TMFWP Special — Live From The Helm, Vol. 2


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 #58 featuring Moody Little Sister


Have a shot in the heart: Rob Stroup and Naomi Hooley of Moody Little Sister tending bar at The Helm. Photo by Anne Barrett

Episode #58 with Moody Little Sister

With a grand celebration of the release of their new album coming this weekend, Naomi Hooley and Rob Stroup of Moody Little Sister dropped by The Helm to share songs and stories with our hosts and a wonderful gang of friends for Episode #58 of That Much Further West Podcast.

Oozing with talent and confidence and armed with a one-of-a-kind, infectious laugh, the lovely Ms. Hooley speaks with an air of relief knowing the new record is in hand and ready to share with the band’s growing fanbase. Both she and Stroup explain why they decided to scrap a year’s worth of work on the album and chart a new course, one involving Stroup’s longtime friend and producer Pete Droge, to finally make the record they really wanted. They also share some secrets about developing their songwriting partnership and talk about the fantastic band they’ve assembled to help realize their vision for Moody Little Sister.


We could have gone black-and-white, but dig that gold wallpaper on the piano! Naomi and Rob of Moody Little Sister, killing it live in The Helm. Photo by Anne Barrett

The terrific chemistry between the two is obvious as they perform a pair of songs from the new record, Hooley playing her electric piano (decorated with gold wallpaper) and Stroup on guitar and harmonica. Folks in the Pacific Northwest area can check them out this coming Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Old Church in downtown Portland, and to keep tabs on future shows and doings, check out the band’s great website.

Perhaps there’s a touch of irony in the playlist for this episode in light of the prominence of Ms. Hooley — it’s dominated by some of our favorite alt-country female voices including Jenny Don’t, Bri Bagwell, Elizabeth Cook and Amy Boone from The Delines.

We also share some new discoveries from the great state of Texas, fantastic songs from the new albums by Aaron Lee Tasjan and Bottle Rockets, and a couple of intentional nods: one to the Supersuckers and their frontman, Eddie Spaghetti, who is battling cancer; and another to our pals in Denver, Colorado, who lost a powerful voice in their rock community last week, Mikey Herrera of Tin Horn Prayer.

Yup, Episode #58 is seriously good. So tune in and crank it up!

Here’s the playlist:

Every Town, The Statesboro Revue
The Trouble With Drinkin’, Aaron Lee Tasjan
I’ve Been Drinkin’ More, Jason James
Here I Go, Moody Little Sister
Lean Your Little Heart (Live In The Helm), Moody Little Sister
Ocean, Rock And Sand (Live In The Helm), Moody Little Sister
The Fire, Jenny Don’t & The Spurs
Half As Good, Bri Bagwell
I Don’t Wanna Know, Bottle Rockets
El Camino, Elizabeth Cook
I Drew A Line, Folk Family Revival
He Told Her The City Was Killing Him, The Delines
Roadworn And Weary, Supersuckers
Gulf Coast Gypsies, Uncle Lucius
The Next Storm, Frank Turner
Rosie, Tin Horn Prayer