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This week, I review some of my favorite anti-racist country songs -- and what anti-racism even means. And yes, it's meant to be this short! Read the transcript here. Links from the episode: The Spotify playlist this episode is based on My article in The Boot about the ACM Awards Redlining in Country Music: Representation in the Country Music Indust…
 
This week's episode is the LAST episode in this format, where I spin some new tunes that I like. Moving forward, each episode will revolve around a certain theme! Album of the Week: Doc Feldman -- A Healthy Dose of Anxiety The first half of the album is a healthy dose of some anti-anxiety; this album is a bit of a left turn for Doc, veering away fr…
 
Read the episode transcript here! Rachel has some big personal news, which should explain why this episode is late! Plus, the best in Americana and queer punk. Album of the Week: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band -- Dance Songs For Hard Times Anyone familiar with their work knows that the Big Damn Band does nothing but dance songs, but this time arou…
 
In this episode, there are two Rachels, three Zachs, and three songs by country artists who eschew Nashville. Rachel Hurley is my co-pilot on this one! Rachel is the headmistress of Sweetheart PR and co-hosts the Music Rookie podcast. She talks about her impressive journey through the music industry before we gush about the music we love this week.…
 
Hi, everyone! Welcome to Episode 166! My brain is in vacation mode. I stayed in a ridiculous mcmansion. In this episode, we get into some brand new music, some crate-digging, and an interview with Mackenzie Shivers! Dallas Moore -- “Blue Jean Jesus” (The Rain) (2:21) I Can Lick Any Son Of a Bitch in the House -- “It Don’t Get Much Better Than This”…
 
It’s episode 165 of Adobe & Teardrops! Thanks for sticking with me! Well, everything is coming up Rachel this week. I’ve been on spring break. I joined a fantasy baseball league. I joined a queer softball league. Opening day is in less than an hour as I record this. We might be moving into a 2-bedroom apartment in the same building. Oh yeah -- thin…
 
Hey, y’all! Welcome to episode 164 of Adobe & Teardrops! From now on, you can read the a transcript of the podcast on Adobe & Teardrops. My computer decided to pick a fight with me, so this one is super late and I won’t be doing an extended cut for Patreon subscribers cuz I just want to get this done. Sorry about that. Album of the Week Miko Marks’…
 
For a complete transcript of this episode, click here! New website, who dis? Adobe & Teardrops condemns the violence against AAPI women this past week. I played a set of AAPI Americana artists in solidarity, and to remind us that this impacts the Americana world as well. Album of the Week: Melissa Carper -- Daddy's Country Gold I also wrote this up…
 
I won the Self-Made Indie Podcaster Award for Best Female Host and Best Music Podcast! Thank you so much!!! I was super busy this week what with applying to grad school and learning how to be a social animal again! This week has some awesome music, so let’s get into it! Album of the Week: Semler -- Preacher’s Kid I don’t have Grace Baldridge’s expe…
 
Arr, matey! Sling some skilly’n’duff and grab a tankard of October Ale, because this episode features a sea shanty by Brian Jacques, the author of my beloved Redwall books. Which, by the way, Rosa and I are going to make a podcast about it. Also, some of the best new Americana out this week! Album of the Week: Charles Ellsworth -- Honeysuckle Summe…
 
Better late than never!!! Hey! Vote for me in the Self Made Indie Podcast Awards for Best Music Podcast, Best Female Host, and Best Patreon here! Voting ends on 2/28! Album of the Week: Ben Trickey -- We Are Not Lucky We Are Blessed Ben Trickey’s newest album, We Are Not Lucky We Are Blessed, is his finest effort to date. It’s making me do things I…
 
I made some found poems out of the song titles! Hope you enjoy! Album of the Week: Casper Allen -- The Magnolia Sessions Casper Allen's got the perfect singing voice -- and his writing and playing aren't too far behind. This live recording, including some older songs and new songs that are being prepped for his solo debut, finds Allen at his rawest…
 
It's the February 12th episode of this here thing, but we're not gonna do Valentine's Day. Bleh. Speaking of "bleh," why are people listing Morgan Wallen as a musical influence after this past week? You don't realize what that says about you? Or maybe you do... Also, Bella is a cuddle pirate. Album of the Week: The Barlow -- The Horseshoe Lounge Th…
 
