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Road To Blue Ox

Road To Blue Ox

By Pert Near Sandstone
Pert Near Sandstone‘s Nate Sipe and Justin Bruhn host this series in anticipation of the Blue Ox Music Festival. They interview artists, play music from the year's lineup, and discuss features of the 3-day outdoor festival. Listen in to get an idea of what to expect, and get excited for this coming August 19-21, 2021 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin!
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Max Graham Tribute - Road To Blue Ox
This is a special episode dedicated entirely to the memory and celebration of our friend and colleague, Max Graham. Several of his closest musical friends spoke to us or sent messages to create this tribute. We hope this will help the community who will miss him dearly grieve his loss, and for those who didn’t know him personally to gain a fuller appreciation of his life and legacy. If you feel compelled to contribute to his legacy fund, visit:  HelpTheGrahams.com Features songs on this episode, from Kind Country:   "Mountains"  "The Real Deal"  "Hard Times"  "Boxcar Brown" More Kind Country music: KindCountryBand.com  We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com. Written by: Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Justin Bruhn, Nate Sipe, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Justin Bruhn and Nate Sipe. For More information: www.pertnearsandstone.com & www.blueoxmusicfestival.com. **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
01:35:08
April 26, 2021
Nora Brown - Road To Blue Ox
In this episode Nate and Justin speak with Nora Brown from her home in Brooklyn.  The future of old-time banjo is in great hands with her.  We have the pleasure of giving an exclusive first listen to a single from the Henhouse Prowlers’ upcoming album, ‘The Departure’ to be released on March 28th!  Other news of the Blue Ox Music Festival is detailed herein.  It is with sadness that we also remember our friend Max Graham of the band Kind Country who passed recently.  Thanks for listening. Featured Music on this episode: Nora Brown: “Buck Creek Girls”, “Darling Cora”, “Jay Gould’s Daughter”. Kind Country: “Hard Times”. Henhouse Prowlers: “Short Branch Saloon”. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: “If It Takes A Lifetime”. Pert Near Sandstone: “Stay All Night”. More Information on content from this episode:  NoraBrownMusic.com / HelpTheGrahams.com / HenhouseProwlers.com / BlueOxMusicFestival.com / PertNearSandstone.com Follow us on Instagram and Facebook: @pertnearsandstone, @blueoxmusicfestival We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com. Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Pert Near Sandstone and The Blue Ox Music Festival.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe. **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
58:34
March 22, 2021
Lissie - Road To Blue Ox
Welcome back! In this episode we had a great conversation with Lissie, singer/songwriter and veteran of the indie music scene who joined us from her farm in northeastern Iowa. We talked about her midwestern roots, existing as social media guinea pigs, enjoying winter, and popcorn. We also play some music from other artists that are joining us at the festival this August 19-21. Make some popcorn, sit back, and thanks for listening.  Featured Music on this episode: Lissie: “Oh Mississippi”, “When I’m Alone”, “Best Days.” Katey Bellville: “Where The Soul of Man Never Dies.” Julian Davis and the Situation: "Somewhere Lonely." John Stickley Trio: "Future Ghost." Pert Near Sandstone:  “Stay All Night”, “Little Birdie.” We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com. Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Pert Near Sandstone and The Blue Ox Music Festival.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe. For More information: www.pertnearsandstone.com & www.blueoxmusicfestival.com. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook: @pertnearsandstone, @blueoxmusicfestival **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
01:04:29
February 15, 2021
Good Morning Bedlam - Road To Blue Ox
Starting 2021 by looking to August, Justin and Nate talk about the lineup for this year’s festival and then discuss their favorite albums from 2020. A few new additions to the festival are covered and then we have a great chat with local Minneapolis band, Good Morning Bedlam. We talked with them about their development into playing folk music, what they’ve been doing during this past year, and closely explored the beautiful album artwork for ‘Like Kings.’ Their spirit for performance and songwriting is refreshing and we are eager to see them live this summer. Also, we cannot wait to be back to the Whispering Pines with all of you! Featured Music: Molly Tuttle - “Something On Your Mind” Short Round Stringband - “Free Little Birds” Good Morning Bedlam - “Enough”, “The Haunting” Pert Near Sandstone - “Stay All Night”, “Summer Skies” We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com. Written by: Justin Bruhn & Nate Sipe.  Produced by: Nate Sipe, Justin Bruhn, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe. For More information: www.pertnearsandstone.com & www.blueoxmusicfestival.com. **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
