Alan and Chad Edwards of the Loudermilks play tracks from their band's debut self-titled album and talk about the new band name and writing really sad music.
Also on this episode, country rock from Jonathan Byrd, old school blues from Dave Ray, revival string band music from Luke Winslow-King, honkytonk from JP Harris and the Tough Choices, anthem rock from NQ Arbuckle, a crooner from Emma Swift, jump blues from Macavine Hayes, and 30's era blues from Dom Flemons.
- .38 Baby / Jonathan Byrd / You Can't Outrun The Radio / 2:40
- Statesboro Blues / Dave Ray / Legacy / 3:14
- Everlasting Arms / Luke Winslow-King / Everlasting Arms / 3:48
- Every Little Piece / JP Harris And The Tough Choices / Home Is Where The Hurt Is / 4:22
- Back To Earth / NQ Arbuckle / The Future Happens Anyway / 3:25
- Woodland Street / Emma Swift / Emma Swift / 5:00
- Snatch That Thang / Macavine Hayes / We Are The Music Makers / 3:33
- Til' the Seas Run Dry / Dom Flemons / Prospect Hill / 3:00
- Preview the Loudermilks' self-titled album on Amazon.
- Read the review of the Loudermilks self-titled album.
- Visit the Loudermilks web site.
- Watch the Loudermilks perform "Quite Honestly" at The Evening Muse.
The Loudermilks interview recap
Calvin introduces Alan and Chad Edwards of The Loudermilks. Calvin notes that the brothers previously had a good following in Charlotte with their band, Lou Ford, and asks them why they decided to go with a name change. Chad says, "After three records however many years it was and different line-ups. It just kinda felt like we needed a change and a new name seemed like a logical thing. [pause] The old band came with a lot of baggage." Alan adds, "yeah, getting rid of some baggage."
Chad Edwards tells the story behind the new band name, The Loudermilks. He says, "We stewed and stewed and talked and threw all kinds of band names out. And it occurred to Alan that the ouvin Brothers real name, real surname, was in fact Loudermilks. As soon as he threw it out there to me, I was like, 'man, that is it.' [laughs] We'd been strugglin' for a while about what we were going to call this new project. A reference to the Louvin Brothers seemed like a natural thing to do. You know, two brothers singing harmonies together. And we're definitely big fans," Alan adds, "They're kind of a starting point for a lot of the music that inspired us over the years and it seemed to fit. "
Chad sets up, "Quite Honestly." He says, "This song came about years ago. We made an initial break from Lou Ford that ultimately didn't stick. I had the misfortune of my band breaking up and my first marriage splitting up in the same week. And this song, and quite a bit of the material on this record kind of grew out of that whole experience. That's sort of the perspective that that song was written from, someone who's just lost everything."
[Calvin plays "Quite Honestly" from The Loudermilks debut, self-titled album.]
Chad adds to the song and says, "We've been accused of writing really really sad music for a long time. That's the place where a lot of our music comes from." Alan adds, "It's a fair accusation!" Chad says, "There is a process you have to go through of sort of distancing yourself from the material because it's so honest. We're writing about our genuine experiences. Sometimes it can be difficult to get through those songs for a while."
Alan runs through the full band line up. He says, "Shawn Lynch and Brent Dunn. Brent Dunn was our original bass player. Shawn Lynch is also on bass. Mike Kennerly is on drums. Jeff White played fiddle and banjo. Jason Atkins, who also played with us in Lou Ford played keyboards on the record. Joe Smith who played steel on our first two Lou Ford records played pedal steel."
Calvin asks Alan and Chad about the writing process. Chad says, "We have pretty much always written songs individually and brought them to the band. I think for both of us it's such a personal process and the songs are so personal it's kinda hard to relinquish any of that to anyone else. I think Alan has probably experimented with that more than I have. I don't know that I've ever tried to collaborate with anybody." Alan adds, "Mark Lynch and I collaborated on some of the Lou Ford stuff back in the day. There's been some band collaborations even with Lou Ford where Jason Atkins brought some music to practice and I took it home and wrote a song."
Calvin asks if it's tough to criticize each others' song ideas or suggest changes. Chad says, "We've gotten a lot better as adults. It's been a growing process for sure over the course of 18 years of making music together. To get to the point where we can communicate more honestly and directly as adults abut stuff like that." Alan says, "Chad's better at it than I am! [laughs]"
Chad sets up "Broken Record." He says, "This was the first song that was written for the Loudermilks specifically. When we were going through some of the early battles of Alan and I breaking down some of those communication walls that had gone up through the struggles of Lou Ford and getting to a place with this band where we were both happy with where we were going. We'd had a particularly difficult evening of struggling with each other over stuff and I sort of wrote this song in response to that night and that struggle."
[Calvin plays "Broken Record" from The Loudermilks debut, self-titled album.]
Calvin asks about the twangy music scene in Charlotte. Alan says, "There's actually an great scene in Charlotte, an amazingly great music scene. Not just Americana, punk rock metal anything you can imagine. It's funny playing in Charlotte again, and we played a lot in the late 90's. There didn't seem to be a lot going on back then. It's been interesting to come back into the Charlotte music scene and see what's happening." Alan name checks Snug Harbor as a great venue as well as the Thirsty Beaver on Sunday afternoons. Evening Muse, and The Double Door..
Alan sets up, "Watch 'Em Fall." He says, "This song I wrote, oddly enough, I was also going through a divorce. It came up in a conversation with my daughter. I was telling her about a class I took in college. We were looking through a telescope at a galaxy in Andromeda and they were explaining to us that the light we were seeing from the galaxy had left millions of years ago. That kind of blew my mind to think about then and again as I was relating it to my daughter it blew my mind again as it blew her mind. That kind of put some things into perspective as I was dealing with some personal things in my life."
[Calvin plays "Watch 'Em Fall" from The Loudermilks debut, self-titled album.]
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