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 #42 featuring The Earnest Lovers


The Earnest Lovers: Leslie Beia and Pete Krebs in The Helm. Photos by Christopher Sohler

Episode #42 with Earnest Lovers

We’ve always thought That Much Further West Podcast was for lovers, and on this episode we try to prove it. Not only is the word “lover” in the title of every song submitted to our playlist, but we have one of Portland’s hottest new country bands — The Earnest Lovers — in The Helm for an interview and performance.

Led by local performing veterans Pete Krebs and Leslie Beia, The Earnest Lovers are hitting stages all over the Pacific Northwest with big plans for 2015. Mr. Krebs is well-known for his early rock-and-roll work with the local Sub Pop band Hazel and later as a member of numerous Americana and traditional bands such as Golden Delicious, The Kung Pao Chickens and most recently the Western swing band The Portland Playboys. Ms. Beia has had a huge impact on the local country scene as half of the red-hot duo Copper & Coal, a band whose debut CD is often featured on our show.


Leslie Beia and Pete Krebs of The Earnest Lovers, barside at The Helm.

Krebs and Beia teamed up in late 2014 to form The Earnest Lovers and are in the process of recording and producing their debut EP. An ongoing Kickstarter campaign (see the video and link below) is already 100 percent funded, leaving the duo in position to move forward with confidence. In the interview, we learn how they came together in a love of classic country music in the tradition of the 1950s and 60s; their plans to record the EP with producer Jon Neufeld (Black Prairie, Jackstraw, Dolorean) at Portland’s Type Foundry studio; and how Pete’s love of punk rock eventually led to an appreciation of traditional country.

They also share a pair of wonderful original songs they’ve co-written for the upcoming EP. The songs fit beautifully in the mix of lovers tunes, presented here just in time for Valentine’s Day. Local Portlanders can catch Pete and Leslie this coming Saturday at The Secret Society for “Hearts On Fire” showcase, where several of our favorite singers are partnering for performances of classic country duets originally done by artists such as Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Buck Owens and Rose Maddox and Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Pete and Leslie with being performing the songs of George Jones and Melba Montgomery.

We also share “lover” tunes on the show from some of the podcast’s favorite artists, including American Aquarium, Hearts of Oak, Lydia Loveless, Rachel Brooke and Steve Earle. So if you’re ready for some lovin’, just press play.

Here’s the playlist for Episode #42:

Lover Too Late, American Aquarium
My Lover Adorned, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
If I Could Be Your Lover, Delbert McClinton
San Andreas Fault (Live In The Helm), The Earnest Lovers
I’m Still Missing You (Live In The Helm), The Earnest Lovers
Mary Wants A Lover, Foghorn Stringband
Lovers Ain’t Easy, Hearts of Oak
Oh, My Lover, Kory Quinn
Lover’s Spat, Lydia Loveless
Late Night Lover, Rachel Brooke
My First Lover, Sassparilla
Poison Lover (with Siobhan Kennedy), Steve Earle
Stone Hearted Lover, The Sumner Brothers
When Your Dream Lovers Die, Townes Van Zandt

Click here to donate to The Earnest Lovers’ Kickstarter campaign.