Posts Tagged ‘Fox Hunt’

some words about Old Sledge (and some videos too)

I realized I’ve name dropped Old Sledge twice recently but I don’t think I’ve every done an official post on them.

Old Sledge were a band I discovered last year after they had already split up. Now that may not seem so bad, but the cruel irony is that for a time they were based just over the ridge from me and played many frequent shows at local fine dining and fine music establishment The Palisades in Eggleston, VA.

I first heard of them from Ben Townsend of The Fox Hunt who played on their 2011 album “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down”, which is pictured to your left there. That album blew me away right off the bat with the rousing opening track Danville Girl (stream/buy here).

The nucleus of Old Sledge was Chance McCoy (as featured in the previous post), Anna Roberts-Gevalt (also from a previous post) and Sabra Guzman. As stated in the last post, Chance is now the newest member of Old Crow Medicine Show, and Anna, who had left the band prior to the recording of Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down, is currently involved with many projects including the wonderful Anna and Elizabeth, co-hosting the delightful Floyd Radio Show (also with Elizabeth, new season begins Sept. 8th and I urge everyone to stream it or better yet see it live if you can) and helping put together the recently released compilation New Young Fogies highlighting the best young talent in traditional music (which I have yet to hear, but have heard rave reviews). Sabra is currently DJing on WTJU in Charlottesville, VA and is currently in the band The Long Branch Ramblers with Ben Townsend and fiddler Aaron Lewis (no not the douche from staind), which I plan on catching next week.

Now, the point of this post, to show some awesome Old Sledge videos, so without further delay, here they are performing the title track, Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down with Chance doing the lead vocals:

Here they are performing Danville Girl along with Ben Townsend on banjo:

and finally here they are doing St. James Infirmary with Sabra on vocals:

Bonus vid: Here they are doing one of my favorite Ola Belle Reed songs “Undone In Sorrow”

Celebrate WV day with a freebie from Big Bullet Records

Was reminded that today is West Virginia day, the anniversary of the day those non-slave owning bastards decided if Virginia can secede from the US, then by-god they can secede from Virginia. Best way to celebrate besides snorting pills off your dead gramma’s head? How about downloading the awesome new sampler from West Virginia’s own Big Bullet Records. Featuring killer new tracks from former Fox Hunt member Matt Kline, current Fox Hunt Member John Miller, The Demon Beat, and a great cover of one of my favorite songs Rock, Salt and Nails by Fox Hunt/Demon Beat side project Prison Book Club. Not to mention all the other great artists one here, digging the Right As Rain track especially.

Preview/Download Big Bullet Records: Terminal Ballistics Vol. 2 here
and Terminal Ballistics Vol. 1 here

Belated Show Reports: Scott H. Biram, Cedric Burnside, Todd Snider, The Fox Hunt/Demon Beat, Jason Isbell

I’m way behind on these and just thought I would do a quick blurb about each one:

Scott H. Biram @ Martin’s Downtown – Roanoke, VA 11/13/10
This show here had to be one of the best I’ve seen, and I’ve seen some killer shows recently. The one thing that struck me about Scott, talking with him before and after the show, was how genuinely happy he was to be there doing his thing. He was just having a blast doing what he does, and man let me tell what he does is something to behold. If you ever get a chance to see him live…DO IT! do not miss him when he comes to your area. Unless you hate yourself and hate good music and hate highly energetic performances. I would say the highlight of the show for me, was when he made his guitar do some crazy feedback, set the guitar on it’s stand, left the stage to go take a piss…guitar still blaring….returned, picked it up and started right into the next song. Bad. Ass.

