Friday, June 29, 2012

Submit Your Favorites of the Year (So Far)!

This weekend marks the halfway point of the year (already!!!)! 
 
I'll be putting together my annual "Best of...So far" list of my favorite albums, books, etc. for 2012 (so far). I'll share them on my here and I welcome your input. 
 
In addition to my favorites and select guest bloggers, I'll compile a list of your submissions, too! 
 
If you want to send your favorite albums, songs, books, etc. of this year (so far), email them to: dirtyroots@rocketmail.com, submit them through the Dirty Roots Radio Facebook page, or post them in the comments section below.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIRTY ROOTS RADIO - June 28th Playlist

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Billy Stewart – Summertime
Rolling Stones – Hot Stuff
JD McPherson – North Side Gal
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Clementine
Black Keys – Everlasting Light
The Wray Brothers – Ninety Nine Years to Go
The Music Machine – Talk Talk
Gene Maltais – Crazy Baby
Larry Williams & Johnny “Guitar” Watson with Kaleidoscope – Nobody
Muddy Waters – I Just Want to Make Love to You
The WhiteTrash WhipLash – My Buick Goes 180
Solomon Burke – I’ve Got to Do My Own Thing
Social Distortion – 99 to Life
Big Star – The Ballad of el Goodo
Townes Van Zandt – Who Do You Love
Wendy Rene – Give You What I Got
Sonics – I’m a Man
Joan Jett – You Don’t Know What You’ve Got
Scott H. Biram – Downtown Chicken
Tom Waits – Chicago
Andre Williams – Bacon Fat
Tav Falco’s Panther Burns – She’s the One That’s Got It
Robert Gordon w/Link Wray – Red Hot
The WhiteTrash WhipLash – Spodie Odie Hey!
Scott H. Biram – 18 Wheeler Fever
Bobby Womack – Deep River
The Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard
Sammy Davis, Jr. – John Shaft
Melvin Van Peebles – Sweetback’s Theme
Tom Jones – Delilah
The Clash – Death or Glory
Motorhead – Leaving Here
T-Model Ford – Ask Her for Water
Link Wray – Please Please Me


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"I played the guitar for ten years before I realized it wasn't a weapon."  - Pete Townshend

"Guitar is easy, all it takes is 5 fingers, 6 strings, and 1 asshole."  - Keith Richards

"Bad music can make you weak."  - Ry Cooder

"Playin' the guitar is like tellin' the truth.  You never have to worry about repeating the same lie if you told the truth.  You don't have to pretend or cover up.  If someone asks you again you don't have to think about it or worry about it.  It's you."  - B.B. King

"Elmore James only knew one lick, but you had the feeling that he meant it."  - Frank Zappa

"When I die they will say I played like shit...but it sure sounded good."  - Hound Dog Taylor


Friday, June 15, 2012

Q & A with Robin Wheeler (Bound for Glory - The Woody Guthrie Centennial Project)

Before the Occupy Wall Street movement woke Americans back up to the opportunity of protest…

Before the Civil Rights movement, anti-war demonstrations, and the counterculture revolution…

Before Bruce Springsteen or Steve Earle, before punk rock, before Bob Dylan, and even before Pete Seeger…

There was Woody Guthrie.

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie was as Bruce Springsteen once said, “an average guy with a slightly above average gift”.  Born in Okemah, Oklahoma – the heart of the American Dust Bowl, Guthrie hopped trains and traveled with migrant workers out west during the Great Depression.  He saw the peoples’ struggles and turned them into folk songs that changed the world. 

This rabble-rousing folk singer and oft-accused Communist is now considered an American treasure and icon and his catalog is maintained by Smithsonian Folkways, the record label branch of the Smithsonian Institution.

This July 14th marks Woody’s 100th birth anniversary and many activities have been planned to commemorate the Centennial.  Smithsonian Folkways has an expansive box set on the way and many special concert events, websites, blogs, etc. have been launched. 

St. Louis-based freelance writer Robin Wheeler has initiated her own project to commemorate the life and impact of Guthrie called Bound for Glory: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Project.

