Sunday, December 23, 2007

12/23/07 Playlist

1. Valeriu Apan, Miamon Miller: Trei Crai (StarSong), Dargason 109
2. Revels North: On Christmas Day I'Da Mornin' & Cooley's Reel (A Celtic Feast of Song), Appletree Records 1452
3. New York Ensemble for Early Music: Rex virginum amator (Nova -- A Medieval Christmas), Early Music Foundation 29001
4. Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde: Christmas at Sea (Noel Celtique), Green Linnet 3124

The Christmas Story, and the ensuing life:
5. Ensemble: Nothing But A Child (Down at The Sea Hotel), The Secret Mountain 35
6. Richard Shindell: Before You Go (Wonderland), Signature Sounds 1268
7. Robin & Linda Williams: The First Christmas Gift (The First Christmas Gift), Red House 188
8. Tommy Sands: Down Among the Bushes of Jerusalem (To Shorten the Winter), Green Linnet 1212
9. Lily Lankin, Martha Wainwright: The Rebel Jesus (The McGarrigle Christmas Hour), Nonesuch 79925
10. Hugh Blumenfeld: Kosher for Christmas [Long-Haired Radical Socialist Jew] (At Home for The Holidays with The Folk Next Door), Uh-Oh [Out of print]
11. Dan Fogelberg: The First Christmas Morning (The First Christmas Morning), Morning Sky 3001

12. Salamander Crossing: Dona Nobis Pacem (Homegrown Holidays), Signature Sounds 1225
STORY: I read "The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll" by Patricia C. McKissack (Schwartz-Wade Books)
13. Juliet Wyers: The Gift of The Magi (private recording -- text T.S. Eliot)
14. Willow Geer-Alsop: The Gift (Peter Alsop's Chris Moose Holidays), Moose School Records
15. Honky Tonk Confidential: Who Gets the Fruitcake This Year? (A Holiday Feast Volume V), Hungry for Music 0013
16. Eva Cassidy: It's Not the Presents (A Holiday Feast Volume V)
17. Joel Mabus: Let's Do Christmas Right (How Like the Holly), Fossil 1299
18. Cathy Barton & Dave Para: Make My Present Small (Crazy Quilt), self

Have you gotten your Christmas missives out yet?
19. Lou and Peter Berryman: Christmas Letter (Some Days), Cornbelt 16
20. Dave Potts: Christmas Cards (Hudson Harding Happy Holidays Sampler Volume 1), Hudson Harding radio promo
21. Holly Tannen: Brownies for Breakfast (Crazy Laughter), self

Christmas at wartime / War at Christmas time:
22. Julie Sanderson: Christms 1864 (A Holiday Feast Volume 2), Hungry for Music 004
23. June Star: Merry Christmas from Antietam (A Holiday Feast Vol. IV), Hungry for Music 010
24. Matt and Shannon Heaton: It Came upon A Midnight Clear (Fine Winter's Night), Eats Records 007
MEMOIR: I read "Truce in The Trenches, 1914," written by W.R.M. Percy, London Rifle Brigade, included in "A Christmas Celebration, Harper & Row, 1984
25. Artisan: Christmas Eve 1914 (Paper Angels), Bedspring BOING 9806
OPINIONION: I read "Christmas in Vietnam" by James G. Lubetkin, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 24, 1987
26. Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers: Song for Dave (While We Live), Red House 45
27. Brett Dennen: The Holidays Are Here [And We're Still at War] (single), Dualtone 1240S3
28. Arlon Bennett: The Christmas Tree on Salem Street (Hudson Harding Sampler: Happy Holidays Volume 2), Hudson Harding radio promo
29. Jefferson Pepper: Christmas in Fallujah (Christmas in Fallujah), American Fallout Records 001
30. Jeff Talmadge: A Soldier's Christmas (single)

The (seasonally short) Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Jody Marshall's "Carol of The Bells," self

STORY: Who says there’s a war on Christmas? I read “The Anarchist's Pudding” by Geraldine McCaughrean, collected in “An Oxford Book of Christmas Stories,” Oxford University Press

Dysfunctional families are not necessarily alike:
32. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison: Oklahoma Christmas (Happy Holidays), self
33. Dixie Chicks with Rosie O’Donnell: Merry Christmas from The Family (single)
34. Eliza Gilkyson: Peace Call -- live version (Ribbon of Highway Endless Skyway), private

