Video: Back Road Radio Show w/ Cari Ray

Host Andrew Funke and engineer “Deacon” Tim’s Back Road Radio Show is a weekly hour-long prodcution (8:30-9:30pm Wednesdays on 91.9 WITT) that not only taps into the regional/local alt-country, Americana, and roots talent pool, but has also scored a national guest, when they talked with Elizabeth Cook, as she was through Indy on a tour stop sandwiched between an Opry performance and another gig in Chicago. + see full guest list

The show audio is immaculate, Funke’s questions are informed, and he actually listens to answers, then follows up on them nicely. They do a great job of taking a show that’s on a small station, and extending it to a website so we can catch it on demand. It is the type of program that is seemingly too niche for a bigger station (though I would quickly argue otherwise) and excels because it is true to itself – it sounds honest. And the guests they have brought in during the short life of the program have been an impressive group of working, touring (even if only in Indiana or the Midwest), talented singers and songwriters.

And now, they have posted a video of Indy singer/songwriter Cari Ray performing in their “studio bunker”.  Again, a superb audio capture, and a good performance from Ray, who has upcoming shows at Muldoon’s in Carmel July 15, Kilroy’s In Indy July 22 and at the Britton Tavern in Fishers/Noblesville on July 29.

The show is on hiatus until July 14, but the archives are online.

Hear new Mellencamp song from upcoming album

The title track from John Mellencamp’s forthcoming album No Better Than This was sent to AAA, Americana and Non-Commercial radio stations June 28th and is currently in rotation on AOL.com’s Adult Rock channel.

According to mellencamp.com, a video for the song, using footage from filmmaker Kurt Markus’ It’s About You documentarychronicling the making of the album will be released in the next couple weeks.

→ Hear the track at mellencamp.com

The cover photo of the No Better Than This album was shot by Elaine Mellencamp and shows Hud Mellencamp, their oldest son, in a photo with two young women. A photo of younger Hud, also by Elaine, was used on the cover of 2003’s Trouble No More.

Review from AOL:
The song ‘No Better Than This’ features a prominent rockabilly beat and lively, uncomplicated production. The lyrics portray a pretty happy guy reveling in the simple pleasures of romance and music: “Give me good loving / And seal it with a kiss / Drop me off where the music sounds / It can get no better than this.”