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Justin Townes Earle #1519


Justin Townes Earle ended up moving to Vagrant Records and surprised his fans with not one, but two, new albums within a year. The companion pieces, Single Mothers and Absent Fathers, are not concept records, but complimentary, as he describes, “like the two parts of Springsteen’s The River.” Our conversation w/ Earle was conducted live […]…


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Rayland Baxter


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Can’t Hurt, Might Even Help


Hey! Evidently I repost bands’ stolen gear alerts so many times that people specifically contact me to help share their missing items. Happy to use our audience to help y’all get your stuff back, hopefully. Over the years, I’ve shared the brake lock and wheel locks that we have used, and also received some great […]…


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Todd Grebe & Cold Country #1518


Alaska-native, Todd Grebe, knows about Cold Country — not just the weather, but his band. After years playing music more influenced by bluegrass than country, his buddy and bandmate decided to pick up a Telecaster. The ensuing songs and record took the band back to Nashville, to record with several #CFRalumni. Podcast Stream or download […]…


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Folk Family Revival #1517


Folk Family Revival consists of three brothers and their buddy, but they are definitely moving towards psychedelic rock rather than straight-up folk with their sophomore album, Waterwalker, out now on Rock Ridge Music. With a homemade liquid light show from a visually talented friend, the luxury of regular studio access, and no external time constraints […]…


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Great Peacock #1516


Great Peacock blew me away during a live taping of their song, “Take Me To The Mountain,” nearly 18 months ago. I’ve been anxiously awaiting their debut full-length album, Making Ghosts, ever since. Recently released on This Is American Music, Great Peacock continues with the roots-based anthems and sing-along choruses, more Southern Indie than Americana. […]…


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Year of October #1515


Phlecia & Josh Sullivan are Year of October, creatively and personally joined together. Originally from Kentucky, the band has been in Nashville for a few years, touring regionally and self-recording and self-producing their two albums thus far. Year of October is outside of our circle within Nashville, and I actually discovered them via Bandcamp! Buy […]…


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Lilly Hiatt #1514


Lilly Hiatt released Royal Blue, to the surprise of fans of her singer-songwriter styled debut a couple years ago. For those who have seen her live with her band, though, Royal Blue comes closer to catching Hiatt’s quirky, reflective, trippy sensibility and personality. Royal Blue moves forward, demonstrating her growth as an artist in her […]…


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Sam Lewis #1513


Sam Lewis first crossed our radar on a video from Music City Roots, but the timing was off to feature him on the show. As Lewis has toured more in the US & UK, he has built a following and honed his songs, yielding a his new Waiting On You album, recorded with some of […]…


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Hollis Brown #1512


Hollis Brown rocked CMJ & SXSW so hard that they ended up on this summer’s tour with Counting Crows and Citizen Cope. The NYC band, fronted by songwriter, Mike Montali, tours extensively in the US and Europe, building audiences who yearn for their new albums, including their brand new one, 3 Shots, out 5/5/15 on […]…


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Mic Harrison & The High Score #1511


Mic Harrison & The High Score started as the merging of a backing band for Harrison’s solo work, but has become a band in itself over the years. After John Paul Keith moved on from regionally beloved band, The V-Roys, to pursue his solo career, Harrison stepped in and joined the band for their run […]…


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Bones of JR Jones #1510


The Bones of JR Jones is mostly a one-man band, although JR sometimes plays with a variety of setups. His recent album, Dark Was The Yearling, was made possible by a happen-chance meeting at an empty gig. The Bones of JR Jones is getting ready to tour the South and MidWest through the spring, so […]…


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M. Lockwood Porter #1509


Max Porter performs as M. Lockwood Porter, in homage to his grandfather and to make it easier to find him on the Internet. Partly based on a childhood dream to leave Oklahoma and live in California, and partly pulled by his network of friends and musical colleagues, Porter claims both areas as home. His recent […]…


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Andy Gabbard (Buffalo Killers) #1508


Andy Gabbard‘s debut solo album, Fluff, definitely is not. This trippy-tinged collection of tunes brings fuzzy pop sense to Gabbard’s writings that do not fit the Buffalo Killers’ vibe. Fluff is not “trouble in paradise,” rather, it is an expansion of his creativity, like a second leg of vacation. Buy Andy Gabbard’s music here. Buy […]…


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Lee Gallagher #1507


Lee Gallagher inhales the Bay area of California, making it part of who he is musically. After a few years in the area, Gallagher appreciates its history and vibe even more than when he was a Midwestern kid seeking something other than cornfields. He is not jaded about his roots, though, rather, he takes the […]…


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Cale Tyson #1506


Cale Tyson surprised us with news of his upcoming country soul debut album, recording this spring at FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. His two recent EPs took him to traditional country music, cementing his transition from Texas indie folk to Nashville. After straddling the bubble of Belmont and real-life working musicians, Tyson is ready […]…


