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Episode 378: Israel Nash's "Lifted" PLUS Joachim Cooder

Episode 378: Israel Nash's "Lifted" PLUS Joachim Cooder

Over the past few years, Israel Nash has been building a solid catalog of cosmic folk and country from his home-base in Dripping Springs, Texas, and his, ahem, uplifting new LP Lifted is the latest product of his time in the proverbial desert. PLUS we’re sitting down with Joachim Cooder to talk about his latest EP, Fuschia Machu Picchu!


"Imogene" - Cory Branan

"Imogene" - Cory Branan

Sounds Like:

A little bit country. A little bit rock & roll. A+ songwriting that's rough around the edges, just like you like it. 

Why You Should Care:

After five full lengths and a choice take on Princes "Under The Cherry Moon" in 2014, Memphis born (now based in Nashville) Cory Branan has earned the reputation of being one of the most exciting songwriters working in "country" music today.

On Adios, Brannan brings in a lot of the cowpunk energy found on previous releases like 2014's The No-Hit Wonder for songs like "Another Nightmare In America" and "Yea So What," but it's on the plaintive "Imogene" that he heads back to the country, serving it up with a little bit of soul for good measure.

Cory Brannan's Adios is available now on Bloodshot Records.

He plays TONIGHT in Washington, DC at Pearl Street Warehouse. Tickets are still available HERE.


Episode 309: Poor David's Almanack - David Rawlings

Episode 309: Poor David's Almanack - David Rawlings

David Rawlings has made a career out of being the literal best. His work with Gillian Welch and under the moniker of The Dave Rawlings Machine isn't just a shining example of how "pure" music can succeed; it is peerless. With Poor David's Almanack,  Rawlings and crew are growing up (the Machine is no more) and digging deep into the traditions that continue to shape their musical direction and legacy.

PLUS! The duo of Penny & Sparrow is taking Nashville, and the world by storm with their pop/folk sensibilities and stunning harmonies. Get acquainted with the track "Double Heart" off their latest LP, Wendigo, out now!


Episode 292: Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezeski [Mink's Miracle Medicine]

Episode 292: Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezeski [Mink's Miracle Medicine]

Together, Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezinski are known as Mink's Miracle Medicine, and from their trailer in Harpers Ferry, WVA they're making music that might just heal what ails ya. On their first full-length House of Candles, the duo explores country, folk, and even punk traditions to deliver a stripped down set of poignant (and often hilarious) songs centered around relationships, small-town life, and existing in the modern age. Recently the duo paid a visit to the basement to talk about minimalism, Patsy Cline, the joy of a good riding mower and much, much more.

PLUS! DC synth-pop "revivalists" Loi Loi are dropping a five song EP on Blight Records later this year, but you can check out the first track "1985" right here, and right now!


Episode 291: The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Episode 291: The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

From his stint with the legendary Drive-By Truckers, to a run of solo albums with his band the 400 Unit, it's always been clear that Jason Isbell is a master songwriter. With 2013's Southeastern, a newly sober Isbell was embraced by the world at large and has been winning awards and selling out shows ever since. 

On The Nashville Sound, Isbell is putting his band front and center and delivering some of the strongest songs of his career...except one. Join Kevin, Paul, Eduardo, and Marcus (Dowling) as they dig deep into this national treasure's latest, consider the art of songwriting, and take a serious look at what being woke in 2017 can, and should mean. 

PLUS! We've got a killer track of of Mink's Miracle Medicine's debut LP, House Of Candles! Fans of Neko Case/Patsy Cline... GET IN HERE!


Episode 284: From A Room: Volume 1 - Chris Stapleton

Episode 284: From A Room: Volume 1 - Chris Stapleton

After years of working in "the biz," in 2015 songwriter Chris Stapleton finally staked his claim as one of the biggest names in Nashville with his debut LP, Traveller. Now he's back for round two with super-producer Dave Cobb in tow and one of the most legendary rooms in recording history to help guide the way.

Has Stapleton deliver another mega-hit for the country machine, or is his sophomore effort something else completely? Eduardo and Marcus are joining Kevin in the basement to work through the masterful, yet often frustrating, next step for one of music's most powerful voices. 

PLUS! Set the wayback machine to 2004 and check outJason Isbell (That Nashville Sound, Southeastern) singing about crystal meth in a backyard in Richmond!


Episode 229: Sara Watkins

Episode 229: Sara Watkins

Over the course of her career, Sara Watkins (I'm With Her, Nickel Creek) has stretched the boundaries of bluegrass, toured the world, and collaborated with legends of the music industry, all the while continuing to shape her own formidable legacy.

Right now, she's sitting down to chat with us about her new album Young In All The Wrong Ways, how she got hooked on music and more. 

For realz.


Episode 203: Sarah Jarosz - Undercurrent

Episode 203: Sarah Jarosz - Undercurrent

A 2003 case against Ticketmaster has finally reached a settlement, which means that you, and you, and you, and YOU get vouchers to a whole mess of free shows. Orrrrrrrrrrr not.

In just a few short years, singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz has manged to become a heavy-hitting mainstay on the folk, bluegrass, and Americana scenes. On her latest release, Undercurrent, Jarosz has built on the foundation she laid on 2013's critically lauded Build Me Up From Bones, to produce an instant classic of modern folk.

State Champion is a band. That rocks. That's the pitch. 

Now push play.