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Episode 15 - John Paul Keith

Episode 15 of the podcast is now live and features the amazingly talented John Paul Keith. JP was in town back in July and sat down with us at Off Broadway to record this episode. For those of you not familiar with JP's music, you are truly missing out on a great songwriter and guitar player. JP is based out of Memphis, TN and can usually be found playing with his band, The One Four Fives. You can also hear JP in Motel Mirrors, which also features past podcast guest Amy LaVere. His latest record, Memphis Circa 3 AM, is available on Big Legal Mess Records.

We had a great time talking with JP about Memphis, the Stagger Inn, recording with Roland Janes, what it is like making a living as a touring musician, and how he ended up meeting Charlie Sexton, among other topics. JP also plays two of his songs, "The Man That Time Forgot" and "If You Catch Me Staring", and covers the classic, "Home In My Hand."

Those of us lucky enough to be in the St. Louis area have two chances to see John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives coming up here real soon. On Friday, October 17, 2014, JPK and the band will be opening up for Deke Dickerson and Los Straitjackets at Off Broadway in St. Louis. Doors for that show are at 7PM, admission is $15, and the show is all ages. The very next night, Saturday, October 18, 2014, JPK and the band takeover the always fun Stagger Inn... Again in Edwardsville, IL. That show kicks off at 10PM with Riley James opening and is 21 and up.

You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here or you can listen to all the episodes directly from the Podcast page. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

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Episode 15: John Paul Keith

Episode 14.5: Bruiser Queen Performances

Episode 14: Bruiser Queen

Episode 13.5: Jim Harper Part 2

Episode 13: Jim Harper

Episode 12.5: Ben Nichols Performances

Episode 12: Ben Nichols

Episode 11.5: Cory Branan Performances

Episode 11: Cory Branan

Episode 10.5: John Henry Performances

Episode 10: John Henry

Episode 9.5: John Moreland and Chris Porter Performances

Episode 9: John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 8.5: Mike Heidorn - Part 2

Episode 8: Mike Heidorn - Part 1

Episode 7.5: Amy LaVere Performances

Episode 7: Amy LaVere

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Open Highway Festival kicks off tonight, runs through August 9th

Those of us here at 3minrecord.com are excited for the kickoff of the Open Highway Music Festival tonight at Off Broadway. In just three short years, the festival has expanded to five nights of shows at two different venues in St. Louis. We recently discussed the festival with John Henry on Episode 10 of our podcast which you can listen to here. Here is just a quick summary of each night's shows. So many nights of great music ahead of us this week. We hope to see you at every night!

Night One: Cory Chisel's Soul Obscura
Date: August 5, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $15 ($3 minor surcharge)

Night one brings Cory Chisel back to the Off Broadway stage with his new project, Cory Chisel's Soul Obscura. This night promises Stax-era soul music, and I cannot wait to see the band that Chisel has formed for this project. Come dance your booties off!

Night Two: The Baseball Project w/Water Liars
Date: August 6, 2014
Place: The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: 21+
Price: $15


Night two sees The Baseball Project make their return to The Duck Room. The Baseball Project consists of members of Dream Syndicate, The Minus 5, and some little band you may have heard of, R.E.M. The Baseball Project create well-crafted pop songs about the only sport that matters, baseball. Their performance back at Twangfest 15 was an extremely fun night and this appearance is not to be missed. St. Louis' own, Water Liars, open the show so you definitely want to get there before the show starts at 8.

Night Three: Sturgill Simpson w/The Dock Ellis Band and Brian Henneman and Kip Loui
Date: August 7, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $14 advance, $16 day of show ($3 minor surcharge)

If you are not familiar with Sturgill Simpson, you will be very soon. Simpson is blowing up with his latest release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. For the folks that have been waiting for country music to sound like country music, Simpson is your guy. Get on out and see this artist in a small club environment while you can. Opening the show will be the one and only Dock Ellis Band and Brian Henneman and Kip Loui. If you have not seen The Dock Ellis Band you truly are missing out on one of the finest bands St. Louis has to offer. Such a great mixture of humor, songwriting, and musicianship. Brian Henneman really needs no introduction in this town. Henneman has been writing, recording, and performing tunes with his band The Bottle Rockets for well over 20 years now. Those that caught Henneman and Loui opening for Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis recently at Off Broadway know what a great treat is in store for their set on this night.

