Episode #38 featuring Tate Peterson of The Resolectrics

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Tate Peterson of The Resolectrics. Photo by Chad Lanning

Episode #38 with Tate Peterson of The Resolectrics

It’s Thanksgiving week, and if you live in our rainy hometown of Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., you have a lot of great music to be thankful for. A couple of budding alt-country superstars and regular podcast favorites — Sturgill Simpson and Nikki Lane — have shows in town this week, as does one of our favorite local bands, the mighty Resolectrics.

That’s why we’re thrilled that guitarist and singer Tate Peterson from The Resolectrics joined us in The Helm for Episode #38 of That Much Further West Podcast. Tate’s a fantastic guitar player and songwriter and lends his playing to several bands around town, but his outstanding work as a founding member of The Resolectrics has earned him and the band kudos as rising stars in the local scene.

Tate shares a few stories of his Northern California upbringing and how the band formed around a love for classic R&B and soul music, as well as time-honored classic British rock. He shares some of the details about the making of the band’s fantastic debut record, 2013’s “High Water,” and also plays a few newer original songs, which he performed on a cool old arch-top acoustic guitar.

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Tate Peterson, live in the Helm, November 2014

This coming Friday night, The Resolectrics are hosting a holiday jubilee at Laurelthirst Public House that will feature cameos from several local players, including a couple of our podcast hosts. This show is free and open to the public and sure to be an incredible night of music.

For this latest episode, our hosts decided to play their selections in blocks as a way to talk about any themes they may have going. Mike Lee’s songs are a declaration of his love of country rock and centered around Bloodshot Records’ 20th Anniversary; Eric Kotila tells the story of a music exchange between him and our friends at This Is American Music, whose artists are represented in his block; and Phil Favorite shares some music from artists who will be playing shows in Portland this week, including the much-anticipated return of Sturgill Simpson and his band to Mississippi Studios. At the end, we sneak in a brand-new song by the great Tim Barry.

So let’s all be thankful and kick off the holiday season with some music! Here’s the song list:

On The Cover Of The Music City News, Buck Owens
Nancy Sinatra, The Bottle Rockets
Most Messed Up, Old 97’s
Heaven Has No Vacancy, Lindi Ortega
Up On The Hill, The Resolectrics
Only Blind, Tate Peterson Live In The Helm
In My Garden, Tate Peterson Live In The Helm
Your Man, The Resolectrics
Moving Target, Fire Mountain
Another Night, Caleb Caudle
Take Me To The Mountain, Great Peacock
Highway Towns, The Holy Ghost Electric Show
Annie, Rich West Blatt & The Once In A While Sky
You Can’t Talk To Me Like That, Nikki Lane
Long White Line, Sturgill Simpson
Bobby Reid, Lucette
Lost & Rootless, Tim Barry

Episode #14 featuring Freddy Trujillo

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Freddy Trujillo

Episode #14 with Freddy Trujillo

Another week, another snow storm . . .

We’re back from The Helm this week with Eric and Philly bringing you Episode #14 from our spectacularly comfortable digs in Portland, OR. Mike had to miss this week’s taping when real life (aka ‘work’) slapped him with a 20-hour shift on recording day. Grudgingly, we soldiered on without him, even as Mother Nature was bringing forth a massive weather system that forced the cancellation of countless club shows over the weekend.

This week’s episode features the music of local rocker Freddy Trujillo, whose band Trujillo will be performing at our That Much Further West Podcast Showcase this Thursday at Alberta Street Pub. Freddy’s been a fixture on the local Americana scene as a bass player and solo artist, and he’s getting ready to launch a push for his new record, Amexica.

To help make our schedules jive, Freddy invited Phil into his family home for a remote interview that includes performances of a pair of songs, “Little Birds” and “Adios California,” offering a taste of the multilingual music that Freddy writes and performs with Trujillo. He talks about the inspiration for the new record as well as his role as sideman for some of Portland’s most established acts (Fernando, Richmond Fontaine) and his longtime working relationship with veteran producer Luther Russell. He also talks a bit about his participation in the new Richmond Fontaine spinoff project, The Delines. Great stuff.

The podcast also features still-to-be released songs from Old 97’s and Lydia Loveless, brand-new music from Scott H Biram and Root Jack, and a tune from local boys The Resolectrics, who join Trujillo on the bill at this week’s showcase.

Later in the show, things take a decided “country” turn, helped in no small part from the featured Trio Bravo. This week’s three-song special (including a tune by Whitey Morgan & the 78s) is brought to you by Tim Hawk, owner of The Landmark Saloon, Portland’s coolest little honky tonk. Thanks, Tim, for helping us keep it country.

We also have a song from recent podcast guest Sarah Gwen, a Fernando tune from the Deer Lodge George Jones Tribute and a show-closer from Seattle’s The Swearengens. So lots and lots of good music this week.

We look forward to seeing you Portlanders Thursday night at the Alberta Street Pub. Until then, enjoy the podcast. Here’s the songlist:

Longer Than You’ve Been Alive, Old 97’s
Gotta Get To Heaven, Scott H Biram
Non Typical, Chuck Ragan
Head, Lydia Loveless
Shallow Grave, Root Jack
Money Back, The Resolectrics
Interview and performances with Freddy Trujillo
Freddy Fender, Trujillo
I Need You To Tell Me Who I Am, John Moreland
Restless, Rumbleseat
City Lights, American Aquarium

Trio Bravo, three songs selected by Tim Hawk, owner of The Landmark Saloon
Memories Cost A Lot, Whitey Morgan & The 78s
You Just Can’t See Him From The Road, Chris LeDoux
Leave The Lonely Alone, James Head

Misunderstanding, Sarah Gwen
Wings Of A Dove, Fernando
Whiskey & You, Jason Eady
Tonight You’ll Be Breaking, The Swearengens