Taproot Media (taproot)

The Taproot Radio podcast is being shut down and reopened under the name Americana Music Show. Please visit www.americanamusicshow.com/subscribe for instructions on how to get episodes of the new show. 

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Rick Cornell interviews Bob Woodruff. They talk about how Bob Woodruff’s Lost Kerosene Tapes came to be published by Sound Asleep Records and why these songs were never released by album's previous label. Bob and Rick discuss the Byrds influence running through all three of Woodruff's albums. And Bob Woodruff gives a special shout out to a singer he's worked with in Los Angeles who's now in Raleigh.

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On episode 90 of the Taproot Music Show, Moot Davis talks about why he had to go to New Zealand to start work on his new album, Man About Town; why he's a suit and tie kind of country singer; and the importance of being in control of your own destiny.

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Allison Russell and Dom Flemons from the jug band called Sankofa talk about how they and their band mates Sule Greg Wilson and Ndidi Onukwulu put together this unique collection music. They talk about the history of jug band music, the instruments and culture it was built on in the early 20th century.

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Addam Scott, the musician, not the actor, talks to Calvin about his latest CD, San Diablo. He discusses the concept of conflict that runs through the CD and how he likes ““I like to move forward that contradiction and show the best of who we are as people and the worst of who we are as people.” He discusses his musically formative years in Wyoming where he learned equally from the hippie Rainbow Family and the cowboys on the ranches. He says, “there's such a zest for life on one side and a subdued dignity on the other.” Scott also talks about the yearly charity event he helps put on for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach which features music, raffles, and an “80 proof Santa.”

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MC Taylor visits the studio to play acoustic versions of songs from Hiss Golden Messenger's latest release, Poor Moon. He talks to Calvin about how he and Scott Hirsch got started writing music together back in their college days at University of California at Santa Barbara; describes this CD as a sort of gospel CD but that Jesus only has "a cameo or two"; talks about his roots in the Durham/Chapel Hill area; and talks about his most "William Blake-ian" song.

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Steve Ineson, Berto Morales, and Lee Kirby join Calvin in the studio to perform acoustic versions of three tracks from their latest release, Chance and Circumstance. Steve tells the story of his Pennsylvania Rose, Berto Morales talks about how he came to be the mandolin player for the band. Lee Kirby impresses everyone with his ability to switch instruments in the middle of a song.

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Dave Willis from the Possum Jenkins band talks about how humbling it was to have their latest album Carolinacana fan-funded through a Kickstarter campaign, how they were able to keep the band together for 8 years even while everyone in the band was having lives outside of the band, and playing bards where they have to “keep throwing music at them "til they give up and start dancing."

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Mike June talks about his new band, The Wilson Street Refugees got its name; how the Grateful Dead became a bonding point for him and his Dad; how his album Exile on Wilson Street was made even though he was broke; the surreal moment he had during SXSW; and how many of his songs are “usually finishing conversations that weren’t finished in person.’

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Chris Castle talks about how he lined up the stellar group of musicians for his latest project Last Bird Home and managed to get it recorded in Levon Helms studio; how he got started in song writing and landed his first job working for music publishers on Music Row, and how he connects the dots from Sublime to Lefty Frizzell.

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Beth McKee tells us and talks about the different styles of southern music on her latest CD, Next To Nowhere; tells us about fishing or redfish near Port Sulfer, Louisiana and its metaphorical implications; and tells us how her "Swamp Sistas" movement got started.

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Alex Culbreth and Karen Jonas are the Parlor Soldiers and they talk about the origin of their band name, how they manage to combine folk and alt.country into something that works, how they are able to write such gritty, detailed songs, their advice for aspiring singer/songwriters, and their Johnny Cash / June Carter song.

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Joe Maynard talks about his many-faceted art career in New York City; explains the name of his first band, the Millerite Redeemers; runs through the current band line up and explains how they became The Musties; the advice he got from Ryan Adams; and explains why his band is mapped out to "the rhythm section" and "the weirdos."  

