"Getting up and singing personal songs, it's exactly like being a stripper, you know? People are there to see the dirty parts. ... If you're not gonna show your ugly parts, nobody's gonna be that interested." - Bobby Bare, Jr. in an interview with CMT Edge about his new album Undefeated.
Read the interview here.
American Songwriter Magazine mustered up the courage to approach the one and only Scott H. Biram about his songwriting craft, process, and influences. It's a fascinating read...as SHB is a pretty fascinating dude, a student of many schools.
Amidst the SHB101 songwriting course, there are still a few Biramesque answers of good humor, including his response to any words he hates:
"I don't hate any words really . . . only phrases. "Cool beans".. I hate that one. Saying "vacay" instead of "vacation." It' a sign of the times. Laziness. "Okee dokie Doggie Daddy." This one must die."
We'll throw in "yesiree-bob" and "totes" and "obvi" and all that crap and wholeheartedly agree with The Dirty Old One Man Band.
Our favorite part is Lydia's take on current pop music: "I live next to a radio station, and the signal invades my computer speakers -- the speakers just randomly pick up the signal. It's really loud, like I-can-hear-it-from-the-other-room loud. So, all day, I hear this weird 'Lion King' shit. It drives me fucking nuts."
Soundtrack your Wednesday afternoon with Ha Ha Tonka's fabulous World Cafe session on NPR!
Stream it here!
The band plays stand-out tracks from their newest Bloodshot album 'Lessons' and participates in an interview with David Dye, in which they cover the main muse for the album (a Maurice Sendak interview on NPR's Fresh Air, coincidentally), Ozark culture, and scrapped album titles.
Buy HHT's 'Lessons' here.