Viking Twang premieres Jackstraw’s new album Wichita!
Written by Randy Black on July 19, 2016
Viiking Twang Episode 94 7-20-2016
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 94. My name is Randy Black, nice to see you here again on a Wednesday morning, getting into the home stretch of summer term before we turn our eyes to Fall again.
The very first song we played on Viking Twang was Jackstraw’s All This Time, and we’ve played their music a lot over the past two years. Now our local favorites have a new album out and it’s a killer.
It’s called Wichita: Ten New Songs of Heartache and Hope. We’re going to celebrate with an entire show of Jackstraw songs, all the way back to their 1998 debut album Home Far Away. As you know, the band is made up of Darrin Craig and Jon Neufeld on guitar, David Pugh on mandolin, and Jesse Withers on bass, with all of them handling vocals. Banjo player Sam Yale was a member of the band for this recording.
The new songs will come in the second set. Here’s some old favorites to start us out.
1 – Turkey Red, W.C. Beck and the Portland Country Underground. Led by W.C. Beck and
featuring his cousin, Darrin Craig.
2 – Mountain Blues; Darrin taking the lead, from Home Far Away.
3 – Live and Die In Oregon; Another track from their first album.
4 – Ghost Woman Blues; They recorded this great Michael Hurley song on The Farrington
Sessions, recorded in Massachusetts in 2000.
5 – Burnside Breakdown; An instrumental from David from the Farrington Sessions.
The new album is called Wichita, which reflects the background of Darrin and Jon, both Kansas natives. It’s out now on CD Baby, plus the band has played the Tuesday Happy Hour show at the Laurelthirst for years, though they’re taking July off. Here’s David to start things off:
6 – Go Downtown.
7 – Drive Away; also David’s composition.
8 – Wichita; Darrin writing about his hometown.
9 – Countin’ On You; Yet another one from David.
10 – Opal Creek; Banjo player Sam Yale’s instrumental; he’s since moved back to North Carolina.
11 – Running Back To Me; Another of Darrin’s songs finishes the set.
We’ll close the show with some songs from the later Jackstraw albums. Here’s the title track from their 2005 album, Rubber Wheels.
12—Rubber Wheels; Darrin sings a Carter Stanley song.
13 – Come On Back To Me; David singing his own song from the 2011album, Sunday Never Comes.
14 – Potter’s Creek; Darrin takes the lead on this one from their self-named 2002 album.
15 – Randy the Rambler; David’s instrumental about his favorite brand of American car, from
Sunday Never Comes.
16 – Twang Theme; The Countrypolitans.