No vids of the show (well I did take some crappy vids with my cell but you don’t want to see that, I still need to replace that infamous camera lost at the McMurtry show), but this vid I found online of him doing Muddy Water’s classic “Can’t Be Satisfied” is the closest approximation of what I experienced that night, when he did this song it blew me away…so good, check it out: (embedding seems to be effed, so click here)

Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm @ Awful Arthur’s – Roanoke, VA 12/4/10
(sorry, no picture for this one)
This was my second time seeing Cedric and Lightnin’, and my first time at Awful Arthur’s (who have amazing fried oysters I might add). There was a blizzard going on outside, and I drove to my buddies and after watching a few vids online and me telling him how good Cedric was, we climbed in his Jeep and made the 30 mile trek in the snow to Roanoke. It was worth it.

The opening act was a group of local blues jam types who played some by the numbers blues standards, this gave us time to chow down on some of those killer fried oysters and get a few drinks in our bellies. Then Cedric came up to do his solo acoustic set, this set was particularly powerful because he dedicated it to his Uncle who had just passed a few days prior. He poured all his grief into those acoustic songs. After that set Cedric switched to drums and Malcolm took the stage with his Telecaster. The proceeded to blow the roof off the joint. If you’ve never seen Cedric Burnside live you are missing out on seeing one of the greatest drummers of our time. And the music…this is not John Mayer blues…this is BLUES the way it was meant to be played, dirty and raw. The only downside of the night was after the show I lost my favorite coat at the nearby waffle house :(

Todd Snider @ Stuart’s Opera House – Nelsonville, OH 12/30/10
This was my first Todd Snider show, me and a buddy decided to road trip up to Nelsonville, Ohio and swing by Huntington, WV on the way back for New Years Eve. First let me say Stuart’s Opera House is a great great venue. Reminds me a lot of the Lincoln Theater in Marion, VA where they tape Song Of The Mountains, and the Nelsonville/Athens area of Ohio was a really cool area. The stage was set up with a piano a guitar, and a table with a Todd Snider hippie flag draped over it. We were sitting stage left 2nd/3rd row. When it was time for Todd to come out, the PA started playing the theme from Sanford and Son…awesome.

When Todd came out, he sang Can’t Complain, he then opened it up to requests, matter of fact he played requests the whole show, even encouraging people to write what songs they want to hear and throw it on stage during the intermission between sets. As expected, he told stories, great stories…in particular one about Bill Elliot that was spectacular. Another highlight of the show, early on when he first opened it up to requests, someone requested Vinyl Records….to which he claimed it had “a shitload of words” but he persevered….forgetting the words halfway through but carrying the song anyway the way only Todd could. My buddy who had seen Todd two times before said this was definitely the best Todd show he has seen so far. Another highlight was after the intermission he came out to do the second set and sat on the piano and did a cool piano version of the Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. This whole show can be downloaded at for $7. A great thing to have for a show I attended. Here is a sample from the show below, the version of Vinyl Records I was talking about:

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The Fox Hunt & The Demon Beat @ The V-Club – Huntington, WV 12/31/10
When I heard about this show, I knew we had to add this stop to our roadtrip on the way back from seeing Todd Snider in Ohio. First I want to say that The V-Club just may be my new favorite bar/venue in any town. Just a great place, no TV’s, an outside bar, pool tables, great bands,  great atmosphere, cheap beer, great local characters, and the cutest bartender in west bygod. Plus the V stands for Valhalla, which is kind of badass. Now about the show itself, this being a New Years Eve show, it was just one big party…the place was packed, the ladies were all decked out and everyone was having a good time. I don’t recall much about the opening band Universes, but they took the stage around 10 or so. It wasn’t until after midnight that the Fox Hunt took the stage. Let me tell you this is the way to see the Fox Hunt…the way they feed off the energy of the crowd…they seemed to be calling the songs off the cuff, deciding what songs to play based on the crowds response to the last song. They finished their set with Four Horses, which the crowd also ate up. They said they could tell whether or not they had a good show by how the crowd responds to that song. They had a good show. Those worried about the new lineup need not worry, the new guys sound like they were always in the band, the only thing missing is all those great songs by Matt Kline. Luckily they have many other great songs to take up the slack.