Robin Wheeler & Woody
In 1943, Guthrie published his autobiography, “Bound for Glory”.  Bob Dylan –Guthrie’s most famous disciple – has said that as big an impact as Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” had on him, “Bound for Glory” had a bigger one. 

Wheeler is encouraging anyone interested in celebrating this milestone and learning – or re-learning about Guthrie’s importance and legacy, to join her in reading “Bound for Glory” sometime this year and sharing your thoughts about the book and the experience of reading it on her blog.

Wheeler at the site of Woody Guthrie's first home in Okemah, OK

I spoke with Robin Wheeler about her discovery and appreciation of Woody Guthrie, the importance of his work, and her Woody Guthrie Centennial Project.

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Tell us about yourself to get things started…

I'm 39 years old, a freelance writer focusing on music (Riverfront Times from 2009-11, www.KDHX.org for the past six months, occasional rants at www.3minuterecord.wordpress.com) food (RFT's Gut Check blog, St. Louis Magazine's Relish blog, and Sauce Magazine many moons ago) and the occasional mommy blog ramble (www.poppymom.com).

I live in Belleville, Illinois, on America's longest Main Street with my husband, our eight-year-old daughter, and our pack of two cats and two dogs. I'm a lifelong music and book junkie. Born and raised in Sedalia, Missouri. Came to St. Louis by way of Columbia, Missouri in 1999.

Tell us all about the “Bound for Glory: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Project”.

Last New Year's Eve my friend Scott Allen from 3minuterecord and I had an exchange via Twitter about Woody Guthrie's centennial being in 2012, and how we should do something. The initial idea was to get other music writers to read Guthrie's 1942 book, "Bound for Glory," write about it, and we'd publish it on a blog (www.boundforglory100.com). Then we decided to expand to anyone who might be interested in participating. The main goal was to get people to revisit Guthrie's words beyond "This Land is Your Land" and outside of a musical realm. With his 100th birthday and the current economic and political environment, it seemed like good timing.

Talk a bit about your interest in Woody Guthrie and your inspiration to do this project.

My intro to Woody was the same as every American kid – singing "This Land is Your Land" in elementary school, with the three controversial verses deleted.

I discovered Springsteen when I was 12, with "Born in the U.S.A.” and it was like my world had been set to music. I grew up in a farming and factory town. Very blue collar. My dad was a factory worker. He'd been laid off from his job as a dairy truck driver a few years prior. We weren't poor, but we weren't living in the prosperous '80s. Most people in my world were just getting by. I was a weird, creative kid, and Bruce just spoke to me. He's two months younger than my dad, and it was through his music that I felt like I could understand my dad. Plus, he just rocked. It wasn't a teen girl rock star crush – Bruce became my guide and mentor.

When I was 14, I got his 1986 three-album live set for Christmas. There's a live version of "This Land is Your Land" on the album, which he prefaced with some history about the song being an angry protest song. Of course, I had no idea. I learned about Woody from Bruce. It wasn't a big epiphany, but it was always there in the back of my brain, filed away for later use.

Around the same time I started discovering punk. Specifically, The Clash, and this whole realm of angry music that I related to. I was worked up socially and politically from an early age. The world never seemed fair and it always pissed me off. I've never been a folkie; I like loud and passionate music. There wasn't much access to punk in pre-internet Sedalia, but I devoured what I could find.

I discovered Uncle Tupelo about two minutes after starting college at MU in 1991. Blending the country from my youth with the punk that was speaking to me was another revelation. That led to loving all the bands that came from Uncle Tupelo over the years. When Wilco and Billy Bragg released the first "Mermaid Avenue" album, it sparked my interest in Woody Guthrie once again. It blew my mind that the guy who wrote the simple sing-songy "This Land..." could also pull off the emotional depth and literary scope of songs like "Remember the Mountain Bed" and the whimsy of "My Flying Saucer".

I'd never been a huge Guthrie fan/advocate, but he's popped up so often as my musical tastes have developed. All these different musicians I love keep coming back to this one connecting factor: Woody Guthrie. If all these artists who speak to my soul are connected to this one early influence, perhaps I should learn more. And I'm still learning.

What kind of response have you had?  Any unique submissions/involvement?

