Reed Turchi plays three tracks from Can't Bury Your Past (Amazon, iTunes) and talks about his stolen song title, airplane drunks, and being attacked by 'coons.
- Rock 'n Roll Blues / Luther Dickinson / Rock 'n Roll Blues / 2:47
- Take Me Down / The Howlin' Brothers / The Sun Studio Session (EP) / 3:24
- Til He's Dead Or Rises / Drive-By Truckers / English Oceans / 4:25
- Long Battle Coming / Dex Romweber Duo / Images 13 / 2:54
- I Never Learn / Karen Jonas / Oklahoma Lottery / 3:21
- The Bright Side / The Far West / Any Day Now / 3:36
- Loretta / The Stray Birds / Echo Sessions / 2:46
- Morning Light / The Dirty Guv'nahs / Hearts on Fire / 3:41
Reed Turchi interview recap
Calvin asks Reed Turchi to describe the band's "kudzu boogie" sound. He says, "the main things, especially for this album, a lot of slide guitar and kind of trance blues of the North Mississippi variety, droning along on one chord. Not anything like the blues 12 bar Chicago progression a lot of people might be familiar with. It stays on the one, driving rhythm. Cam Weeks on drums and Andrew Hamlin on bass get to have a lot of fun. What we really pushed for on this album as well is incorporating a lot of Memphis saxophone and soul organs and keyboards."
Reed Turchi sets up "Take Me Home." He says, "That song came out of a long time spent on highways driving around. The EP before this one took a more lower key meditation on that time. This song came out of a lyrical riff that kept coming to mind every time I started to write a song. After I moved back to western North Carolina I decided it would be time to give that line a chance to shine. And instead of a some sort of sad morose song about homecoming or being away from home. We decided to make it more of a vent of frustration on one hand about not being able to get back. and then kind of a celebration and full on rock about being back and the battle it takes sometimes to get there."
[Calvin plays "Take Me Home" from Can't Bury Your Past by Turchi.]
Calvin asks about the music scene in Asheville/Western North Carolina. He says, "I can't really claim western North Carolina being a huge influence on the overall band sound, however growing up in Asheville and the Swannanoa Valley I was influenced by the strength of the music, arts, and visual arts scene there. It's an area that inspires a lot people regardless of age or medium or outlet. That sort of sense of inspiration is strong and it speaks across all genres that people are working in."
Reed Turchi sets up, "(We Could Still Be) Each Other's Alibi." He says, "I stole the track name from a friend of mine. I've also had the pleasure in Swannanoa of getting to grow up around the Warren Wilson college writing program, which my Dad directed for a long time. One of the poets who was there and I spent some time with is Rodney Jones. One night late he was joking about the country album he was working on. He plays some guitar himself. He mentioned that one of the songs would be '(We Could Still Be) Each Other's Alibi.' I asked if he was serious about the song and about a year later as I was working on this song for myself I asked if he was serious and he said 'not really' and I just took it from there. But the inspiration definitely came from Rodney Jones. You get a line that poignant and it's easy to fill in the cast of characters and the setting around it."
[Calvin plays "(We Could Still Be) Each Other's Alibi" from Can't Bury Your Past by Turchi.]
Reed Turchi sets up "Sawzall." He says, "This comes from another story of domestic fineness. A guy I was sitting next to on a plane. Before we were able to take off he turned to me, about six miller lite mini-cans in and said, 'I don't know how they let me on this plane. I got no wallet. I got no keys. I lost everything." and I was like well this is exactly what the flight attendants would like to be notified of before take off.' I took him has harmless though belligerent. He went on to describe the story of his recent divorce. And in the day his wife gave him to clean out the house. He'd decided to get an eight ball of cocaine and rent a sawzall, cut the house in half and just bulldozer half of it back and let it burn. I sat on that about a year and a half, just thinking about the song that could become and then this was the album for it."
[Calvin plays "Sawzall" from Can't Bury Your Past by Turchi.]
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