Rachel is snow-blind and annoyed! So only one thing is new. But also, there’s lots of jazz, country, and rock in this week’s episode -- just a fun smorgasbord of everything! Album of the Week: Mary Halvorson -- Code Girl I don’t know enough about jazz to say anything educated about this album. But from the perspective of someone who’s into guitar-b…
 
As always, this episode is PACKED with country, punk, blues, pretty much anything you want. Bella co-hosts, plus we get an interview with the delightful Bronte Fall! Album of the Week: Pony Bradshaw -- Calico Jim This album is rife with intensely passionate songwriting and a true sense of place. On Calico Jim, Pony Bradshaw explores the underbelly …
 
Mostly mellow vibes this week and a quick correction: I did, in fact, play King of the Tramps’ latest album on Episode 89 of Adobe & Teardrops, way back when. Mike Meehan and The Lucky Ones -- “Cross to Bear” (Freaks and Wonders) King of the Tramps -- “Death’s Door” (Wicked Mountain) Brightwire -- “Cracked Edges” (Cracked, Flawed, and Frayed) Baile…
 
This week’s episode is sponsored by the Choose Your Struggle podcast. Listen to real-life people share their struggles with addiction and mental health and #EndTheStigma today. Otherwise, not a whole lot going on -- just the usual blend of Americana, country, punk and funk! Album of the Week: Uncle Ben’s Remedy -- Easy Way to Here If you’re looking…
 
New year, new intro! This week is a fun grab-bag of singles and deep cuts from albums I enjoyed in 2020. In case you missed it, you can listen to my interview with Mike West on Into the Van! Two Cow Garage -- “History Now” (Brand New Flag) Dan Whitaker -- “Movin’ On With You” (Movin’ On With You) Oklahoma Uprising -- “Karma” (High Sign) Jeremy Pars…
 
Here it is -- my top 10 of 2020! There are probably a lot of people you’d expect me to have in my top 20, like John Moreland and American Aquarium. While those artists made huge strides in pushing their own boundaries, they just didn’t make as much of an emotional impact on me as the albums featured here. For me, top albums need to both push bounda…
 
There are probably a lot of people you’d expect me to have in my top 20, like John Moreland and American Aquarium. While those artists made huge strides in pushing their own boundaries, they just didn’t make as much of an emotional impact on me as the albums featured here. For me, top albums need to both push boundaries AND make me FEEL SOMETHING. …
 
This week, Rachel is joined by long-list twin Gabe DiChiara and her love Rosa Schneider! The trio talk yearning, unrequited love, and Elizabeth Warren (cw for Bernie or Bust bros: maybe skip the intro and go straight to the music.) This playlist was prompted by the Sappho poem “Deathless Aphrodite.” Rosa reads Anne Carson’s translation in her sexie…
 
This week we get into punk, country, jazz, women’s music...all of it, really. Apologies for the pop filter bumping against the mic -- I didn’t realize that was happening! Album of the Week: Roof Beams -- This Life Must Be Long I’ve enjoyed the Maryland-based Roof Beams’ brand of authentic folk rock for some time now. Speaking of time, the band had …
 
Rachel still has Thanksgiving brain, but put together all the best in Americana, country, folk, and...classical music? Album of the Week: Adeem the Artist -- Forgotten Songs and American Dreams Adeem is a fellow contributor at Country Queer, but even if I didn’t know him to be a gentleperson and a scholar, I’d fall in love with his music. Funny, to…
 
We cut right to the chase this week with some of the finest Americana out there, plus an interview with Elli Perry about her incredible new song “Glynn County.” The song is only available on her site, and the proceeds go to YOUth Speak, a Glynn County-based youth group that is already making positive change in the wake of Ahmaud Arbury’s murder. Th…
 
Meg Williams is the founder of Harper Valley PR but, more importantly, she’s an advocate of the Chicago country scene. Meg backed Rainbow Rodeo, the first (known) queer country zine, so she’s joing us as a co-host today! Bella did not back the Rainbow Rodeo Kickstarter but she also had a lot to say during today’s episode. (She puked right after the…
 
