Poetry without football

It’s podcasting time again!! This time poet and musician Matt Urmy sat down with us for a very pleasant afternoon. We had so much fun, in fact, that we talked for 3 hours. To save your sanity, I’ve distilled the conversation and the music down to just under and hour. For you listening pleasure, you can get the ‘cast at iTunes, or simply download it here (right click and ‘save file as’).

Matt is wonderful, but if you want the true experience of what it was like in the HCT living room that day, I suggest you listen to it after only 5 or so hours of sleep, when you are hungover and have started drinking at lunch time. I won’t admit whether those were the exact conditions of the day, but recreating those conditions might actually make us sound less obnoxious (or at least you’ll understand us better). Continue reading

Fox Hunting never goes out of season…

First podcast of the New Year! Are you as excited as we are? You should be! This time around we have the boys from The Fox Hunt from West Virginia. Well, we don’t have them right this moment, but we had them for awhile when they came through town to play a show with our friends The Magpies. Alas, much to our dismay, we had to release them back into the wild. But before we did, we got a podcast chock-full of fantastic old-timey music out of them.

The Fox Hunt is made up of John Miller, Ben Townsend and Matts Klein and Metz (and if the name sounds familiar, it may be because Cory and Ben were talking about them the last time they were here). They have one album out, available on CD Baby with a few more slated for release throughout the year, including America’s Working So We Don’t Have To, which is coming to you on Feb 17. Watch this space in the future for a review when it arrives.

In the meantime, enjoy the music in the podcast (right click and ‘save as’ to download, or go get it from iTunes), and try and forgive our less than sparkling conversational skills. Apparently, too much alcohol and too little sleep makes us less than brilliant.

In a nut shell:
The Fox Hunt are: Matt Klein, John Miller, Ben Townsend and Matt Metz
The Fox Hunt website
Le Fox Hunt MySpace
Foxy Facebook
At CDBaby

The HCT podcast featuring The Fox Hunt is available on iTunes and for download in this post.

A podcast after the bomb

Once again it’s podcasting time! This go ’round Tommy Womack came to spend part of his afternoon talking to us and singing for us. He’s been in bands you might have heard of, Government Cheese and the bis-quits. He plays amazing solo shows, recently bringing spoken word into his sets to great effect. He’s written a couple books, The Cheese Chronicles and The Lavender Boys and Elsie (which isn’t yet available, so after you listen to this call your favorite publisher and beg them to make this book available to you, though you can read parts of it here, on Tommy’s site).

His new album, There I Said It! is available now and full of songs he might describe as being full of middle-aged anxiety, politics and not a little joy. They are surprisingly universally applicable, given the subject matter.

We sat down with him on one of the first lovely crisp days of fall, talked about growing up, touring, his books and songs and his life. During the set he played:

Alpha Male & the Canine Mystery Blood
Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)
A Nice Day
I Couldn’t Care Less
Cockroach After the Bomb
I Miss Ronald Reagan

This is definitely a ‘cast not to be missed. Download it (right click and ‘save as’ to download) and give it a whirl. When you are done with us, head on over to Tommy’s site and give his podcasts a listen. Buy his album. Check out his writings.

Championship bout: Cory Branan & Ben Nichols vs. Mimi & Cricket

I know you hear an awful lot around these parts about Lucero and Cory Branan, but I swear, they don’t pay us for this. Hell, they’d have to be an awful lot more famous before they could even afford our bar tab. No, we talk endlessly about them because they are made of one hundred percent natural, homegrown awesomeness. What’s more awesome that going to see their shows? Having them come to HCT HQ to record a podcast.

That’s right, my babies, Ben Nichols of Lucero and Cory Branan, together, not only for one of their Brew City Tours, but right here in our living room mocking each other, us and everything else in the world. What we have here in the end is a podcast (to download, right click and ‘save as’) that goes from soft and subdued to a little raucous. You’ll want to tune in for the songs and the stories. You’ll enjoy the second listening to suss out the funny bits happening in the background. Besides the banter, we have:

Meantime Blues – Cory Branan
Into Your Eyes – Ben Nichols
Easy (Cory Branan) – Ben Nichols
It Gets the Worst at Night (Lucero) – Cory Branan
Amnesia – Cory Branan
Across the River – Ben Nichols
Little Heartbreaker – Cory Branan
When You Decided to Leave – Ben Nichols

I know we’re up to number 9 on the podcast now, and yet I’m still figuring this thing out. We did well here, though you might want to keep your finger by the volume button for when it gets a bit louder after the initial songs. It wasn’t a technical problem, we all just got a bit rowdier. Hopefully you’ll get rowdy too while listening to it.

