January Podcast Picks

Dori Freeman’s album “Letters Never Read” met with universal praise upon its release in October. Photo by Scott Simontacchi

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Seemingly out of nowhere, Dori Freeman’s eponymous debut album took alt-country nation by surprise in 2016 with its refreshing, straight-ahead approach. All talent, no schtick — and the media praise flowed.

Same story late last year when Freeman’s follow-up, Letters Never Sent, hit the streets in October, just in time to make it on an endless list of “Best of 2017” rankings. No sophomore slump for Freeman, who picked up right where she left off with “If I Could Make You My Own,” the lead song from the album that tops this month’s Podcast Picks.

Rowdy good fun: Banditos will be at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland on Sunday, Jan. 28. Photo by David McAllister

We also feature new music from a few more of our favorites, including Caleb Caudle, First Aid Kit, Courtney Marie Andrews and the legendary Mavis Staples.

As for bands heading our way for shows in the upcoming weeks, we offer a little rowdy fun from Banditos, another song from Whitney Rose (we featured her last month as well), a spooky little tune from Canada’s Deep Dark Woods, and some excellent red-dirt country by The Randy Rogers Band.

And speaking of legends, we’ll forgive country’s true outlaw, Billy Don Burns, for misspelling Gram Parsons’ name in the song we include here. Famous for his association with Willie Nelson and his many scrapes with the law, Burns is a criminally underappreciated talent who will appear at Dante’s here in Portland tonight! (That’s Wednesday, Jan. 17 for you folks scoring at home).

So dial it up and settle in for a fun little ride — you can download or stream this month’s Podcast picks right here at our home page.

Here’s the playlist:

If I Could Make You My Own, Dori Freeman
Fine Fine Day, Banditos
Empty Arms, Caleb Caudle
Long Lonely Road, Valerie June
Trying Times, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Graham Parsons, Hank Williams and Me, Billy Don Burns
Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go), Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives
Fireworks, First Aid Kit
Just A Drink Away, Charley Crockett
Arizona, Whitney Rose
Delta Dawn, Hellbound Glory
Little Drunk Fists, Slobberbone
Something To Hold On To, Turnpike Troubadours
Way Out, John Calvin Abney
If All I Was Was Black, Mavis Staples
San Antone, The Randy Rogers Band
Without Your Love, Chris Stapleton
San Juan Hill, The Deep Dark Woods
May Your Kindness Remain, Courtney Marie Andrews
Sid and Nancy, Micah Schnabel


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