The Spares Featured on HBO’s True Blood

July 30, 2011

On the Soundtrack for “I Wish I was the Moon”:

True Blood LogoCHICAGO (July 27, 2011) — The hit HBO vampire drama True Blood will feature a song by Chicago Americana group The Spares in its July 31 episode, officials from the show announced.

“The haunting twang and dark sexiness of The Spares mixed very nicely in the world of True Blood,” says Gary Calamar, the show’s Grammy-nominated music supervisor. True Blood was also nominated for four Emmy Awards earlier this month.

Calamar chose the song “Mexico” to include in an episode entitled “I Wish I Was the Moon” (Season 4, Episode 6). The track was written and recorded by The Spares in 2005 for the group’s first CD, Hand Me Down. “Mexico” was also named “Country Song of the Year” in 2006 by the Independent Artists Company.

“‘Mexico’ is about someone who is frustrated with day-to-day life, and who dreams of making a dramatic change to shake up that routine,” says Steve Hendershot of The Spares, who wrote the song along with lead vocalist Jodee Lewis. “What I had in mind at the time was wanting to quit my job at Northwestern University to be a musician. But I can see how it would apply equally well to the people and vampires of Bon Temps, Louisiana.”

The Spares have released three CDs since Hand Me Down, including Beautiful and Treacherous Thing in 2007 (a finalist for “Americana Album of the Year” in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards) and 2010’s Everything Is Easy, released last August at a sold-out concert at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.

True Blood’s Calamar was introduced to The Spares by Brooke Blocki of KMA Licensing (, a Chicago-based music licensing company that helps musicians gain television, film and advertising placements.

“We’re thrilled to be able to introduce The Spares to millions of people worldwide,” says Blocki. “This will also draw national attention to the great independent music that comes from Chicago.”

The Spares’ original acoustic music has been described as “hauntingly gorgeous” (Maverick Magazine), “simple, aching and hearty” (NewCity Chicago), and “somewhere in heaven between Gram Parsons and Alison Krauss” (Smother Magazine). “Their sound kind of tracks their personal journeys in encompassing the range of the American heartland,” says Alison Cuddy of WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR affiliate). “That may be why, in spite of the literal spareness of their music, it can be hard to categorize.” Indeed, The Spares’ songs fuse country, folk, blues and rock. The lyrics are thoughtful and honest, just as the music is raw, beautiful and compelling.

Listen: “Mexico” is available for purchase via iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other Internet music retailers. The song is also available for streaming at

Upcoming Performance by The Spares: The Spares’ next Chicago performance is Friday, Aug. 19 at the Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago). 9:30pm, all ages, $15, tickets at

About the Spares: Jodee Lewis and Steve Hendershot formed The Spares in 2005. They write and sing twangy, bluesy, roots music about characters who are desperate and hopeful, buoyant and brokenhearted—sometimes all at once. The stories hint at love and truth in ways that the characters themselves don’t always recognize. For more information, visit

About Gary Calamar: Gary Calamar, True Blood’s Grammy-nominated music supervisor, runs Los Angeles, CA-based Go Music Supervision.In addition to his work on True Blood, Calamar also handles music supervision for House and Dexter, and hosts a radio show at Los Angeles NPR-affiliate KCRW. (

About True Blood: True Blood, the latest hit series from Emmy Award-winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), delves into the meticulously crafted world of novelist Charlaine Harris. The show tracks the lives of vampires and humans who coexist uneasily in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The show, which stars Anna Paquin as waitress Sookie Stackhouse, was nominated for four Emmy Awards earlier this month. (


Contribution credit: The Spares

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True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 3 – “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

July 14, 2011

Soundtrack for Episode 3:

TB Season 4 poster-redIn an episode that put Pam in a tizzy over Eric’s erased memory, and left Jason helpless as he was forced to breed werepanthers, we have a solid music list to back it all up. Alcide reappeared for the first time this season, but with Debbie by his side. And Bill’s professional relationship with Portia Bellefleur expanded to a sexual relationship, at Portia’s request. Tara protected Lafayette and caught up with Sam. And Marnie sacrificed her own blood, offering herself as a vessel for another spirit.