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Limited Edition #4 Tee


Woohoo! On sale until 3/16 only, we’ve got our limited edition tee #4, designed by Skillet Gilmore of Crawlspace Press. Super soft, women’s, v-neck, kids, hoodies, or long sleeve! Buy yours at http://teespring.com/countryfriedrock4 now!…


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Ben Miller Band #1505


Ben Miller Band first caught my attention at a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Oktoberfest event, where I had gone to see Bloodkin (previously featured here) perform and catch (the late) Bobby Keys play with them on a few songs. I was not previously familiar with the band, but their homemade washtub bass, stomp boxes, electric […]…


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David Bavas


A nice little break in your snow day!…


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Steve Earle #1504


Steve Earle channels his Texas Blues roots with his latest album, Terraplane — named for the noted song by Robert Johnson, but known to me in the well-circulated Canned Heat live tapes. Referencing everyone from Lightning Hopkins to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Earle interviews himself, but does not get caught up in his script. […]…


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Lord Huron


New music from Lord Huron coming 7 April 2015, Strange Trails! He’ll have Leon Bridges on tour this spring, too. Good stuff. Pre-order here.…


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6 String Drag #1503


Kenny Roby (previously featured here) and Rob Keller disbanded 6 String Drag at the top of their game, nearly 15 years ago. The first new album from 6 String Drag, Roots Rock N Roll, brings the group together again, ranging the gamut of roots rock with their brother-from-another-mother harmonies. Why would a regionally beloved band, […]…


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Mike Zito #1502


Mike Zito talked with Country Fried Rock just before the announcement that he was leaving Royal Southern Brotherhood — a departure with no drama or backstory, other than a guy who finally found what he wanted to do musically and the craziest opportunity blossomed right in the middle of it. Zito’s growth as a musician […]…


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Jim White #1501


Jim White’s songwriting and visual art are some of the tangible fruits of his sometimes dark thoughts, but he is not the tortured Southern Gothic poet of his past. When Packway Handle Band (previously featured on Country Fried Rock HERE), sought White’s assistance in producing their new record, they ended up collaborating in a back […]…


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2014 Archives


Aaron Lee Tasjan #1411 Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) #1404 Ben Glover #1426 Caleb Caudle #1418 Corb Lund #1423 David Mayfield Parade #1417 The Devil Makes Three #1401 Dex Romweber Duo #1410 The Dirty Guv’nahs #1409 Dom Flemons #1419 Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors #1414 Fire Mountain #1416 Have Gun, Will Travel #1402 The Infamous Stringdusters […]…


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Andrew Combs


Andrew Combs has a new record coming out 3 March 2015! Look for lots of European dates in January and February. (I couldn’t find a website, just a Bandcamp page for him.)…


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JD McPherson


Woohoo! JD McPherson finally has a new album, Let The Good Times Roll, coming out in February 2015! He’ll be touring the Netherlands, UK, France, & Belgium in January ahead of the release.…


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Year Of October


I missed this band this past year and wish I had listened earlier. Year Of October has a new album, called Golden Days, and their previous one, Stories, is available for free on Bandcamp.…


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Best Of 2014


Country Fried Rock’s listeners vote with their visits for our “Best of” lists. Combining podcast downloads with website traffic and run through a factor of the time since the program’s debut, the magic math machine yields our Top 13 of 2014! 13. Dex Romweber Duo 12. Corb Lund 11. Devil Makes 3 10. Dom Flemons […]…


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The Mastersons #1427


The Mastersons’ second album, Good Luck Charm, shares Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson’s depth of connection both personally and after hundreds of shows together. Whether playing as a duo or band, they communicate musically in a way that brings the audience in, never crossing over into uncomfortable intimacy or leaving out the listener. Whitmore and […]…


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John Moreland


John Moreland has been called a “grand secret waiting to be uncovered.” Fans who have already discovered this Tulsa, Oklahoma musician can’t get enough. He was one of the talented musicians we featured in Oklahoma: The State of Songwriting, though his appeal reaches far beyond the Midwest. The gritty cable TV hit Sons of Anarchy […]…


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Ben Glover #1426


I first discovered Ben Glover’s music when I interviewed Mary Gauthier. They had just returned from touring overseas together and she mentioned some songs they were writing; turns out, one of these is mentioned in this conversation. Even more “the internet makes for a small world” freaky, Glover has also been part of fellow featured […]…


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Steelism #1425


The first time I saw Steelism play, I did not realize that they had their own band going; I was at The 5 Spot in East Nashville where they were just returning from a European run with Caitlin Rose. I knew they were sought-after players in mainstream pop country from various television awards shows, but […]…


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Top 5 Emerging Oklahoma Songwriters


