Monday, March 15, 2010

Tour Songs - Episode 17

There was a period of time in my youth that I would turn on the commercial country radio station for a listen. It's been about 16 or 17 years since I would regularly do this, and back then, even though most of the music wasn't great or even good, it was still light years better then what you will hear on the radio today. I mean Garth Brooks had some decent songs, George Strait was already a legend, Dwight Yoakam was certainly the man, but for the most part, it was bad. But there was this one song, it was a hit and rightfully so. I couldn't get enough of it as a kid, and I still can't. And the production of the track doesn't sound anything like early 90's country, this guy was doing his own thing, real american music. Here is Trevor and I's attempt at Kevin Welch's Somethin' Bout You.

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks video blog. We hope to be seeing a lot more of you these next few months. We'll be on the road quite a bit in support of the new record and that should give us a little extra downtime as a band to put together some more Tour Songs.

See you then...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tour Songs - Episode 16

Coming to you live from Lafayette, NJ and in the midst of mixing the upcoming 3rd Yarn record. Were here at Mix-o-Lydian Studios with our favorite studio owner and engineer, Mr. Don Sternecker. While Don pulls together a nice mix of "Down On Your Luck", we decided to sit down and learn a Tom Petty tune for all you nice folks.

I've always been a fan of Mr. Petty, in fact I'm not sure i've ever met anyone who doesn't like the man. He's just one of those guys, love ya Tom. And if you've never seen the documentary "Runnin' Down a Dream," go see it, you'll love him even more.

Here's our quick stab at "You Got Lucky."

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We also threw together a version of Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey." I know it's a bit risky to just try and throw together a Van Morrison tune, some might say a bad idea, but screw it, we had some down time and we were bored. And on top of that our good friend from Columbia, SC so kindly asked us for it. This one's for you Dana.

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See you tomorrow...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tour Songs - Episode 15

Were back, live from Stuart's Draft, Virginia. This is one of our favorite stops on the road. Our great friend, Beth Howell always opens her door for us. She is amazing, and we are deeply indebted to her for all her kindness. It's a beautiful small farm house with horses, cows, sheep, and peacock. If we're within 100 miles, this is where we stay.

Anyway, we had some downtime before our show at The Clementine in Harrisonburg, VA, just enough time for a video blog.

Earlier in the month, we were listening to the radio and Elton John's Rocket Man came on, Chris immediately thought we should start playing it. And we finally got around to it once we got to the farm. I hit some rough notes, but I think it's got a vibe. Enjoy...

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See you out on the road...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tour Songs - Episode 14

Oh how we love Folly Beach, and a huge thanks to Richard Brendel for hooking us up with an oceanfront condo right on the beach. We've got one more night to soak it all in. Tomorrow will be a sad day for Yarn indeed, but till then, lets have some fun.

We got to town on Sunday after an amazing gig at The Pour House in Charleston on Saturday night. Thanks to all who came out. Ricky and I spent yesterday roaming the streets and the beach, we hit up just about every bar in town. But nothing beats the good old Surf Bar. The night out ended fairly early so we decided to hit up the condo and get out the guitars and bring you another installment of Tour Songs.

And seeing as how Lucinda Williams has been getting a massive amount of air time in the van, we felt she needed another blog. So here you go, let's go to Jackson...

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See you next time...

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tour Songs - Episode 13

We've logged a lot of hours riding around in the van, and thanks to Rod and his Billboard Top 100 CD's of the last 50 or so years, we've killed a lot of time listening to the hits. 1976, in particular had some cool stuff going on. But of all the hits produced in 76, Paul McCartney & Wings get my vote. The groove and the vibe of "Let Em In" is an instant mood lifter. I can't say we did it the proper justice, especially considering we learned it this morning and recorded it in one take, but that's what this blog is all about, so here you go...

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Thanks for checking in. Were in Raleigh, North Carolina at moment getting ready to ring in the New Year at The Pour House. So Happy New Year everyone, were looking forward seeing you all in 2010.

Till next time...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tour Songs - Episode 12

Were back, and this time were bringing it to you from the mountains of North Carolina. Our friend Amy from somewhere outside of Asheville offered to put us all up for the night, but she had one request, a video blog performed live at her mountain estate. So we obliged. A few beers were drunk and this was the one and only time we've ever performed this song, so please keep this all in mind when watching the video.

I first remember hearing this song when I was a kid and watched the Woodstock Movie for the the first time and loved it, I was maybe 12 or 13. I thought the lead vocal was a little off and high, but that is part of what I thought was so cool about it. I immediately ran out and bought the soundtrack on cassette tape. I practically wore it out until my father took it away from me, after hearing Country Joe and The Fish chant, "Give me an F... give me a U...," and so on. I probably would have been cool had I not asked him to put on the that exact tune while the rest of the family and I were riding around in his car. I think I eventually got it back, I can't remember. I might have snuck in his car and stolen it back. Anyway, here is Yarn's take on Canned Heat's Goin Up The Country.

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Till next time my friends...


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Tour Songs - Episode 11

I know Kristofferson has already gotten some love on this blog, but damn it, he deserves more. When were out bus driving planet earth and aren't quite sure what to give a listen, Mr. Kris Kristofferson usually gets the call, and rightfully so. The man has written so many great songs, we could actually just do a blog called "Kristofferson Songs," and maybe we will. This is the most recent of his songs that got us itching to blog another. It was hit, i am sure you all know it, it's called Nobody Wins. Hope you enjoy.

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Occasionally I'll jump in the back of the van with Ricky B., and we'll watch a movie. On our way back from Bristol, TN/VA a few weeks ago, I did just that. Rick had brought along a movie called Adventureland, so we threw it in his portable DVD player. There was a whole lot of talk about Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground in this movie, some loser musician would tell girls he jammed with Lou Reed to lure them into his bed, and the song Pale Blue Eyes must have played at least 3 times during the movie. It reminded me what a great song it was, so in the weeks following, The Velvet Underground got a bit if play in the van. And this past weekend while up in Albany, NY on our way to Burlington, we decided to sit down and give it a try.

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Till next time folks...