Right away lots of people volunteered to read and write. With this being a year-long project, we opted to not have many rules. Just read it and write about it sometime in 2012. Well, nearly halfway through the year, we've only had one volunteer submit a blog post. But that's okay, because I know people are reading. I'm still hoping to get responses, but I'm not pushing or nagging. I want people to participate because they want to. Not out of some misguided obligation to me.

The project has spawned things I never anticipated, though. Like KDHX's "Just One Big Soul" Woody Guthrie tribute concert on his birthday, July 14 (http://kdhx.org/calendar/just-one-big-soul-woody-guthrie-100th-birthday-party-tribute-and-881-kdhx-benefit-28984), and Corey Woodruff's "New Year's Rulin's" photo exhibit (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/977301537/new-years-rulins-photos-inspired-by-woody-guthrie). Just talking about Guthrie has gotten people to get creative and find new ways to express themselves, and that's what it's all about. A few weeks ago an artist named John Michael Barone in West Virginia contacted me through the project's Facebook page, saying he wanted to participate in some way. He's made a beautiful relief cut

I know the Project has evolved a little bit…tell us about what it’s become.

It's become the beast that's taken over my life. But I'm good with that.

In March the whole project shifted for me, from being this communal reading experiment to a research/experience project that's taken over my life. The Grammy Museum and Woody Guthrie Archives are doing a series of educational seminars and tribute concerts around the country, called Woody 100 (http://www.woody100.com). The first event was at Tulsa University in March. On a whim my friend Aimee Levitt and I decided to see if we could get press passes and attend. It worked. The Riverfront Times gave her a feature, and I wrote blog posts about the academic symposium, and a concert review. It all fell together so easily, and was such an enlightening weekend. Aimee and I spent a few hours lost in Okemah, Woody's hometown, wandering around in the rain, eventually poking around the remains of his last childhood home.

A few weeks later my friend Mary Duan in Salinas, California, contacted me. Every year she nags me to come visit her during the John Steinbeck Festival, since he's my favorite author. I've never been able to justify the trip. This year, she pointed out that the Steinbeck Festival was incorporating Woody Guthrie. Mary's the editor-in-chief of the Monterey County Weekly, so I decided to abuse our friendship a bit and asked if she needed some freelance coverage of the event. What started as a couple of short blurbs in the weekly turned into the cover story that hit newsstands the day the festival began (http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2012/may/03/woody-and-john-30). As for the festival itself, all I can say is it was life-changing. I'm still trying to process just how profound it was.

All these Woody Guthrie events keep falling into my lap, and I keep chasing them. Having entrenched myself in Guthrie's life, learning about him beyond the Okie caricature that pervades, I've gained a respect for the way he lived his life. He was extremely intelligent, didn't have much use for rules, and celebrated the human spirit in a way I don't think we've seen since. As the events roll my way, I find myself taking a more and more Guthrie-style approach - let's go! Don't worry about the money, how I'm going to get there, what's going to happen. Don't worry if it's going to be uncomfortable, of if something might go wrong. And things have gone wrong. Every trip and event has been a comedy of errors at one point or another. Really, that just makes it better. I just keep going. Do it. And then write about it in hopes of making some sense out of the world.

I made a last-minute trip to Chicago the weekend of the NATO summit to see Tom Morello (ex of Rage Against the Machine) do a Woody Guthrie tribute concert with over thirty Chicago musicians from just about every genre in a sold-out club full of Occupy protestors. Next weekend, I'm going back. Billy Bragg's doing two shows of Guthrie covers at the Old Town School of Folk Music. I don't have concert tickets; it sold out before I knew about it. No biggie. I've got my trip planned, hotel booked, and I'm talking to everyone I can. Because I'm learning that's how things happen. Talk to like-minded people and it's amazing how eager they are to cooperate and help.