She sings, we swoon

Hola, mis amigos!! Long time no talk. We’ve moved! We’ve been to some shows we should be telling you about. We’ve got so much new music to pimp to you that we’re practically drowning in it! We will overcome our current sullenness (from lack of beer on hot Tennessee day, chigger bites and too much other work) and bring you all that. But first there’s a podcast (right click and ‘save as’ to download).

We sat down here in the new HCT HQ with Moriah Harris and talked about Nashville, Old Time music, bluegrass, women in music and our usual nonsense. She plays some of her own songs for us with her guitar and some toe-tapping fiddle tunes. Tracks in the ‘cast include:

1. Before We Come Undone
2. Ghost Town
3. California Wildflower (fiddle tune)
4. Bluebell Waltz (fiddle tune)
5. Whiskey Before Breakfast (fiddle tune)
6. Five Cent Piece (fiddle tune)
7. The Devil’s Game
8. Hell

I’m telling you we like playing around in the boy’s club as much as anyone, but it was awesome to get a girl in here, so expect a few more of those on the future. In the meantime, stay tuned we’ve got things to tell you, so keep listening and reading.

It's all in the details

Is Mercury in Retrograde? Yeah, I could Google it, but really I don’t even want to know. In any case, technical difficulties abound. After much hoopla our podcasts are back up on iTunes. If you had subscribed to them there previously, you’ll need to go do that all over again (which you can conveniently do by clicking this handy link). If you were subscribed some other way, you’ll need to redirect to the new RSS feed URL (add this URL to your podcast software: http://hardcore-troubadours.jellycast.com/podcast/feed/18). If that’s all too technical for you, you can still get all of them right here.

Thankfully, with all technical difficulty insanity I’ve had lately, I’ve had this to amuse me:

Oh, Cory! You look so earnest and sincere. We all know the truth though, but we still love you. Really though, how young and nervous does he look?


Some important things you should be aware of:

Cory Branan tour dates:
Feb 24, 2007 – Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
Mar 6, 2007 – Proud Larry’s – Oxford, Ms
Mar 8, 2007 – Speakeasy 1920 – Birmingham, AL
Mar 9, 2007 – Earl w/ the Moaners – Atlanta, GA
Mar 14, 2007 – Soapbox w/ Andy Bilinski (All) – Wilmington, NC
Mar 15, 2007 – Evening Muse w/ Joe Rathbone (All) – Charlotte, NC
Mar 16, 2007 – The Brewery w/ American Aquarium – Raleigh, NC
Mar 17, 2007 – Eighth and Rail – Opelika, AL
Mar 23, 2007 – Corner Lounge – Knoxville, TN
Mar 24, 2007 – 3 Crow Bar w/ the Carter Administration – Nashville, TN [OMG! Seriously, going to be the best show ever, and I will not be there because my best friend has to go and be getting married on the same day. I will cry myself to sleep over this for weeks.—Cricket]

Scott Miller solo tour dates:
Feb 26, 2007 – Chelsea’s Cafe – Baton Rouge, LA
Feb 27 , 2007 – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Houston, TX
Feb 28, 2007 – Dan’s Silverleaf – Denton, TX
March 1 – The Blue Note – OKC. OK
March 2 – Floore’s Country Store – Helotes, TX
March 3, 2007 – Jack’s Off the Wall – Ft Worth, TX
March 14, 2007 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA [C’mon, Seattle, represent!!!—Cricket]
March 15, 2007 – Alberta St Pub – Portland, OR
March 17, 2007 – Muddy Waters – Arcata, CA
March 19 – the Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
March 20, 2007 – Crossroads (solo) – Fresno, CA
March 21, 2007 – Don Quixote’s – Santa Cruz, CA
March 23, 2007 – McCabe’s – Santa Monica, CA

Chris Milam tour dates:
Feb 22, 2007 – Andrew’s Upstairs with Ian Schumacher – Atlanta, GA
Feb 26, 2007 – P&H Cafe – Memphis, TN
Mar 1, 2007 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
Mar 2, 2007 – Uncommon Ground – Chicago, IL
Mar 29, 2007 – Bonhoeffer’s – Murfreesboro, TN
Apr 12, 2007 – Aroma Cafe – Champaign-Urbana, IL

