Archive for ‘Mike’s Monday Muse’

April 12, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Fernando

Mike’s Monday Muse 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.

Dave Harding of Richmond Fontaine: “First time I saw Fernando perform was in the spring of 1995 at Satyricon in Portland. He was on a bill with Richmond Fontaine, Jim Boyer & Bingo, and Palace Brothers. He was playing acoustic guitar, singing dark expressionist folk songs full of death and foreboding and had a huge stage presence. He was accompanied by a long-haired hippy-looking guy shredding it on a Telecaster. That amazing guitar player was Dan Eccles and he would eventually join Richmond Fontaine as our lead guitarist. Richmond Fontaine and Fernando ended up being label mates on Cravedog so we played a lot of shows together and had many great adventures. Fernando sings like a man possessed, throwing himself into every lyric and note played by his band. I always remember thinking they were like Dylan & The Band circa 65-66 when they performed live. They had that much power, and were so in sync with each other. I have moved to Copenhagen and have seen my friend Fernando play a few solo shows here since then. It’s amazing what he can do with just his guitar and voice. He is fearless, sometimes bringing the songs down to a whisper, holding the audience in his palm. This song, “Beautiful,” has such a gorgeous melody and the lyrics just hit home. Richmond Fontaine sometimes covered it and I sang lead on it. The song is basically two chords repeated over and over, which is a good trick if you can pull it off and hard to do. But Fernando did it, of course.”

April 5, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Muddy Waters

Mike’s Monday Muse 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.

Alan Lomax first recorded Muddy Waters in Stovall, Mississippi in 1941-1942. In 1943 Muddy went to Chicago to pursue a music career and I Can’t Be Satisfied was released in 1948 on Aristocrat (Chess) Records. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and so many other rich white rock bands have been ripping off Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Leadbelly, Ma Rainey and so many other amazing black musicians for decades. We all got to go along for the ride.   

March 29, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Sunny War

Mike’s Monday Muse 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.

Sunny War is a blues and folk artist creating songs inspired by her experiences from living on the streets and coming together as a community. She made her most recent record, Simple Syrup, in Venice Beach and founded a Food Not Bombs chapter in LA during the pandemic.

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March 22, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Mike’s Monday Muse 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.

Texas-by-way-of-Louisiana swing at its finest. Clarence got his break filling in for an ill T-Bone Walker at a club in Houston one night in 1947. The Man came out on Verve Records in 1994. It’s my favorite Clarence record and “I Wonder” is my favorite song on it.

March 15, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Don Antonio

Mike’s Monday Muse 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.

Batticuore is the Italian word for heartbeat. I didn’t know Don Antonio was a band (fronted by multi-instrumentalist Antonio Garmantieri) until they backed up the one and only, Alejandro Escovedo, on his record The Crossing. I thought Antonio actually was Don, but whatever…I ramble. Don Antonio are based in Modigliana, Italy and they were beyond fantastic when I saw them play with Alejandro. Antonio said this about their new record, Beautiful Season: “Beautiful Season is a song record. In Italian. The Beautiful Season is a collection of short stories. They’re not the same thing, and they don’t necessarily date. They have a clear connection, but also their autonomy.”

March 1, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Clementine Was Right

Mike’s Monday Muse 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.

Clementine Was Right’s latest record, Lightning & Regret, is “made of nine songs about loss and tacos on two coasts.” OK I’m listening. The guitar hook that starts off “Nazarene Sheen” sounds like a glass of big dry red wine. More please. Then the lyric “First learned to freebase when she was 13, Nazarene drives a school bus…” I’m in.

February 22, 2021

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Sun June

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.

My daughters would say both Sun June and their record label, Keeled Scales, slap. Sun June isn’t an Americana band but this twangy lushness that sounds like a cross between the Cowboy Stars and Mazzy Junky is. Did you read that recent TPS Report that says no one gives a shit about music genres? Me neither.

February 15, 2021

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Tyler Childers

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.

Good grief 20 million views on YouTube! It felt like that many people were at The Bluebird when he blew the doors off the place during the Country Squire tour. I’ve always wanted to play this song on WFHB but can’t because it’s got an f-bomb in it. So damn good.

February 8, 2021

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – The Young Fresh Fellows

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.

Scott McCaughey of The Young Fresh Fellows (Minus 5, Scott The Hoople, Baseball Project, REM, etc) said Bloomington, Indiana was the first town to jump start The YFF’s career. They sent their first record, 1984 release The Fabulous Sounds Of The Pacific Northwest, to maybe 40 college radio stations including WIUX in Bloomington with no expectations. Later they received a WIUX playlist report stating their record was the #1 most played on the station. The band didn’t know what that meant but they decided to go on tour so they could at least play a gig in Bloomington. And the rest is history.

February 1, 2021

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Roger Harvey

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.

This stunner from Pennsylvania artist Roger Harvey is written from a first person perspective of the storming of the US Capitol earlier this month. Harvey’s excellent band includes Mike Brenner of Magnolia Electric Co / Songs: Ohia.

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