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Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Lonesome Nickel

In later years music historians would speak of the Lonesome Nickel tapes as the birthplace of the Mountain Station sound.



Lonesome Nickel:


Circle be unbroken -- traditional
Green Eyes -- Coldplay
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll -- Bob Dylan
conversation
"ten little monkeys" jam
500 Miles -- traditional
God-damn Lonely Love -- Drive-by Truckers
Lonesome Nickel -- Jeremy Osner
Lonesome Nickel 2:

That's Alright, Mama
Clean Break
Lonesome Nickel

posted afternoon of February 10th, 2013: 6 responses
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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Let's listen to Mountain Station

So I'm hereby formalizing what's been going on for the past couple of weeks -- Every time John and I practice this year I want to tape it and upload some highlights to you tube...

This week's session was a lot of fun, although the placement of the tripod and the lighting arrangement could both have been a little, even a lot, better. A rockin jam -- the best part was when John forgot to bring our gig book -- and I'm getting better at editing the tape.

The title track is from Kimberley Rew's wonderful Tunnel into Summer.

Set listing-

Prodigal Son (take 2)
tuning
Stop Breakin Down
Arms of Love (Robyn Hitchcock)
Harvest Home
My Bonnie jam in D
Little Ditches (Mike Cross)
The Sailor's Hornpipe
tuning
Simple Pleasures (Kimberley Rew)

posted morning of February 24th, 2013: 2 responses
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Sunday, March third, 2013

Bowing and scraping

Was not able to hook up with John this weekend for a Dress Rehearsal Rags session... I tried taping some of my fiddle practice. Pretty pleased with the results.

See what you think -- it is a pretty free-associative groove spinning off from some traditional fiddle tunes.

posted afternoon of March third, 2013: Respond
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Monday, March 18th, 2013

Drinkin Wine

From Lonesome Nickel Recordings, another installment of the Dress Rehearsal Rag series!


Mountain Station will be drinkin wine and jamming out a few tunes at the Hat City Kitchen open mic tomorrow.

posted evening of March 18th, 2013: 1 response

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Odds and ends

Mountain Station's practice yesterday was a lot of fun, here are some highlights. Our faces are more visible than in many previous tapes, which may be an asset or a detriment.

Track listing
  1. Odds and ends jam
  2. Blues with a side of bourbon
  3. Queen Jane Barely
  4. Ride the rails jam
  5. Off the rails jam

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Swing Low

Swing Low

Mountain Station
weekend of April 14th

  1. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (traditional)
  2. Tombstone Blues (Bob Dylan)
  3. Red Overalls (Jeremy)
  4. California Stars (Woody Guthrie)
  5. Rattlesnakin/Groovin' (an admixture of a couple of old blues artists and Robyn Hitchcock)
  6. Four & Twenty Blues (Jeffrey Foucault)
  7. Meet Me In the Mornin' (Bob Dylan)
  8. Humoresque (Antonin Dvořák)

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Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Out in the back yard

Spring is without question here; and we got a ping-pong table! Here are Ellen and Sylvia volleying.


Sylvia and I put it together yesterday afternoon; but we took a break so John and I could do some jamming. A new setup means I'm not sure yet where to set up the camera; and the upshot is that I'm mostly just out of the frame, a disembodied Stroh fiddle. Shades of February! We ran out of tape at what seems to me like a pretty opportune moment.

Let's Play Outside!

  1. Waiting for the Man (Lou Reed)
  2. Running to Stand Still (U2)
  3. Arms of Love (Robyn Hitchcock)/
    Boys of Bluehill (trad)
  4. Halting March (trad)
  5. outtakes from an embarrassingly bad rendition of She Said She Said (Lennon-McCartney)
  6. The Needle and the Spoon (Skynyrd)
  7. Singin Everybody's Song But My Own (John)
  8. St. James Infirmary (trad)
  9. Drowsy Maggie (trad)/Dancing Barefoot (Patti Smith)
  10. Red Overalls (Jeremy)
  11. Will the Circle be Unbroken (trad)
  12. Shortnin' Bread (trad)/Hip Shake (Slim Harpo via the Stones)

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Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Forever is ending today

If Mountain Station was from Nashville, they'd be a country act. Here's a slow jam.

A-and thanks to Mr. Peter Guralnick for hipping us to "Are they gonna make us outlaws again" and in general, to the roots of rockabilly.


Mountain Station jamming
in the living room --
May fourth, 2013

Forever is ending today

  1. Forever is ending today (Ernest Tubb -- this is a special moment for me, I have been wanting to cover Tubb for a long time.)
  2. Serpent at the gates of Wisdom (Robyn Hitchcock, to whom happy 60 years! Sorry we missed the big show in San Francisco -- and very happy to have been present at the big show in NYC.)
  3. Snake Doctor Blues (or a few bars from it anyways)
  4. Handshake Drugs (Wilco)
  5. Drunken Sailor's Hornpipe
  6. This Old Man
  7. Arms of Love (Robyn Hitchcock)
  8. Sloop John B.
  9. Praying Mantis (Don Dixon)
  10. Helpless (Neil Young)
  11. Are they gonna make us outlaws again? (James Talley -- and check out this extraordinary version by Hazel Dickens.)

posted morning of May 5th, 2013: 1 response
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Saturday, June first, 2013

Rise Up Singing

We had a lot of fun with our practice session last weekend. Not doing anything this weekend, but here's the tape:


Mountain Station jamming
in the back yard --
Decoration Day, 2013

Rise Up Singing

  1. Try and catch the wind (Donovan Leitch)
  2. Pack Up Your Sorrows (Richard Fariña)
  3. tuning and checking camera
  4. Barbara Allen (trad)
  5. talk and tuning
  6. Banks of the Ohio (trad)
  7. Deportee (Woody Guthrie)
  8. The Banana Boat Song (trad)
  9. How Can I Keep From Singing (Robert Wadsworth Lowry)
  10. Waltzing Matilda (Banjo Paterson/Christina Macpherson)
(...and a couple of bonus trax at Facebook.)

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Dress Rehearsal Podcast

Today's Mountain Station practice tape has no annoying video, just audio of four fine songs.
Download from box and put it on your pod...


Mountain Station covers
a couple of the greats --
June 23, 2013

This tape has a little homage to two of our favorite songwriters, plus an original.
  1. All men are liars, by Nick Lowe
  2. All I want to do is fall in love, by Robyn Hitchcock
  3. Chinese Bones, by Robyn Hitchcock
  4. Clean Break, by Jeremy

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