Yesterday I learned that Bragg's doing a protest songwriting workshop the weekend of his concerts and I managed to score a ticket to that. I think I'm more excited about that than the concerts. Although I'm now on the waiting list for a possible press pass to the show. It's an exercise in asking for help, something I've never been good at doing. And in trusting that if I do everything I can, something will come from it. Maybe not what I planned or expected, but it's always something worthwhile. Studying someone as ballsy as Guthrie, who spent the last 15 years of his life hospitalized with Huntington's Disease and kept writing until he physically couldn't, has made me a lot ballsier. If he could do the things he did, what's my excuse? I'm not living in the Dust Bowl in the Great Depression. My mother wasn't institutionalized when I was a teen. I didn't lose several childhood homes to fire. I don't have a debilitating disease. Therefore, I need to get off my ass and do something.

Bragg's also playing in Woody's hometown of Okemah, OK, on July 12. I'm planning to make the trek to see that show, make it back here for Corey's exhibit the next night, and the KDHX show the night after that. The rational part of my brain says, "You are almost 40 years old. You like sleep. It's going to be 300 degrees. You have responsibilities and a child." But my gut says, "Yeah, you do. And it'll all work out. It always does."

I haven't hopped a train hobo-style yet, and I hope I don't have to. But if I have to? Well ...

I'm trying to catch as many artists in concert who've been inspired by Guthrie, which means shows by My Morning Jacket (St. Louis), Wilco (Ohio), and Springsteen (Chicago) in two-week span at the end of the summer. Old Crow Medicine Show in St. Louis a few days after all the birthday tributes. And along the way, I'm trying to talk to as many of the artists as I can, along with local musicians, just to get a sense of how deep Guthrie's influence runs.

What’s been the most interesting and/or rewarding aspect of taking this on?

Seeing the chain reaction of other projects has been the most rewarding aspect, by far. From a selfish perspective, that includes my own creative output. I feel like I've finally found what I'm supposed to write about.

The most interesting moment was at the Steinbeck Festival. Before the festival I interviewed so many interesting people for my cover story. Robert Santelli, the executive director of the Grammy Museum, was one of them. This guy's one of the world's foremost experts on Guthrie, Dylan, and Springsteen. He gave the first panel discussion I attended at the festival. It's a really small event, so after his talk I had no problem walking up and introducing myself to him. He complimented my article, which in and of itself was pretty awesome, and we talked shop for a bit. Then he said, "Have you met Nora? Here, let me introduce you." So here I am, in all my awkward chubby Midwest mom glory, being introduced to Woody's daughter/executive director of his archives by one of the founders of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. That alone was pretty cool.

The next presentation about ten minutes after the meeting was an amazing performance by author Tim Z. Hernandez and musician Lance Canales. I'd interviewed Hernandez and was so excited about what he was doing. The room was maybe one-quarter full, if that. Lots and lots of empty seats. So I was pretty surprised when Nora sat down next to me. I mean, this is the keeper of her father's legacy. She's the one responsible for the "Mermaid Avenue" albums being made, and that's just for starters. I don't get star-struck, but I've been in awe of her for years.

The performance ended with Canales doing a gut-wrenching, stunning performance of Guthrie's song, "Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)".  The song's a heartbreaker anyway, but as the closer to their performance, it was flat-out devastating. One of the most moving performances I have ever seen. I'd been fighting tears for the last ten minutes as it was. I'm a noisy sobber and I didn't want to break the quiet, so it was a big struggle. Then, about halfway through her father's song, I heard Ms. Guthrie sniffle. I handed her my packet of tissues and she looked at me like I was deranged. Still, I like to think we had ourselves a bonding moment. Even if she thought I was nuts, I still came away with the experience of being next to Nora Guthrie as she experienced an amazing interpretation of her father's work. In this project of seeing his affect on people ... that's pretty much the pinnacle.

Why, in your opinion, should folks get involved in this endeavor?  Likewise, why should they take the time to read Woody’s autobiography and learn more about him, in general?

For starters, Guthrie was a hell of a writer. Just to experience his talent is reason enough.

Guthrie also provides history lessons that aren't in the text books. He wrote based on what he saw, news stories he read. He documented the most tumultuous time in the 20th century - the Great Depression and World War II. Considering the economic and political environment of the past decade (at least), we can learn a lot from his writings and observations that might prevent us from repeating some mistakes of the past.

