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January 18, 2021

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Elizabeth Cotten

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Born in 1893, she practically invented Americana. Cotten was a self-taught, left-handed, scorpion-badass, guitar-slayer. Her influential style became known as “Cotten picking” and some say she forgot more about playing a right-handed guitar upside down than Hendrix and Cobain ever knew. Shoot That Buffalo is an amazing song recorded in 1966.

Biden Week Bonus selection courtesy of Woody Guthrie (also invented Americana):

January 11, 2021

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – The Long Ryders

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

One night after an Uncle Tupelo show I asked Jeff Tweedy and Mike Heidorn what they had been listening to lately. The next day I spent my rent money on The Bottle Rockets self-titled, The Jayhawks Blue Earth, The Minutemen Double Nickels On The Dime, and The Long Ryders State Of Our Union at Euclid Records (Tweedy was working there at the time). State Of Our Union was released in 1985 and the second record from The Long Ryders. It feels like “Looking For Lewis & Clark” has been one of my favorite songs forever. “I thought I saw some diplomat hawking secret plans in the park. I thought I saw my President walking through Harlem late after dark.” Sounds like it could have been written last week.

January 4, 2021

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Lexi Len

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

“Like this mountain, I’m still standing strong.” I was late hearing her self-titled record and have had this song melting my speakers over the holidays. She’s such a great singer. 

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December 28, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – The Parson Red Heads

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

How nice are those groovy-stoner-country-rock harmonies of The Parson Red Heads? Lifetime Of Comedy is the fifth studio album from this Portland, Oregon five-piece out in the states on Fluff & Gravy Records. I get this urge to drink pints of Mirror Pond, hike Forest Park, and shack up at the Crystal Hotel every goddamned time I hear a Portland band I love. No exception here.     

December 14, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Son Volt

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

We were shooting TV commercials in Branson, Missouri in the early 90s for the Missouri tourism office. All these entertainers who had theaters in Branson had parts in the commercials, we brought them one at a time into a warehouse and shot them doing various tourism activities in front of a blue screen. It was cheesy as cheddar. Charley Pride was one of the entertainers who donated his time. I remember he was the last one to go on day two, he came in and walked the room saying hello and introducing himself to the entire 20+ person crew. We didn’t finish with him that day so he had to come back the next morning. When he walked in he once again circled the room saying hello to every single crewmember and addressing them by their first name. He remembered every single name and didn’t miss a beat. It was impressive. I’ve never forgotten it. I was not a fan of country music until I saw Uncle Tupelo covering Merle Haggard, George Jones, Charley Pride, etc. It’s really cool in this Son Volt version of San Antone when the pedal steel player comes out of the crowd. RIP Charley Pride.

December 7, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – LYNX & The Servants of Song

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Last week during quaranteaming here at our house it worked out that my wife and I both showered on Friday. So we were clean at the same time. That was nice. This song reminds me of how much I love my wife and Paul Brainard on pedal steel.

November 30, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Pacific Range

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Pacific Range‘s latest record, High Upon The Mountain, has been perched at #1 on my pandemic listening chart for a few weeks now. These tunes take me away to a California desert or beach listening to Ed’s mixtape of the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and New Riders Of The Purple Sage on a Realistic Jambox.

November 23, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – John Calvin Abney

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

John Calvin Abney‘s new release, Familiar Ground (Black Mesa Records), is his latest contribution to the great Tulsa sound. Whenever I hear John Calvin Abney, I’m just sure he must have been conceived while his parents listened to both Leon Russell & The Shelter People and Troubadour.

November 16, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Wussy

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Cincinnati’s finest. This isn’t new, but their pandemic fb livestreams (they’ve done 30!) have sounded like delicious fried chicken and mashed potatoes to my ears so I’m totally stoked about Wussy right now. That’s where I go early in the morning when I want to escape the insanity. Attica has also skyrocketed into my top 10 desert island records (you need to own it). This song, which I can’t turn up loud enough, pays homage to their rock heroes. What can I say about how great Lisa Walker is? She’s a golden rock god.

November 9, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Matt Kinsey joins these fine fellows on guitar for a cover of this Heather Summers (The Other Years) tune. Red Tailed Hawk is the sixth single put out this fall by Bill Callahan and Bonnie Prince Billy on the great Drag City. So we got that going for us despite Trump and the pandemic. Hey I’m no journalist. My point is it’s a good song. 

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