Sunday, December 16, 2007

12/16/07 Playlist

1. Jody Marshall: Nutcracker Mini-Suite (Carol of The Bells), self
2. Debi Smith: From the Hills of Bethlehem (The Soprano Christmas), self
3. Mindy Smith: My Holiday (My Holiday), Vanguard 79838
4. Eileen Ivers et al: Apples in Winter medley (An Nollaig), Compass 4467
5. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer: Go Tell the Fox (American Noel), Signature Sounds 2011
6. Alison Brown Quartet with Joe Craven: O'Carolan's / Welcome Christmas (Evergreen), Compass 4470
7. Matt & Shannon Heaton: First Snowfall of December (Fine Winter's Night), Eats Records 007

Some Grammy nominees:
8. Levon Helm: Anna Lee (Dirt Farmer), Vanguard 79844
9. Tom Waits: The Bottom of The World (Orphans), Anti- 86677 promo
10. Mary Chapin Carpenter: On with The Song (The Calling), Zoe / Rounder 1111
11. Peter Case:The Open Road Song (Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John), Yep Roc 2160
12. Cathy Fink et al: Banjo Pickin' Girl (Banjo Talkin'), Rounder 0599
13. Steve Earle: Steve's Hammer [For Pete] (Washington Square Serenade), New West 6128
14. Patty Griffin:Up to The Mountain [MLK Song] (Children Running Through), ATO 0036
15. David Bromberg: Shake Sugaree (Try Me One More Time), Appleseed 1099

Big storms everywhere; in the midwest they were debilitating
16. Dar Williams: Mortal City (Mortal City), Razor & Tie 2821

17. Tamarack: Blankets of Snow (Blankets of Snow), SGB Productions 31
18. Marienne Kreitlow: God Bless the Snowstorm (Beautiful Illusion: A Winter Album), self
19. Charlie Maguire: I Like It Here / Oh Cold and Misery (Harbour Lights: The Second Voyage), Mello-Jamin
20. Bonnie Lee Panda: Angels Wings (Magical Winter Day: A Holiday Collection), self
21. The Short Sisters: Snow, Snow (A Planet Dancing Slow), Black Socks 12
22. Herdman / Hills / Mangsen: Snow in The Street (Voices of Winter), Gadfly 235
23. Loreena McKennitt: Snow (A Winter Garden), Warner Bros. / Quinlan Road

This is a time of year when the religion-issue pushes its way to the front of the news -- Connecticut Valley Atheists put up a sign in Vernon which says "Imagine No Religion," and the response-letters to this message have been quite negative. In addition, it seems as if each presidential candidate is trying to prove that he or she is THE most devout of the pack:
24. Joan Baez: Imagine (The Complete A & M Recordings), A & M B0000828
25. Eliza Gilkyson: Man of God (Paradise Hotel), Red House 187
26. Rory McLeod: God Loves Me (Mouth to Mouth), Talkative 001
27. Susan Werner: Why Is Your Heaven So Small (The Gospel Truth), self
28. Chris Smither: Origin of The Species (Leave the Light On), Signature Sounds 2001
29. Holly Near: I Ain't Afraid (Edge), Calico Tracks 0004
30. Les Barker: The Church of The Wholly Undecided (The War on Terrier), Mrs. Ackroyd DOG 018
31. Chuck Brodsky: In the Beginning (Tulips for Lunch), Waterbug / Chuck Brodsky

The (seasonally-short) Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Eileen Ivers's "An Nollaig," Compass 4467, into
32. Susan McKeown: Don Oiche Ud i mBeithill (An Nollaig), Compass 4467

33. Ilene Weiss: It's That Time Again (Weiss Christmas), Gadfly 236
34. Anne Hills et al: Christmas Is Coming (On This Day Earth Shall Ring), Flying Fish 70605
35. Shawn Colvin: Christmas Time Is Here (Holiday Songs and Lullabies), Columbia CK 69550
36. Peter Alsop: Little Tree (Chris Moose Holidays), Moose School Records / self
37. Jim Henry: The Tree (Wonderland), Signature Sounds 1266
38. Tish Hinojosa: Arbolito (Memorabilia Navidena), Watermelon
39. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Sunday, December 9, 2007

