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December 14, 2015

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Craig Finn
Langhorne Slim
Turnpike Troubadours
Rayland Baxter
Tall Heights

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Tall Heights

Spirit Cold

 

 

Back to Autumn

 

 

Two Blue Eyes

 

 

Holding On, Holding Out

 

Turnpike Troubadours

The Bird Hunters

 

 

Good Lord Lorrie

 

 

Before the Devil Knows We’re Dead

 

 

The Mercury

 

Rayland Baxter

Mr. Rodriguez

 

 

Oh My Captain

 

 

Yellow Eyes

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Langhorne Slim

Airplane

 

 

Put it Together

 

 

Changes

 

 

Love Crimes

 

 

The Spirit Moves

 

Craig Finn

Maggie I’ve been Searching for our Son

 

 

Christine

 

 

Newmyer’s Roof

 

 

Trapper Avenue

 

 

Dennis and Billy

 

Larry Groce & Co.

Blood Brothers

Originally broadcast December 11th, 2015

Press Release

Craig Finn - After establishing himself with his New York-based indie rock outfit The Hold Steady, Minneapolis native Craig Finn embarked on a solo career. Employing a more stripped-down sound, his second solo release is titled “Faith in the Future.” Josh Kaufman produced the record in the cozy, rustic confines of Woodstock's The Isokon recording studio and helped Finn stretch the boundaries of his songwriting with confidence, invention and ambition to realize what will be a defining moment in his career. At times stark and spare, at other times vibrant and dynamic, Faith in the Future is Finn's most compelling collection thus far, each song a powerfully alluring and subtly nuanced composition wedded to his distinctive short story narratives. Much of the material on Faith in the Future was written after the passing of Finn's mother, and while none of the songs directly address that loss, the themes of perseverance and finding redemption can be found throughout the album.

Langhorne Slim - Mixing an affinity for the Cramps, Beck, and Appalachian music ranging from traditional to WV’s own psychobilly architect the late Hasil Adkins, singer/guitarist Langhorne Slim offers a modern, sardonic, take on traditional folk, country and blues. A Pennsylvania native who settled in Brooklyn, Slim issued back-to-back releases in 2004 and 2005 and toured with the likes of Lucero and Murder by Death. Of his 2009 CD, “Be Set Free” “Rolling Stone” commented: “...damn near perfect...” Since then, the band has headlined hundreds of shows and played major festivals including Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Austin City Limits Festival, Newport Folk Fest, Sunset Junction, Pickathon, Rhythm and Roots, and SXSW. Langhorne Slim & The Law appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Conan.” The group’s current release is titled “The Spirit Moves.”

Turnpike Troubadours - Hailing from Oklahoma, Turnpike Troubadours have a knack for selling out venues. The group draws 5,000-plus at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, has sold out three nights in a row at Gruene Hall, and has turned away hundreds at the Legendary Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin. The group has also sold out shows in Chicago and St. Louis, and at Joe’s Pub in New York and The Troubadour in L.A. Playboy Magazine picked the group as one of three acts to watch in 2015. The band is currently supporting its self-titled release. 

Tall Heights - Founded in Boston in 2010, the members of Tall Heights busked for more than 100 days to help fund their first EP. Steeped in harmony-heavy, indie-folk, the group quickly earned a place among like-minded Boston groups like Darlingside and the Ballroom Thieves. On its current release, “Holding On, Holding Out,” the group expanded its sound with electronics, synthesizers, and drums loops, and added the influence of dark, Icelandic underground music. The Chicago Sun Times described Tall Heights’ music as “contemporary... and ageless.”

Rayland Baxter - While he grew up in Nashville, singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter honed his craft living in both Colorado and Israel. Since the release of his acclaimed 2012 debut, “feathers & fishHooks,” Baxter has toured alongside Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kacey Musgraves, The Head and the Heart, Shakey Graves, Boz Scaggs, and Tedeschi Trucks Band. His latest release is titled “Imaginary Man” and, among other guests, features his father, pedal steel ace Bucky Baxter, who has toured with Dylan, Steve Earle and Ryan Adams.