Rachel is joined by British Americana artist Mike West to share views on authenticity in country music, Dungeons & Dragons, and all there is to know about the British Americana scene. You can find Mike’s website here and follow him on Twitter at @mike333west or Instagram at @mike333west This week’s episode is sponsored by WYLD Gallery in Austin, TX…
 
Just in time for Election Day and right after the US, Austin Lucas and I talk vampires, politics, and overcoming entitlement -- all stemming from his beautiful new album Alive in the Hot Zone! Send me music via SubmitHub! Send me money via Ko-fi or Patreon. Find Rachel and her comic via https://linktr.ee/rachel.cholst…
 
Adobe & Teardrops is huge in India? Also, in spite of all the tough stuff going on, there’s always room for interactions with adorable young people! Plus -- an interview with folk duo Sally and George! Don’t forget -- there’s more music on the site! Magana -- “Morning Person” (You Are Not a Morning Person) Pale Fire -- “King Salt” (Husbands) Stepha…
 
Of anniversaries, weird cakes, plot twists, and even weirder role-playing games. And baseball? It’s all here, even your new favorite Americana artists! Huge thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. Explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/ Album of the Week: Stephan…
 
It’s episode 141 and Rachel has the sensitivity of a Victorian lady. Also, great music from fabulous people. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT COUNTRY SOUL SONGBOOK THIS WEEKEND! Album of the Week: CF Watkins -- Babygirl CF Watkins has found that sweet spot between pop and Americana -- a brass ring that many recent artists have shot at and missed the mark. I…
 
Rachel’s students are getting creative, but not in the ways you’d want them to. Also, hi everyone in India! Album of the Week: Izzy Heltai -- Father I’ve been a supporter of Izzy’s since he first sent me a song through SubmitHub all on his own. For his first album, though, Heltai pulled out the big guns -- and deservedly so. Father is nothing if no…
 
I was super late getting this one out, so everyone gets to hear the Patreon songs! Also, found poetry! Album of the Week: Lydia Loveless -- Daughter Daughter finds Americana stalwart Loveless at the ebb of significant upheaval: a divorce, a relocation, a cathartic but tumultuous outing of bad practices at her previous label, Bloodshot Records, the …
 
Listen to the Amythyst Kiah episode of Country Queer Spotlight. This is your last chance to back the Rainbow Rodeo Kickstarter! Album of the Week: Bette Smith -- The Good, The Bad, The Bette Bette Smith is a Bed-Stuy native -- and Southern soul seems to course through her veins. At least, that’s how it sounds on her debut album, produced by Drive B…
 
L’Shanah tovah! Let’s dig deep into an extra-large episode of blues, punk, rock, pop, and country music. Why is it longer? Because I can! Also, some good news! Don’t forget to back the Rainbow Rodeo Kickstarter! Album of the Week: Daniel Romano -- How Ill Thy World Is Ordered This is a stunning album, with dense prophetic lyrics. Romano’s delivery …
 
The refrigerator saga concludes! Also, jazz, country, and punk -- and it all works, I promise! Contribute to the Rainbow Rodeo Kickstarter here! Album of the Week: Matt Woods -- Mornings After Matt Woods’ new EP Mornings After is signature Woods: his powerhouse vocals make the stories of small peoples’ pain operatic in scope. Woods can crank it up …
 
Rachel talks Justin Townes Earle, Williamsburg blues, and an inspirational quote from Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues. (Also, she misspoke -- this is episode 135, not 136!) Click here for the Rainbow Rodeo Kickstarter! Justin Townes Earle -- “Workin’ For the MTA” (Harlem River Blues) Bronwyn Keith-Hynes -- “North Garden” (Fiddler’s Pastime) Eri…
 
Hey! We had 1000 downloads a month! Also, Country Queer Spotlight is live now! Listen to my interview of Jaime Wyatt! Also also, I had to scratch the first artist I planned to play because I couldn’t get a hold of those mp3s after all. Hopefully the edit isn’t too weird! Album of the Week: Bethany Thomas -- BT/SHE/HER This album is a masterpiece. T…
 