12/9/07 Playlist

1.Mae Robertson: Every December Sky (December Sky), Lyric Partners 2. Diane Zeigler: December in Vermont (December in Vermont), self 3. Lou & Peter Berryman: Cheese & Beer & Snow (House Concert), Cornbelt 12 4. Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum: If We Make It through December (Winter's Grace), Signature Sounds 1251

A perfect pairing:
5. Phil Ochs: Love Me, I'm A Liberal (Farewells & Fantasies), Elektra / Rhino R2 73518
6. John C. Reilly: Dear Mr. President (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), Columbia 18248

7. Terri Hendrix: What Is The Color of The Soul (The Spiritual Kind), Wilory 30008
8. Levon Helm: Poor Old Dirt Farmer (Dirt Farmer), Vanguard 79844
9. Susan McKeown: The Things in Your Heart (Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs), World Village 468054
10. Martin Simpson: Lakes of Champlain (Prodigal Son), Compass 4466

Another great pair of songs:
11. Eliza Gilkyson: Solitary Singer (Redemption Road), Silver Wave
12. Ryan Bingham: Boracho Station (Mescalito), Lost Highway 9396

A question, an answer:
13. Shelley Posen: Will Their Children Light the Candles (Menorah: Songs from A Jewish Life), Well Done Music 03
14. Emily Kurn: Light the Lamp (Happy Holidays Volume 2 / Hudson Harding Sampler), self

15. Judith Berkson & NEC Jewish Music Ensemble: Fayer (A Taste of Chanukah), Rounder 3165
16. Chasia Segal: Latke Cooking Demonstration (A Taste of Chanukah), Rounder 316517. Sharon, Lois & Bram: I'm A Little Latke (Candles, Snow & Mistletoe), Drive R2 71620

I read “THE BORROWED HANUKKAH LATKES,” written by Linda Glaser (Albert Whitman publishers)

18. Magpie: The Ballad of Chanukah (Last Month of The Year), Sliced Bread 71305
19. Five Chinese Brothers: Age Old Story (A Window Shopper's Christmas), Price CD / Fifty-Fifty Music
20. Magpie: Chanukah Chase (Last Month of The Year)
21. Shelley Posen: My Mother's Old Menorah (Menorah: Songs from A Jewish Life), Well Done Music 03
22. Alexandria Kleztet with Laura Baron: Hanukkah Waltzing with You (Happy Holidays Volume 2 / Hudson Harding Sampler), self

23. Laura Berkson: Menorah (The 12 Steps of Christmas and Other Holiday Fare), Providence Music Works 10002 24. Herdman / Hills / Mangsen: Hanerot Halalu (Voices of Winter), Gadfly 235

25. Joni Mitchell: River (Blue), Reprise 2038
26. John Gorka: Temporary Road (Temporary Road), High Street
27. Brett Dennen: The Holidays Are Here -- And We're Still at War (single), Dualtone 1240-S3
28. Rosalie Sorrels: Hot Buttered Rum (An Imaginary Christmas in Idaho), Limberlost Books & Records

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from "Evergreen" by Alison Brown Quartet with Joe Craven on Compass
29. Bruce Hornsby: Lost in The Snow (Halcyon Days), Columbia 92652
30. Matt & Shannon Heaton: First Snowfall of December (Fine Winter's Night), self
31. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer: Ditchling Carol (American Noel), Signature Sounds 2011

32. Johnny Walker: Bomb Iran (Slamming Bush), self
33. Bruce Springsteen: Last to Die (Magic), Columbia 17060
34. Rory McLeod: No More Blood for Oil (Brave Faces), Talkative 002 35. Mem Shannon: S.U.V. (Car Talk: Born Not to Run), Car Talk

36. Randall Williams: Yes, Virginia (Happy Holidays Volume 2 / Hudson Harding Sampler), self
37. Al Petteway & Amy White: Into the Light (Winter Tidings), Maggie's Music 234

38. Robin & Linda Williams: Down Home Diva (Radio Songs), Red House 204
39. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Sunday, December 2, 2007

12/2/07 Playlist

1.Martin Simpson: Pretty Crowing Chicken (Prodigal Son), Compass 4466
2. Ana Egge: Johnny's Garden (Lazy Days), Grace/Parkinsong 45439
3. Todd Snider: All of My Life (Happy to Be Here), Oh Boy 020
4. Mary Ann Rossoni: On This Morning (Timber & Nails), self

