Last weekend, Gainesville said see you later to one of the town’s best songwriters, Devon Stuart, who, after kicking ass for fourteen years is moving up to New York. Friends and fans gathered at The Bull and played over an hour’s worth of Devon’s songs, from Takers classics to ne’er-recorded Snakehealers stuff and a bunch of others that show how prolific and sharp the man truly is. The concert was captured on video by Thunderbandmate Eric Atria and posted to Youtube for all to share in the farewell. No single songwriter defined my time in Florida better than this guy; I very literally became myself while listening to these songs live and in my room; and they’re also so fun. So, to everyone involved in this concert, thank you. Rock on, Devon.
01:00 – Ricky Kendall – “Catfish”
05:00 – Ricky Kendall and Sam Moss – “St. John’s Son”
07:54 – Stacie Atria – “Only Boy, Only Girl”
12:15 – Eric Atria – “She Gets Her Way”
16:00 – Travis Atria – “Curse of a Drunk (Skunk)”
20:30 – Fletcher Yancy – “Fucking Up In Public”
23:40 – Lance Howell – “Drift”
32:13 – Jacob Riley – (don’t know the title of the first one), “Social Smoker,” “Friends in Bottles”
43:30 – Collin Whitlock – “Drag,” “Rearview”
53:00 – Michael Claytor – (dont’ know title), “Stage Lights”
57:20 – Sam Moss, Cassandra Polcaro, Michael Claytor – “The North Side Of Me”
60:00 – Cassandra Polcaro, Michael Claytor – “From Where I Sit, I Can See Where I Stand”
65:18 – Michael Claytor – “Taker Easy,” “Hippy Potluck”
72:00 – Devon – “Savannah’s Rain,” “Easy Young Easy Old,” “Second Hand Blues,” “Candy Song,” “Roadside,” “Threw It All Away,” “Mothers Love Me”
I think I remember the night Adult Boys Thunderband (Michael Claytor and Devon Stuart and Eric Atria) debuted the song “Abducted Again.” “We’re going to be the only country band that sings exclusively about aliens,” Devon claimed. I later asked him if he was challenging Armchair Martian. “They’re more punk,” he defended. Fair enough. So, whether or not you count Armchair Martian as country or count God and The Devil as extraterrestrials, Adult Boys Thunderband preaches a sharp frontier gospel that you oughta hear.
Abducted Again features re-recordings of a few songs from their 2012 debut, some great new originals (especially “She Gets Her Way”), and three well-worked covers. The first cover is “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G.–I’ll leave it up to y’all to decide if this one is a hick-hop cash-grab or if it’s the Adult Boys goofily probing a song from when they were Child Boys. The second is “Her and Cigarettes” by Cheap Girls, for which the country treatment really underscores how powerful the chord changes are in this song. It was always a great Cheap Girls song; hearing it re-imagined here argues well for its eventual place alongside “England Belongs to Me” and “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong” at [my fantasy] bonfires. The third is the traditional “Mountain Dew,” a showcase for the band’s chops.
Their originals are every bit as strong, of course–you recognize the songwriters we’re talking about. Get in the good graces of the universe and learn our future intergalactic anthems, the hymns of honkytonk Helios, Extra-terrestrial Listening.
This show was a lot of fun to make. Lots of live music in it. So put your earholes on the archive of the show.
Below is the playlist for July 19, 2014[Artist – Song (Album)]
01. Chris Watts Band – Cenla (Cenla)
02. The Hummingbirds – Live In Studio
03. Nikki Lane – Right Time (All Or Nothin’)
04. Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets – A Lot of Nothing (Songs of Southern Zen)
05. Will Quinlan – This Theiving Life (Navasota)
06. Devon Stuart (Takers/Snakehealers) Live In Studio
07. Snakehealers – Roadside (Cure All)
08. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
09. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Go The Spoils (Mergers & Acquisitions)
10. Big Shoals Live In Studio
11. Matt Woods – Real Hard Times (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
12. Curtis Eller – Old Time Religion (How To Make It In Hollywood)
13. Frank Turner – The Road (Last Minutes & Lost Evenings)
14. Big Shoals Live In Studio
15. Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
16. Old Crow Medicine Show – Mean Enough World (Remedy)
17. Caleb Caudle – Countdown (Paint Another Layer On My Heart)
18. Devon Stuart (Takers/Snakehealers) Live In Studio
19. Justin Townes Earle – White Gardenias (Single Mothers)
20. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
21. Willie Nelson – The Git Go (feat. Jamey Johnson) (Band Of Brothers)
22. Lance Howell Live In Studio
23. Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – Time In Bars (Self-Titled)
24. “Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes (Mandatory Fun)
P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.