Sometime later (excuse my time lapse, I had had a quite a few beers by this point), The Demon Beat took the stage. I knew this because THEY WERE LOUD! This was a damned rock show…no doubt about it. The guitarist Adam Meisterhans performed THE BEST windmills on the guitar I’ve ever seen. I mean I’ve only seen clips of Townsend, but I will say the windmills Meisterhans performed are as fucking good! Speaking of The Who…The Demon Beat’s drummer Jordan Hudkins played the drums like a mad man. I’ve never seen anything like this. By the end of each song the drum kit would be completely destroyed and have to be re-set up. Cymbals falling over, snares and toms falling over…all from sheer ferocity of his playing. At one point he picked up a fallen tom and used it to hit one of his crash cymbals. WOW. Check these guys out if they come to your area, we are talking balls to the wall, high gear, meth in your cocaine type of energy coming from this band. A ROCK SHOW!

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit @ The V-Club – Huntington, WV 1/15/11
So at the V-Club on New Years we saw the posters for this show, and had such a good time we decided to make the trek again to see Isbell. Now, I may or may not have drank entirely too much at this show so my recollections are a bit cloudy. Should have probably let my buddy Brad (who will doing some upcoming guest posts) write this one. However, Jason and the gang put on a killer show. They played for over 2 hours, mixing in many covers such as crowd favorite “Psycho Killer”, and many songs from Jason’s DBT days like a killer version of “Decoration Day”, even some new songs from his upcoming album. Only disappointment about this show is that I did not see Jason at the local Applebees pre-show with Meghan McCain sharing the date night special (those who follow Jason on twitter will understand that joke). Though I did meet him on the street while we were walking to the club. Nice guy that Jason Isbell, puts on a hell of a show too. [EDIT: Professional-like photos from this show can bee seen here]

Looking Backwards: 2010 (Songs of The Year)

So this will be my last of the 2010 posts, these are the songs I will call songs of the year for 2010. Just songs I dug, you have likely heard them all already cause I have put them on other mixes etc..but here they are all together. It was initially supposed to be a top 10 but hell I added one bonus song.

Bonus Track: 11. The Black Keys – Sinister Kid
This is what happens when the Black Keys FINALLY add some bass to the mix

10. Jamey Johnson – That’s How I Don’t Love You
I didn’t really talk about Jamey much on here because well…he get’s a lot of press everywhere else, but this song is haunting and fucking great

9. Will Kimbrough – Wings
Definitely one of the songs of the year, and probably the only uplifting song on this mix

8. Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs – Beg, Steal or Borrow
A perfect updated throwback to 70’s country rock ala Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue

7. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – You Won’t Let Me Down Again
How good is this song? Fucking good…love the little screaming thing in the background

6. Ray Wylie Hubbard – Loose
With a line like “Even her momma said she was always trouble/promise him everything, give him half and charge him double” how could this not make the list?

5. The Fox Hunt – It Suits Me
John Miller continues to impress with his songwriting and singing. The band is on fire with this one

4. Glossary – Through The Screen Door
On an album full of killer songs hard to pick just one but this one particularly resonates with me

3. Justin Townes Earle – Slippin’ and Slidin’
I remember when I saw Justin on Mt. Stage prior to this albums release and he played this song. It has stuck with me since, add Isbell to the studio version and holy shit!

2. The Sadies – Tell Her What I Said (from iTunes Session)
This song off Darker Circles was one of my favorites, but when I heard this iTunes session version with one of the best guitar solos played I couldn’t stop playing it.

