An Interview with Todd Purifoy

Interviews By August 8, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

At the end of May I had the chance to talk to long time Texas music photographer and TV producer, Todd Purifoy. He had a lot of great stories and history to share about his 25+ years of involvement in the Texas/Red Dirt music scene. We chatted for over an hour touching on his personal history, the Texas Music Scene TV show, and what makes the music and “the scene” unique. As you’ll hear, he is a man of many passions and somehow has managed to tie it all together into a successful career.

Todd is on all the major social media platforms but check out his photography at his website and if you’ve never seen The Texas Music Scene TV show you are missing out. Go binge watch them online.

Personally, this post has been a long time coming. A technical glitch resulted in me not getting the first 15 minutes of our phone call recorded so I had to do a lot more editing than normal. The experience helped me to more fully appreciate what those podcast guys have to do on a weekly basis. 🙂

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Dan Johnson and the Salt Cedar Rebels “Bootlegged” us a new record

Dan Johnson, The Salt Cedar Rebels By July 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

“Bootlegged: Live from Midnight Rodeo” from Dan Johnson and the Salt Cedar Rebels is a sweet little EP that released a couple of weeks back. The Salt Cedar Rebels are a cool country and southern rock outfit that I started listening to after hearing them on the Southbound I-35 podcast with David Ryan. They bring a lot of energy, the songwriting is emotional and raw, and I love the guitar tones they seem to consistently put out there. Vocally, Dan Johnson’s voice reminds me of Jason Boland; it’s deep and country but not twangy.

This live EP contains five original songs plus a cover of “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” originally by the Georgia Satellites. In the album notes, Dan Johnson gives us the impetus for the album:

In the “good ol’ days of music,” before recording engineers and producers started manufacturing hits in studios, for the sake of the almighty dollar, some of the greatest songs came to us when a band played their hearts out at a show and some blessed soul fatefully hit “record.”

The mix of this album indeed captures the live show magic; it’s got a full sound with booming lows and the right amount of guitar reverb. You aren’t a fly on the wall at Midnight Rodeo, you are front and center.

Here is the track list:

“Ain’t Coming Back”
“Amanda Blue”
“As It Seems”
“I’d Like to Stay”
“All You’ve Got to Lose”
“Keep You Hands To Yourself”

“Ain’t Coming Back” shoots you out of a cannon at 100 mph. Outside of the love song “As It Seems” the record doesn’t slow down much. “Amanda Blue” is my favorite tune because it sucks you in with a cool guitar line then delivers with strong lyrics and songwriting.

If you are looking for something new, energetic, and bit rowdy to add to your Independence Day or Texas Music playlist, go get “Bootlegged” on Amazon Music or on iTunes here: Bootlegged: Live from Midnight Rodeo – EP – Dan Johnson & The Salt Cedar Rebels. While you’re at it pay a visit to the Salt Cedar Rebels website.

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