I'm a communicator, obviously, and I don't think we talk about things that matter enough. So let's talk about this book. Let's focus on one person who made a difference, go in-depth, get different views and perspectives.

How can people find out more about Bound for Glory: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Project?

The blog, of course: www.boundforglory100.com. That's where I'm writing about my adventures and posting what people write about the book.

For specific information on how to participate: http://boundforglory100.com/?page_id=2.

We also have a Facebook page under "Bound for Glory: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Project," as well as an under-utilized Twitter account (@bound4glory100). Email address is boundforglory1912@gmail.com

DIRTY ROOTS RADIO - June 14th Playlist

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A/K/A - The Show Not Many Heard

Fans - I have decided to, as many of you have urged through the years, look into starting my own internet radio station, or possibly to take Dirty Roots to an existing internet radio station.

If you are aware of existing internet radio stations that might be a good fit for Dirty Roots, or if you are in the know when it comes to starting a station, please contact me at: dirtyroots@rocketmail.com.

In the meantime, I'll continue hosting Dirty Roots as it is.  Hopefully the technical issues that have kept us from streaming online the past few weeks will be resolved ASAP.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF DIRTY ROOTS RADIO!!!!!

June 14th Playlist
Tom Jones – Burning Hell
The Sonics – I’m a Man
Gene Maltais – Crazy Baby
Link Wray – Dixie-Doodle
Motorhead – Leaving Here
Suzi Quatro – Can the Can
Jack Scott – My True Love
Sammy Davis, Jr. – John Shaft
Screaming Lord Sutch – Jack the Ripper
The Wray Brothers – Ninety Nine Years To Go
Wendy Rene – Give You What I Got
Melvin Van Peebles – Sweetback’s Theme
James Leg & Left Lane Cruiser – Sway
Gil Scott-Heron – Winter In America (Solo Version)
Larry Williams & Johnny “Guitar” Watson w/Kaleidoscope – Nobody
Andre Williams – Jail Bait
7 Shot Screamers – In Saint Lou (Single Version)
Maria McKee – If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)
R.L. Burnside – Everything Is Broken

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Whistle Down the Wind (Tom Waits Sings My Heart)

As is so often the case, Tom Waits sings the words that my heart can’t articulate.


“I’ve grown up here now, all my life.  But I dreamed someday I’d go…

…I’m not all I thought I’d be.  I always stayed around…

…I can’t stay here and I’m scared to leave…
 …If I stay here I’ll rust…”


Whistle Down The Wind
By Tom Waits

I've grow up here now
all of my life
But I dreamed
Someday I'd go
Where blue eyed girls
And red guitars and
Naked rivers flow

I'm not all I thought I'd be
I always stayed around
I've been as far as Mercy and Grand
Frozen to the ground
I can't stay here and I'm scared to leave
(Just kiss me once and then)
I'll go to hell
I might as well
Be whistlin' down the wind

The bus at the corner
The clock's on the wall
Broken windmill
There's no wind at all
I've yelled and I've cursed
If I stay here I'll rust
I'm stuck like a shipwreck
Out here in the dust

Sky is red
And the world's on fire
And the corn is taller than me
The dog is tied
To a wagon of rain
And the road is as wet as the sea
And sometimes the music from a dance
Will carry across the plains
And the places that I'm dreaming of
Do they dream only of me?
There are places where they never sleep
And the circus never ends
So I will take the Marley Bone Coach
And Whistle down the wind

BUCKAROO BOB'S TROUBADOUR LOUNGE: WhiteTrash WhipLash


Going through unsolicited submissions of music to a radio show can be a jading business.  For every good one, there’s a million bad ones.  So it goes in this technologically-advanced day and age.  In one sense, it’s a good thing; where recorded music used to be the domain of artists who had secured record contracts, now anyone with a computer can make an album and it doesn’t cost much to have it pressed to CD.  On the other hand, because it’s so easy and accessible, everybody and their cousin can – and do – make albums.

When I contact a record label or an artist to request some of their music to play on my Dirty Roots Radio Show, it’s generally because I’m familiar with them at some level.  At very least, I’ve heard something from them or heard positive reviews.  Therefore, I have some semblance of a clue about what I’m getting into.