Vacation, Bella in the country, work troubles, refrigerators, spicy takes about Bright Eyes, and a whole buttload of music! Album of the Week: Hayley Thompson-King -- Sororicide This album is so cool. Thompson-King is a woman with intense artistic vision: her debut Psychotic Melancholia introduced the main themes on Sororicide. Thompson-King, a tra…
 
It was my birthday! I got a refrigerator I can’t use! Also, there’s music!!! Album of the Week: Scott Cook -- Tangle of Souls Damn, this is a gorgeous album. Scott Cook’s voice -- vocally and lyrically -- is as clear-eyed, optimistic, and straightforward as ever. I lost track of Cook for a while but he’s produced some of my favorite music that I’ve…
 
We built a desk! Also, stay tuned for a Facebook livestream. And we raised another $200 for the Trans Justice Funding Project in July! You can read Andrea Williams’ latest article about the intersection of racism and sexism in country music in the Nashville Scene. Album of the Week -- Golden Shoals, Golden Shoals This week’s album is Golden Shoals.…
 
Are you ready to hear about small adventures, small pups prepping for adventures, country, blues, folk, and jazz fusion? Buckle up! And remember that all Patreon and Ko-fi donations this month go to the Trans Justice Funding Project! Album of the Week -- Roadside Graves (That’s Why We’re Running Away) Roadside Graves is a formerly Brooklyn-based ba…
 
Rachel had a beach day! And watched baseball! It’s *almost* like it’s summer. And remember! All Patreon and Ko-fi proceeds these month go to the Trans Justice Funding Project! Album of the Week: Stephie James -- These Days I forgot to talk about this in the podcast itself but These Days is my favorite album this week. I enjoy the way James builds a…
 
Sometimes you just need to take a mental health break! It’s all good...we have a refrigerator on the way. Also, I’m starting a new thing! I’m going to feature an album each episode! Album of the Week: Samantha Crain -- A Small Death Americana is becoming more expansive as the people who started the millennium off playing punk with a twang move on t…
 
Rachel has some mysterious bug bites (uh-oh) and some thoughts on Lady Antebellum. Remember to sign up for the Patreon or shoot me a Ko-fi this month -- all the proceeds will go to the Trans Justice Funding Project! Paul Sanchez -- “A Thousand Songs” (I’m A Song, I’m a Story, I’m a Ghost) Zoe Boekbinder -- “Mirror” (Shadow) Nickel and Rose -- “Anot…
 
Rachel recounts her Pride adventures and is proud of Bella for fucking up the vet. Rosa says hello! And there’s some great Southern rock in this episode. Plus! For the month of July all proceeds will go to the Trans Justice Funding Project so there’s never been a better time to sign up for the Patreon or contribute to Ko-fi! Dexateens -- “Take Me t…
 
This episode is going to be more dreamy and pop-oriented than usual. We’ll also get back to shorter episodes starting in July now that music is being released more regularly and I have less of a backlog. All Patreon, Ko-fi, and SubmitHub proceeds for July and August will go to the Trans Justice Funding Project so be sure to subscribe! Moses Sumney …
 
CW: I discuss suicide at the end of the podcast when I introduced “Shame Is a River” Come say hi to me at the Pride School Festival on Discord! I’ll be DJ-ing a queer country and punk set! Otherwise, I talk about laptop woes, finally feeling feelings, and a Bella pupdate! Matt Lovell -- “Sabotage” (Nobody Cries Today) Ameena Sharif Ali -- “Farewell…
 
I kick off this episode by discussing the importance of anti-racist white voices in music -- and what I mean by anti-racism. To hear more white artists who stand up against racism -- and grapple with their own roles within it -- you can listen to my Spotify playlist. I also interview Kara Kundert and Justin Hiltner about the Bluegrass Pride nonprof…
 
We’ve got a big chonker of an episode this time out. Here, Rachel talks about the Black Lives Matter movement and how it impacts country and roots music. She forgot to mention it in the podcast, but she also made a playlist of anti-racist white musicians. Anti-racism means actively defining and fighting against all the insidious or “subconscious” f…
 
Would you hang out with me while I livestream and record the podcast at the same time? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook! This was a difficult week for people of color in America. If you can, donate to Black Visions to provide aid for activists on the ground in Minneapolis. If you are white, consider joining Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ), a…
 
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