5. Michael Jerling: Thousand Dollar Car (Crooked Path), Fool's Hill Music 2002
6. The Roches: Jesus Shaves (Moonswept), 429 Records 17636
7. Kane Welch Kaplin: Last Lost Highway (Kane Welch Kaplin), Compass 4464
8. Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen: Cross the Water / Little Girl (Cross the Water), Sleepy Creek Music 105

Interview with Matt and Shannon Heaton, recorded 11/29/07 to preview their Agawam concert at "The Captain's House" on 12/8/07:
9. Jig medley ending with Dust of Snow (live in studio)
10. Fine Winter's Night (live in studio)
11. First Snowfall of December (Fine Winter's Night, Eats Records 007)
12. Belle of The South Shore (live in studio)
13. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (live in studio)
14. Star Song (Fine Winter's Night, ESL 007)

15. Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Mallkine: Hebrew Blues (A Chanukah Feast), Hungry for Music 021
16. Voice of The Turtle: Ocho Kandelikas (Circle of Fire), Titanic Records 159
17. Robin Helzner Trio: Banish Night (A Chanukah Feast), Hungry for Music 021
18. Gathering Time: Light One Candle (single), self
19. Lissa Schneckenburger & Hankus Netsky: Haneyros Halulu (A Taste of Chanukah), Rounder 3165

20. Christine Lavin & the Mistletones: A Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukah/Ramadan/ Boxing Day Song (The Runaway Christmas Tree), Appleseed 1075
21. Roy Zimmerman: Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwaanza (Peacenick), Metaphor 918

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Bobbie Nelson's "Audiobiography," Justice Records

22. Steve Earle: Jerusalem (Jerusalem), E-Squared / Artemis
23. Anais Mitchell: Song of The Magi (The Brightness), Righteous Babe Records 53
24. Nathan Moore: The Tanks (In His Own Worlds), Frogville 037

On Friday I saw "Hadestown," a folk opera partly written by Anais, presented in one-nighters around New England25. Anais Mitchell: Hades & Persephone (The Brightness)

Google NSPD 51 / HSPD 20:
26. Band of Hope: If They Come in The Morning (Rhythm & Reds), MusikFolk 512
27. Hilary Spencer: They Make the Laws (The Wings of Butterflies), Mrs. Ackroyd DOG 013
28. Eric Bogle: Global Economy (The Colour of Dreams), Greentrax 237
29. Eliza Gilkyson: Man of God (Paradise Hotel), Red House 187
30. John McCutcheon: Not Me (This Fire), Appalsongs 2007
31. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Sunday, November 25, 2007

11/25/07 Playlist

It's their birthday:
1. Margo Hennebach/ Mad Agnes: Green (Revenants), self
2. Bill Morrissey: Dangerous Way (Come Running), Turn and Spin 1125
3. Margo Hennebach: On Preacher Hill (Big Love), 1-800-PRIME-CD 042
4. Bill Morrissey: By the Grave of Baudelaire (Come Running), Turn and Spin 1125

Two songs with Copper-family stories:
5. Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen: Sunrise (A Sense of Place), Redwing Music 5409
6. John Copper with Sheila Chandra and Simon Emmerson: 'Ouses, 'Ouses, 'Ouses (The Imagined Village), Realworld 386727

7. Libana: Daroni (Out of This World), Spinning Records 006

Those Thanksgiving gatherings:
8. Anne Hills: May the Light of Love (Woman of A Calm Heart), Flying Fish 70464
9. Mark Rust: Thanksgiving Tyme (Home Fires), Catskill Mountain
10. Herdman / Hills / Mangsen: Uncle Dave's Grace (At the Turning of The Year), Hand and Heart Music 2000
11. John McCutcheon: Thanksgiving Day (Autumnsongs), Rounder Kids 8037
12. Lou & Peter Berryman: Whose Is Yours? (House Concert), Cornbelt CR 12

Those Thanksgiving concerns:
13. New St. George / Lisa Moscatiello, vocals: Time to Remember the Poor (A Holiday Feast), Hungry for Music 002
14. Joni Mitchell: Banquet (For the Roses), Asylum 5057
15. Tom Chapin: Hunger & Thirst (So Nice to Come Home), Sundance 004
16. Eric Bogle: Feed the Children (I Wrote This Wee Song), Rice Records 1
17. Tom Paxton: Feed the Children (Up & Up), Mountain Railroad 52792