Lucero tour dates:
Feb 22, 2007 – Azkena – Bilbao, Spain
Feb 23, 2007 – Helldorado – Vitoria, Spain
Feb 24, 2007 – LA 2 – Barcelona, Spain [Not a possibility for me to make, but the prospect of seeing Lucero in Barcelona makes me want to pee myself.—Cricket]
Feb 26, 2007 – Louie Louie – Gijon, Spain
Feb 27, 2007 – Los Picos – Lierganes, Spain
Feb 28, 2007 – La Iguana – Vigo, Spain
Mar 1, 2007 – Teatre Lloseta – Mallorca, Spain
Mar 2, 2007 – El Sol – Madrid, Spain
Mar 3, 2007 – La Casa Del Loco – Zaragoza, Spain
Mar 4, 2007 – Auditorio de Castellon – Castellon, Spain
Mar 14, 2007 – Low Key Arts (w/ The Last Vegas) – Hot Springs, AR
Mar 16, 2007 – Maggie Mae’s Rooftop – Austin, TX
Mar 29 200 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
Mar 30, 2007 – The Dame – Lexington, KY
Mar 31, 2007 – Barley’s – Knoxville, TN

Todd Snider tour dates:
Feb 21, 2007 – The Mystic Theatre – Petaluma, CA
Feb 23, 2007 – John Ascuaga’s Nugget – Sparks, NV
Feb 24, 2007 – John Ascuaga’s Nugget – Sparks, NV
Feb 26, 2007 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
Feb 27, 2007 – The Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
Feb 28, 2007 – The Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA [If some of my Seattle peeps don’t hit up one of these shows, you are DEAD to me.—Cricket]
Mar 1, 2007 – The Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Mar 2, 2007 – The Nightlight Lounge – Bellingham, WA
Mar 3, 2007 – Egyptian Theatre – Boise, ID
Mar 5, 2007 – Suede – Park City, UT
Mar 6, 2007 – Front Porch House Concerts – Boulder, CO
Mar 7, 2007 – Soiled Dove – Denver, CO
Mar 9, 2007 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO
Mar 10, 2007 – Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO
Mar 16, 2007 – Bluebird – Bloomington, IN
Mar 17, 2007 – Bluebird – Bloomington, IN
Mar 22, 2007 – Crossroads – Huntsville, AL
Mar 31, 2007 – Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX

Drag the River tour dates:
Feb 21, 2007 – Fritz’s – Reno, NV
Feb 22, 2007 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 23, 2007 – Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 24, 2007 – Buckhorn – Laramie, WY
Mar 11, 2007 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Mar 14, 2007 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
Mar 16, 2007 – Flamingo Cantina @ 1:00 p.m. – Austin, TX
Mar 17, 2007 – Santuary – San Antonio, TX
Mar 18, 2007 – Tea Room – Dallas, TX
Mar 19, 2007 – Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR
Mar 20, 2007 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
Mar 21, 2007 – Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN
Mar 22, 2007 – Exit/Inn – Nashville, TN [Okay, just kill me, why is THIS the week I’m back out west?—Cricket]
Mar 23, 2007 – Mad Hatter – Covington, KY
Mar 24, 2007 – Morgantown – Morgantown, WV
Mar 25, 2007 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington DC
Mar 26, 2007 – Masonic Temple – Hamden, CT
Mar 27, 2007 – First Unitarian Church – PA
Mar 28, 2007 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
Mar 29, 2007 -Knitting Factory – New York, NY
Mar 30, 2007 – the living room – Providence, RI
Mar 31, 2007 -Great Scott’s – Boston, MA

Stephen Simmons tour dates:
Feb 22, 2007 – Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
Feb 23, 2007 – Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
Feb 28, 2007 – Rhythm and Brews – Chattanooga, TN
Mar 8, 2007 – Corner Lounge – Knoxville, Tennessee
Mar 9, 2007 – Ashland Coffee & Tea – Ashland, VA
Mar 10, 2007 – Dave’s Taverna – Harrisonburg, VA
Mar 14, 2007 – SXSW Showcase at Opal Divines – Austin, Texas
Mar 16, 2007 – SXSW-Austin showcase at Cafe Caffeine – Austin, TX
Mar 23, 2007 – Westside Cafe – Frederick, Maryland
Mar 24, 2007 – Concerts On Bonnie Branch – Ellicott City, MD
Mar 25, 2007 – Starr Hill – Charlottesville, Virginia
Mar 30, 2007 – Flat Rock Wine Shoppe – Flat Rock, NC

Wes Charlton tour dates:
Feb 22, 2007 – Folk Alliance Conference Showcase – Memphis, TN
Feb 23, 2007 – Folk Alliance Conference Showcase – Memphis, TN
Feb 26, 2007 – P & H Cafe – Memphis, TN
Mar 15, 2007 – The Basement – Nashville, TN
Apr 16, 2007 – The Red & the Black – Washington DC