Night Four: Justin Townes Earle w/Emily Wallace
Date: August 8, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7:30PM, show at 8:30PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $23 advance, $25 day of show ($3 minor surcharge)

Justin Townes Earle makes his way back to St. Louis for a highly anticipated show at Off Broadway on the fourth night of the festival. Although fans will be looking forward to hearing their favorite JTE songs on this night, there is the added excitement of hopefully hearing some of the new material from his upcoming release, Single Mothers. That record will be out on September 9, 2014 and is being released on Vagrant Records. Opening the show will be Emily Wallace, who John Henry said will be one of the St. Louis artists he expects to be doing big things very soon.

Night Five: Dave and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones w/Candye Kane
Date: August 9, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $25 ($3 minor surcharge)

I should just get this out of the way before writing anything else about this show. I love Dave Alvin. I love The Blasters. I might be just a little excited for this show. The Blasters are a band I wish everyone knew about, and Dave Alvin is someone that I think everyone should go see live any chance they get. Dave and Phil started The Blasters in 1979, with Dave leaving for a solo career in 1986. Dave plays with The Blasters every once and a while, but it usually happens nowhere close to St. Louis, so this may be one of the few chances I ever get to see Dave and Phil on the same stage together. Add the fact that The Guilty Ones (Dave's current backing band) will be backing the brothers Alvin, and this will be an amazing night of music. The brothers are out on tour promoting their recent release, Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill BroonzyLooking at reviews and set lists from recent shows, attendees can look forward to hearing a lot of the Big Bill Broonzy material from the record mixed in with other blues covers and plenty of Blasters favorites. I really do not think I can stress how badly you should want to go to this show. Blues artist Candye Kane gets the night off to a rollicking start.

Such a great week ahead and a major tip of the hat goes to John Henry and Steve Pohlman for putting together such a great lineup. Head on over to www.offbroadwaystl.com to pick up tickets ahead of time to all the shows, they all look to be well attended so get those tickets before they are gone. See you there!

 

Podcast Episode 6 with Lizzie Weber

Episode 6 of the podcast is now up and running. We were joined on a very cold and slippery night by St. Louis songwriter Lizzie Weber for this episode. We had a great time talking with Lizzie about recording her new self-titled record, her upcoming video, and her musical background. She also gave us three great performances that you do not want to miss. Lizzie has a record release show coming up at The Gramophone on Friday, January 31, 2014. Doors are at 7PM, show starts at 8PM. Ellen The Felon  and The Duo (featuring members of Acoustics Anonymous) open the show. $10 gets you in the door and a copy of the CD. 21+.

Keep an eye out on our Youtube channel for performances from Lizzie that we will be posting over the next week or so.

You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

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Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Podcast Episode 5.5 - Chris Mills Performances now available

Hello! We decided to do a mini episode of the podcast with just the performances from Episode 5 with Chris Mills. All the wonderful performances without all the wonderful babbling! We really do hope you listen to all the babbling, but understand if you really want to just hear the music portions. Make sure to head on over to the Chris Mills bandcamp page to order yourself a copy of Mills' new record, Alexandria. Make sure you head on out to Off Broadway on Thursday, January 23, 2014 to see Mills and his band celebrate the release of the record. That will definitely be a show you will not want to miss!

We have also started up a Youtube page where we will be posting videos of the performances from the podcasts. Get on over to that page and start watching those videos by clicking here.

