Episode 31: Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts

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Here’s episode 31 with Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts.

I had the pleasure to talk to Ryan Chrys and Bradley Weaver from The Rough Cuts before they performed at The Saint in Reno. They were coming through town from Denver CO in support of their latest record Shovel Full Of Coal. The opening band at The Saint were Everyday Outlaw from Truckee, CA. Check ’em out!

Here’s a little info about Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts from their site:

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts bring forth new energy to country music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. Influenced by the songs and personalities of legends like Waylon, Willie and Johnny Cash, they drive their sound with blazing guitars, gritty lap steel and a rock n roll attitude. “Modern Outlaw Country” is a term the band uses to describe their music.

Recent highlights include being direct support for Blackberry Smoke,  The Marshall Tucker Band, Shakey GravesJunior Brown, Cody Canada & The Departed, Cash’d Out, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and more. The band toured extensively in 2015 and 2016 in support of their sophomore album, “Up From The North.” Highlights of the touring include the 75th annual Sturgis Rally where Gilby Clarke, formerly of Guns n Roses, performed on stage with the band, and later at the Ogden Theatre in Denver where Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident performed on stage with the band.

Here’s the video for the song “Modern Outlaw Country”

The following songs from Shovel Full Of Coal are featured on this episode:

“Killer”

“Country Music Soundtrack”

Follow Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for upcoming shows and future releases.

Visit their website to purchase their music and awesome merch.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 30: Chris Staples

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Here’s episode 30 with Chris Staples!

Chris Staples played a solo performance on his living room show tour with Undertow Music Collective at 7th Street Station recently in Reno. We talked about his recording / writing process, his musical roots growing up in Florida, then moving on to creating his own sound in Seattle and releasing his music with Barsuk Records.

Here’s a little info from his bio written by Kathleen Tarrant:

“Starting in his hometown in Florida, all the way to the Pacific Northwest, Staples has built a career writing songs in their most immediate form – a moment happens, and to process it he lets a thought or feeling guide the song into being. This mentality has carried him from his first solo record, Panama (2001) to American Soft, and with each album Staples’ core strengths have grown into a subtle brilliance – innate melody, intense allegory, and the deceptive sinew behind songs that could easily be dismissed as merely quiet.”

“Balancing his music with day jobs in construction and carpentry, and playing at times in other people’s bands, Staples struggled to focus the many parts of his creative life, but didn’t have the capacity to make a change.  His life was split between work, split between his home in Seattle and his roots in Florida, where he had always gone to write and record his albums.”

Here’s the video for the song “Golden Age” from his recent album Golden Age.

Here’s the KEXP performance from 2014.

The following songs from American Soft and Golden Age are featured on this episode:

“Hold Onto Something”

“Golden Age”

Follow Chris Staples on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for upcoming shows and future releases.

Check out his website at chrisstaplesmusic.com for more info and cool merch!

You can purchase his songs and full albums on Bandcamp. Follow his page for new music when it’s released.

Thanks for listening.

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Episode 29: Killer Whale

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Here’s episode 29 with Thomas Johnson from the band Killer Whale!

Thomas and I had a conversation before he performed recently with his band Killer Whale at The Saint in Reno. We talked about their new record Casual Crush, his musical roots growing up in Louisiana and about how he learned to surf in the Gulf of Mexico among other things.

Here’s a little snippet about Killer Whale from an article by The Bay Bridged:

“Baton Rouge’s Thomas Johnson moved to San Francisco and brought a bountiful sense of creativity with him. Recording as Killer Whale, Johnson crafts psychedelic rock-pop from a mixture of acoustic instruments, electronics, and layered vocals”

Check out the music video for their song “Pink Pacific” from Casual Crush.

You can purchase their music on Bandcamp and follow them on Facebook for upcoming tour dates and future releases.

Thanks for listening.

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Episode 28: Rigorous Proof

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Here’s episode 28 with Rigorous Proof!

The guys from Rigorous Proof had a conversation with me recently at The Saint in Reno about how they got together and their creative process. They are currently working on a new album coming out soon. You can listen to their latest single “AK-47” exclusively on Tunetrax.

