Fall Seasonal Podcast Picks

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Matt Woods’ new album, “How To Survive,” will be released Oct. 13.

Steam or download our Fall Seasonal Podcast Picks: Fall ’16 podcast picks

It’s Record Release Madness this season in the world of That Much Further West Podcast, where we’re sifting through so many great new albums being released by some of our favorite artists just as summer turns to fall out here in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

We kick off our seasonal podcast picks with an awesome new song by Matt Woods, whose record “How To Survive” comes out on Friday, Oct. 7. The song “Bound To Lose,” co-written by Woods and Jeff Shepherd and featuring Liz Sloan on fiddle and Aaron Lee Tasjan on guitar, is quick snapshot of everything great about Woods’ music. It’s a sweet slice of storytelling with a just a touch of road rash delivered by one of alt-country’s biggest, most authentic voices. Watch for Matt and his full band on the road this fall — the “How To Survive” tour kicks off this Friday and will cover lots of ground east of the Mississippi River — you can find tour dates at Woods’ website.

Our picks also include a few superb takes on race relations in America from newly released records by Drive-By Truckers and M. Lockwood Porter; killer new songs from Shovels & Rope, John Prine, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Elizabeth Cook and Blackberry Smoke; a terrific, original take on traditional country from Caleb Klauder and Reeb Wilms; some secret nuggets you probably wouldn’t hear elsewhere (read: Springsteen); and even new cuts from Bob Weir ad Bon Iver, taking us gently off the podcast’s well-worn pathways.

Lots of a great stuff here, folks. So dial it up and share it with your friends — we hope it adds a little light as the darkness of fall starts closing in. And remember to get out and support live music . . . many of these acts will be coming to a town near you soon.

Here’s the playlist:

Bound To Lose, Matt Woods
Just To Be With You, Aubrie Sellers
What It Means, Drive-By Truckers
Charleston, M. Lockwood Porter
Beauty Seldom Seen, John Calvin Abney
Botched Execution, Shovels & Rope
Look At Us (featuring Morgane Stapleton), John Prine
Memphis Rain, Aaron Lee Tasjan
Evacuation, Elizabeth Cook
Diamond State Heartbreak, Lucero
Here’s To The Losers, Drag The River
Let’s Hit One More Place, Richmond Fontaine
Sunrise In Texas, Blackberry Smoke
Coming On Strong, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Wilms
Gonesville, Bob Weir
About To Find Out, Margo Price
The Ballad of Jesse James, The Bruce Springteen Band
Falcon, Charlie Parr
Sad, Sad Music, Dwight Yoakam
00000 Million, Bon Iver

July Podcast Picks — Wildwood MusicFest Primer

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Matt Lorenz, the one-man band better known as The Suitcase Junket.

Stream or download July Podcast Picks: Wildwood ’16 Primer

We’re just days away from the fifth-annual Wildwood MusicFest & Campout in Willamina, OR, and the team at That Much Further West Podcast team is gearing up for another fabulous weekend of music, friends and family.

To celebrate, we’ve put together this month’s playlist to familiarize ourselves and you with the many great acts scheduled to perform at the festival. Some are longtime friends and former featured artists on the podcast, but many are bringing great new music to our ears for the first time.

On its own, the playlist makes for a terrific listen if you’re a fan of the music we regularly feature on the podcast. But if you’re lucky enough to be attending this year’s festival, we hope this playlist serves as a primer to get you psyched up for a great weekend of music at Wildwood.

So dig in, crank it up and be sure to listen right through to the end . . . from the killer one-man band The Suitcase Junket to a new song from Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas right through to the bad-ass LA-based garage rock of The Bloodhounds, there’s lots of great stuff to chew on.

So enjoy!

Here’s the playlist:

Dying Star, The Suitcase Junket
Chris Bell, M. Lockwood Porter
Cry To Sleep, Will West
River Song, Nathaniel Talbot
Schuck It, The Lowest Pair
Market of Sorrow, Grant Sabin
The Post Is Dead, Battleme
O, Jolene!, The Hooten Hallers
Don’t Take My Man To Idaho, Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas
Maria, Mo Phillips
She Keeps My Heart, We Three
Dead Man’s Hand, Root Jack
Oregon Bride, Malachi Graham
Once Before, Redwood Son
Back That Way Again, Lowlight
Ten Speed, McDougall
Belly Of The Worm, Ben Caplan
Make A Break For Home, The Tumblers
Nowhere I’d Rather Be, Blind J. Wakins
Girl, The Hill Dogs
Dig, Lenore
Makes You Man, Windus
Saint Dee, The Bloodhounds

TMFWP Special — Live From The Helm, Vol. 2

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The Helm . . . our home in Portland, Oregon, USA. Photo by Christopher Sohler

Live From The Helm, Vol. 2

To put the wraps on another year of podcasting from our hometown of Portland, Oregon, USA, we’re excited to share “Live From The Helm, Vol. 2,” our second-annual collection of live performances from the 20 artists and bands who were featured on Episodes #40 through #60 of That Much Further West Podcast in 2015.

