Friday, January 15, 2016

January 17th, 2016

The playlist for the 17th went like this...

1) John Hiatt; Real Fine Love; Stolen Moments

2) Bob Dylan; North Country Blues; Live at Carnegie Hall (1963)
3) Magokoro Brothers; My Back Pages; Masked and Anonymous Soundtrack
4) Patty Griffin; The Cape; This One's for Him--A tribute to Guy Clark

5) Warren Zevon; Hit Somebody; My Ride's Here
6) Redbird; Ships; Redbird
7) Iris Dement; Go on Ahead and Go Home; Sing the Delta
8) Greg Brown; Freak Flag; Freak Flag

9) Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; So Familiar; So Familiar
10) Dave Rawlings Machine; Short Haired Woman Blues; Nashville Obsolete

11) James McMurtry; Lost in the Backyard; Where'd You Hide the Body
12) Jason Isbell; 24 Frames; Something More than Free
13) Gram Parons; Ooh Las Vegas; Hi Five

January 10th, 2016

Hi All,

The first new show of 2016 went like this...

1) Joe Ely; Magdalene; Panhandle Rambler

2) Jimmy LaFave; Not Dark Yet; Music from the tv show Californication
3) The Wood Brothers; Luckiest Man; Ways Not to Lose
4) Tift Merritt; Good Hearted Man; Tambourine

5) John Prine; Billy the Bum; Bruised Orange
6) Stan Rogers; First Christmas; Between the Breaks (Live)

7) Bruce Springsteen; Land of Hope and Dreams; Wrecking Ball
8) The Wood Brothers; Singing to Strangers; Paradise
9) Futurebirds; Twentyseven
10) Patty Griffin; There Isn't One Way; Servant of Loe

11) Los Lobos; Made to Break Your Heart; Gates of Gold
12) Bob Dylan; Gambling Willie; The Wittmark Demos

Sunday, January 03, 2016

January 3rd, 2016

First post of 2016.  This morning's show was an "encore presentation" of a 2015 show featuring all Warren Zevon.  The playlist is long gone, but...

The show started with Boom Boom Mancini and went from there.

I'll be back next week with the first new show of 2016.

Thanks for listening and happy new year.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

December 20th, 2015

The playlist for the 20th went like this...

1) James McMurtry's Holiday Message (played every year at this time)
2) Bob Dylan; Winder Wonderland; Christmas in the Heart

3) James McMurtry; Panting by Numbers; Too Long in the Wasteland
4) John Fullbright; Keeping Hope Alive; Songs
5) Chris Stapleton; Traveller; Traveller

6)  John Prine; The Sins of Memphisto; The Missing Years
7) Donnie Fritts; Them Old Love Songs; Oh My Goodness
8) Nanci Griffith; Working in Corners; One Fair Summer Eventing

9) John Prine; A John Prine Christmas; A John Prine Christmas
10) Bob Dylan; Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas; Christmas in the Heart

11) Steve Goodman; In Between the Lines; No Big Surprise
12) Guy Clark; To Live is to Fly; Poet--A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
13 Steve Goodman; My Old Man; No Big Surprise

14) Sarah Jarosz; Simple Twist of Fate; Build Me Up from the Bones

Show notes...

After my dad passed away 18 months ago I thought I'd probably never again be able to listen to Steve Goodman's My Old Man, but it felt right here around the holidays...McMurtry's Christmas Message is kinda right on, but when you have an 11 and 8 year old at this time of the year he sure seems wrong.  My daughter asked me for the history of Santa Clause, why we have him, etc., and I didn't really have a good answer.  Here's one, well kinda anyway...this is one of the best books I read in 2015, and I really liked this article for some reason.

Happy Holidays everybody...thanks for listening.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

December 13th, 2015

Hey Everyone,

I've been away from the blog for quite a while now...the show is alive and well.  New shows nearly every weekend, but for one reason or another the blog has drifted. I shall try once more...maybe I'll even change the color or something.

Playlist for the 13th went like this...

1) James McMurtry; Where's Johnny; Candyland

2) Robert Plant & Allison Krauss; Raising Sand; Killing the Blues

3) Bob Dylan; Hazel; Planet Waves
4) Sarah Jarosz; Rearrange the Art; Build Me Up From the Bones

5) Chris Knight; It Ain't Easy Being Me; Chris Knight

6) Dave Alvin; Ol 55; Step Right Up--The Songs of Tom Waits
7) Tom Waits; Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards); Closing Time
8) Tom Waits; Little Trip to Heaven (On the Wings of Your Love); Closing Time

Three from Chris Stapleton's new one, Traveller

9) Traveller

10) Fire Away
11) Tennessee Whiskey

12) Lyle Lovett (with intro by Guy Clark); South Texas Girl; It's Not Big It's Large

13) Bruce Springsteen; Badlands; Darkness on the Edge of Town

Show thoughts..........

