Taproot Media

Special audio show about the making of The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. 13 singer/songwriters were given the opportunity to set lyrics from Hank Williams' notebooks to music and perform them on the CD. On this show hosted by Alejandro Escovedo, we hear the artists such as Jack White, Rodney Crowell, and Alan Jackson talk about what it was like to “collaborate” with Hank Williams.

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Joanathan Harkham talks about trying to capture the textures of the southern California landscape and latino culture, listening to his mother's country music while growing up in Los Angeles, and why he chose to cover "Green Green Grass of Home."

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Ted Hefko talks about the extremely competitive music scene in  NYC and how that's a positive influence on artists, how Dylan's early work was a uge inspiration for him, riding the Greyhound Bus to move to New Orelans when he was just out of high school, and learning to "fix his face."

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Mary Flower talks about the Piedmont blues as "band in a hand," how she met Elizabeth Cotten, her square-necked Gibson and when she works it into her shows, playing everywhere from bars to Merlefest, and talks about three tracks from her Misery Loves Company CD.

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Todd Jagger and JR Harrell talk about listening to border radio stations when they were kids, their own radio show, the joys of Texas swing, and their experience recording in Sun Studios with ghosts looking over their shoulder.

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Scotty Alan talks about living in the wilds of Michigan, his punk rock days, making music at home, how he found himself in Los Angeles to record his CD, Wreck and the Mess, and his "Irish roots."

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Ernie Hawkins talks about the influence The Rev Gary Davis's early days in Durham, the influence Davis has had on his own music, the technique of playing guitar riffs as if they are piano or horm lines, and his upcoming show at the University of North Carolina's Southern Folklife Center.

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Tilford Sellers talks about his roots music inspirations on his most recent release, What You're Doing To Me, how he writes smooth sounding lyrics, and shares a cut from his most recent recording session.

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Chris Larsen, head of malware research for Blue Coat systems talks about some of the trends in end-user malware that his group has been seeing recently. We talk about search engine poisoning, malvertising, the dangers of abandoned web properties, and why image searches are currently one of the most dangerous things end users can do on the net.

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Arty Hill talks about changing the name of his most recent CD, his theory of what makes a song great, getting preloaded on a Ford, and why he had to write a song about drinking charcoal. 

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Parker Roads talks about getting back to his roots after his indie rock days, his latest CD, Youngblood, and how his missionary father taught him to appreciate life on the road.

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Rick Miller from Southern Culture On The Skids talks about their new CD, Zombiefied, his foray into horror movie video making, his 5 year old son's band, like at Kudzu Ranch, and the band's plans for Halloween.

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Dale Watson talks about the CB craze in the 70's, his debut on the theatrical stage, how to write songs while driving a bus, videos from his upcoming CD, and the inspiration he got from recording in Sun Studios. 

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Andrew Adkins talks about life after his previous band, Mellow Down Easy, his trippy influences, and how he locked himself in his studio for 9 months to make Troublesome, My Love.

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Jon Shain talks about the recording his latest CD in a historic setting, the Durham music scene, and the blues legends he's had the chance to play with over the years.

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Ward Hayden from Girls, Guns, and Glory talks about the Boston roots music scene, simple wants and needs, the band's approach to american roots music, and his songwriting collaboration with his father.

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Eric Hisaw talks about his cheap living days, the writers who inspired him, and the challenges and rewards of writing songs about your family.

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Ray Bonneville talks about whether or not he's a blues man, his time in New Orleans, and the spaces in his songs.

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Bettysoo and Doug Cox talk about their one year anniversary as musical collaborators, their naming challenges, the sensuous mysteries of the dobro.

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Tokyo Rosenthal talks about the award he won for his song "Black To Blue," his experience with European "listening rooms," and where he got those mysterious horn players on his latest CD.

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Andre Comaeu talks about the the movement to return acoustic instruments to Rock and Roll, the origins of the River Rouge band, and how to make it as an indie rocker.

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Jeff Smith, lead instigator of The Hickoids, talks about putting pedal steel on Elton John tunes, doing the Stones conjunto style, the "other" ACL festival, and breaking the cardinal rule of rock and roll.


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Mark Jungers talks about the upcoming Frio River Festival, how he came up with the title “More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad Cat,” and why he needed to write a cattle-rustling song,


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Dex Romweber and his sister Sara talk about the new Dex Romweber Duo release, Is That You In The Blue, southern gothic, painting, and Dex's stage costume fantasy.


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Rick Cornell interviews Jerry DeCicca from The Black Swans about their latest CD, Don’t Blame The Stars, Jerry’s living room tour, and more.


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Calvin interviews Malcom Holcombe and plays three tracks from the CD To Drink The Rain……


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Rick Cornell talks to John Howie, Jr. and Billie Feather about their new Band and CD and play some live songs in the studio……


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Bill Anderson and Joe Doerr deconstruct the blues, talk about what it’s like to get together again after all these years, and teach us street Latin…..


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Jody Blackwell discusses going native, her first guitar, her Mickey Mouse tie, and playing the subways in Boston……


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Tara Nevins from Donna The Buffalo discusses her new solo CD, Wood and Stone, her reunion with her previous band mates, and announces the location of the new Grass Roots Festival.


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Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck perform live at WCOM studios, featuring the debut of a track from their upcoming CD.


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Adam Remnant from Southeast Engine talks to Rick Cornell about their concept album, Canary.


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Tim Lee talks about his veteran musician status, "the BBQ circuit," and his North Carolina connections.

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Freddie Joe Evans talks about heavy metal blues, touring with Scott H. Biram, and falling in love at Denny’s.


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To help us through these hard economic times, The Great Recession Orchestra revives Texas Swing!


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Three songs from the The Cajun Country Revival featuring Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy, and the Caleb Klauder Country Band.


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Rick Cornell interviews Lynn Blakey and Ecki Heins about their new CD, Meadowview. Also listen for the impromptu Dolly Parton/Porter Wagoner cover.


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Bow Thayer talks about how he built his own recording studio and how it helped him write songs along the way, plus some good advice for the independent artist.


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Grant Peeples talks about selling music on the honor system, his North Carolina connection, and how he nearly set his dog on fire.


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Erik Nordstrom of the Lawn Chair Kings talks about “western garage” music, the origin of the band name, and how to get a train to blow its whistle on cue.


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The Blackberry Bushes talk about their music influences and their brand of old-time stringband music.


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Kid Ramos from Los Fabulocos talks about Tex-Mex and his blues influences.


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Jason Perlmutter and Brendan Greaves from the Paradise of Bachelors label talk about their work to promote soul music from North Carolina and South Carolina.


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Sid Griffin interview and music from The Coal Porters' CD, Durango.


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Interview with Earl Pickens and songs from The Gathering


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