30-Minute Music Hour

S10 E3 | FULL EPISODE

Nickel & Rose

Americana duo plays traditional, original folk with a cutting edge. Milwaukee duo Nickel & Rose brings African influence to traditional folk music.

AIRED: February 13, 2019 | 0:29:10
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♪ ♪

[quiet, slow notes on fiddle and guitar]

[guitar being played as warm-up exercise]

[notes being played on fiddle as warm-up exercise]

- It's the "30 Minute Music Hour."

I'm Andy Moore.

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

Nickel & Rose.

[cheers and applause]

[warmup notes on bass, fiddle, guitar fade]

- (quietly) One, two, three, four.

["Hard Day's Work"]

[uptempo folk music with staccato notes on bass and fidde, melody on guitar]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[fast guitar playing of melody in staccato style]

[fiddle plays uptempo melody]

♪ ♪

[uptempo folk music with staccato notes on bass and fiddle, melody on guitar]

♪ ♪

♪ Sit with me my Anna ♪

♪ On a cold day in March ♪

♪ Up on the reservoir with a bottle of whiskey ♪

♪ Today we know who we are ♪

♪ Drive with me my Anna ♪

♪ To a beach outside of town ♪

♪ I'll quit my job and we'll live there forever ♪

♪ Or at least we'll live there for now ♪

[guitar playing melody]

♪ You are beautiful my Anna ♪

♪ At a bar on Christmas Eve ♪

♪ With tears running down our faces ♪

♪ There's nowhere else we should be ♪

♪ It's a hard day's work ♪

♪ To be mesmerized by clouds ♪

♪ Or an open country road ♪

♪ It's a hard day's work to see beauty when it's found ♪

♪ In the broken people of the earth ♪

[fiddle plays uptempo melody]

♪ You are beautiful my Anna ♪

♪ At a bar on Christmas Eve ♪

♪ With tears running down our faces ♪

♪ There's nowhere else we should be ♪

♪ There's nowhere else we should be ♪

♪ There's nowhere else we should be ♪

[music fades]

[cheers and applause]

Johanna: Sorry Carl.

I forgot to tell you I changed that song.

- Carl: Oh yeah. I love when you do that.

[Johanna chuckling]

- What'd we got now?

- We're going to play this song.

It's called "Another Man Is Dead."

(quietly) One, two, three.

["Another Man Is Dead"]

[slow folk guitar and fiddle music]

♪ Another man is dead ♪

♪ Another man is dead ♪

♪ Another man is dead ♪

♪ They put a bullet in his head♪

♪ Another man is dead ♪

♪ When my grandpa was young ♪

♪ He had to hold his tongue ♪

♪ Cause they'd hang ya from a bridge downtown ♪

♪ Now they call that "stand your ground" ♪

♪ Another man is dead ♪

[fiddle flourishes]

♪ 21st century ♪

♪ Don't mean a thing to me ♪

♪ 'Cause it might as well be 1910 ♪

♪ They're killing women, killing men ♪

♪ Another woman is dead ♪

♪ Another woman's dead ♪

♪ Another woman's dead ♪

♪ Turn signal wasn't on ♪

♪ They locked her up and now she's gone ♪

♪ Another woman is dead ♪

♪ No respect for life ♪

♪ Just a slave in your eyes ♪

♪ You'd rather see me in chains♪

♪ I guess some things haven't changed ♪

♪ Well, maybe I'm just angry and my words may be cliche ♪

♪ It's hard to write a song ♪

♪ While folks get murdered every day ♪

♪ I know it ain't so simple ♪

♪ But I know I'm mad as hell ♪

♪ Why should we choose between a noose and dying in a cell ♪

♪ They killed another man ♪

♪ They killed another man ♪

♪ Police pulled a gun on me ♪

♪ When I was only seventeen ♪

♪ I could have been that man ♪

♪ Some folks believe the lies ♪

♪ They're fooled by the disguise ♪

♪ No need to hide behind a white hood ♪

♪ When a badge works just as good ♪

♪ Another man... ♪

♪ ...is dead ♪

[mid-tempo folk music with bass, fiddle and guitar]

[ending notes of fiddle fade]

[cheers and applause]

Carl: All right. Thank you.

Ok, we're warmed up now.

You can start recording... [audience laughs]

- So that last song, we just were in the studio and recorded that.

So that's going to be on our next album,

which probably won't be out when this is on TV

but it will be out soon after that.

And this song we're going to do is called "Red Rocking Chair"

which was on our first EP, Oh Sweet Love.

[Red Rocking Chair]

[bass note strummed three times]

[guitar strummed]

- (whispering) One, two, three.

[slow bluesy music]

♪ I ain't got no use... ♪

♪ ...for your red rocking chair♪

♪ I ain't got no sugar, baby now ♪

♪ I ain't got no honey, baby now ♪

- ♪ Who will rock the cradle ♪

♪ And who will sing my song ♪

♪ Who will rock the cradle when I'm gone ♪

♪ Who will rock the cradle when I'm gone ♪

- ♪ I will rock the cradle ♪

♪ And I will sing your song ♪

♪ I'll rock the cradle when you're gone ♪

♪ I'll rock the cradle when you're gone ♪

[guitar solo]

♪ ♪

♪ It's all that I can do ♪

♪ It's all that I can say ♪

♪ Send him to his mama next pay day ♪

♪ Send him to his mama next pay day ♪

- ♪ It's all that I can do ♪

♪ And yeah, it's all that I can say ♪

♪ Can't get along this way ♪

♪ Can't get along this way ♪

- ♪ I ain't got no use... ♪

♪ ...for your red rocking chair♪

♪ I ain't got no sugar, baby now ♪

♪ I ain't got no honey, baby now ♪

[music fades]

[cheers and applause]

Thanks guys.

