Media Life: DirectTV slot in future for Placer High grad’s Saint Motel band

By: Gus Thomson/Media Life
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Call it judgment day, the rapture or simply the end of the world. So what are you going to do when Christian radio network Family Stations calls The Big One for May 21? That’s this Saturday, in the event you’re keeping count. And in the case of Placer High grad Greg Erwin and his Los-Angeles-based hard-pop band Saint Motel, you throw a party at famed nightclub The Roxy. Judgment day or no, the band is also throwing all caution to the wind and continuing to make plans for the future, including an appearance on DirectTV’s “Guitar Center Sessions.” The “Guitar Center Sessions” is a coup for Erwin and his bandmates, given some of the legends that have performed on the show and talked with host Nic “Morning Becomes Eclectic” Harcourt. Erwin, who was in Auburn to take in the Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 start, said that the hour-long program promises some mass exposure for the band. Punk-pop pioneers Blondie were finishing up and Saint Motel prepared for their recent filming before a “Sessions” live audience. Social Distortion was arriving the next day. Harcourt gained a reputation for breaking acts like Coldplay in North America on his L.A. radio show. Saint Motel was the only band chosen for the DirectTV gig that hasn’t signed with a major label, Erwin noted. If the Erwin name is familiar, it may be because his mother is Dena Erwin, former Auburn Journal reporter and public information officer with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Erwin is the Saint Motel drummer, providing a backbeat to a band that mixes pop with cinematic visuals. The four-piece is slotted to appear July 23 on “Guitar Center Sessions.” That is if the world as we know it is still around. Subject is honey When Boulder, Colo. writer Hannah Nordhaus went searching for the quintessential beekeeper, she looked no farther than Newcastle’s John Miller and his 10,000 beehives. Miller, of Newcastle’s Miller Honey Farm, is the focus of the newly published book “The Beekeeper’s Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America.” Harper Perennial is the publisher. Miller’s family has been raising bees and making honey for more than a century. “Beekeeper’s Lament” explores the vital role that honeybees play in American agribusiness and their maintenance of the nation’s food chain. Miller is given a starring role by Nordhaus as he trucks hives around the country, delivering millions of bees to farmers in need of pollinators for their crops. Viewed through the author’s lens as a homespun hero, Miller brings his own determination and wry humor to a book that’s been compared to Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation.” Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at or (530) 852-0232.