You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

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Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

2013 In Review : My Year In Concerts

I made a personal goal to try and make it to seventy-five shows this year. I just barely made it. 2013 was a pretty great year for shows for me. I got to see a couple of bands (Texas Is The Reason, The Replacements) I never thought I would see. I saw quite a few shows in cities (Chicago, Little Rock, Louisville, Memphis) outside of the St. Louis area. And of course, I made sure to see Lucero as many times (six) as I could this year. I tried to include all the bands on the bill for this list. Unfortunately, there are a few I forgot to write down and cannot seem to remember. I am including comedy shows in this list and shows that I ran sound for as well. I am also including the New Years Eve show at Off Broadway from 12/31/12 since it rolled over into 1/1/13 and started the year off. On to the list...

12/31/12 - 01/01/13 - Kentucky Knife Fight/Blind Eyes - Off Broadway

January

5 - Deon Cole - Laugh Factory (Chicago, IL)
6 - Texas Is The Reason/Into Another/Sense Field/Popeye - House Of Blues (Chicago, IL)
11 - The Trophy Mules/The BOB Band - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)
16 - Our Lady/Breakmouth Annie/River City Sound - Firebird
18 - Delocated Variety Show w/ "Jon"/Archer Prewitt/Kurt Braunohler/Larry Murphy/Greg Johnson - The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
19 - Chicago School Of Rock performing the songs of Wilco - Schuba's (Chicago, IL)
19 - Lucero/Houndmouth/Matrimony - The Metro (Chicago, IL)
22 - Drive-By Truckers/Houndmouth - The Blue Note (Columbia, MO)

February

2 - 33 On The Needle/Breakmouth Annie/Clubber Lang - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)
6 - Jonathan Richman - Off Broadway
7 - Potions/Dibiase - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)
8 - Dana Anderson - Frawley's
16 - John Henry And The Engine/The Incurables/The Trophy Mules - The Duck Room
22 - Dana Anderson - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)

March

1 - Earthsol/The BOB Band/Super Fun Yeah Yeah Rocketship - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)
2 - Steve Chosich - Iron Barley
2 - Kentucky Knife Fight/The Ladybirds/Pretty Little Empire - Off Broadway
7 - Robert Earl Keen/Andrea Davidson - Off Broadway
20 - Lydia Loveless/Two Cow Garage
22 - Pete Moss And The Northsiders - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)
23 - Breakmouth Annie - Heavy Anchor
23 - The Trophy Mules - Mangia
28 - Hayes Carll/Warren Hood and the Goods - Off Broadway
29 - Flatwheel Band - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)

April

4 - Amy LaVere/Sleepy Kitty - Off Broadway
8 - The Revival Tour (Chuck Ragan/Dave Hause/Tim McIlrath/Rocky Votolato) - Old Rock House 13 - Billy Bragg - City Winery (Chicago, IL)
20 - Flatwheel Band - Stagger Inn
27 - Lucero/Langhorne Slim - RIBCO (Rock Island, IL)

May

3 - Lucero/Langhorne Slim - Headliners (Louisville, KY)
11 - Breakmouth Annie/33 On The Needle/Billy And The Jets - Heavy Anchor
18 - Kevin Smith - The Pageant (Q & A Session)
31 - Dave Alvin/Kevin Gordon - Off Broadway

June

6 - Joe Pug/Motel Mirrors/Shiverin Timbers/Scarlet Tanager - Duck Room
11 - Peter Frampton/Robert Cray Band/Kenny Wayne Sheppard - Family Arena
15 - Blind Eyes/Beth Bombara/Bruiser Queen - Off Broadway
20 - Ha Ha Tonka/Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin/Ezra Furman - Off Broadway

July

6 - Will Hoge/The Incurables - Off Broadway
23 - Griffin House - Old Rock House

August

7 - Tim Barry/Cory Branan - The Demo
8 - Lucero/Kentucky Knife Fight/Jesse Irwin - Off Broadway
9 - Adam Faucett/Kevin Kerby - White Water Tavern (Little Rock, AR)
10 - Lucero/John Moreland/Guy Venable - First Security Amphitheater (Little Rock, AR)
16 - Doc Ellis Band/Diesel Island/John Krane - Off Broadway
30 - TOK/Dibiase/Heroes Of The Kingdom - Schlafly Tap Room

