Episode #63 featuring Mamma Coal

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Partners in crime: Paul Brainard and Carra Barratt Stasney, aka Mamma Coal. Photo by Anne Marie

Stream or download Episode #63: Episode 63 w/ Mamma Coal

She’s tall, she’s tough and she’s talented. Mamma Coal can do it all. That’s why we were thrilled to have Carra Barratt Stasney on board for the taping of Episode #63 at The Helm.

Carra is well known in Pacific Northwest country music circles for her terrific singing and songwriting as the dark-haired half of the female duo Copper & Coal. Taking the name Mamma Coal, she’s out promoting her latest musical project, “Raven Haired Vixen,” a musical reimagining of Willie Nelson’s legendary 1975 country album “Red Headed Stranger.” She just launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the project (see the video below).

She’s also curating a fantastic, two-night, two-city Valentine’s weekend performance of classic country duets called “Hearts On Fire,” which will play in Seattle at Conor Byrne Pub on Feb. 13 and in Portland at Star Theater on Feb. 14. Carra will be among an all-star lineup of great singers sharing the songs of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and many more!

On this episode, Mamma Coal tells us about her musical upbringing, her love of classic rock hits and what brought her to the world of country music. She also shares the story about finding a musical kinship with local players from our podcast inner circle, The Hoot Family, and how becoming a mother inspired “Raven Haired Vixen,” a musical story set in the old west of a mother tracking down the baby son who was taken from her.

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Paul Brainard adding some tasty steel to the wonderful stylings of Mamma Coal in The Helm. Photo by Anne Marie

And to share a few live versions of songs from the new project, Carra invited ace guitarist and steel player Paul Brainard to ride shotgun on the live performance. Paul is playing a big role in helping Carra bring “Raven Haired Vixen” to fruition, lending his musical guidance and tasty playing to the mix.

We also share a few recorded songs from Carra’s earlier days, including a tune from Copper & Coal, a song from Carra’s first band, American Cosmos, and also a fine number from her self-titled solo record from a few years back.

For more information on the Kickstarter campaign or for tickets to the Seattle and Portland “Hearts On Fire” shows, check out the links above. And for everything Mamma Coal, visit her website.

Thanks for tuning in!



Podcast Picks


Caleb Caudle’s new record, “Carolina Ghost”, is due out next month.

Stream or download Podcast Picks:  Podcast Picks 1-20-16

Welcome to Podcast Picks, an initial offering of tunes chosen by our co-hosts Eric, Mike and Phil to share in between formal podcast episodes and meant for your listening pleasure. It opens with a nod to the passing of the great David Bowie and is sprinkled throughout with similar tributes to a trio of recently fallen musical heroes: Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Glenn Frey of Eagles and Dale Griffin, drummer of the mighty Mott The Hoople. We’re also stoked to share a new song from the upcoming album by Caleb Caudle, which is due in late February, as well as a batch of tunes from notable country-rockers past and present (Happy 70th Birthday, Dolly!!!). We hope this nearly hour-long stream and download will keep you humming and tapping until our next full episode, which is only a few days away. Enjoy!

Moonage Daydream, David Bowie
Piedmont Sky, Caleb Caudle
Run-Down Neighborhood, Lindi Ortega
Go To Hell, Motorhead
The Trouble With Drinkin’, Aaron Lee Tasjan
N.Y.C. Sidewalk, Eb Anderson
Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight, Whiskeytown
My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, Dolly Parton
Those Days Are Gone, Hank Williams Jr.
Tequila Sunrise, Eagles
Cumbia de Donde, Calexico
Another Kind, McDougall
Me and the Whiskey, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s
Ballad Of Mott The Hoople, Mott The Hoople

Episode #62 featuring Kris Stuart of Root Jack

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The man who puts the root in Root Jack: Kris Stuart in The Helm. Photo by Anne Marie

Stream or download Episode #62:  Episode 62 w/ Kris Stuart

For our first episode of 2016, we feature a dear friend who’s been with us from the start, Kris Stuart of Root Jack. And who better to kick things off for a new year at That Much Further West Podcast, as we begin re-energized and refocused on the artists who make the show special.

In this episode, hosts Mike Lee and Eric Kotila put it all on Kris as he shares stories about growing up in the South and the musical journey that brought him to the Pacific Northwest. Kris talks a bit about how he picked up the guitar growing up in a house full of older sisters, and also of his time writing, playing and signing with the Portland band Moonshine Hangover as well as his evolution as a songwriter and how things came together in the formation of his bluesy power trio, Root Jack.

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Kris Stuart, live in The Helm once again. Photo by Anne Marie

Kris also talks at length about a few other musical projects he’s involved with, including writing and performing with the John Brown Band and helping with the organizing of the annual Wildwood MusicFest & Campout. Along the way, we play some previously recorded music from Kris’ past and he also shares one on acoustic guitar live in The Helm.

So dial it in, lay back and groove to this first episode of 2016, and consider it the first in a series of episodes that focus on the guests who make our local and national music scene so vibrant.