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Southern Songs and Stories

Joe Kendrick

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Southern Songs and Stories

Southern Songs and Stories

Joe Kendrick

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Southern Songs and Stories is a documentary series about the music of the South and the artists who make it. We showcase their performances and discover the stories behind their songs with a look at their lives on stage, in the studio and at home as well as the family, friends, fans and music professionals around them.

Latest Episodes

Arm in Arm on Their Journey: Steep Canyon Rangers

Conversations from members of Steep Canyon Rangers as well as plenty of their latest music, including a live performance from Woody Platt and Graham Sharp of their song “Honey On My Tongue”, on WNCW. Jacob Groopman of the band Front Country joins us along the way, and we get a word from Steve Martin as well.

35 min2 w ago
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Arm in Arm on Their Journey: Steep Canyon Rangers

Grass That Goes Against the Grain: Wood & Wire

Guitarist and singer Tony Kamel and mandolinist Billy Bright talk with host Joe Kendrick about their album No Matter Where It Goes From Here, about their home state of Texas, about working with Peter Rowan and more. Included are excerpts of music from No Matter Where It Goes From Here.

24 minOCT 30
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Grass That Goes Against the Grain: Wood & Wire

Carryin' On With Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are amongst the most celebrated couples in music, and their star continues to rise. Theirs is a story that brings to mind iconic husband and wife teams like Johnny and June, and they can boast an ever growing legion of fans and critical acclaim. The past year or so has proved to be one of their most successful in terms of their music, while it has also been a span with times of great difficulty -- both with their art and their relationship. Jason and Amanda spoke in separate interviews from their home, covering everything from Jason’s subconscious character portrait of a departed friend in the song “Only Children” to Amanda’s account of common misconceptions about their lives as artists, and much more. And of course, you will get to hear music from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s latest album, Reunions, and Amanda’s latest single, plus an unearthed live radio performance of "Relatively Easy" from 2014 along the way.

40 minOCT 22
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Carryin' On With Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

Telling the Tale of Music

Recently, an old friend of mine hit me up to contribute to a storytelling compilation he was making, and after lots of procrastinating, I came up with my own story — or rather, my own account of how I love to tell stories. Brian John Mitchell is the friend in question, and he started his label Silber Records officially back in 1996, and has been making zines and comics for decades as well. album cover for Remora’s 2011 release Scars Bring Hope As Brian says on the Silber website, “Good music deserves to be heard & we’re doing our part to make sure it gets from the bedroom to your ears…. Our music is likely mellower, but no less angst-ridden than the music we all grew up on. Punk rock, post rock, metal, sludgecore, freak folk, americana, bedroom pop, drone, shoegaze, aggressive ambient, post apocalyptic pop, noise - it’s all music.”I hope you can take a few minutes and go to the Silbermedia Bandcamp page and listen to some of the stories that Brian compiled for his series.

11 minOCT 8
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Telling the Tale of Music

Going Over Home With Doc Watson

The story of how a long lost archive came back to light, including the one-of-a-kind Doc Watson spoken word performance.

47 minSEP 25
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Going Over Home With Doc Watson

The Allman Betts Band: Where The Song Is The Boss

Link to the video of our conversation here.

38 minSEP 1
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The Allman Betts Band: Where The Song Is The Boss

Running Horses and Reinventing Country: Charley Crockett

Charley Crockett describes his approach to making his own brand of music, dubbed "Gulf and Western", talks about his native Texas and his time in New Orleans and California, and much more. Song excerpts from his seventh album Welcome To Hard Times are mixed in along with interviews with Charley and producer Mark Neill, and commentary from host and producer Joe Kendrick.

41 minAUG 13
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Running Horses and Reinventing Country: Charley Crockett

BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Ends With Revealing Our History

In the first episode of this series, you got to hear about how BJ Barham turns uncomfortable conversations about the dark parts of Southern history into songs, about racial and class divides, how influential Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen are to his music, and about how things stand for American Aquarium and in the music business more generally during the coronavirus pandemic. But we left a lot on the table, including much of my conversation with Tyler Boone, who has a new single out, and lots more from BJ Barham, including producer Shooter Jennings as the band’s Bigfoot, and more insight into the culture and politics of the South. All that and more on this episode of Southern Songs and Stories.

25 minJUL 21
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BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Ends With Revealing Our History

BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Starts With Just One Word

This is the first of a two episode series on BJ Barham of American Aquarium, with in depth conversation with BJ Barham as well as guests Ronda Chollock, a music promoter from Charlottesville, Virginia, and music artist Tyler Boone, who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, but now calls Hollywood home. We get into topics like how Barham articulates the dark history of the South so that people will start having conversations about racial and class divides, however uncomfortable those conversations might be. We touch on how bittersweet it must be to have a hit record with no way to play it in person to fans, about how metal and Southern rock have more in common than you might have thought, and working with yet another Grammy-winning producer, Shooter Jennings.

38 minJUL 14
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BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Starts With Just One Word

Simple Truths and Charm With A Punch: Paul Thorn

Conversation with Tupelo, MS native Paul Thorn, including live music from his March 2020 appearance in Shelby, NC. Commentary and insights into the world of the former boxer and sky diver from host Joe Kendrick as well as music professional Angela Backstrom and longtime Paul Thorn fan Jeff Williams.