September

7 - Slobberbone/Old Capital Square Dance Club - Off Broadway
12 - Kevin James - Chicago Theater
13 - Riot Fest Day 1 (Flatfoot 56/Smoking Popes/Andrew W.K./Bad Religion/Atmosphere/Joan Jett And The Blackhearts/Danzig) - Humboldt Park (Chicago, IL)
14 - Riot Fest Day 2 (X/Dinosaur Jr./Guided By Voices/Pennywise/Flag/ Blondie/Public Enemy/Violent Femmes/Blink-182) - Humboldt Park (Chicago, IL)
14 - Rocket From The Crypt/The Flatliners/Tight Phantomz - Double Door (Chicago, IL)
15 - Riot Fest Day 3 (Chuck Ragan/Maps & Atlases/Peter Hook & The Light/Mission Of Burma/Quicksand/Against Me!/Bob Mould/The Dismemberment Plan/Rocket From The Crypt/Suicidal Tendencies/Pixies/The Replacements) - Humboldt Park (Chicago, IL)
18 - Mutts/brotherfather - Stagger Inn
22 - Centro-matic - Off Broadway
25 - Dana Anderson/Jesse Irwin/John Krane/Dave Werner - The Focal Point
28 - Hursey Benefit - Fairview Heights Elks Club (Sound Gig)

October

4 - Fumer/Breakmouth Annie/Elbow Through Hammer - Foam
5 - 18 Stories/Mike Coykendall/The Sons Of Ill Repute - The Way Out Club
31 - Dana Anderson & Co. - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)

November

14 - Will Johnson - Living Room Show (Chicago, IL)
15 - Kyle Kinane - Up Comedy Club (Chicago, IL)
20 - Mike Maimone/Dana Anderson/John Krane - Foam
22 - The Trophy Mules - Schlafly Tap Room
23 - Earthsol - Cicero's
28 - Brian Krumm/Tim Krumm/Dana Anderson - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)
29 - Austin Lucas/PJ Bond/Trapper Schoepp - Duck Room

December

3 - Drag The River/The Dive Poets - Duck Room
4 - brotherfather/Monogram Suitcase/Tommy Halloran - Livery Company
6 - White Water Holiday Hangout Night 1 (Caleb Caudle/Adam Faucett And The Tall Grass/Glossary/Two Cow Garage) - White Water Tavern (Little Rock, AR)
7 - White Water Holiday Hangout Night 2 (JKutchma/Mulehead/Motel Mirrors/ Glossary/Ben Nichols) - White Water Tavern (Little Rock, AR)
8 - White Water Holiday Hangout Night 3 (Shane Sweeney/Kevin Kerby/JKutchma/ Micah Schnabel/Paul Graves) - White Water Tavern (Little Rock, AR)
14 - 18 Stories/Explosive Space Modulator - Johnny's Sidebar (Sound Gig)
19 - The Whistle Pigs - Stagger Inn (Sound Gig)
21 - Lucero/Dead Soldiers - Minglewood Hall (Memphis, TN)
27 - St. Louis Symphony : The Music Of John Williams - Powell Symphony Hall

So there it is, my year in shows. I know there are few I probably missed putting on the list, but I think this is pretty close to a complete list. I am going to have a hard time figuring out what my "Top 5 List" may be for shows this year. So many of these shows were so special and amazing for many different reasons.

Thanks to all the bands and venues for providing all the great entertainment this year. I would like to especially thank all the bands that let me run sound for them. Not only does it put a little cash in my pocket, but it allows me to do something I really enjoy doing.

I really cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store on the show front. The year is already looking to get off to a good start with shows from Diesel Island, Motel Mirrors, Bobby Bare Jr., Matt Pryor, and The Hold Steady in January. Hope everyone has a great New Year celebration and I hope to see you out at a show in 2014!