1. Kasey Anderson – I Was A Photograph (Blake’s Song)
This has been the song of the year since the first time I heard it, one of the most powerful songs you are likely to hear

Download the mix here

Looking Backwards: 2010 (The Fox Hunt)

Ok, as promised…a series of vids from each of the albums I listed as my favorites. These will get posted every hour throughout the day today.

here is The Fox Hunt doing It Suits Me on Mt. Stage

Random News: Last Rites sees release, Scott Miller gear stolen, Fox Hunt lineup changes

Just some quick news here:

  • Last Rites of Ransom Pride, the western starring Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, and written by Ray Wylie Hubbard is finally being released…..straight to DVD. I noticed this at the Red Box yesterday as it was shown as an upcoming release. Very excited about this. Look for it next week at Red Boxes nationwide.
  • Scott Miller had a good portion of his gear stolen in Buffalo, NY earlier this week. Here is a blurb from Scott: Thanks for all the support folks, the good news – they didn’t get the guitars, the bad news they got my amp and assorted stomp boxes, cables etc. also got my back pack with all the song notes from this summer of writing for the next record. Check the notes for amp info if you are poking around ebay or Craig’s list. The best news, I’m still touring and the shows have been great. (The amp in question is a Roland AC 90A, serial no. ZW50442)
  • The Fox Hunt announced yesterday that Matt Kline will be leaving the band and Darrin Hacquard and Paul Young will be joining. Tonight’s show in Frostburg, MD is actually Matt’s last show with the band. He will be missed as his songs dominate almost half of the excellent Long Way To Go (Troublemakin’ Woman, Sinner’s Like Me, Get Back Home, Lower Than I Should Be, When The Roll’s Called). I look forward to hearing the new Fox Hunt and whatever Matt decides to do.
  • Just a quick note of some great shows of interest in and around the SW VA area this month:
    • Tim Barry tomorrow (Oct. 2nd) at Highland Dog Park in Roanoke around 4pm or so (dog and kid friendly show)
    • Scott Miller next thursday (Oct. 7th) at Kirk Ave Music Hall in Roanoke
    • Cadillac Sky will be returning to Kirk Ave Music Hall in Roanoke next Friday (Oct. 8th)
    • The Black Twig Pickers will be playing all over the area in support of their newest album Ironto Special. This includes Meadowbrook Library in Shawsville at 10am tomorrow, and at Gillies in Blacksburg tomorrow night (Oct. 2nd), The Cellar in Blacksburg on the 13th, Blacksburg Farmers Market on the 23rd, and Floyd Country Store on the 29th
    • Josh Ritter will be playing a solo acoustic show at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV next Friday (Oct. 8th)
    • The Avett Brothers will be playing the Roanoke Performing Arts Center on the 22nd
    • The Del McCoury Band will be playing The Jefferson Center in Roanoke on the 28th
    • The New Familiars will also be playing Roanoke on the 28th, at Kirk Ave Music Hall
    • Some upcoming Mountain Stage shows in Charleston, WV of interest:
      • Oct. 10th – The Hold Steady, Joe Pug, Crooked Still
      • Oct. 17th – Alejandro Escovedo, Felice Brothers
      • Oct. 24th – Jenny and Johnny, JJ Grey (and Mofro I’m assuming)
      • Oct. 31st – Carrie Rodriguez, Jimmy Webb

Some great Fox Hunt vids (Mountain Stage, March 2010)

I’m posting these because I’m up late….watching youtube vids, and came across these great Fox Hunt Vids from when they played Mountain Stage back in March of this year. I love the hell out of these guys, and their latest Long Way To Go is one of my favorite albums of the year. There will be a long overdue full write-up on it soon…I promise! Here is the NPR article on the show and link to the audio. If you only watch one of these…watch Four Horses!