Man is it fun to revisit a song after the passing of a good many years.  Like a conversation with an old friend.  They've changed.  You've changed.  But it's all the same, too.  Haven't heard Where's Johnny for probably five years and like so many McMurtry songs you find a little more in it every time you listen.

Dylan's Hazel ain't a bad song either, though I played it by mistake.   It sounded right though and you can't ask for more.  Was trying to play this one, which I believe is the only time Bob talks about Duluth in a tune.

Maybe I just have James McMurtry on my mind, but Sarah Jarosz's song Rearrange the Art got me thinking of McMurtry's Painting by Numbers, probably the first song of his I ever heard.

Played some Tom Waits today, a guy I've never really listened to quite enough.  Found myself watching a video of his for God's Away on Business which I thought was just delightful and not a bad commentary on the state of things in this goofy ol' world.  Got to thinking I need more Tom Waits in my life...

And speaking of God being away on business, this is an awfully powerful article, the kind that messes you up in all the right ways.  I don't think Donald Trump will read it.

No word on when Chris Stapleton will be around Minnesota, but don't forget Jason Isbell will be here on Feb. 22nd.  One week before Springsteen plays Xcel on the 29th...

I don't know he does it, but for me anyway Lyle Lovett can create an entire visual scene in my head with two or three words.  Seems no matter what he says I somehow find myself outside riding my Big Wheel in the driveway of my childhood home with my parents holding hands and watching me through the picture window...or maybe closing down a bar with old friends.

Thanks for listening.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

September 13, 2015

Hi All,

Lots of new shows lately, but my blog woes continue...

Here's how the show went today

1) Loudon Wainwright III; Being a Dad; Little Ship

2) John Hiatt; Buffalo River Home; Perfectly Good Guitar
3) Kasey Musgraves; Pageant Material; Pageant Material
4) Sheryl Crow; Long Gone Lonesome Blues; Timeless

5) Richard Thompson; No Peace, No End; Still
6) Lucinda Williams; Everything has Changed (Demo); West (Demos)
7) Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men; So Long Baby Goodbye; Interstate City

Three songs from Dylan's Street Legal

8) Baby, Stop Crying
9) No Time to Think

10) Warren Zevon; Don't Let Us Get Sick; Preludes
11) Rodney Crowell; Closer to Heaven; Sex & Gasoline

Sunday, August 09, 2015

August 9th, 2015

Hi All,

The playlist for the 9th went like this...featured a few tracks this morning from this film
An awfully good movie you can find on Netflix.   

1) Suzy Bogguss; Old Dan Tucker;

2) Jason Isbell; Something More Than Free; Something More Than Free
3) Joe Pug; Silver Harps and Violins; The Great Despiser
4) Justin Townes Earle; Farther From Me; Absent Fathers

Three songs from the soundtrack for 20 Feet From Stardom--loved the movie and the soundtrack is nice.  I played...

5) Lean on Me; Darlene Love (and friends)
6) Gimme Shelter; Merry Clayton
7) He's a Rebel; The Crystals

8) Bruce Springsteen; This Train; Live in New York
9) Rodney Crowell; The Long Journey Home; Tarpaper Sky
10) Trampled by Turtles; Late Night on the Interstate; Live at First Avenue

11) Sturgill Simpson; Life Ain't Fair and the World is Mean;
12) Todd Snider; If Tomorrow Never Comes; Storyteller

13) David Bowie; Young Americans; 20 Feet From Stardom

Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 19th, 2015

Hi All,

The playlist for the 19th started with a slow beautiful one from Fred Eaglesmith and went from there...

1) Fred Eaglesmith; The Rocket; Bailin

2) Mandolin Orange; Train Song; Mandolin Orange
3) Todd Snider; Play a Train Song; The Storyteller
4) Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Orange Blossom Special; Will the Circle be Unbroken

5) Lucinda Williams; Tryin' to Get to Heaven; Chimes of Freedom--The Songs of Bob Dylan
6) Bob Dylan; Workingman's Blues; Modern Times
7) The Avett Brothers; Spanish Pipedream; Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows--The Songs of John Prine

8) Chris Smither; Killing the Blues; Happier Blue
9) James McMurtry; Ain't Got a Place; Complicated Game
10) Parker Millsap; Old Time Religion; Parker Millsap
11) Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris; I Just Wanted to See You So Bad; The Traveling Kind

12) Jeffery Foucault; Billy the Bum; Shoot the Moon, Right Between the Eyes
13) Lyle Lovett; Closing Time; Lyle Lovett

14) Todd Snider; Beer Run; Brewed in Texas Vol. 3