Rigorous Proof is a “Post Modern Alternative Rock” outfit from Reno, Nevada. The band is fronted by the mercurial guitarist and singer, Johnny “Harpo” Bailey, who some have described as “James Brown, Jimmy Page and Ray Davies put in a blender and poured into Syd Barrett’s paisley shirt.” Johnny is supported by the stoic and pragmatic Adam “Lando” Landis on keys and backup vocals, rounded out by the groovy and jovial Jesse “JayBo” Gaddis on bass guitar, and solidified by the missing link between John Bonham and Ringo Starr—Wesley “WoFo” Forster on drums and percussion. Rigorous Proof plays music that blends a love for the old and the new, with lyrics pulling from narratives of triumph, despair, and sardonic wit. Think Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Arctic Monkeys and Wilco all fused together as one.

Check out their live recordings and performances from The Reno Sessions below.

The following songs by Rigorous Proof from their album Perspectives are featured on this episode:

“All Time Is Now”

“October Sky”

Follow Rigorous Proof on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for future shows and upcoming releases.

Purchase music by Rigorous Proof on their Bandcamp page and to find out more about them visit their website at rigorousproof.com.

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Episode 27: Travis Hayes and The Young Daze


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Here’s episode 27 with Travis Hayes and The Young Daze!

Travis Hayes and The Young Daze performed at The Saint in Reno this past weekend with Reno hometown heroes Rigorous Proof and People With Bodies. I got a chance to chat with Travis Hayes and The Young Daze before they performed about their music, recent west coast tour stopping through SXSW and plans to release their future album.

Travis Hayes isn’t the type to wear emotions on his sleeve. He saves that for his songs- brutally honest most of the time, and endearingly heartfelt all the time. Hayes continues the timeless tradition of soul-bearing songwriting to interpret our shared human experience into music. Love, heartbreak, fading friendships, fraught relationships – they’re all expressed achingly through his impassioned voice and melodic guitar lines. Hayes echoes the earnestness of Springsteen, the pop sensibility of Petty, and the raw emotion of Ryan Adams. Simply put by Music Junkie Press, “If you are from the Bay Area and haven’t been to a Travis Hayes show, then you are missing out.”

Check out the video for the song Teen Haze below.

You can purchase their music on their Bandcamp page or at iamtravishayes.com

The following songs by Travis Hayes are featured on this episode:

“Song From A Movie”

“Young Daze”

Follow Travis Hayes and The Young Daze on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Visit their site kwnkradio.org for more info.

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Episode 26: Nick Eng

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Here’s episode 26 with Nick Eng!

Nick stopped by the studio to talk about his music and his love for the 60’s British Invasion sounds of The Beatles, The Hollies and how he has translated those influences into his own music style.

Nick Eng is an independent singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Reno, Nevada. Heavily influenced by the Beatles and the sounds of the 1960s, Eng’s music is a blend of classic pop-rock sounds and modern recording techniques, creating a classic and clean sound. Eng sings, writes, and records all of his material. He plays guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, harmonica, and a dash of drums. Since 2015, Eng has released a self-titled album and has also become a recognized musician in his community, playing live shows all over Reno and surrounding areas.

Here’s a video for the song “On Cloud 9” from his self-titled album.

The following songs by Nick Eng are featured on this episode:

“The One For You Is Me”

“On Cloud 9”

You can purchase his album on his Bandcamp page here.

Follow Nick Eng on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for upcoming shows and future releases.

Thanks for listening.

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Episode 25: Dainesly

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Here’s episode 25 with Dainesly!

Dainesly is a band from Reno, Nevada based around the songwriting of Bryan Daines, formerly of the band Dead Winter Carpenters. Bryan stopped by to talk about his Alt-Country / Americana debut record Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory and he performed a couple acoustic versions of his songs live in the studio.

Stay informed about upcoming shows and future releases from Dainesly on Facebook.

The following songs from Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory are featured on this episode:

“Inner States of Innerstates”

“Omaha”

Follow Dainesly and purchase the debut record on Bandcamp.

Dainesly will be performing live at The Trocadero Bar & Ballroom on April 26th in Reno with San Francisco based Americana / Bluegrass band The Brothers Comatose.

Thanks for listening.
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