Another week, another snow storm . . .
We’re back from The Helm this week with Eric and Philly bringing you Episode #14 from our spectacularly comfortable digs in Portland, OR. Mike had to miss this week’s taping when real life (aka ‘work’) slapped him with a 20-hour shift on recording day. Grudgingly, we soldiered on without him, even as Mother Nature was bringing forth a massive weather system that forced the cancellation of countless club shows over the weekend.
This week’s episode features the music of local rocker Freddy Trujillo, whose band Trujillo will be performing at our That Much Further West Podcast Showcase this Thursday at Alberta Street Pub. Freddy’s been a fixture on the local Americana scene as a bass player and solo artist, and he’s getting ready to launch a push for his new record, Amexica.
To help make our schedules jive, Freddy invited Phil into his family home for a remote interview that includes performances of a pair of songs, “Little Birds” and “Adios California,” offering a taste of the multilingual music that Freddy writes and performs with Trujillo. He talks about the inspiration for the new record as well as his role as sideman for some of Portland’s most established acts (Fernando, Richmond Fontaine) and his longtime working relationship with veteran producer Luther Russell. He also talks a bit about his participation in the new Richmond Fontaine spinoff project, The Delines. Great stuff.
The podcast also features still-to-be released songs from Old 97’s and Lydia Loveless, brand-new music from Scott H Biram and Root Jack, and a tune from local boys The Resolectrics, who join Trujillo on the bill at this week’s showcase.
Later in the show, things take a decided “country” turn, helped in no small part from the featured Trio Bravo. This week’s three-song special (including a tune by Whitey Morgan & the 78s) is brought to you by Tim Hawk, owner of The Landmark Saloon, Portland’s coolest little honky tonk. Thanks, Tim, for helping us keep it country.
We also have a song from recent podcast guest Sarah Gwen, a Fernando tune from the Deer Lodge George Jones Tribute and a show-closer from Seattle’s The Swearengens. So lots and lots of good music this week.
We look forward to seeing you Portlanders Thursday night at the Alberta Street Pub. Until then, enjoy the podcast. Here’s the songlist:
Longer Than You’ve Been Alive, Old 97’s
Gotta Get To Heaven, Scott H Biram
Non Typical, Chuck Ragan
Head, Lydia Loveless
Shallow Grave, Root Jack
Money Back, The Resolectrics
Interview and performances with Freddy Trujillo
Freddy Fender, Trujillo
I Need You To Tell Me Who I Am, John Moreland
City Lights, American Aquarium
Trio Bravo, three songs selected by Tim Hawk, owner of The Landmark Saloon
Memories Cost A Lot, Whitey Morgan & The 78s
You Just Can’t See Him From The Road, Chris LeDoux
Leave The Lonely Alone, James Head
Misunderstanding, Sarah Gwen
Wings Of A Dove, Fernando
Whiskey & You, Jason Eady
Tonight You’ll Be Breaking, The Swearengens