I firmly believe that all music deserves to be heard.  To be at least given a fair chance.  How do obscure little gems get discovered, after all, if someone doesn’t give them that much? 

Most times, when I find one of those gems, it jumps at me.  I overhear it in a record shop, I hear it on a like-minded small radio show, or in some obscure B-movie.  In other words, it falls into my lap.

However, when an artist, manager, or label sends me something without my requesting it, the task becomes a little more daunting.  When these CDs come across my desk, I have more work on my end.  I’m not lazy (especially when it comes to music) and I don’t want this to sound selfish.  But I have to choose to interrupt my schedule, or designate a time, to play this new album.  I have to actively go into it with a clean palate.  It’s not fair to the artist to let my impressions of the band’s name, cover art, etc. sway me one way or the other.

Likewise, it’s not fair to an artist who is giving it their all in getting their music heard to let the fact that I come across SO much bad music influence my decision to play or not to play their album and to give it a fair shake if I do.

As the host of a radio show, even one as small as mine, I am frequently asked if someone can submit some music for my consideration.  I always, always, always say yes.  But I’ll be honest – it doesn’t go much further than that in my brain.  I don’t retain their name, etc.  When CDs arrive, I listen to them, and if I like them, I’ll play them on the show and/or get in touch with the artist for more info.  More often than not, I put the disk aside and move on. 

(Ed. Note: While the above comments about unsigned bands and their albums may sound incredibly negative, please keep in mind it's a numbers game.  There's a LOT of music out there.  My music tastes run pretty far left of center and the stuff that doesn't hit my radar far outweighs the stuff that does.  In many cases, it's just a case of it not being "my kinda thing", which is NOT the same as being bad. 

Also, this is part of why I launched the Buckaroo Bob's Troubadour Lounge series; to put forth a more concerted effort to discover unsigned/independent talent and to showcase artists I find interesting to a larger audience.)

This is the situation one Webb O’matic – drummer for WhiteTrash WhipLash – walked into when he asked me if he could send a copy of his band’s new album “Whiskey Gun”.  Sure you can.  Like always, I didn’t hold out much hope.

Webb O'matic
I will say, the band’s name stuck out in my head.  Every once in a while, you hear a name or notice some album art that breaks convention and does give you a pretty good inkling as to the band’s sound.

Both happened with these guys.  I unwrapped the CD and loved the graphic design instantly.

However, as much as I liked the design of the album, and as much as I’m a fan of hillbilly/redneck/trailer park culture, I’m not a fan of guns.  And I could tell instantly that one of two things was going to be true when I saw the cover photo:


#1 - This was one bold album that was confident in being bold and doing their thing and was going to take no prisoners (putting them right up the Dirty Roots alley)

OR

#2 - This was going to be a crass, over-the-top, album that absolutely doesn’t live up to the boldness promised in such an album cover.

Then I opened the cover and saw the definition of the album’s title, “Whiskey Gun”, printed right there on the CD:

whis-key gun (hwis-kee-guhn) – noun – a toy gun that shoots a stream of whiskey into the mouths of willing fans during the stage shows of Seattle rock band The WhiteTrash WhipLash.

Well, OK, then.  It’s like a water gun!  But WITH WHISKEY!!!  I’ll give any band who fires a whiskey gun at their audience a fightin’ chance!

And guess what…

This album IS as bold as the cover promised.  And maybe a weensy bit crass and over-the-top, too.  But only in the best, Dirty Roots-ish, way possible!!!

Listening to a lot of different kinds of music in the way I described above, you get pretty good at knowing the difference between albums recorded with the help of some kind of record label budget, however small, and those recorded by an eager, hard-working band who scraped enough money together to get some studio time.

Many of the latter kinds of records are quite good, but a huge percentage of those fall into the “it shows promise…they’ll be great when they get a label, or at least more money, behind them” category.

Not WhiteTrash WhipLash.  These fellas are right on the money, just as they are.

