Episode #38 featuring Tate Peterson of The Resolectrics


Tate Peterson of The Resolectrics. Photo by Chad Lanning

Episode #38 with Tate Peterson of The Resolectrics

It’s Thanksgiving week, and if you live in our rainy hometown of Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., you have a lot of great music to be thankful for. A couple of budding alt-country superstars and regular podcast favorites — Sturgill Simpson and Nikki Lane — have shows in town this week, as does one of our favorite local bands, the mighty Resolectrics.

That’s why we’re thrilled that guitarist and singer Tate Peterson from The Resolectrics joined us in The Helm for Episode #38 of That Much Further West Podcast. Tate’s a fantastic guitar player and songwriter and lends his playing to several bands around town, but his outstanding work as a founding member of The Resolectrics has earned him and the band kudos as rising stars in the local scene.

Tate shares a few stories of his Northern California upbringing and how the band formed around a love for classic R&B and soul music, as well as time-honored classic British rock. He shares some of the details about the making of the band’s fantastic debut record, 2013’s “High Water,” and also plays a few newer original songs, which he performed on a cool old arch-top acoustic guitar.


Tate Peterson, live in the Helm, November 2014

This coming Friday night, The Resolectrics are hosting a holiday jubilee at Laurelthirst Public House that will feature cameos from several local players, including a couple of our podcast hosts. This show is free and open to the public and sure to be an incredible night of music.

For this latest episode, our hosts decided to play their selections in blocks as a way to talk about any themes they may have going. Mike Lee’s songs are a declaration of his love of country rock and centered around Bloodshot Records’ 20th Anniversary; Eric Kotila tells the story of a music exchange between him and our friends at This Is American Music, whose artists are represented in his block; and Phil Favorite shares some music from artists who will be playing shows in Portland this week, including the much-anticipated return of Sturgill Simpson and his band to Mississippi Studios. At the end, we sneak in a brand-new song by the great Tim Barry.

So let’s all be thankful and kick off the holiday season with some music! Here’s the song list:

On The Cover Of The Music City News, Buck Owens
Nancy Sinatra, The Bottle Rockets
Most Messed Up, Old 97’s
Heaven Has No Vacancy, Lindi Ortega
Up On The Hill, The Resolectrics
Only Blind, Tate Peterson Live In The Helm
In My Garden, Tate Peterson Live In The Helm
Your Man, The Resolectrics
Moving Target, Fire Mountain
Another Night, Caleb Caudle
Take Me To The Mountain, Great Peacock
Highway Towns, The Holy Ghost Electric Show
Annie, Rich West Blatt & The Once In A While Sky
You Can’t Talk To Me Like That, Nikki Lane
Long White Line, Sturgill Simpson
Bobby Reid, Lucette
Lost & Rootless, Tim Barry

Episode #37 — ‘Steroids’ and the mid-term elections


Episode #37 — Steroids and the mid-terms

“It’s that one final crack in the Grand Coulee Dam that raises the water to rail.” So sings our old pal — the late, great Scotland Barr — in his song “Right Where You’re Supposed To Be,” which kicks off this latest episode of That Much Further West Podcast. We’re not sure what that one final crack was, but our home state of Oregon just legalized marijuana in the recent mid-term elections. What this means to the podcast, we’re not sure. But it gave our hosts something to talk about between songs, and since we didn’t have a guest in The Helm for this episode, we considered it a good thing.

Hosts Mike, Eric and Phil also found plenty more issues to discuss. They weigh in on a local venue and its reputation for crappy sound (the boys debunk it as myth), the death of the band Hellbound Glory and the merits of an excellent post-season for major league baseball.

The boys also share a set of music to honor our Kentucky friends and fans Cory and Michelle Hanks, who recently tied the knot and will be hosting a celebratory bash this coming weekend in their hometown of Lexington. The three-song set is just a taste of what will be playing at their party this weekend, so if you live in the Lexington area and dig this kind of music, stop by Al’s Bar and wish the happy couple good luck. The show’s free and open to the public.

We also feature a song from the great new record by M. Lockwood Porter and tunes from favorites such as Possessed By Paul James, John Moreland and Aaron Lee Tasjan as well as local boys W.C. Beck, Jake Ray and Denver.

So tune in, fire it up and lay back while the “steroids” kick in. Here’s the playlist:

Right Where You’re Supposed To Be, Scotland Barr & The Slow Drags
Swimmin’ Time, Shovels & Rope
Anchor’s The Way, The Calamity Cubes
Different Kind of Lonely, M. Lockwood Porter
Another Bender Might Break Me, Hellbound Glory
3:59 a.m., John Moreland
Bear’s Den, Those Crosstown Rivals
Coming Down, Tyler Childers
Drinkin’ To Forget, Matt Woods
Atchison Train, W.C. Beck
I Lost It, Lucinda Williams
Four Men From The Row, Possessed By Paul James
Dream Of You, Jake Ray
Wichita Skyline, Drag The River
Water In The Well, American Aquarium
Don’t Walk Away, Aaron Lee Tasjan
Ghost Of Our Fathers, Otis Gibbs
Prison Song, Denver