Oklahoma is rich with material for folk music. It’s where hardheaded pioneers met hardscrabble conditions; where tradition and progress converge and conflict; where tornadoes sweep across the plains; and where the dusty open road beckons from all directions. Songs from the state continue to seep into the psyche of the American songwriter, and often-covered pieces […]…


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Americana Review Goes To Nashville


Our long-time blogger friend at Americana Review kindly offered to share his review of the Americana Music Festival in Nashville.  We’ll add to the post as he enjoys this great week of music.  Check him out regularly.  He’s a great guy.  (reverse chronological order)   Americana Music Festival 2014 – Day 2 Roundup We’re in […]…


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Jacob Furr #1424


Jacob Furr has been on our radar for a couple years, due to the surprisingly small world of Texas songwriters and Country Fried Rock alumni. Larry Hooper played Couch By Couch West and mentioned Furr, and then through our recent alumni, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, we were also connected via conversations about coffee. […]…


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Bourbon Country Playlist


Kentucky breeds great music, not just bourbon, basketball and bluegrass. From barn dances to enormous festivals, the state has a thriving and diverse music scene that pairs perfectly with bourbon. Click here to listen to the playlist.…


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Corb Lund #1423


Although Corb Lund is well-known within Canada, only select areas of the States have been turned on to his music, often via his friendship and co-writing with Texan, Hayes Carll. After Lund’s US release of Cabin Fever, though, audiences began to appreciate his real life cowboy songs (seventh generation Rocky Mountain cowboy, I believe!) and […]…


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Tea Leaf Green


Our 2013 alumni, Tea Leaf Green, have been “leaking” the tracks from their new album one by one. As Trevor Garrod shared in our conversation, the band has not shied away from making massive changes in their sound or lineup, and this roller coaster keeps the ride interesting. LISTEN Unfortunately, you cannot listen to this […]…


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Karen & The Sorrows


Karen and the Sorrows play traditional country music straight out of New York City. Their songwriting is personal and often dark, with widespread appeal. Her vocals balance between high lonesome and honky tonk, with top-notch playing. The band regularly plays across New York, but has not ventured out of the region much; I am kicking […]…


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The Wild Feathers #1422


I finally caught up a show from The Wild Feathers following my conversation with Joel King. Rhythm N Blooms in Knoxville hosted the guys and tons of other fantastic bands for a three-day festival spanning downtown and the botanical garden. The guys are still on the road, moving east from Colorado through Texas toward Louisville, […]…


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Scott Miller #1421


Scott Miller is miles away from his days with the V-Roys, but Knoxville still claims him as their own, even if he has since returned to rural Virginia to farm. Raising cattle requires his presence, limits his touring, but allows Miller hours and days to think. From talking with Miller, I get a sense that […]…


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No relation. Y’all know I have a deep love for pop rock that makes you dance, especially for my running playlists, and this tune from Sloan fits the bill! They’ve got a new double album set for September release, with each side written by one of the guys in the band. Commonwealth will be available […]…


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Being the very literal and under-caffeinated person that I am some mornings, I first saw this band & thought, “Who are SW, MM, and NG?” Duh, “Swimming.” Anyway, here’s a track from SW/MM/NG that they describe as “lake pop.” Sounds good to me. Buy SW/MM/NG’s music: the limited edition vinyl of Feel Not Bad or […]…


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March (Dodd Ferrelle)


Dodd Ferrelle‘s latest band is called March. They debuted a new video, Ferrelle’s directing debut, at Sprockets Film Festival last night. This early alum of our show is a perennial favorite at live shows across the South East. He generously donated a song for our first compilation to prevent suicide, available on Bandcamp. Click the […]…


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The Infamous Stringdusters #1420


The Infamous Stringdusters tour so much that they even have their own festival, The Festy, with a fabulous lineup including our alumni, New Country Rehab. Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall are so in sync that they alternate answering questions and finish each others’ sentences. For their fifth album, Let It Go, the Stringdusters opted to produce […]…


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Patrick Sweany


Country Fried Rock featured Patrick Sweany a couple of albums ago, and the East Nashville-based blues rocker has just gotten better over time. Here’s a quick update from Sweany and another fun new video from him. 1. When I first saw you play live at The Basement during Americana Fest a few years ago, your […]…


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688 Ltd Edition Tee #3


We’re in the tee shirt business, y’all! The third in a series of limited edition tees! This super-soft, stretchy, tri-blend tee is unisex (check sizing recommendations). It’s soft enough to fit women’s curves. Sizes Small to 2XL available. No risk to you. If 20 other people like the shirt enough to buy it, everybody wins. […]…


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Farewell Drifters


Early features on Country Fried Rock, The Farewell Drifters, have shared a new video from their recent Music City Roots performance! We did not podcast yet back in 2010, but here is what we had to say about their release at the time. Buy The Farewell Drifters’ music in the iTunes store or over here […]…


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