Below is the soundtrack for the third episode of season four, “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at

J. Novak – The Wreck of Us
Pam feeds on Jethro at Fangtasia.

Boxing Gandhi’s – If You Love Me (Why Am I Dyin)*
Lafayette, Tara and Jesus have a beer and discuss their next move regarding Eric.

Ohio Sound Machine – Montgomery Moonlight
Sookie visits Alcide.

Michelle Malone – Restraining Order Blues*
Tara enters Merlotte’s and asks Sookie to talk to Eric. Sam comes over.

G. DaPonte – Nowhere
Sam and Tara talk at Merlotte’s.

Astrud Gilberto (Thievery Corporation remix) – Who Needs Forever*
Upscale restaurant, Bill leaves Eric a voicemail; Portia Bellefleur rejoins him at the table and they discuss the nature of their relationship.

Dave Pezzner – Child’s Play
In Fangtasia’s basement, Pam speaks with Lafayette about Eric’s memory issues.

Karen Elson – Season of the Witch*
End credits.

Source: – True Blood Music


True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 2 – “You Smell Like Dinner”

July 8, 2011

The Soundtrack for Episode 38:

Stephen Moyer as King of Louisiana Bill ComptonAfter last week’s “one year later” catch-up, we were treated to stories from the past and the present. Bill‘s underground punk days in London in the 80’s reveal his history with Nan Flanagan, the main vamp behind killing Queen Sophie-Anne. Sookie is fighting Eric for control of her house, but Eric is not in a fighting mood. After all, he built himself a hidey-hole. Jessica is acting out from the difficulty of her home life and Sam‘s new interest Luna reveals she can shift into a lot more than a horse. Poor Jason was chosen to breed with Crystal (on account of Felton‘s infertility), but he’s got to become a werepanther first. Ouch.

Long list of music in this episode. Below is that very list, from episode 2 of season 4, “You Smell Like Dinner,” along with the correlating plot point, courtesy of HBO.

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at

Zack Tempest – Dominatrix
Pam emerges from Fangtasia.

Flying Lotus and Thom Yorke – And the World Laughs With You*
Lafayette and Jesus are in the kitchen late at night.

See Spot Kill – Trash This Place*
(London, England Early 80’s). Bill is at an underground punk rock club looking for someone to feed on. He chats up the bartender Marcus.

John Etkin Bell & Mike Farmer – Lift Off
(London Punk Flashback continues). Plays at the underground club with Bill and Marcus.

John Etkin Bell & Mike Farmer – Make Some Noise
(London Punk Flashback continues). Outside the club, Bill feeds on Marcus.

N/A – A Life On the Ocean Wave*
(London Punk Flashback continues). Drunks sing at the bar. Nan Flanagan talks to Bill about “mainstreaming” vampires.

Tom Heyman – Fat City*
Sookie is back at work at Merlotte’s.

Eric Corne – Trampolines*
Sam carries booze to the office at Merlotte’s. Luna is waiting for him.

Kanude – Wheels-Part One*
Tommy and James think Luna is pretty.

Craig Campbell – Family Man*
Jessica decides to drive over to Fangtasia for some excitement.

DJ Acucrack – Clown Darker*
Protesters are outside Fangtasia.

DJ Acucrack – Coming Down
Jessica walks in slow motion towards her prey.

Jenny O – Well OK Honey*
Tara calls Naomi. They miss each other.

N/A – Shoot First
Sookie goes into the girls room at Fangtasia to find Jessica.

Jinx Titanic and the Super 8 Cum Shots – You Smell Like Dinner*
End credits.

What song will you download?

Source: – True Blood Music

(Photo credit: HBO, Inc.)