01:02:51
January 11, 2021
Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Granades- Road To Blue Ox
Nate and Justin are thrilled to bring you another episode this season with a virtual Blue Ox Music Festival on the near horizon! It was a salve for the spirit to chat with Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades who also provides a couple of their unreleased songs for us. We hope this will find you well as we virtually stretch out in the grass of the Whispering Pines Campground. Watch the event live on Aug 28 & 29, 2020 or archived thereafter on YouTube and Facebook.  Featured Music: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades - “Cheyenne”, “The Devil’s Trash”.  Armchair Boogie - “All My Friends”. Chicken Wire Empire - “Joe Eddy (Live)”. Pert Near Sandstone “Stay All Night”, "Last of Callahan", “Ruben’s Train”. We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com. Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Nate Sipe, Justin Bruhn, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe. For More information: www.pertnearsandstone.com & www.blueoxmusicfestival.com. **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
01:20:00
August 25, 2020
Lillie Mae - Road To Blue Ox
We are back with some current information preceding the festival.  Nate took a Mexican vacation which prompted a discussion of marine biology. Justin ventured into his own uncharted territory while interviewing his new favorite musician, Lillie Mae, who will be performing at Blue Ox this year.  Featured Music: Charley Crockett “In The Night” Lillie Mae “A Golden Year” Pert Near Sandstone “Stay All Night”, “Fishing Reel” We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com. Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Nate Sipe, Justin Bruhn, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe. For More information: www.pertnearsandstone.com & www.blueoxmusicfestival.com. **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
46:60
February 26, 2020
Jerry Douglas - Road To Blue Ox
Welcome back to the Road To Blue Ox Podcast!  We are well on our way heading toward the 6th annual Blue Ox Music Festival this June 11-13, 2020. Nate and Justin are back to tell you what’s new and highlight some of the artists joining us this year. After getting to jam with Jerry Douglas recently, we caught up with him and had a great chat about chickens mostly, but also Japan and a bit about music. Featured Music on this Episode: Arkansauce : “Time, Tears and Money”. Legendary Shack Shakers: “After You’ve Gone”. Jerry Douglas Band: “On A Monday”. Pert Near Sandstone: “Stay All Night”, “Needle & Thread”. We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com. Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Nate Sipe, Justin Bruhn, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe. For More information: www.pertnearsandstone.com & www.blueoxmusicfestival.com. **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
56:04
January 31, 2020
Them Coulee Boys & Festival Guide - Road To Blue Ox
The final episode of Road To Blue Ox before the gates open!  We sat down with Them Coulee Boys' brothers Soren and Jens Staff to talk about their musical evolution. They also give us a hint at what it's like being based in Eau Claire, which has become an artistic hub of the region, aside from being the home of Blue Ox. The Festival season is here! Nate and Justin discuss what to expect as you arrive and what features and amenities to keep in mind throughout the weekend.  We Introduce the instrument workshop instructors and sample music from other artists who will be performing this year.  Excitement is in the air and we can't wait to join you at the Whispering Pines Campground for the 5th annual Blue Ox Music Festival! Featured Music on This episode:  Infamous Stringdusters - “Sun Rise”. The Woods - “White Lines and Neon Signs”. Barbaro - “Cold Stack”. Dead South - “Delirium,” “Boots”. Pokey LaFarge - “Devil Ain’t Lazy”. Larry Keel - “Love” Them Coulee Boys - “5’6 Monument”. Pert Near Sandstone - Stay All Night”, “Elzic’s Farewell”. We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com.    Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Nate Sipe, Justin Bruhn, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe.   For More information: www.pertnearsandstone.com & www.blueoxmusicfestival.com. **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
51:37
May 31, 2019
Sarah Shook - Road To Blue Ox
