Jimbo Mathus will be having a CD release part at The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Friday April 25th!
- North of Alabama By Mornin' (Radio Edit) / Bobby Bare Jr / Undefeated / 3:40
- Hope Dies Hard / Jonny Two Bags / Salvation Town / 4:12
- Frankie Please / Rodney Crowell / Tarpaper Sky / 2:43
- You and I Alone / Chuck Ragan / Till Midnight / 3:57
- Sugar Dyed / St. Paul & The Broken Bones / Half The City / 2:28
- Why You Been Gone So Long / John Howie Jr And The Rosewood / Everything Except Goodbye / 3:32
- Take Me Back Home / Turchi / Can't Bury Your Past / 3:51
- If You Knew / Auburn / Nashville / 2:47
- Pins & Needles / Edward David Anderson / Lies & Wishes / 4:11
- Can't Be Broken / Twin Forks / Twin Forks / 3:35
- Love Hangover / Moot Davis / Goin' In Hot / 2:42
Jimbo Mathus Info
Preview Dark Night Of The Soul by Jimbo Mathus.
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Jimbo Mathus Interview Recap
Calvin notes that Jimbo Mathus once described this new album as "less sepia tones and more ultra chrome" asks Jimbo Mathus what he meant my that. Jimbo Mathus says, "Well I said it so now I have to explain it I guess! 'Sepia tone' meaning an antique or older variety of music. Of course I took American music all the way back to its inception with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. We took American rots music back to the tin pan alley days, back to the Stephen Foster days, back to the first popular music. That was kind of my plan to get a rock & roll band going, was to understand all of American music. Now over the years, we're talking 20 years, I've released nine solo records since the Zippers' days and I've kind of crept up the dial to the modern age with my music with my song writing, with my bad. This record is flaming electric guitars and screaming organs and wonderful rock & roll music. So I've taken it up to the 'ultrachrome.'”
Jimbo Mathus sets up “Rock & Roll Trash.” He says, “This song was inspired by a guy who's been a big influence album on me for the past three years. Eric 'Roscoe' Ambel. He was one of the founders of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. He's a super cool guy. He produced my White Buffalo CD and this song was inspired by Roscoe and this song goes out to all the rock & rollers hanging out in the parking lot.”
[Calvin plays “Rock & Roll Trash” from Dark Night Of The Soul by Jimbo Mathus.]
Calvin comments on the “poundy piano riffs” on that song. Jimbo Mathus says, “That's called a ham-fisted piano styling. I actually learned that style back in my Metal Flake Mother days.”
Calvin asks Jimbo Mathus what it was like to go back to Northern Mississippi after all those years of touring. Jimbo Mathus says, “It's been a wonderful thing for me. I was in the Carolinas for about 13 years and a lot of wonderful things happened. After a fashion I was just ready to come back to Mississippi. All my arrows were pointing back home. Mississippi has rallied around and supported me. My label, Fat Possum, is based here in Oxford where I live and everything is copacetic right now.”
Calvin asks Jimbo Mathus about his collaboration with another well-known musician from that area, Luther Dickinson. Jimbo Mathus says, “Yes, from Black Crowes and North Mississippi AllStars. he's been one of my main buddies and chief peers and friends and co-collaborators. Going back to 1996 when I recorded Songs for Rosetta on the Mammoth label. Luther and I began our collaboration that year and continued up this day with the South Memphis String band and other collaborations with the North Mississippi Allstars. But he is one of many fantastic musicians in this Oxford area.”
Jimbo Mathus sets up “Tallahatchie.” Jimbo Mathus says, “That's a great choice. That song was written about the mythic river, the Tallahatchie River. That song was written by my Good friend and Reverend Robert Earl Reed who's now gone to his great reward. So let's dedicate this to the Reverend.”
[Calvin plays “Tallahatchie” from Dark Night Of The Soul by Jimbo Mathus.]
Calvin comments on the old-school soul singer vibe on that track. Jimbo Mathus says, “Well, I guess I am partially an old school soul singer. I'm no spring chicken. All music is soul music to me. It's like Sam Phillips form Sun Records described the Sun sound as where the soul of man never dies and that's where I try to keep my music. I couldn't have sung that song as a young man.”
Jimbo Mathus sets up “Casey Jones Caught The Cannonball.” He says, “That's a little funky groove thing. Casey Jones is a character who has been sung about in what they call americana. I call it American music. He inspired many medicine show songs and blues songs and a huge wave of support from the musicianeers form the south in 1900 when he crashed his Cannonball Express. I played an unveiling of a historical marker here in Mississippi in a town called Water Valley which was his home at the time. And they were giving him credit for inspiring so much blues music. I figured I'd add another link to the chain and write my own Casey Jones tribute and maybe add a few more details that weren't included in earlier songs. So 'Casey Caught The Cannonball' is dedicated to Casey Jones and his last ride.”
[Calvin plays “Casey Caught The Cannonball” from Dark Night Of The Soul by Jimbo Mathus.]
Calvin says that song has a country/soul crossover feel to it. Jimbo says, “It's a swampy thing like we have in the deep south. That's definitely one that show off my incredible band and my pianist Carlos. I'm just proud to be another link in the chain and Luther Dickinson called me another link in the 'crazy Mississippi white boy chain.'”
Jimbo Mathus runs through the line up of the Tri-State Coalition. Matt Pierce is on telecaster. Eric Carlos Carleton on keyboards. Ryan Rogers on drums and Stu Cole from Carrboro and Jimbo's Squirrel Nut Zippers days is back with Jimbo on bass.
Jimbo Mathus will be kicking off the album with a CD release show in Carrboro on April 25th at the Cat's Cradle.
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