I never did a Couch by Couchwest wrap-up, so here it is.
My life was way too busy with things that didn’t involve music this year, so CXCW blew by in a hurry. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t awesome. I really enjoy checking out all the great acts from all over the country (and sometimes more distant than that). It’s like a giant open mic night for everyone.
My favorite of the year this year was not too far from home, a band from Boise, Idaho called Hecktor Pecktor with the song ‘Fee Man.’ You gotta love this! It’s got everything I love about Americana and CXCW- it rocks, it’s kinda pissed off and kinda having fun at the same time, pedal steel, loud guitars, and there’s too much crap crammed in the living room. Awesome. Apparently you can download that song for free at soundcloud- I suggest you do that.
The boys from Utah did not disappoint, blowing up a whole bunch of stuff. Here’s Two Mule Blues vid of “Rosedale.’ Good song, pyrotechnics, and it led to the phrase ‘less explodey,’ which immediately entered my permanent lexicon.
Despite the overcommitment to my working life, I did manage to scrape some folks together and make a video as well. Trying something different, we did it outside on a 45 degree day. Tough to keep things in tune, but totally worth it. We tacked the outtakes on at the end, if you like seeing me screw up really simple sentences.
So here you go…
Big thanks to Pam and Marc who helped out this year, and to my daughter for her excellent camerawork. That song will be on an upcoming record, so stay tuned. If you want me to pester you more regularly, ‘like’ my Facebook page, join the email list (red box to your right) or follow me on twitter.