[applause]

- Julian? - Yeah.

- All right. We're going to play an old one from way back in 2016.

Wow, so long ago.

It's the first song we wrote together.

It's called "Julian." Goes like this.

Hey, that's Ernest Brusubardis over there playing the fiddle. [applause]

He's the professional in the band. [chuckling]

["Julian"]

[riffing on bass, fiddle, and guitar]

(Quietly) One, two, three...

[midtempo bluesy music]

[fiddle playing medody]

♪ Take me to the river, let me float away ♪

♪ And let the water take me to another place ♪

♪ Don't you go too far, you know it won't be long ♪

♪ Til you will have to pay for all the things you've done ♪

♪ I left a little letter and I wrote your name ♪

♪ Now you will have to live on with all my pain ♪

♪ Maybe I will see you on the other side ♪

♪ Just you, me and the devil nothing left to hide ♪

[fiddle solo]

♪ ♪

Carl and Johanna: ♪ Julian ♪

♪ Will you go to sleep again ♪

♪ Julian ♪

♪ Will you go to sleep again ♪

♪ Julian ♪ [tempo increases]

♪ Will you go to sleep again ♪

♪ Julian ♪

♪ Will you go to sleep again ♪

[fiddle solo]

[guitar solo]

- ♪ Take me to the river where the fire burns bright ♪

♪ Guitars are always turning and the whiskey lasts all night♪

♪ Take me to the time we all use to know ♪

♪ Where music was a way of life and death the final show ♪

♪ Hold my hand as we walk my final path ♪

♪ Under the bridge is where I fill my glass ♪

♪ Take me to the fire, the fire burns blue ♪

♪ Guitars are always turning and I'm free to love you ♪

♪ ♪

[fiddle solo]

[fiddle solo]

[fiddle notes slow and fade]

- That was disgusting Ernie. How dare you?

[cheers and applause]

[applause]

[guitar solo]

♪ So take me to that river, let me float away ♪

♪ And let the water take me to another place ♪

♪ Don't you go too far, you know it won't be long ♪

♪ Til you will have to pay for what you've done, oh ♪

♪ I left a little letter and I wrote your name ♪

♪ Now you will have to live on with all this pain ♪

♪ But maybe I will see you on the other side ♪

♪ Just you, me and the devil nothing left to hide ♪

[ending notes fade]

Thank you.

[cheers and applause]

All right.

This song here is the title track off of our latest EP.

It's called "Americana."

["Americana"]

[midtempo folk guitar music]

♪ If I wasn't standing on this stage ♪

♪Would you wonder why I was here ♪

♪ Would you ask me if I was lost or if I came to sell you pills ♪

♪ Well I thought this was for everyone ♪

♪ Not just a few ♪

♪ But I guess you won't be satisfied til it all belongs to you ♪

♪ Americana ♪

♪ I guess that's why it's called Americana ♪

♪ Sister Rosetta made this land for me and you ♪

♪ Stolen by a man from Tennessee with blue suede shoes ♪

♪ He made it look so easy and y'all call him the King ♪

♪ But what about the folks who wrote those songs he loved to sing ♪

♪ Americana ♪

♪ There ain't no room for me in Americana ♪

♪ Ain't no room for me in Americana ♪

♪ I don't wanna be in Americana ♪

♪ 'Cause oh so many years ago I used to have a home ♪

♪ And somewhere along the way lost everything I owned ♪

♪ The instruments from Africa, they're no longer for me ♪

♪ Just like the songs we sang when we all wanted to be free ♪

♪ Americana ♪

♪ There ain't no room for me in Americana ♪

♪ Ain't no room for me in Americana ♪

♪ I don't wanna be in Ameriana ♪

♪ ♪

♪ 'Cause oh so many years ago, I used to have a home ♪

♪ And somewhere along the way, lost everything I owned ♪

♪ These things don't just happen ♪

♪ And I just can't believe ♪

♪ Somebody else's version of my own history ♪

♪ Americana ♪

♪ I guess that's why it's called Americana ♪

♪ There ain't no room for me in Americana ♪

♪ I don't wanna be in Americana ♪

[ending notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

- Thank you so much.

We're going to play one more song for you.

Thanks for being here. Thanks for having us.

And this song's called "Dog River."

["Dog River"]

[adjusting bass]

- Hey, we love you.

[chuckling]

[random notes on bass]

- You ready?

- (Quietly) One, two, three.

[Chord strummed four times on bass and guitar]

Carl and Johanna: ♪ Dog river runs so cool ♪

♪ Runs so cold when it runs for... youuuuu ♪

[tap, tap, tap]

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Dog river runs so cool ♪

♪ Runs so cold when it runs for you ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Green Mountains sky so blue ♪

♪ Standing over me and you ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Should the mountains fall and the river run dry ♪

♪ I walk a hundred miles to be at your side ♪

♪ Side ♪

♪ Side ♪

♪ Side ♪

♪ Side ♪

♪ Side ♪

♪ Side ♪

♪ ♪

[overlapping]

- ♪ Dog river runs so cool ♪

♪ Runs so cold when it runs for you ♪ (Dog river runs so cool)

♪ Dog river runs so cool ♪ (Runs so cold when it runs for you)

♪ Runs so cold when it runs for you ♪ (Dog river runs so cool)

- ♪ Runs so cold when it runs for you ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

♪ Youuuuu ♪

[last note fades]

[cheers and applause]

- Thanks you guys.

[cheers and applause]

Thanks so much.

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