Episode 4 of the podcast is here!

Hi all, the fourth episode of the 3 Minute Record Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure! For this episode we were joined by Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner. These guys are four of the best singer-songwriters the St. Louis area has to offer and will all be playing a show together on Wednesday, September 25 at the Focal Point as part of the Songbird Cafe. The show is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The doors open at 7PM and the show starts at 7:30PM. Get your tickets in advance, this show will surely sell out. We were very thankful the guys joined us to talk to us about the show and play some songs for us. We hope you enjoy listening to the episode and we hope to see you at the show on the 25th! You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

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Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

I really need a cloning device...

Oh St. Louis, when it rains it definitely pours here. You really should not have an issue finding something to entertain you musically this week in the Lou. Here is a quick rundown where I will be and where I wish I could send a clone of myself to not miss a thing. Get on out this week and hear some tunes!

Wednesday, August 7

Where I will be: Okay, due to some surprise Cardinals tickets, I will be at the Cards game for a little while. It IS Star Wars night at Busch, so I am excited that I got some tickets as a surprise, but there are shows to go to dangit! The show of choice for me this night will be Tim Barry and Cory Branan at The Demo. These two guys individually put on great shows, so seeing them on the same bill is going to be amazing. Bryan McPherson opens. Doors are at 7:30/show starts at 8:30, 18+, $12. Tickets available here.

Where I would send my clone: Opening night of the Open Highway Music Festival at Off Broadway. The first night of the fest showcasing the Wild Rovers Tour featuring Cory Chisel, The Candles, Adriel Denae, Space Woman, and a very special guest. (Read these articles here and here on a pretty good hint as to who the special guest is. Edit: Just as I was about to post this, this story popped up.) This is going to be an absolutely amazing show and I will be kicking myself for not going to it, but that really is how much I love Tim Barry and Cory Branan. Doors are at 7:30/show starts at 8:30, $15 for folks 21+, $18 for folks 21-. Tickets available here.

Thursday, August 8

Where I will be: Night Two of the Open Highway Music Festival. I really should not have to say anything other than Lucero for you to know why this is a do not miss show. Add in the fact that Kentucky Knife Fight and Jesse Irwin are opening and you have a candidate for show of the year. Seriously folks get there early, you will not want to miss any of the acts. This show is going to be absolutely ridiculous amounts of fun. Come out and raise a tallboy of Stag or PBR and join in on the debauchery. Doors are at 7/ show starts at 7:30, $20 for folks 21+, $23 for folks 21-. Tickets available here.

Where I would send my clone: Hemmingbirds, brotherfather, Wildeyed, and We Should Leave This Tree at Plush. To be honest, I am not familiar with most of the bands on this lineup. I can tell you however that brotherfather are more than worth heading to this show even though I am not familiar with the other bands. You may have checked out our first podcast featuring John Krane, singer, guitarist, songwriter of brotherfather. If you have not, give it a listen to get a taste of brotherfather as well as some of John's solo material. John has a great voice, writes extremely solid songs, and has an equally solid band in brotherfather. Doors are at 8, 18+, $5 at the door.

Friday, August 9 and Saturday August 10

Where I will be: Little Rock, Arkansas. Okay, so this is supposed to be about shows in the Lou, but I will be heading out-of-town for the weekend. And yes, this has to do with Lucero. The Lucero Family Picnic will be taking place in Little Rock this year and I just cannot make myself miss it. I won't go into the details of the show, but it is definitely something not to be missed for diehard Lucero fans. I will also be spending Friday night before the show at the wonderful White Water Tavern. I am predicting too much fun for any one person to handle, but I am willing to tempt it.

