Lots of fun in this week's episode, which will hopefully be as
entertaining to listen to as it was to record. First off, it
features the return of Cootie Crabtree, one of our more-popular
guests, last seen a little over a year ago ... which in my book,
isn't often enough. Second, it was recorded about twenty
minutes after we recorded the all-star extravaganza that is Show
#100 ... so the "tone" for the day had already been set when we
drove down to meet Mr. Crabtree. Third, I had the
improvisational comedic stylings of Mr. Pres Maxson in the co-host
chair, which pretty much ads an element of randomness to any
episode. Fourth, we feature, for the first time, a live
on-podcast performance by our guest ... something I'd always wanted
to do, but have generally shied away from out of fear of not doing
justice to the guest from an audio quality standpoint (I record
one-channel mono with 2-6 microphones, so leveling and mixing is
generally done by moving mics closer and further away from people
while they talk). Fifth, we had an audience, which is always
fun and adds air of excitement to any show. And, finally,
sixth, there were whiskey shots involved. Only a handful of
times have I deviated from lite beer while recording, and the
results have been mixed at best. There is a lot of
trepidation when going back and editing a show -- in this case
about half of the raw material was cut strictly for time reasons --
when you don't remember what the heck you talked about in the first
I could go on for a few more paragraphs about what a fantastic
musician and all-around great guy Cootie Crabtree is, but his body
of work, which includes collaborations with and guest appearances
by nearly the entire central Indiana roots/folk/Americana scene
more than speaks for itself -- a favor he generously attempts to
return in this interview by giving props to everyone in the local
music scene and one point or another -- thus, giving me by far the
longest set of show notes I've ever had to put together. A
dynamic songwriter, distinct vocalist, born showman, and gifted
player, you can be guaranteed an evening of great music and fun any
time you see his name on a bill.
Links referenced in the show:
- Coot Crabtree can be found here: Reverb
Nation | MySpace | Facebook.
- Cootie last appeared on Show #064.
- Co-Host, Pres Maxson can be found here: Web Site | MySpace |
Facebook | Reverbnation.
- Pres has previously appeared on Show #044
Show #093 as a guest, Show #048
as a co-host, and Show #072
as a guest host. Look for him again on Show
- Cootie was originally the host of the Back Road
Radio Show, Wednesday nights at 8:30 on 91.9 WITT. That
role has since passed to Andrew Funke and Tim Plunkett of the
Rhinestones (Web Site | MySpace). At the time it was sponsored by
- Cootie has been known to perform songs written by his friends
Ping, Owen Neighbors, and Jethro
Easyfields (guest on Show
#054 and hopefully returning in the very near future) .
- You can hear Scott Kern's long-faded Crabtree's Trunk podcast
here. Scott has a wonderful band called
Strawboss Union (Web Site | MySpace), which though we pronounced it dead during
the show, we will learn in our next episode (#095 with Junk Box
Mike) it is merely on hiatus.
- Cootie is a regular at the Lower T
Jamboree in Paris, Illinois, thanks to his friends Jeff Randall
and the Sunday Best (Facebook | MySpace | Reverb Nation), who we hope to have on in the near
future when Cootie does his "Artists Present Artists" episode for
- Cootie generally appears with the Rinestones and the Payton
Brothers (MySpace | Web Site) as his backup band.
- He is currently working with Steve Smith (Facebook
| Reverb Nation) who appeared on Show #041 with Fernhead (Web Site | MySpace |
Facebook | Reverb
Nation) and who hosts the open mic night at The Blind Pig in Greenwood,
- Fernhead also features Jacob "Conga J" Guinnup ( Reverb
Nation | Facebook | Blog) who recently produced a documentary on Indianapolis' open mic
- January Postcards was originally done for Kevin Phillips' /
Standard Recording's Christmas compilation album,
A Very Standard
Christmas, Volume 3, in support of FACE Spay/Neuter
Clinic of Indianapolis . Kevin is also better known as the
bartender at Locals Only.
- Don't Blame your Baby on Me was recorded at SnapJoint Studios
by Perry Stevens (MySpace | Web Site) who appeared on Show #028.
- Somehow the picture of Cootie's tattoo -- designed by Shelby
Kelley (Show #034 | Facebook | MySpace) -- was lost, however, it looks a lot like
- He counts the Strand
Theater in Shelbyville, Indiana as one of his favorite
venues. He also is a fan of the Bluebird in
Bloomington and someday hopes to play The
- Our first ever (serious) live music recording features an
impromptu lineup of Cootie, Tim Spainhower (Show
Show #050 | MySpace | Web Site |
Facebook | Twitter) on lead guitar, and Huck Finn
(Reverb Nation | MySpace)
- Forty minutes of material was edited out of the original
interview in order to get the show down to an hour. This
features a round of Pres Maxson's signature game, "Which Beatle?"
You can hear that unused excerpt here.
- You can see Frank Zappa's referenced appearance on the Monkey's
show here. We recommend the album Joe's Garage as one of his best.
- Special thanks to Whit's Inn in Whiteland for their hospitality in
hosting this episode.