Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #870 – 4/13/2019: Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer interview!

Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer

On this week’s show, we get to meet Morgan Geer, a guy who’s kind of an Americana legend. He’s the guitarist for Freakwater, which is a big deal all on its own. But then he got the nod to tour all over the US, and 18 other countries, with The Handsome Family. Well, necessity is the mother of invention, and he invented the moniker, and the band, Drunken Prayer. So when traveling internationally with The Handsome Family, he’s a solo version of Drunken Prayer. But on the latest album, Cordelia Elsewhere, he’s got about 7 or 8 musicians listed. So what is he–a band, or a solo act?

When I put the question to Morgan, he indicated that it’s kind of both. He’s based out of both Asheville, North Carolina AND Portland, Oregon, so touring is pretty constant. He’s got pockets of musicians in different parts of the country, that become a version of Drunken Prayer whenever he tours in specific regions. It’s a unique, and very functional idea–and the songs on Cordelia Elsewhere, his fifth album, lend themselves to both types of arrangements.

A couple of interesting names pop up on that album too–the legendary jangle-pop godfather Mitch Easter, who mixed the album and plays some percussion, and Jason Krekel shows up on fiddle. About a decade ago, I had him and Ami Worthen, both of Mad Tea Party, on my show when they were touring out here. A small world gets even smaller.

As far as the music–it’s been described as a direct descendent of outlaw country. I hear that, and I hear a bit of rock’n’roll, and of course, Americana. It’s a good, thoughtful, topical record that actually didn’t take Morgan all that long to write, because it’s a reflection on some of what’s going on out there in the world today. More information on Drunken Prayer can be found at:

A couple of other program notes. I had been under the impression for years, that REM lost their punch when drummer Bill Berry left the band. They did do a couple of quieter albums, but roared back in 2008 with Accelerate, and we kicked off the second hour of the show with an aggressively vital track from them. This was also the fourth week in a row where we premiered a new Identical Suns track, as Todd Stanton, Rene Rodriguez, and Andrew Stanton get ready to release their second album. And…so much more. Listen, and you’ll see!

Artist | Track | Album
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities
The Morning Line | Complicated | North
Spygenius | If You Go A-Roving | Single release
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Trip Wire | Get Up Slow | Once & Always

Morgan Geer interview
Drunken Prayer | It Happens All The Time | Cordelia Elsewhere
Drunken Prayer | Cordelia | Cordelia Elsewhere

REM | Living Well Is The Best Revenge | Accelerate
R. Stevie Moore | Another Day Slips Away | Afterlife
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | Single release
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Identical Suns | Halfway There | Week Minded
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Lost Leaders | All That I Want | Promises Promises
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Girls On Grass | Thoughts Are Free | Dirty Power
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Sunshine Boys | Tripping Through Time | Blue Music
Matt Langlois | Spending My Time With You | Merde!
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Bill Lloyd | Yesterday | Working The Long Game


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #869 – 4/6/2019

After a healthy, extended run of shows with interviews–and sometimes multiple interviews, leading up to last week’s interview tripleheader extravaganza, a break in the action was in order. No–not a work stoppage–just a show with no interviews and all all music. So that’s what we did–just music, and my, um, snappy remarks!

But we took the opportunity to bust out new music. 2019 continues to be a prolific year for new, independent music. We heard a brand new pre-release Identical Suns track. Also, new music debuts, never before heard on this show, from David Brookings & The Average Lookings, Yolanda Cazessus, Courtney Hale Revia, The Bobbleheads, and Girls on Grass. We also played a trippy song by The Larry Kelly Five, a mysterious Alabama rock outfit, which I don’t think I’ve played in 15 years. It was high time to dust this gem off and spin it. There were even a couple of great tracks from my misbegotten youth.

I highly recommend you give this musical treasure hunt a listen. I hope you enjoy!

Artist | Track | Album
The Larry Kelly Five | Hotel Man | LK5
David Brookings & The Average Lookings | And It Feels Like… | Scorpio Monologue
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Trip Wire | Act Fast | Once & Always
Sparklejet | The World Before Longitude | Single release
R. Stevie Moore | Hurry Up | Afterlife
Identical Suns | Wanted Man | Week Minded
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
Squeeze | Is That Love | East Side Story
The Imperial Sound | I Feel Strange | The New AM
Yolanda Cazessus | Do You Remember Child | Single release
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Matt Langlois | You Are My Weekend | Merde!
Death Of Samantha | Conviction | If Memory Serves Us Well
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
Courtney Hale Revia | Statues | Tattered
The Bobbleheads | Joey | Myths And Fables
Ass Ponys | Little Bastard | Electric Rock Music
Elton John | Grow Some Funk Of Your Own | Rock Of The Westies
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Lost Leaders | People Like Us | Promises Promises
Girls On Grass | Street Fight | Dirty Power
Mark’s Men | Where Were You Last Night | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Bill Lloyd | Miracle Mile | Working The Long Game

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