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Friday, September 13, 2013

VIDEO: Austin Lucas performing "Alone in Memphis" and "Wild Hog in the Woods" at Bull City Records

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Austin Lucas, one of the moment's hardest-working folk singers, returns to Durham on Sunday. At Motorco, Lucas will present material from Stay Reckless, his latest release and first for the well-regarded New West Records. When we recorded this session late last year at Bull City Records, his song "Alone in Memphis" knocked me over. It perfectly captures the loneliness of a traveling musician, balancing love for what they do with the grind of doing it. I don't want to be alone in Memphis I don't want to be alone in New Orleans I don't want to dwell in cheap...

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Carolina Covers: Mary Johnson Rockers performs "You Must Build a Fire"

Posted By on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Hank Williams set one of many blueprints for singing sad songs with "Moanin' The Blues." When I first saw Mary Johnson Rockers sitting on a stage at the Shakori Hills Songwriter Circle, she was surrounded by several local Americana artists. Her delivery put her apart: With a touch of twang above all, she was "Moanin' The Blues" like many of her counterparts couldn't. Though Johnson Rockers and her band The Spark do not perform too often, they present well-conceived arrangements that complement Johnson Rockers perfectly. Today, the group plays Saxapahaw's outdoor stage at the weekly farmers market performance series. The...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Carolina Covers: Gross Ghost's take on Future Islands' "Long Flight"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Today, we bring you Gross Ghost covering Future Islands' "Long Flight." Mike Dillon reflects on what this song and the group Future Islands means to him and the formation of Gross Ghost: "Tre , Chris [Hutcherson-Riddle] and I went on our first tour with Future Islands many moons ago. They took us up to Maine and back. Our van broke down on the way back home and we had to miss the last two shows. Even in those dark times, the experience of being on the road [with Future Islands] made Tre and I realize that playing music together...

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Carolina Covers: Chip Robinson covers Malcolm Holcombe's "Who Carried You"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Today's Carolina Cover comes from Chip Robinson, covering "Who Carried You" from Asheville native Malcolm Holcolmbe's 1999 Geffen Records release, A Hundred Lies. When we set these sessions up and ask for a cover, folks sometimes do not have time to prepare because of scheduling. In this case, Robinson came in with what he said was one of his favorite songs; he delivers the song with a cleaner vocal take than the original but with the same finger-picked mournful spirit. Chip has two area shows coming up this week: He plays solo tonight at Slim's with Mike Ferrio at...

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Carolina Covers: Jason Kutchma handles Superchunk's "Hyper Enough"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Today brings together another pair of local favorites, Jason Kutchma and Superchunk. As soon as Kutchma mentioned the song he'd chosen to cover back in July, I instantly became excited—it's one of those that you can hear in your head as soon as it's mentioned. "When the first 20 seconds burst from the speakers, my heart races," Kutchma explains of the original. "I heard it in my twenties and it made me feel like a teenager. It had the same effect when I hit my thirties. One day I tried figuring how to play the damn thing and, though...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Carolina Covers: American Aquarium takes on Mount Moriah

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:52 PM

It's been about 10 months since we recorded this song with B.J. Barham of American Aquarium. Over that time, I've received sporadic text messages from Barham, on tour in different spots across the country, asking, "When are you putting that cover out?" With the year coming to a close, and after recording nearly 30 Simple Music Video Series session, it seems time to inaugurate a new video series, Carolina Covers. Barham's decision to cover Mount Moriah seemed surprising. I had expected a Whiskeytown or Backsliders cover. "It was my favorite record of 2011," he explained. "Heather McEntire is one...

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