I recently returned from a trip to Nashville and I'm happy to report that the Nate Gibson & the Stars of Starday double LP is now available at the following fantastic record store locations:
Friday, June 24, 2022
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Howdy Friends, I'm sure most of y'all are familiar with the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" and Pink Floyd's "Several Species of Small Furry Animals...," but I'm here to remind you that country musicians have also been incorporating animal sound effects into their recordings for nearly 100 years.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Tomorrow's theme is the history of the trumpet in country music and I'll be covering a chronological retrospective of amazing trumpet playing from 1930-present. For sure, there'll be some western swing, some spaghetti western, some Tex-Mex, some rockabilly, some cowboy songs, some country soul, and a whole lot more.
As a trumpet player myself, I consider this show to be my manifesto for the trumpet as the quintessential country music instrument. I'm guessing Hank Penny, Al Dexter, Merle Travis, Tom T. Hall, and Danny Davis already agree with me, but if you need further convincing, please tune in! 89.9 FM in Southern Wisconsin or www.wortfm.org to stream!
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
FinnFest USA Presentation this Saturday on Fin-A-Billy: American Roots Music and Rebellion in Finland
Howdy Friends, I will be giving a virtual talk about my research in Finland for FinnFest USA's Folk Arts Series this Saturday and I welcome any and all interested friends to attend. The title of the presentation is "Fin-A-Billy: American Roots Music and Rebellion in Finland."
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Howdy Friends, I'll be back on the air tomorrow morning from 9-noon CST hosting Back to the Country on WORT 89.9fm. This week is the final week of our Winter Pledge Drive, so I'll be laying down some serious Capitol in hopes of raising some serious capital for WORT.
Monday, February 7, 2022
There was a recent article in the Madisonian about the Starday Studio getting demolished soon and many of my friends have been messaging me about it. This is my response:
Thursday, January 20, 2022
This week I had a lot of fun putting together a 3-hour country music (broadly defined) radio program entirely by musicians with PhDs. It consists of friends, mentors, colleagues, and heroes and some really, really good music! The Back to the Country show originally aired yesterday (1/19/22) on WORT 89.9FM but will be available for the next two weeks on the Audio Archives page (archive.wortfm.org).
And just in case you heard something you liked and want to dig a little further into an artist or a song, below is a digital bibliography for the show!
Show: Back to the Country - Country Music Doctors
Air Date: 1/19/22
Host: Nate Gibson
Radio Station: WORT 89.9 FM and wortfm.org
Audio Archive: https://archive.wortfm.org/ [episode available through 2/2/22]
Spinitron playlist: https://spinitron.com/WORT/pl/15118893/Back-to-the-Country-Country-Music-Doctors
Music and Artist LINKS
Cliff Murphy - "Another Good Man Gone Bad"
Say Zuzu - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Say_Zuzu
Hog Mawl - https://bit.ly/3rzWMG7
Bay State Lullaby - https://bit.ly/3tHGWw6
Jeff Todd Titon - "Old-Time Fire On the Mountain"
Music: Fiddle Tunes for Slack Key Guitar - https://bit.ly/3AeK9V4
David Evans - "Railroad Blues"
Timon Kaple & Dead Columns - "Sugar" [feat Mississppi Bill Peden]
Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes - https://bit.ly/3FNvUaJ
Mike Lee & The Double Double Digits - "The Saguaro Speaks"
Omnimodern - https://www.youtube.com/user/omnimodern
Carrie Hertz & Thomas Grant Richardson - "You Are Not Alone"
Web: TGR on LOC https://bit.ly/3tHW38Q
Rich Walter - "Stardust Medley"
Ruth and the Stones - "Upset Apples"
Note: Big congrats to Jennie Williams who was just formally introduced as the new State Folklorist of West Virginia!]
Jon Kay - "October Dulcimer"
Sarah Dees [cello and vocals w/ Mary Okie] - "Sister Witch"
Kysona Armstrong [w/ Christina Harrison] - "Riverside"
And this!: https://www.facebook.com/kyshona/videos/1706068926106634/
Jess Waggoner - "Diners and Queer Bars"
Jim James and the Damn Shames - "Fast Freightrain"
Charles Hughes - "Miss Mollys’ Reel"
Kori Graves and Blixie - "Ancisters"
Earl Speilman and the Bluegrass Hoppers - "Bluegrass Breakdown"
Rod Moag - "Fool Over You"
Jim Leary [songwriter] & Emil - "River Road Friday"
Music [Emil]: https://bit.ly/3qHKa0v
Phil Nusbaum - "The Dark Before the Storm"
LeRoy Larson - "Hoe-Down Medley"
Bill + Bobbie Malone - "Gathering Shells from the Seashore"
Bio [Bobbie]: https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS3652
Lee Bidgood - "Bluegrass Tennessee"
Music and Film: http://www.banjoromantika.com/about-the-film.html
Holly Riley in The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn - "If Luck Be Your Lady (Live)"
Greg Reish - "She Belongs To Me"
Nadine Hubbs - "Queer Jolene"
Travis Stimeling & Chris Haddox - "The Line"
Note: Many congrats to Travis on his recent 2021 Belmont Book Award [Country Music Book of the Year] for Nashville Cats: Record Production in Music City [Oxford University Press]!
The Jeremiahs [feat Chris Wilson] - "Don’t Know That For Sure"
Mark Dillon - "Lost Highway"
Jim Clark - "Dark Hollow"
Music and Poetry: https://bit.ly/3AimJhI
Neil Rosenberg - "Foggy Flats Blues"
Music: Homegas w/ Peter Aceves Narváez and Richard Blaustein https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-midSuSpHm0
And Crooked Stovepipe w/ Ted Rowe: https://bit.ly/3fHilPA
Tom Adler - "Cat’s Eye / Prairie Dog Town"
East Texas String Ensemble [Stan Alexander, Ab Abernathy, Tom Nall, and Charles Gardner] - "Remember Me"
Pete “Dr Banjo” Wernick - "Beatin’ My Time"
Aaron A. Fox - "Live Forever"
Lucy Kaplanski - "Return of the Grievous Angels"
Kristina Jacobsen - "Gone Gone Gone"
Craig Morrison and his Bluegrass Buddies - "Your Old Standby"
Tom & Ngaire Waeltz - "Little Miss Lilliana"
The Happy Trailsters [feat Jocelyn Neal] - "Happy Trails" (edited by Carl Eddy)
Bio [Jocelyn Neal]: https://music.unc.edu/people/musicfaculty/jocelyn-neal/
Web [ICMC]: https://www.internationalcountrymusic.org/
Music [Carl Eddy]: https://www.reverbnation.com/musician/carleddy4
BONUS WEB CONTENT:
Craig Maki and the Country Music Doctors [Nate Gibson, Greg Reish, and Lee Bidgood] - Slow Down [Studio B Recording]
Web [Craig Maki]: http://www.jumpingfrom6to6.com/itv_bones_maki.htm
Web [Nate Gibson]: nathandgibson.com
Anti-Education References in Introduction:
Aaron Tippin - “Workin’ Man’s PhD” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t7ECnE43QE
Josh Martin - “Country Boy PhD” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdY_kcG90hc
Alabama Big Earl - “PhD in Skanky” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYZgCUOGv-A
Roland Whitt - “PhD in Country” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV_2wCI3r2I
Kenny Chesney - “Rich and Miserable” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCdJyZUKJyM
Harlan Howard - “Mister Professor” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGXYh_ZEq8w