Sorry for missing yesterday. Things around work got interesting and I just didn’t have time (or the courage to risk getting caught) to post to ninebullets. Anyhow, a really awesome piece of news. In addition to doing my weekly stint on Ninebullets Radio this week I will also be acting as a guest host from 12-2pm on Friday for the “It’s The Music” show. So, if you get a chance you should check it out.
The other day this video landed in my inbox and I’ve been meaning to share it ever since. I love all things Joe Pug and this video is basically video snap shots of the past year since the release of his 2010 effort, Messenger. Not to mention a fucking awesome song. Check it out:
And finally, the newest Feel Bad For You mixtape has come out. Unfortunately, work was too strange this month and I forgot to send a song in but it somehow manages to be awesome despite my absence:
Back in May a collection of fortunate circumstances led to a few of my favorite bands being in town for Tropical Heatwave on the same weekend as my birthday so I decided to throw a birthday party/concert. The resulting videos are from later that night when we were drinking whiskey back at the ninebullets compound. I’ll apologize now for shaky cameras and the dark video but as is documented quite often in the videos…..we were quite drunk.
Devon Stuart – Savannah Rain:
Ricky Kendall – Old Man Blues:
Michael Claytor, Devon Stuart and Ricky Kendall – She Gets Away:
Ricky Kendall – Unknown Song:
Michael Claytor, Devon Stuart and Ricky Kendall – Unknown Song:
LOL. That “exclusive” shit is douchey as fuck ain’t it. I promise it was totally tongue in cheek.
Two and change years ago, on a chilly rainy Saturday afternoon in Denver, a collection of people in town for the Suburban Home Anniversary Party sat in the front lobby of Suburban Home’s office watching the likes of Micah Schnabel, Austin Lucas, Tim Barry, Shane Sweeny and Devon Stuart pass around a single acoustic guitar, telling fish stories and singing songs. In the midst of all of this, this little guy takes the guitar, explains the inspiration behind the song and begins to sing. I was frozen. I wanted to pull out my camera and record the song for 9B but I didn’t wanna ruin my experience so others could watch shaky video.
That little guy was Josh Small. The song was, in my mind, from there on out called “The Barker Song.” I talked to him that afternoon and he said he was working on a new record. Once I got home I immediately bought his albums and started searching for “The Barker Song” which was nowhere to be found. Naturally, I assumed it was gonna be on his soon to be released new album.
Two and change years later we’re finally seeing said new album and yes “The Barker Song” is on the album only now, it’s named “Hakuna Matata” but it’s no less amazing.
I told you that entire story so you’d know that I’m posting this song cause I want to and I believe in it, not just to curry favor with a label. Josh’s new album, Juke, will be available on Suburban Home Records soon but today it is my distinct pleasure to be the first person to play “Hakuna Matata” for you.
It’s been getting whispered in circles here in the sunshine state for a few months now and despite everyone hoping it wasn’t true, I am sad to report that it is. The Takers performance at Fest this weekend will indeed be their final show. There seems to be no real central reason for the split but speaking to Devon about it it just seems to boil down to the members having different visions for the band. Either way, it was a great run, there were some epic shows, a great album and lots of good times. If you happen to be up at Fest make sure you catch their final performance.
For those wondering, Devon fully plans to keep making music and has not shut the door on the idea of forming a new band. Last weekend I talked him into playing a song that hasn’t really been heard outside of Florida called “Narrow Road” for me. I really love the track and hope y’all enjoy it too:
As musicians are wont to do once the instruments are out Devon and Michael kept playing and I managed to get them to perform one more for me: