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.
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