Jefferson Hart from Ghosts of the Old North State plays tracks from Corolla Ponies In The Snow and tells the story of the video that inspired it.
Also on this episode, southern rock from Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, garage rock from The Ghost Wolves, country rock from Corb Lund, indie rock from the Old 97's, blues from Malcolm Holcombe, newgrass from the Old Crow Medicine Show, Texas blues from Mark Jungers, rockabilly from Tammy Lynn & Myles High, and Louisiana rock from Rod Melancon.
- Mississippi Bottomland / Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires / Dereconstructed / 4:48
- Shotgun Pistol Grip / The Ghost Wolves / Man, Woman, Beast / 2:44
- Roughest Neck Around / Corb Lund / Counterfeit Blues / 3:25
- Guadalajara / Old 97's / Most Messed Up / 2:53
- Sign For A Sally / Malcolm Holcombe / Pitiful Blues / 2:47
- Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer / Old Crow Medicine Show / Remedy / 3:50
- I'll Be Home / Mark Jungers / I'll See You Again / 3:04
- Sweet As My Baby / Tammy Lynn & Myles High / Turn My Music On / 3:25
- Wanna Go for a Ride / Rod Melancon / Parish Lines / 2:15
Jefferson Hart Info
- Preview Corolla Ponies In The Snow by Jefferson Hart and Ghosts Of The Old North State on Amazon.
- Jefferson Hart on Reverb Nation.
Jefferson Hart Interview Recap
Calvin introduces Jefferson Hart and Brian Yamamoto from Jeff's new band Ghosts of the Old North State and their new album, Corolla Ponies In The Snow. Calvin asks Jefferson Hart to tell the story behind the cool album title and how the album came together. Jefferson Hart says, that the album originally came about “Because I needed to sell some guitars. A studio owner offered to buy one. He said I'll give you two and a half days of studio time. It was Jerry Key at Duck Kee studio in Mebane, NC. I said, well, I really need the money. [laughs] But then I said well you know that's quite valuable, quite valuable too. So we said I've got some studio time now. I need to write some songs. So I wrote a song a week for twelve weeks. And every week I would post it on Sound Cloud. ... It was fun. A lot of fun.”
Calvin cites one of Jeff's early bands, The Brown Mountain Lights, as a key influence him early on. Jefferson Hart says, “That band finished in early 2007. We started in January of 2001. We had a good run. Janet Place and Greg Bower have gone on to do other things musically.
Calvin asks Jefferson Hart about the other band he's currently in, Sad Magazine. He says, “I'm on bass. I was originally the drummer but now I'm on bass. We're playing on Saturday in Raleigh at a benefit for our friend Willa Stein, the photographer. It's called Willapalooza and there's all day music to raise some money for her.”
Calvin asks Brian Yamamoto about his music projects outside of the Ghosts Of Old North State. Calvin notes he's in Full Moon Pie. Brian says,”Full Moon Pie is my other band. We fit like a glove . We've all been Jeff's backup band at one point in time or another.” Jefferson Hart adds, “We were pretty much one band with two different names, When Brian's singing lead it's Full Moon Pie.”
Jefferson Hart sets up “Marigold.” He says, “This is the first one I wrote for the project back in November. This one features Nathan Gollub on pedal steel. He's in John Howie Jr and the Rosewood Bluff, and Michael Rank and Stag. He's the only guest on the CD and he really stands out here.”
[Calvin plays “Marigold” from Corolla Ponies In The Snow by Jefferson Hart and Ghosts of Old North State.]
Jefferson Hart tells the story behind the album title. He says, “I had just seen a video that week of those horses on that Outer Banks Island, in the snow. It's about a 30 second clip and it's mesmerizing, just gorgeous. And I thought wow, maybe I have some ideas. So I wrote a song in one night. It's a weird tuning for me. It's a Drop D. Two strings were dropped. Neil Young uses that a lot. Probably Sonic Youth. The words came pretty easily. I was just trying to evoke the feeling of being at a very remote beach in the winter time.
Jefferson Hart sets up “Sleeping 'Neath A Lucky Star.” He says, “This is one of the older ones, it's from 17 years ago.”
[Jefferson Hart and Brian Yamamoto play “Sleeping 'Neath A Lucky Star” from Corolla Ponies In The Snow by Jefferson Hart and Ghosts of the Old North State.]
Jefferson Hart says “I always try to mention [that song] is about my sister. When she was eleven she used to sleep walk. And she went across the street one night in her sleep. So this is a little about that. It took me another 20 years to write it. I wrote it in 1997 and started playing it live and never got around to recording it until this year.”
Jefferson sets up, “I Ain't Henpecked (I Just Have Chicken House Ways).” He says, “It's sort of a humorous title, but I only use it once in the song. This is another case during that song writing project I got sort of stuck for lyrics. I went back and found that I'd saved about 11 pages of lyrics. And I thought 'this is perfect.' And then the day I sat down and started recording the demo I was singing in sort of a pinched voice which is not my usual voice and people kept saying it sounded like Marc Bolan of T. Rex. So that's a little bit of the feel of this one.”
[Jefferson Hart and Brian Yamamoto play “I Ain't Henpecked (I Just Have Chicken House Ways)” from Corolla Ponies In The Snow by Jefferson Hart and Ghosts of the Old North State.]
Jefferson Hart says he originally meant for that song to be a bluegrass song but then changed it to a blues song.
Jefferson Hart sets up the title track. He says, “There's a gentlemen, Jean Paul Perone. This goes out to him. He'll be getting a copy of this. He's the one that shot the video of the ponies out in the snow walking down the beach. And it was just so moving. It was like a piece of art. And I wrote and got his permission to use the imagery for the album cover.”
[Calvin plays The title track from Corolla Ponies In The Snow by Jefferson Hart and Ghosts of the Old North State.]
Jefferson Hart runs through the band line up on the album.
Calvin publicly thanks Jefferson Hart for all the hard work he does putting on tribute shows in the area. He did a George Harrison tribute show a couple of years back and last year he produced a Gram Parsons tribute show (which was featured on episode 163).
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