Sarah Shook calls in from her home in Chapel Hill, NC to talk with us about touring life, being a mother and a band leader, and embracing the success of her music which she calls traditional country with a punk rock element. It was a fun conversation where she praises Milwaukee as her favorite stop on tour! We are really looking forward to seeing her perform at the festival, and dancing along. Nate and Justin discuss other new features of the festival and play music from the bluegrass legends joining us this year, including Peter Rowan and Jerry Douglas. Featured Music on this Episode: Sarah Shook - "Good As Gold", "What It Takes". Earls of Leicester w/ Jerry Douglas - "I'll Go Stepping Too". Peter Rowan - "Can't You Hear Me Calling". Punch Brothers - “Three Dots and a Dash”. Pert Near Sandstone - "Stay All Night", “Old Joe Clark”, “Maggie Dear”. We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com.    Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Nate Sipe, Justin Bruhn, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe.   For More information: www.pertnearsandstone.com & www.blueoxmusicfestival.com. **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
55:05
May 14, 2019
Ronnie McCoury - Road To Blue Ox
Nate and Justin met up with Ronnie McCoury in Lutsen, Minnesota where he captivated us with stories of his musical journey that led to The Travelin’ McCourys.  Congratulations to them for winning the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album of 2018!  We talk about some of the camping options on the grounds, reminding attendees about the festival shuttle that runs from the hotels in Eau Claire, and feature songs from artists joining us at Blue Ox this year.  This episode also has the exciting announcement of the Late Night Backwoods Stage line-up.  We are gearing up and counting down the days.  Thanks for joining us along the way!  Featured Music on this episode:  Charlie Parr - “Over the Red Cedar”. Billy Strings - “On The Line”.  Dusty Heart - “Wild Whispers” Travelin' McCourys - “I Live on a Battlefield”.  Pert Near Sandstone - “Stay All Night”, “Sonny’s Rag”, “Liza Jane”.  We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com.  Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Nate Sipe, Justin Bruhn, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe.   For More information:  www.blueoxmusicfestival.com & www.pertnearsandstone.com     **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
01:06:54
April 23, 2019
Sam Bush - Road To Blue Ox
In this episode we talk to the inimitable Sam Bush. He discusses his upcoming single and music video release, as well as the recent documentary on his life, contribution, and influence called "Revival".  Sam also recalls stories from a career which spans the development of music festivals as we know them today.  Thanks to "The Paul Bunyan of Blue Ox" for taking the time to chat with us!    We are also joined by Cara Martner, the hospitality manager for Blue Ox. She gives us a glimpse of what it’s like behind the scenes during the festival weekend and shares her great perspective on this music community.   Nate and Justin share memories about repeating Blue Ox Festival artists Del McCourry and Jeff Austin. We spin some music from them and also The Lowest Pair, who are joining us this year again.  Thanks for listening!  Featured music on this episode:    The Lowest Pair -"Keweenaw Flower" .  Jeff Austin Band - "Run Down" .   Del McCourry Band - "All Aboard". Sam Bush - "Apple Blossom" and "Circles Around Me".  Pert Near Sandstone - "Stay All Night", "Appalachian Girl" and "Crossroads".  We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com.    Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Nate Sipe, Justin Bruhn, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe.    For More information:  www.pertnearsandstone.com,  www.blueoxmusicfestival.com.  **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
01:04:45
March 23, 2019
Dave Simonett of Trampled By Turtles - Road To Blue Ox
Welcome to the debut episode of Road To Blue Ox!  Dave Simonett of Trampled By Turtles chatted with us about songwriting, his musical origins, and love of the outdoors.  Don't miss Justin's lightning round of questions at the revealing end of the interview.  Thanks for the strong coffee, Dave!   We also talked about Pert Near's involvement with the creation of the Blue Ox Music Festival and discussed some new features you can expect this year.   Featured music on this episode:  Trampled By Turtles -   "The Middle".  The Traveling McCoury's - "Cumberland Blues".   Billy Strings - "Dos Banjos".   Pert Near Sandstone - "Stay All Night".   We are interested to know what you would like to hear on future episodes and any helpful feedback.  Send a message to: RoadToBlueOx@gmail.com.    Written by: Nate Sipe & Justin Bruhn.  Produced by: Nate Sipe, Justin Bruhn, and Pert Near Sandstone.  Recorded and edited by: Nate Sipe.  www.pertnearsandstone.com  **Permission was obtained for all music used in this episode.
01:01:40
February 26, 2019