Grace Askew talks about "bluntry," admiring the growls and tenacity of Howlin' Wolf and Lightnin' Hopkins, and being inspired by virga.
Also on this episode, cowpunk from Cory Branan, alt-folk from Shakey Graves, a beautiful Townes VanZandt cover by Kathleen Grace, heartland rock by Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes, country rock from the Old 97's, boogie blues from Elvin Bishop, rockabilly from Tammy Lynn and Myles High, and some meltdown blues from Gary Clark Jr.
- The No-Hit Wonder / Cory Branan / The No-Hit Wonder / 4:55
- Dearly Departed (Feat. Esmé Patterson) / Shakey Graves / And The War Came / 3:33
- No Place To Fall / Kathleen Grace / No Place To Fall / 4:30
- Black Coffee / Lachlan Bryan And The Wildes / Black Coffee / 3:21
- Give It Time / Old 97's / Most Messed Up / 3:23
- Blues With A Feeling / Elvin Bishop / Can't Even Do Wrong Right / 4:16
- Don't Know Where She Went / Tammy Lynn & Myles High / Turn My Music On / 2:46
- Bright Lights / Gary Clark Jr. / Gary Clark Jr. Live [Disc 2] / 8:27
Grace Askew Info
Grace Askew interview recap
Calvin asks Grace Askew about recently winning the John Lennon International songwriting competition in the folk category. The song that one is called "Empty Room" She says she released it as a single last May on iTunes. The song was recorded and engineered at Tweed Studios by Andrew Ratcliffe (Oxford, MS). She talks about recently hearing about the phenomena called virga, which is when rain evaporates before it hits the ground. Grace Askew says she was inspired by that, saying "The rain's all about washing and cleansing the earth and how we don't cleanse things from our past ad hold on to things too long and it's bad for us most of the time. And that's what 'Empty Rooms' came to be about." Calvin asks Grace Askew how she felt about winning the the award. She says, "I was floored. It's an incredible honor. I never thought of myself as a folk artist, but I'll take it."
Calvin asks about the album Scaredy Cat and whether she would call it a blues album. She says, "Well, I always call my music 'bluntry' blues, country. It's another term for americana. Watever you want to call it I'm fine with it."
Grace Askew sets up "Bad Habit." She says, "I think this song speaks for itself. It's about how people can be a drug in your life."
[Calvin plays "Bad Habit" from Scaredy Cat by Grace Askew.]
Calvin asks Grace to run through the band line up. She says,"Edgar Stuart is on upright bass, Logan Hannah on lead guitar, Adam Woodard on accordion, Kell Kellum on pedal steel, and me on resonator and electric guitar."
Calvin asks Grace Askew about the artists that have inspired her. She says, "I think just being from Memphis and hearing all the Memphis artists growing up. I definitely, when I was younger I mimicked other artists, specifically Cat Power, she was one one my first female vocal influences. I love her. And then I discovered Howlin' Wolf and Lightnin Hopkins and all those guys and I just saw the growl [??] and tenacity of those guys and they way they performed and I incorporated that."
Grace Askew sets up "Cinnamon." She says, "I always give a shout out to the sistas' on this one. From our end it's all about wanting what you can't have. That's always going to be more enticing, you know? There ain't nothing with getting in a little trouble some times."
[Calvin plays "Cinnamon" from Scaredy Cat by Grace Askew.]
Calvin asks Grace Askew about the two videos of "Cinnamon." She says, "The first one is just me by myself, recording in my apartment. That was when I'd first written it. You know songs develop and evolve. The more you play them out, you figure out how you want them to be played and conveyed and so that's how the Suns Studios recording of the song is ultimately how I wanted it to sound, janky and raw and raunchy. The second video, I wanted it to be raw and raunchy like the song itself.
Grace Askew sets up the title track from Scaredy Cat. She says "Well it's become a mantra of sorts. It's about 'Don't you see you ain't got nothing to be afraid of now'. It's the chorus, the hook. In the beginning I was writing it kind of as a joke. I was living in a little one bedroom apartment in mid-town Memphis. My roommate had a little cat that she picked up off the street. It kept burrowing up into my mattress and it bugged the hell out of me, it would make a little nest, you know? And I sat on my bed that day and wrote 'Scaredy Cat.'"
[Calvin plays the title track from Scaredy Cat by Grace Askew.]
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