Where I would send my clone: Nights Three and Four of the Open Highway Music Festival at Off Broadway. Last year was the first year for the Open Highway Fest and it was a hell of a fun time with a great lineup. The lineup this year is even more impressive and promises to be even more fun. It really does bum me out that I am going to miss the last two nights due to being in Little Rock. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, poor me, I know.) Night Three on Friday, August 9 features Those Darlins, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, and Via Dove. Night Four on Saturday, August 10 features Murder By Death, Otis Gibbs, and Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Both nights promise great nationally touring bands mixed with a couple of the finest the Lou has to offer. Doors are at 7/ show starts at 7:30, $15 for folks 21+, $18 for folks 21- on both nights. Tickets available here.

Those are my choices for the week, what are yours? Let us know in the comments. Get out and see some amazing bands this week, cheers!

Episode 3, Part 2 is now live!

Hey gang, Part 2 of Episode 3 of the podcast is here! This episode picks up where we left off in Part 1. Bart, Jeff, and Scott talk about their first concerts and reminisce of venues that are long gone. You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

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Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Episode 3 Part 1 of the 3 Minute Record Podcast is now available.

Hey gang, the newest episode of the podcast is here! In this episode, Bart, Jeff, and Scott get together to discuss what they have been listening to lately, offer up their thoughts on some current pop bands, and just generally reminisce. We rambled on for quite a while, so this one is going to be a two part episode. We will have the second part posted here real soon. For now, enjoy the first part and thanks again for listening. You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

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Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

The 3 Minute Record Podcast now available on iTunes

We are very happy to announce that the 3 Minute Record Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure on iTunes. You can follow this link to the iTunes page to listen and even subscribe to the podcast if you so desire. (We would absolutely love it if you were to subscribe!) If you prefer to subscribe via RSS, just click here and subscribe using your prefered program.

As always, you can still listen to or download both episodes from their direct links. Just click on Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane or Episode 2: The Trophy Mules. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As....)

Thanks again to everyone who has already checked out the podcast. We look forward to bringing you the next episode here real soon.

Texas Is The Reason - Live At The House Of Blues, January 6, 2013 [Review + Setlist]

Texas Is The Reason are: (l/r) Chris Daly, Garrett Klahn, Norm Arenas, and Scott Winegard

One fateful day sometime back in the late 1990s I made my way into Vintage Vinyl to pick up whatever albums I could find from four bands that my friend, Dan Huffman, had played for me a few days before.

I would end up buying Horse Latitudes by The Promise Ring, Four Minute Mile by The Get Up Kids, Finding The Rhythms by Hot Water Music, and Do You Know Who You Are? by Texas Is The Reason. Sounds trivial, but this would end up being one of those life-altering type of events.

I ended up seeing The Promise Ring, Hot Water Music, and The Get Up Kids, as much as I possibly could, even traveled out-of-town - mainly to Champaign, IL - to catch their shows. Sadly, I never had the chance to see a Texas Is The Reason show. By the time I was introduced to the band they had since disbanded. I felt like the only way I could ever hear a live Texas Is The Reason show would be to play the split live album they released with Samiam at a really high level on my stereo. We all know that never even remotely comes close to recreating the experience of a live show no matter how loud you turn the stereo up.

In November 2006, my hopes were raised when the band got together to play a show at Irving Plaza in New York City to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the release of their debut - and only - album, Do You Know Who You Are? This show would prove to be a "one time only" gig and no further dates or plans were made by the band.

Fast forward six more years and Revelation Records started to announce plans to have shows to help celebrate the label's 25th Anniversary. News came around that Texas Is The Reason would be headlining the New York installment of the anniversary shows. And then the news hit, the band would be headlining the second night of the Chicago installment of shows. Without hesitation I snagged tickets to the show. I was finally going to be at a Texas Is The Reason show.

The show would be held on January 6, 2013 at the House Of Blues in Chicago, IL. Reunion shows in the freezing winter months in Chicago must just be in the cards for me. In February, 2008 I went up to see a reunited Hot Water Music at the Metro, and in February, 2012 I got to see The Promise Ring reunite, also at the Metro.