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Snatches of Pink front man Michael Rank and Marc E Smith join Calvin in the studio live to play some acoustic versions of songs from Kin, the debut release from Michael Rank and Stag. Michael talks about the amazing line up of area musicians he's got on the new CD, why he decided not to do this as a CD as a Snatches of Pink CD, the challenges of coordinating so many band mates when recording the tracks, writing songs for both acoustic and full band performances, and how he finally caught up with Taylor Swift in the break up CD department.

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Tommy Womack talks about he was motivated to start writing songs about himself and "from the gut" on There I Said It and how he continues to write peronal songs on Now What because he could never go back to writing third person songs; his role of patron saint of 50 year olds with kids who don't make it to as many shows as they used to; the structure of the CD Now What in terms of song arrangements and sequence; Tomy's habit of reference to other musicians in his song names and lyrics; and his favorite covers of his songs.

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Becky Warren of The Great Unknowns talks about why there's almost always a geographic reference in all of her songs; her experience driving the Lewis and Clark Trail and what it mean to her; the long wait between their first and second CD; writing a song about a band that doesn't become that famous; the new line up; and plays three tracks from their new release, Homefront.

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Brandon Sampson from Six Mile Grove and Bob Wootton tell the story of how they met and began their long time musical collaboration, talk about their mission to keep the Johnny Cash sound alive, give us a preview of Six Mile Grove's upcoming CD Secret Life In A Quiet Town, and explore the existential question of free will and predestination.

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Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter of Red Molly talk about their music backgrounds, the appeal of female trios, the excitement of playing Merlefest, the appeal their music has for the NYC coffeehouse crowd, and the stories behind three of their songs on the CD Light In The Sky.

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Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing from Hymn For Her, how they met and started making music together; their evolution from folk duo to lo-fi rock band; and recording in their airstream trailer.

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On episode 73 of the Taproot Podcast, Lincoln Durham talks about his residency at Gruene Hall, why he can't write love songs, his long path from playing fiddle to Son House and Fred McDowell, and why he wrote a creepy songs about ne'er-do-well characters playing forty two.

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Lee Briante of The Far West talks about the importance of having video and internet media available for today's audience; how it made him feel to move to Los Angeles; and how recording in an American Legion hall brought their debut self-titled CD to life,

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John Lilly talks about meeting Bill Kirchen and Bill's help on his most recent CD, Cold Comfort; how he funded the CD by winning a songwriting contest; working at the Country Music Hall of Fame and getting to visit "the cathedral of Country Music"; his yearly Hank Williams Tribute show; and introduces us to three songs on his Cold Comfort CD.

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Lydia Loveless talks about how much she enjoyed going into the sound booth to “scream until I almost passed out” when recording her CD, Indestructible Machine; her admiration for the songwriting of Sunny Sweeney and the guitar work of James Wilsey; her advice to aspiring artists; and why punk rock wasn't a rebellion for her.

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Cam Penner talks about his motivation for writing songs when he was younger, his roadtrip across North America, getting stopped by the police, his time with Jesus People USA, and how he set up the recording of his latest CD, Gypsy Summer.

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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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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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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/10/taproot-radio-podcast-18-greg-humphreys.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/10/taproot-radio-podcast-16-mike-barfield.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/09/taproot-radio-podcast-15-yvette-landry.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/08/taproot-radio-podcast-14-caleb-klauder.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/07/taproot-music-feed-13-elvin-bishop-ron.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/06/taproot-music-feed-12-j-shogren-new.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/05/taproot-music-feed-11-kelley-ryan-black.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/05/taproot-music-feed-10-hooverville.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/03/taproot-music-feed-9-shelley-king.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/02/taproot-music-feed-8-mark-lennon.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/01/taproot-music-feed-7-beth-mckee-joe.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2010/01/taproot-music-feed-6-elvis-in-memphis.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2009/08/taproot-music-feed-5-mandolin-orange.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2009/07/taproot-music-feed-4-ian-thomas-leo.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2009/06/taproot-music-feed-3-dehlia-low-kieran.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2009/05/taproot-music-feed-2-sleepless-nights.html

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See http://www.taprootradio.com/2009/05/taproot-music-feed-1-new-town-drunks.html

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