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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.

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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!

Episode 12 - Ben Nichols

Bart, Ben, and Jeff

Bart, Ben, and Jeff

Episode 12 is here and our guest is Ben Nichols! As most of you know, Ben is the lead singer of the Memphis-based group, Lucero. Ben was in town on August 12 for a solo show at Off Broadway and we were fortunate enough to be able to sit down with him for a little while. We talk about the new live Lucero record, Live From Memphis, upcoming shows at Riot Fest and opening for The Replacements, and talk a little bit about some geek/nerd stuff. This episode also features Ben playing "When You Decided To Leave" and "Last Pale Light In The West", and also the John Moreland song, "God's Medicine." Thanks again for listening, enjoy!

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.

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

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!

Johnny Cash - From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. II [Album Review]

When Johnny Cash returned to the United States from Germany and his stint in the U.S. Air Force in Summer 1954 he could not have realized the changes that would happen in his life less than a year later. Within the next year he had married, started making records and had his first child. A life changing few months indeed. Before the decade was complete Cash had signed to Columbia Records in 1958 leaving his original label, Sun Records; he was only 26 years old. His career still in its developmental stage, Cash already had several hits on the Country charts including #1 singles with "I Walk The Line", "There You Go", "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen" and "Guess Things Happen That Way." However, he wasn't a legend nor the "Man in Black" yet. A new compilation reveals part of the back story of the songs Cash wrote during this early stage and subsequent recordings made around the same time those hits were on radio.

Johnny Cash - From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2
Johnny Cash - From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2

Released by Columbia on February 22, just in time for what would have been Cash's seventy-ninth birthday today, From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. II documents Cash from local country artist with a 15 minute show on Memphis radio station KWEM to country star recording for Columbia Records with his band, The Tennessee Two, plus soon to be wife June Carter and the Carter Family on backing vocals. Honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1954, Cash started his recording career in 1955 and by 1969 he was a major recording star; a legend.

From Memphis To Hollywood:Bootleg Vol. II doesn't focus on the hits although it does include some demos of some of his greatest songs including "I Walk The Line", "Get Rhythm" and "Big River". This compilation, however, unearths demos, rarities, singles, outtakes and B-sides. These intimate recordings look closely at Cash the songwriter and musician. Much like the previous Bootleg release, Personal File, many of these tracks are solo recordings of just Cash and his guitar.

On disc one Cash is a local artist in Memphis in the 1950s, playing radio shows, recording demos as reference for studio recordings and recording studio tracks for local independent label, Sun Records. First, Cash and the Tennessee Two (Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on bass) play a 15 minute radio show for KWEM 990 at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 1955. The recording, their first radio show for the station, is raw as the AM radio it played through over 50 years ago. Cash and the Tennessee Two play 4 songs while Cash hawks commercials for his employer, Home Equipment Company, between songs. As perspective, three days later Cash became a father as his oldest daughter, Rosanne, was born.

Less raw, yet still containing a strong analog tape hiss, the compilation presents a group of 12 demos of Cash recording his own songs with just voice and guitar next. Though unknown when and where these demo recordings were made,  the songs feature a feel of Cash making home recordings as demos for his band, publishing or for Sun Records owner/producer Sam Phillips. Cash's voice is gentle and introspective. The artist at his most vulnerable.

While the radio show and demos provide the listener a glimpse into Cash's working life as a musician the first disc offers other highlights. One highlight from the first disc is "Wide Open Road," a song featured here twice, one a radio recording from the KWEM show and the other a solo Sun Studios recording from late 1954.  Reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen's "Open All Night" from his acoustic album, Nebraska, but in reverse.  The narrator of Cash's song is upset and urging his girl to get out-of-town and hit the wide open road leaving him behind for good, while Springsteen's protagonist is pining for his girl and driving all night to see her. In a second highlight Cash gives a dark reading of the classic Leadbelly song "Goodnight Irene".

By the start of disc two, Cash is in Nashville recording for Columbia Records with producers Don Law and Bob Johnston. Cash had moved his family from Memphis to Hollywood in 1958 after signing the deal with Columbia Records. The sound of Cash's 1960s material is more polished, but still contains the stark qualities of his Sun Sessions. However, the music is recorded with better equipment in buildings built specifically as recording studios. With these songs, broad in scope and rich in imagery, Cash carries a heavier weight of the people on his shoulders. The lyrics offer less about Cash's personal experiences and more about overarching themes of the working man and issues for which he deeply cared.

Highlights from the second disc include the prisoner's last moments "Five Minutes To Live", the hard luck lament "The Losing Kind" and the "Locomotive Man". Cash gives his country take on Bob Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings" and provides his negative thoughts on the general public's acceptance of the 1960s folk revival with "The Folk Singer".

Though now an American music legend with a large catalog of recorded work, Johnny Cash's stature continues to grow even after his death in 2003. In this compilation we meet Cash more as a man instead of legendary recording artist. A great way to reacquaint yourself with an artist you think you already know. Long live Johnny Cash!