by: Thomas D. Mooney
Episode 21 of The New Slang Podcast features singer-songwriters Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider. Though both are Texas transplants–Pennsylvania and New Mexico–the two have captured the beauty, isolation, ruggedness, warmth, and grace within the state as well as anyone has in the last decade. Though they’ve carved out notable solo careers, the two often come together as long-time writing buddies and companions on the road–much like the run of shows that lead them to Lubbock this past week. After playing a rained in acoustic and unplugged set at The Buddy Holly Center, the two made their way down the street for another swap of stories and songs at The Blue Light. In between, they sat down and recorded this hour-long conversation that touches on the Olympics, music intake and consumption, Kennedy’s Saturday Night Live story, Smashing Pumpkins, Terry Allen and his artistic contemporaries, Texas music in the last decade, Kennedy and Grider’s time in Nashville, small town sports and mascots, the genius (and complexity) of Townes Van Zandt, Beach Boys, and Leonard Cohen, and our favorite three consecutive nights of music.
Note: At one point, I point out that Lubbock singer-songwriter Charlie Stout thinks Las Cruces, New Mexico is a horrible looking and ugly town. He doesn’t. He thinks Carlsbad, New Mexico is a horrible looking and ugly town.