Needless to say, we’re grateful to the talented folks who helped make this year’s podcast collection bigger and better than ever, and also to the many friends and fans of the show who listened in and served as a wonderful live audience during our show tapings at The Helm.

We hope this collection of live performances will bring back some great memories from 2015 and build some anticipation for what we’ll have in store for next year. We’re expecting big things for the podcast in 2016 and we hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Below is the list of songs and artists included in this year’s collection for you to enjoy. From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year!

Saving Me, Timber County
Prison Song, Denver
San Andreas Fault, The Earnest Lovers
Ants In The Kitchen, The HIllwilliams
The Fire, Jenny Don’t & The Spurs
It’s Ain’t Gay To Love Jesus, The Git Rights Gospel Revue
Hold You Like A Harness, Hip Hatchet
Love Looks Like A Master, Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer
Adopt A Highway, Alex Salcido of The Harmed Brothers
Chris Bell, M. Lockwood Porter
Man Of The Year, Purusa
Then And There, Barna Howard
Beer Holder, Bad Assets
You Don’t Have To Treat You That Way, Mike Coykendall
A Life In Progress, Ray Vietti of The Harmed Brothers
The Man I Am Today, Stars of Cascadia
Mutiny, Sassparilla
Your American Past, Indianhead
Ocean Rock And Sand, Moody Little Sister
The Whisper, Jeremy Wilson

 

Episode #49 featuring M. Lockwood Porter

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Neither the cosmos nor the wind, but a helluva a songwriter. M. Lockwood Porter in The Helm. Photo by Christopher Sohler (www.christophersohler.com)

Episode #49 with M. Lockwood Porter

The man whose music once brought a hush over The Helm paid a visit last week to our podcast home for an interview and performance. He didn’t know the backstory — how the first time we shared the song “Chris Bell” from his stunning record of last year “27” a quiet fell over the room as our hosts and friends listened intently to his arresting tribute to the late Big Star singer.

It’s one of several stories we share with M. Lockwood Porter better known to his friends as Max, when he stopped by just minutes before his show at the White Eagle Saloon in Portland. Getting to know Max better ourselves, we find out how this Yale-educated songsmith found his way from his hometown in the heart of the Bible Belt — Tulsa, Oklahoma — to his current hombase of the East Bay in Northern California.

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M. Lockwood Porter laying it down in The Helm. Photo by Christopher Sohler

Max speaks of his younger days playing in punk bands around Tulsa, how he first met fellow troubadour (and podcast favorite) John Moreland as teenagers and how he began to develop his own music voice from his extended studies of poetry and literature. He also speaks of how the title of his record came to him during the mastering process, when he realized that much of the lyrical content in the “27” record revolved around where he was in life around the time of his 27th birthday.

Of course, that 27th year took away several rock icons, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and less famously Chris Bell, the troubled Memphis rocker who died in a car crash at 27. Max’s song “Chris Bell” had alternative radio buzzing late last year, and he shares a live performance of it and a newer song, “Bright Star.”

We also have a batch of fantastic new songs on the playlist from some of our favorite artists, including Jason Isbell, Banditos, The Honeycutters, Michael Dean Damron and former podcast guests Ron Rogers & The Wailing Wind.

So set those phasers to stun and dial it in. It’s Episode #49 of That Much Further West Podcast. Here’s the playlist:

Chris Bell (Live In The Helm), M. Lockwood Porter
Bright Star (Live In The Helm), M. Lockwood Porter
Different Kind of Lonely, M. Lockwood Porter
Restless, M. Lockwood Porter
Couer d’Alene, M. Lockwood Porter
Let Me Know, Ron Rogers & The Wailing Wind
24 Frames, Jason Isbell
Golden Grease, Banditos
Whiskey And You, Chris Stapleton
Texas ’81, The Honeycutters
I Hope He Breaks Your Heart (Live ), American Aquarium
I Can’t Imagine, Shelby Lynne
20,000 Miles, Michael Dean Damron