By PHIL FAVORITE
What a great couple of sets Saturday night at Landmark Saloon in Portland by The Ganges River Band. Killer mix of original tunes from the band’s self-titled debut album and classic country covers. They even delivered a cool version of No Expectations by the Rolling Stones . . . one of my all-time favorite tunes.
Big thanks to AP Dugas for taking a little time out after the show to tell the band’s story — there’s a lot classic rock, southern rock and punk in his background. Interesting how a rocker from the heat and humidity of Houston, Texas, winds up a rising country star in the rainy Pacific Northwest.
With last week’s holiday pushing us all to the brink with work and family, Mike, Eric and I decided to do another all-music episode this week. We compiled a rib-stickin’ mix of rock and country to tide you over until we hit The Helm again this week for more vulgar merriment and holiday fun.
Big shows coming up with Drunken Prayer’s CD release at Dante’s here in Portland this coming Saturday night, and our Podcast showcase at Alberta Street Pub with Wilkinson Blades and Spirit Lake on Dec. 12. Locals can check out the Live PDX page here at the website for more show listings
But in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this week’s show. Here’s the playlist.
That Much Further West (show theme), Lucero
Van Gough, Two Cow Garage
Dead Man’s Blues, Matt Woods
Mayberry, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House
Arizona Death Song, Jackrabbit
Western Town, The Lonesomes
Driver Pull, Tim Barry
The Crease, Arliss Nancy
The Dalles, Bad Assets
Turn Up The Bottle, Whitey Morgan and the 78s
I Still Believe, Frank Turner
Six Bottles Of Wine, The Ganges River Band
Interview with AP Dugas of The Ganges River Band
I Am Your Man, The Ganges River Band
Tennessee, American Aquarium
Somebody Loves You, Austin Lucas
The Closer You Get, Lucero
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound, Hank Williams Jr.
One Steals The Load, Emily Herring
Am I That Lonely Tonight, Justin Townes Earle
32 Mouths Gone Dry, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
Tickin’ Bomb, Shovels & Rope
Missouri Boy, The Hooten Hollers
Women Without Whiskey, Drive-By Truckers
• A few thoughts about this Episode . . . maybe a one long stream of consciousness rant? . . . Have you heard a better song than Dead Man’s Blues by Matt Woods this year? What a powerhouse that young man is . . . Arizona Death Song by Jackrabbit never fails to hit that hole in the heart left by the loss of anyone you’ve loved. Powerful stuff . . . This episode marks the first time on the podcast that we’ve played a song from my band, The Lonesomes. Eric was nice enough to suggest and Mike to pick Western Town, a song I’m extremely proud of because it was co-written with my dear friend and guitar partner Mark Dybvig. If you’ve never seen the band, we’ll be playing the “second Thursday” Podcast showcase in January at Alberta Street Pub with the very cool Sarah Gwen. . . . Which brings me to a thought that’s kind of been bugging me about the show . . .
• There’s a bit of a hubbub these days regarding the lack of female voices on mainstream country radio, which got me thinking, “Hey, the podcast isn’t doing much better.” We have a few of our favorites that we’ve shared, like our friends Carra Stasney and Leslie Beia from Copper & Coal; Lydia Loveless, who has a kickass new CD out; and this week our old pal Emily Herring, whose greatness transcends all stereotypes and boundaries. A few more as well (Kate Mann, Shovels & Rope, Neko Case); so many great female voices out there. But one only has to look at this week’s songlist to see it might be time for a more concerted effort to get the ladies in our musical lives a little better representation. Let’s see if I can back that up in the coming weeks.
OK, keeping it kind of short this week. We have tons of great stuff brewing in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned! Thanks for coming along for the ride. Always a good time. Cheers!