zandt's “Loretta,” Susanna Clark's “I'll Be You San Antone Rose,” and Jimmy Rodger's “Blue Yodel #7.” to rotation. And I'm proud to announce that in April we're giving away five copies of The Stay Bird's Echo Sessionscourtesy of The Stray Birds.
You gotta love a video with both mini-skirts and spinning Little Debbie snack cakes. That’s what you get on “Camel Walk” by Southern Culture On The Skids
Brigitte DeMeyer’s Savannah Road is a collection of southern, soulful blues tracks that fit right in at your next back porch hangout or late night drive. I’m adding “Savannah Road,” “Please Believe Me,” “Big Man’s Shoes,” and “Honey Hush” to rotation.
What you get on Tarpaper Sky is what you always get with Rodney Crowell. Wry, back-country humor, heart-on-your-sleeve confessions and toe tapping riffs. I’m adding “Frankie Please,” “Somebody’s Shadow,” and “I Wouldn’t Be Me Without You.”
Turchi’s Can’t Bury Your Past combines North Mississippi Blues, Southern rock, and lyrics worthy of a David Lynch movie his “kudzu boogie” sound. I’m adding “Take Me Back Home,” “Burning In Your Eye,” “(We Could Still Be) Each Other’s Alibi,” and “Sawzall.” Reed Turchi was featured on episode 184.
Take Me Back Home / Turchi / Can't Bury Your Past / 3:51
Burning In Your Eyes / Turchi / Can't Bury Your Past / 3:36
(We Could Still Be) Each Other's Alibi / Turchi / Can't Bury Your Past / 4:18
Sawzall / Turchi / Can't Bury Your Past / 3:50
Big Mama's Door / Turchi / Can't Bury Your Past / 4:29