Pierce Edens talks about reconciling with his vocal style, Montana as metaphor, and being the guy having the most fun in the room. He also sets up and plays three tracks from the Live album from Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work.
- Don't Touch That Dog / Scott Fant / GoatWeed Bouquet: blue room 2 / 3:26
- Big Legged Woman / Eric Lambert And Friends / Maiden Voyage / 4:23
- Open Ended Life / The Avett Brothers / Magpie And The Dandelion [Deluxe Version] / 4:51
- Cowgirls / Kandia Crazy Horse / Stampede / 4:14
- It's Gonna Be Me / D.B. Rielly / Cross My Heart + Hope to Die / 3:33
- A Bird Can Only Sing / James Tristan Redding / Walking Into Brooklyn / 4:23
- Border Tonight / Mipso / Dark Holler Pop / 2:38
Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work Info
Calvin asks Pierce Edens if it's OK to call his music "cow punk." Pierce Edens says, "Well I've never been accused of it before, but it don't offend me none. We run the gamut of the scenes. We play all that rockabilly bluegrass folks and blues and even try to get them all in one song even. That used to be called rock & roll. But you say rock & roll and people say which kind anymore."
Calvin asks about the live CD / DVD. Pierce says he'd just done a "solo-ish" CD. But it was very much a studio album. So he decided to take two nights to record this live album. He says they were going back for "that chaos that makes music so much fun." His film-making buddy Pete Lutz decided that they should make a live music video. They realized it was just a little bit more work to do both a live show CD and a live DVD.
Pierce Edens sets up "Money." Pierce Edens says "We got our harmonica player as a guest on this, our harmonica player whose now a regular member of the Dirty Work.. He showed up about a week before we recorded this thing and he just fit in real nice. And we were like just jump up on stage and we'll do a couple of songs.... This songs about how broke playing music will make you."
[Calvin plays "Money" from Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work Live]
Pierce Edens talks about the bass solo in the bridge of "Money." Pierce says "Jesse James Hongisto knocks that thing around like it owes him money." They do a bunch of duo gigs together.
Calvin asks Pierce Edens about his vocal style. Pierce Edens says, "I had to reconcile myself to it more than anything else. That's just the way it comes out of me. I grew up a good long while out in the woods in Madison county listening to old mountain ballads. I came across recorded music pretty late about the time I got my driver's [license learner's] permit. I didn't have any recorded music around the house. Just listening to a bunch of stuff all at once and listening to all the old mountain balladeers before then and then ending up with whatever conglomeration of the two I've got going on with it.
Pierce Eden sets up "Montana". He says, "I've never been to Montana at all but I hear great things. So I wrote this song. It's kind of a love song and homage to that cowboy dream. I think most every body's got that's kind of all right lets' go."
[Calvin plays "Montana" from Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work Live.]
Calvin notes the balance between country & Western and rock in "Montana." Pierce Edens says "That's Matt Smith on lead guitar. He's a world class talent." Pierce runs through the whole line up. The guest musicians on horns are Justin Ray (Trumpet) and Jacob Rodriguez (Saxophone). The major line up of the Dirty Work is. Matt Smith plays pedal steel and electric guitar. Jesse James Hongisto plays upright bass, Dane Rand plays drums and percussion. Jim Aaron plays harmonica.
Calvin asks if playing the long extended songs like they do takes a lot out of them. Pierce Edens says, "Not at all. Honestly we build to a pitch. After a week or so we might start to feel it. But in a night it takes hours to wind down after a show. It's a lot of fun we get to lose our minds all together all at once. And there's just nothing like it in the world. And that's what we're getting after whenever we were getting after recording the album live."
Pierce Edens sets up "Let It Rain." He says, "that's the one we really go for it."
[Calvin plays "Let It Rain" from Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work Live]
Pierce Edens says that when he's playing, "I try to be the fella that's having the most fun in the room at any given point. But I like it better if the room is giving me a run for it."
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