I was pretty anxious to get to the venue and ended up getting in the door with plenty of time to look around before the festivities kicked off. The Chicago House Of Blues is definitely a little more intimate than the Orlando and Las Vegas locations I have been to in the past. Normally, I would not describe a venue that has two balcony levels as being intimate, but the distance between the front of the stage and where the balconies started was minimal and really helped keep with the small theater vibe.

Opening the show were Popeye (from Farside), Sense Field, and Into Another. All three acts put on solid sets and were a testament to the level of quality music that Revelation Records has released over the years. The crowd was really into all three openers and many people were heard singing along during all three sets.  One personal highlight was seeing Popeye cover the Dramarama tune, "Work For Food." The set from Sense Field brought back memories of Mississippi Nights, where I saw the band open for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. I admit I felt a little guilty though in wishing that the openers would just hurry up and be done. I was getting really anxious and looking forward to finally seeing a band after a 14+ year wait.

At about 11:20 p.m. my wait would come to an end as the house lights went down and the instrumental "Do You Know Who You Are?" started playing over the PA system. An image of the state of Texas filled with alternating colors, patterns, and pictures was projected onto a screen at the front of the stage. As the song came to an end, the screen slowly started to rise out-of-the-way and the curtain was drawn back to reveal the band as they exploded into "Back And To The Left."

As a cruel twist of fate, Norman Arenas' amp decided to cut out within about 30 seconds of the opening song. The band took the setback in stride and powered their way through the song. Norman held his cool and smiled his way through the gear malfunction and took to firing up the crowd by emphatically clapping along with the band. While the guitar tech swapped out amps after the song ended, Norman quipped about how everyone had been waiting 14 years for this show, so they could probably handle waiting a few more minutes.

Even after this minor delay, the band appeared to be in extremely high spirits. The smiles on all of their faces was infectious and they played just flawlessly. Bassist Scott Winegard seemed to be on cloud nine as a smile stretched from ear to ear for most of the set. The crowd sang along with every song and there was a great energy throughout the room. I found it hard to believe that a band that had been inactive for so long was just absolutely killing it. Garrett's voice sounded great and getting to watch Chris Daly play drums was such a thrill. Seriously, Chris Daly is a beast on the drums. Watching him play, especially towards the end of "Antique", floored me.

The band was playing with such a high energy level and with so much joy that you could not help but wish that they had never ceased to be a band after such a short time. Garrett even joked after playing a little riff to check his tuning that the riff was from a new tune they were writing. This joke brought up the realization that the band has stated that they have no plans to write or record any new material. I really made a concentrated effort to just let myself get lost in the performance and soak it all in and make the most of the opportunity.

In just over an hour, the band played its way through their entire catalog and even included two new songs, "When Rock 'N' Roll Was Just A Baby" and "Every Girls Dream." These two new songs were the last songs the band ever wrote but never recorded. The band went back into the studio last year with Producer J. Robbins to record them. The two new tracks will be included in Do You Know Who You Are?: The Complete Collection which will be available in February through Revelation.

Even though the band has a few gigs booked on both coasts, they have stated that Chicago was the only and last Midwest show they will be doing. To me, it was very fitting that the last song they played, and the last song I may ever hear them play, was "A Jack With One Eye." This has always been one of my favorite songs and with the lyric, "Your place is still at the heart of my everything," seemed very fitting it would end up being the last song. I am so glad I made my way up for the this show. Thank you to the band for some great memories and for being part of "my everything."

Setlist:

  1. Do You Know Who You Are? (recorded intro)
  2. Back And To The Left
  3. The Magic Bullet Theory
  4. Nickel Wound
  5. Johnny On The Spot
  6. When Rock 'N' Roll Was Just A Baby
  7. If It's Here When We Get Back, It's Ours
  8. There's No Way I Can Talk Myself Out Of This One Tonight (The Drinking Song)
  9. Something To Forget
  10. Dressing Cold
  11. Every Little Girls Dream
  12. The Days Refrain
  13. Blue Boy
  14. Antique
  15. A Jack With One Eye