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.

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."

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.

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...

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...

See you next time...