42 minJUN 16
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Simple Truths and Charm With A Punch: Paul Thorn

Latest Episodes

Arm in Arm on Their Journey: Steep Canyon Rangers

Conversations from members of Steep Canyon Rangers as well as plenty of their latest music, including a live performance from Woody Platt and Graham Sharp of their song “Honey On My Tongue”, on WNCW. Jacob Groopman of the band Front Country joins us along the way, and we get a word from Steve Martin as well.

35 min2 w ago
Comments
Arm in Arm on Their Journey: Steep Canyon Rangers

Grass That Goes Against the Grain: Wood & Wire

Guitarist and singer Tony Kamel and mandolinist Billy Bright talk with host Joe Kendrick about their album No Matter Where It Goes From Here, about their home state of Texas, about working with Peter Rowan and more. Included are excerpts of music from No Matter Where It Goes From Here.

24 minOCT 30
Comments
Grass That Goes Against the Grain: Wood & Wire

Carryin' On With Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are amongst the most celebrated couples in music, and their star continues to rise. Theirs is a story that brings to mind iconic husband and wife teams like Johnny and June, and they can boast an ever growing legion of fans and critical acclaim. The past year or so has proved to be one of their most successful in terms of their music, while it has also been a span with times of great difficulty -- both with their art and their relationship. Jason and Amanda spoke in separate interviews from their home, covering everything from Jason’s subconscious character portrait of a departed friend in the song “Only Children” to Amanda’s account of common misconceptions about their lives as artists, and much more. And of course, you will get to hear music from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s latest album, Reunions, and Amanda’s latest single, plus an unearthed live radio performance of "Relatively Easy" from 2014 along the way.

40 minOCT 22
Comments
Carryin' On With Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

Telling the Tale of Music

Recently, an old friend of mine hit me up to contribute to a storytelling compilation he was making, and after lots of procrastinating, I came up with my own story — or rather, my own account of how I love to tell stories. Brian John Mitchell is the friend in question, and he started his label Silber Records officially back in 1996, and has been making zines and comics for decades as well. album cover for Remora’s 2011 release Scars Bring Hope As Brian says on the Silber website, “Good music deserves to be heard & we’re doing our part to make sure it gets from the bedroom to your ears…. Our music is likely mellower, but no less angst-ridden than the music we all grew up on. Punk rock, post rock, metal, sludgecore, freak folk, americana, bedroom pop, drone, shoegaze, aggressive ambient, post apocalyptic pop, noise - it’s all music.”I hope you can take a few minutes and go to the Silbermedia Bandcamp page and listen to some of the stories that Brian compiled for his series.

11 minOCT 8
Comments
Telling the Tale of Music

Going Over Home With Doc Watson

The story of how a long lost archive came back to light, including the one-of-a-kind Doc Watson spoken word performance.

47 minSEP 25
Comments
Going Over Home With Doc Watson

The Allman Betts Band: Where The Song Is The Boss

Link to the video of our conversation here.

38 minSEP 1
Comments
The Allman Betts Band: Where The Song Is The Boss

Running Horses and Reinventing Country: Charley Crockett

Charley Crockett describes his approach to making his own brand of music, dubbed "Gulf and Western", talks about his native Texas and his time in New Orleans and California, and much more. Song excerpts from his seventh album Welcome To Hard Times are mixed in along with interviews with Charley and producer Mark Neill, and commentary from host and producer Joe Kendrick.

41 minAUG 13
Comments
Running Horses and Reinventing Country: Charley Crockett

BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Ends With Revealing Our History

In the first episode of this series, you got to hear about how BJ Barham turns uncomfortable conversations about the dark parts of Southern history into songs, about racial and class divides, how influential Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen are to his music, and about how things stand for American Aquarium and in the music business more generally during the coronavirus pandemic. But we left a lot on the table, including much of my conversation with Tyler Boone, who has a new single out, and lots more from BJ Barham, including producer Shooter Jennings as the band’s Bigfoot, and more insight into the culture and politics of the South. All that and more on this episode of Southern Songs and Stories.

25 minJUL 21
Comments
BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Ends With Revealing Our History

BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Starts With Just One Word

This is the first of a two episode series on BJ Barham of American Aquarium, with in depth conversation with BJ Barham as well as guests Ronda Chollock, a music promoter from Charlottesville, Virginia, and music artist Tyler Boone, who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, but now calls Hollywood home. We get into topics like how Barham articulates the dark history of the South so that people will start having conversations about racial and class divides, however uncomfortable those conversations might be. We touch on how bittersweet it must be to have a hit record with no way to play it in person to fans, about how metal and Southern rock have more in common than you might have thought, and working with yet another Grammy-winning producer, Shooter Jennings.

38 minJUL 14
Comments
BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Starts With Just One Word

Simple Truths and Charm With A Punch: Paul Thorn

Conversation with Tupelo, MS native Paul Thorn, including live music from his March 2020 appearance in Shelby, NC. Commentary and insights into the world of the former boxer and sky diver from host Joe Kendrick as well as music professional Angela Backstrom and longtime Paul Thorn fan Jeff Williams.

42 minJUN 16
Comments
Simple Truths and Charm With A Punch: Paul Thorn
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