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Eilen Jewell


Bad Liver’s “Death Trip” to air on HBO’s True Blood!! August 2nd

If you haven’t seen True Blood yet, yer missin out. Finally we got ourselves a show that features flannel shirt wearing vampires, rather than those puffy shirt wearing, turn of the century vamps we usually see. The series is based on the The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, and details the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small Louisiana town.

And the most important thing to note, 4 million more people will get to listen to Bad Liver’s “Death Trip” and be exposed to some Newgrass music.


Here’s a note from the old Sugar Hill label folks:

“Hey guys, Good news. This spot was confirmed today! Up to one minute of the song will be used.

Of the six placements Welk/Sugar Hill/Vanguard has enjoyed in this show’s 2 seasons so far, I anticipate this one to be the best. Song should be highlighted quite nicely.

Airs this Sunday, Aug. 2nd @ 9pm – episode #207

According to, “The second season premiere of the series on June 14, 2009 was watched by 3.7 million viewers, making it the most watched program on HBO since the series finale of The Sopranos.” And according to Entertainment Weekly, for the 7/14 episode, “Viewers’ thirst for True Blood is intensifying: After taking a week off, the bloody good vampire saga’s latest episode on Sunday attracted a series-high 3.9 million viewers.” Last week pulled in 3.85 viewers, says The show is a bona fide hit for HBO.

So, yeah, close to 4 million people will get to listen to “Death Trip” simultaneously (without getting technical and counting the different time zones as…different time zones).

Crazy Heart – The harder the life, the sweeter the song.

Crazy heart has been nominated for a passel of big Hollywood awards, including several Academy Awards, Oscars and Spirit Awards. And why wouldn’t it. While it’s fiction, the story is very real. Amazing talent adds to the mix; Jeff Bridges (nominated for best actor), Maggie Gyllenhaal (nominated for best supporting actress ) and Singer-Songwriter Ryan Bingham (nominated for Best Original Song “the weary kind”) and let’s not forget the musical genius of one T-Bone Burnett.

I love this quote from T-Bone Burnett when discussing Crazy Heart and old time music.

“There’s so many beautiful musicians and writers and painters, creative people in general, and what most of us get is squeezed through this tiny bottleneck of ‘American Idol’ and things like that. I think it’s incumbent upon us who care about old time music and other kinds of music and art that isn’t in the mainstream to spread the word however we can. Movies have become a great radio station; people are in the dark with a good sound system for two hours, and I see that as a great opportunity to DJ.”

This formula seems to be working so far. One doesn’t have to look far to see the success old time music has had on the big screen. Look at the success we all have had since O’ Brother hit the screen.

Check out the movie. Give the soundtrack a listen. You won’t be disappointed.

The .357 String Band