They get it.  They get the roots.  The rock-and-roll.  They get marketing and how to present themselves in graphic design and written word, etc.  They know how to infuse humor into what they do to effectively present themselves as playful scamps, rather than a novelty act.  They know how to have fun without simply being a “party band”.  There’s some meat on these rockin’ bones.  I’ve never seen them live, but from the photos I’ve seen of them in concert, they get the art of live performance, too.




They know how to promise a bold experience, and they know how to live up to it.

For god’s sake, they do a cover of Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” on here.

Do you know how hard it is to effectively pull off a cover like that?  That song is so well known that it’s become cliché.  You can cover it in an “ironic” way and be funny.  Or you can approach it overly earnest and come off as just stupid.

Again, WhiteTrash WhipLash lives up to it.  They promise boldness by even covering the song, and they live up to it by delivering a genuine, but not earnest, take on the song in their own style.

Congrats, boys.  You got a good one here.  I can’t wait ‘til you can bring the show around to my neck of the woods.  I WANT A DRINK FROM THAT WHISKEY GUN!!!!

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Talking with WhiteTrash WhipLash drummer, Webb O'matic...
 

ARTIST/BAND NAME: WhiteTrash WhipLash

LOCATION: Seattle

SELF-DESCRIBED GENRE: Dirt Rock

HOW DID YOU GET CONNECTED WITH DIRTY ROOTS RADIO/OTIS RYAN PRODUCTIONS?

I first ran across Dirty Roots Radio while surfing the web looking for great music & shows that play great music...and I found one! 

TELL US ABOUT THE BAND:

WhiteTrash WhipLash started as a country rock band in 2005 and after releasing a self titled record, building a following, selling out Seattle clubs and touring the west, we disbanded in late 2007. We reformed in early 2010 with a new rhythm section, new music, and an insane live show to back it up. Our toes are still in the country mud but our heart and soul is pumping rock and roll.


HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC/SOUND?

AC/DC & Johnny Cash on a three day bender in Lynyrd Skynyrd's trailer.


WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

AC/DC, Johnny Cash, Motorhead, Waylon Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd


TELL US ABOUT THE ALBUM YOU’D LIKE TO PROMOTE:

The new album, ‘Whiskey Gun’ is a great blend of songs that range from rockers like My Buick and Machine to twangy country bumpers like Wild Irish Rose and Everybody Loves a Little... There's even a cover of Poison’s Every Rose Has Its Thorn and WhiteTrash WhipLash makes the song our own.


WHAT ARE THE KEY TRACKS YOU’D LIKE TO FEATURE?

My Buick Goes 180
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Panty Dropper #11
Spodie Odie Hey!
Wild Irish Rose


HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU?




CAN WE BUY YOUR MUSIC ANYWHERE?

CDBaby, iTunes & Amazon


ANY OTHER INFO YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

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Buckaroo Bob’s Troubadour Lounge is a feature on the Otis Ryan Productions blog and the Dirty Roots Radio Show, highlighting independent artists around the world, who have made contact with Dirty Roots through social networking mediums. The goal of the feature is to highlight unsigned talent and to illustrate the power of social media.

Artists may complete the questionnaire below and submit the answers to: dirtyrootsradio@rocketmail.com or send a message directly to Dirty Roots Radio on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DirtyRootsRadio.

Those selected for inclusion will be profiled on Otis Ryan Productions and, when appropriate, one of their songs will be featured on Dirty Roots Radio to coincide with the appearance of their profile on the blog.

Direct all questions to dirtyroots@rocketmail.com

ARTIST/BAND NAME:

LOCATION:

SELF-DESCRIBED GENRE:



HOW DID YOU COME INTO CONTACT WITH DIRTY ROOTS RADIO/OTIS RYAN PRODUCTIONS?


1. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF/YOURSELVES:

2. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC/SOUND?

3. WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

4. TELL US ABOUT THE ALBUM YOU’D LIKE TO PROMOTE:

5. WHAT ARE THE KEY TRACKS YOU’D LIKE TO FEATURE?

6. HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU?

7. CAN WE BUY YOUR MUSIC ANYWHERE?

8. ANY OTHER INFO YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

PLEASE PROVIDE:
Contact Name:
Contact Email:
Band/Artist Website:
Artist Facebook page:
Links to key songs: