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News: May 2011

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Jon Langford in the Big Easy!

Langford LouisIn town for Jazzfest? On the heels of the release of his book and CD, Skull Orchard Revisited, Jon Langford opens an art show in NOLA this week!

Tonight, May 4, is the preview of Jon's gallery show at LeMieux Galleries (332 Julia Street) — there will be an acoustic performance and probably some cheese and wine and hobnobbing with the artist himself. If you can't make the preview, the show runs until May 28.

Then, ring in Cinco de Mayo at Chicky Wah Wah (2828 Canal Street) with a performance from Jonny backed by fierce locals, $1000 Car (who have adopted the moniker $750 Car for the proceedings, "which is much more in my price range," Jon says). Show starts at 10pm!

It's a Ha Ha Tonka / Jon Langford Double Header!

Coupla baseball related items for you:

1. The boys of Ha Ha Tonka stopped by to tape this three-part interview -- listen as they talk about the Reds vs the Royals, how Brett and Brian share baseball player names and more: Part One / Part Two / Part Three

2. Jon Langford's music from Skull Orchard Revisited is featured on this Baseball Prospectus Podcast - Listen now!

SXSW Scrapbook Published

Wanted to pass along info on a new book just published by UT Press. It's the SXSW Scrapbook: People and Things That Went Before.

SXSW Scrapbook takes a long look back at many years of highlights as South by Southwest celebrates its twenty-fifth edition in 2011. Those who were there share stories about how it all got started; memorable performances by major artists including Johnny Cash, the Black Eyed Peas, Iggy Pop, the Dixie Chicks, and the Flaming Lips; countless up-and-coming acts that got a leg up in their careers by playing SXSW; Sunday softball tournaments with Doug Sahm as championship-game announcer; goodie-bags decorated by renowned illustrators from Mike Judge to Daniel Johnston; and the convention's eventual expansion beyond music to include a film festival and an interactive media component.

The book includes numerous photos, plus essays from SXSW staffers and participants including Dave Marsh, David Fricke, Jim DeRogatis, Ed Ward, Michael Corcoran, and even JON LANGFORD and Bloodshot's own Il Capo Rob Miller—a delightful little tale about how he and Ryan Adams cemented the deal for Heartbreaker in the men's room of Antone's!

So, if you've ever wondered what you are missing in Austin every year, or if you want to piece together your fuzzy memories of your times there, this book is for you.

Notes from the Road by Jeremy Mackinder: Episode One

NFTR LogoOnce a month-ish, Jeremy Mackinder, the bassist of Whitey Morgan and the 78s, checks in with us to regale a tale from the road ...

We’ve for the most part been on the road for the past three years. It does funny things to you. When you spend more time on a van bench than you do on your couch, things get pretty disorienting. Everyday becomes a Saturday and usually all you see is the bar and the hotel of each town. It’s a rare occasion when you actually “tour” a city.

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It's The End of the World As We Know it, and We Feel Fine


Well, spring is in the air and that means baseball, BBQs and some group claiming the end of the world is nigh.

We thought it might be nice to help provide a soundtrack for the day AND (just in case they are wrong) give you a chance to pick up some music on a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE basis

Here's our list (with, cryptically enough, 13 songs):

Judgement Day by Scott H Biram from Something's Wrong/Lost Forever
Ain't Gonna Worry No More by Wayne Hancock from Tulsa
Take Me To The Fires by The Waco Brothers from Waco Express
No Way Out But Down by Graham Lindsay from For A Decade of Sin
Lost Soul by The Handsome Family from For A Decade of Sin
Highway To Hell by Red Star Belgrade from Down to the Promised Land
I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive by Rosie Flores from Executioner's Last Songs
Forever to Burn by Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys from Executioner's Last Songs Volume 2
God's Eternal Love by Mark Eitzel from Executioner's Last Songs Volume 2
I See the Light by Scott H Biram from Dirty Old One Man Band
We'll Burn Together by Robbie Fulks from Country Love Songs
Get Right With Jesus by the Yayhoos from Fear Not The Obvious
Tomorrow Never Comes by Johnny Bond from Country and Western
You Don’t Knock by Detroit Cobras from Baby

Order ANY of these records before the "end of the world" and pick ANY other record off this list for FREE!!  Just put your choice in the Special Instructions section of your order.

No limit.  Pick 2, get 2 others for free.  We'll ship these out lickety-split so they get there "in time."

If they don't get there in time and the world DOES end, we owe you.....


NPR Write up on Silos new Record

The Silos have self-released their new album Florizona.  We're carrying it on the site and it's getting some great press, including THIS piece by Ann Powers at NPR.

It's a lovely article about how some artists become "lifers" for her, and the Silos are one of them.

We agree.

Andre Williams Interview Before Big Millennium Park Show

Andre Williams is opening for Justin Townes Earle on Memorial at Chicago's Millennium Park.

We look forward to Mr Rhythm singing "Jailbait" and who knows what else in front of thousands of possibly unsuspecting Chicagoans.  The potential for weirdness is quite high.

Enjoy THIS interview with the Man himself, which includes several videos, the Blues Brothers, Lawrence Fishburne as Ike Turner, and quotations such as this, when asked about his inspiration for writing "Shake a Tail Feather": "OK, since you asked that question, I knew there had to be a way to say, "Come on, and shake your ass."

Deer and Air Bag versus Drummer

On the way back home from a gig in Pittsburgh, Whitey Morgan and the 78's van hit a deer.  Travis, their drummer, was in the front passenger seat and, as he wont to do, had his leg up on the dashboard.

When the airbag deployed on impact, well, you can imagine.  Ouch.  Fractured his leg in two places.  They are having to cancel one gig, but then these road dogs are heading back out.  We'll let you know if there are any further issues with upcoming dates.

We do not have word if the band supped upon venison that night.

Justin Townes Earle Nominated for Americana Music Association Awards

Justin Townes Earle nabbed two nominations from the Americana Music Association Awards.

He's up for Best Song and Best Album ---Harlem River Blues

The awards will be announced October 15th in Nashville.

See the other nominees HERE

We're trying to see if Lady GaGa will loan JTE her egg-pod-thingy for the EVENT.

Justin Townes Earle named one of the MUST HEAR artists at Bonnaroo

SPIN Magazine named JTE one of the "Must Hear" artists at the upcoming Bonnaroo Music Festival.

We kinda agree.

Check out the list HERE



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