Intro, and “Hang Me”

“It Suits Me”

“Four Horses”

“We Know This Town/Lord We Get High”

and here is a great interview from backstage

Belated Show Report: The Fox Hunt @ Blue Ridge Bike Fest – Roanoke, VA 4/11/2010

One of my favorite bands The Fox Hunt came to the area just over a month ago and was one of the most surreal shows I believe I have ever attended. First off, notice the location up there…Blue Ridge Bike Fest. That is exactly what you would think, a motorcycle rally/festival. No big deal, one of my favorite venues is The Shed in Knoxville and that’s in the parking lot of a Harley dealership. The place was full of a crowd you might expect….full time bikers, weekend bikers, crotch rocket bikers, the whole gamut….basically, not your typical string band crowd. Matter of fact, when I first saw this show advertised, it was Great White, Dokken, and…..The Fox Hunt. What a line-up eh. Well turns out the Hair Metal was for the Saturday night crowd, and The Fox Hunt were playing mid-day Sunday.

So I drove up to Roanoke, bought my all access wristband, walked past all the biker gangs out front, through the security (where they were checking for weapons) and into the corralled off area where all the stuff was. This included a stage, a bike “rink”, and a few vendors selling overpriced beer and BBQ.  So I go buy myself a $4 can of bud light and locate myself front center of the stage waiting for the show to start. First thing I notice is off to my left they were “stunting” motorcycles in the bike rink. Hey cool I thought, something to watch until the show starts.

So I sit there noticing no one else is around the stage area and the band had already started setting their instruments up. I go chat with them for a minute and then it’s time for them to start playing. This is when I noticed that I was probably the ONLY person there to see The Fox Hunt and not some yayhoo break his neck on a motorcycle. The band forms into a tight circle and breaks into Hang Me. They sounded perfect up there. But there was one problem…the guys stuntin’ motorcycles just kept on stuntin’. Obnoxiously I might add. But the band persevered, with Matt Metz joking that if we stuck around after the show they would be stuntin’ their van in the parking lot. In spite of the continuing burnouts and wheelies, the band started to attract a small crowd with killer renditions of Murder In My Heart & Screw Me Up before cracking me up by breaking into a rendition of Plastic Jesus.

The band played songs from all of their albums and even threw in a string of covers that included Tennessee Border, Lodi, and Dead Flowers before wrapping up with a couple instrumentals and Trouble Makin’ Woman. What really impressed me about these guys was the way they traded instruments and vocal duties effortlessly throughout the performance. All in all the band put on a great show despite the motorcycles stunting less than 50 ft from the stage. I’m pretty sure they made at least a couple new fans there that day (judging from the ones buying CDs), and the cemented themselves as one of my favorite bands. I just hope next time they come to the area, they play a better venue.

Click on the song titles above to see vids, here is a vid of them doing It Suits Me. (If you really want to get an idea of the full surrealism of this show check out the beginning of the Trouble Makin’ Woman vid)

other vids: Real Good Girl, Drinkin’ Game

The Fox Hunt’s new album Long Way To Go, is one of the best things I’ve heard all year and highly recommended for anybody who likes good music.

The Fox Hunt – I’ll Drink Cheap (Vid)

Sorry about the lack of activity around here. Just some personal shit going on, but never fear I’ll get back to it shortly with a few big surprises I have in the works.

Right now I want you guys to know that the new Fox Hunt album IS OUT, and it’s FUCKING GREAT!

There will be a proper review later, but for now…….Listen and order here, and enjoy this vid of one of the new songs.

Free Music Alert: Prison Book Club – LIVE in Shepherdstown

WOW!, discovered this from the other Big Bullet Records link I posted a few posts ago. Now I LOVE this band. I love their raw energy and unbridled bar room honky tonk. This is great shit. Fans of the rougher side of Drive By Truckers (i.e. Cooley) would be doing themselves a favor to check this out.

Now as I’ve mentioned before in my review of their debut album Required Reading, Prison Book Club is a band whose core members are Tucker Riggleman of The Demon Beat, and John Miller from The Fox Hunt (who I must mention have an album coming out later this year). This thing is rough around the edges and you just smell the whiskey and cigarette smoke coming from the speakers when you play it.

Download Prison Book Club – LIVE in Shepherdstown here

(awesome photo courtesy of Ashley Hoffman)