But still, there is gratitude:
18. Eliza Gilkyson: Prayer 2000 (Redemption Road), Silver Wave 397
19. Anne Hills: Enough (Angle of The Light), Flying Fish 70648
20. Lisa Moscatiello: Now Be Thankful (Innocent When You Dream), Happy Cactus 001
21. Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (Farewells & Fantasies), Elektra/Rhino 73518
22. Si Kahn: Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving), Strictly Country 63

Thanksgiving today, sometimes:
23. John Wesley: Thanksgiving (single -- passed along by Ed McKeon, I don't know its source)
24. Donna Hebert & Max Cohen: Thanksgiving Day (single), self
25. Thomas Pace: Thanksiving 1969 (If You Want to Be Heard, Speak Up), Break-Neck-Speed-Records
26. Roy Zimmerman: Thanks for the Support (single), self

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen's "Cross the Water," Sleepy Creek Music 105

27. Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen: Your Love (Cross the Water), Sleepy Creek 105

Some joy in living:
28. Kallet / Epstein / Cicone: Shake These Bones (Angels in Daring), Overall Music 1
29. David M. Bailey: I'm Thankful (Love the Time), self
30. Ethel Merman: I've Got the Sun in The Morning and The Moon at Night (Cast Album, Annie Get Your Gun), RCA LP
31. Mary Chapin Carpenter: I Feel Lucky (Come On, Come On), Columbia CK 48881
32. Kallet / Epstein / Cicone: Lucky Man (Only Human), Overall Music 2

Enjoy your leftovers, but beware!
33. Sally Rogers: Some Little Bug (Love Will Guide Us), Flying Fish LP
34. Claudia Schmidt: The Secret Life of Food (Live at The Bean -- Vol. 1), Vanilla Bean 101

They appeared in a concert that preceded the 20,000-strong protest at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, last weekend:
35. Holly Near: Planet Called Home (Edge), Calico Tracks 004
36. Dave Lippman: Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers on Drugs (I Hate Wal-Mart), Urgent Records 110
37. Charlie King: The War Has Been Coming Home (Stoking the Fires of Resistance)

38. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Playlist, Rockin' Rodeo, 11/24/07

1. Johnny Cash: Big River (At San Quentin -- Legacy Edition), Columbia ACK91925
2. Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams: Wind in The Valley (Something 'Bout You), Happy Appy 6
3. Robbie Fulks: The Buck Stops Here (Revenge: Standing), Yep Roc 2125
4. Ginny Hawker: I'll Not Be A Stranger (Letters from My Father), Rounder 0491

5. Hank Williams: A Mansion on The Hill (American Legends: The Best of The Early Years), Polygram 314 520 286
6. Kathy Mattea: Walk the Way the Wind Blows (Walk the Way the Wind Blows), Mercury 830 405
7. David Rea: The Gift (The Gift -- A Tribute to Ian Tyson), Stony Plain 1322
8. Anne Hills: Two of A Kind (Don't Panic), Flying Fish 70608

9. Robert Earl Keen with Shawn Colvin: Out Here in The Middle (Farm Fresh Onions), Koch/Audium 8191
10. Wynonna Judd: Just Like New (Tell Me Why), Curb / MCA
11. Teddy Thompson: My Blue Tears (Upfront & Down Low), Verve 8908
12. Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton: Lover's Return (Trio II), Asylum 62275

13. Todd Snider: Beer Run (New Connection), Oh Boy 023
14. Mary Chapin Carpenter: A Road Is Just A Road (Hometown Girl), Columbia CK 40758
15. Robin & Linda Williams: I'll Twine Mid The Ringlets (Radio Songs), Red House 204
16. Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum: The Oak and the Laurel (Duets -- A Prairie Home Companion), High Bridge

17. Lyle Lovett: The Truck Song (My Baby Don't Tolerate), Lost Highway 60833
18. Ray Bierl: Big Joe and Phantom 309 (Any Place I Hang My Hat), Greasy String 102
19. Patty Loveless: You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive (Mountain Soul), Epic EK 85651
20. Wayne Scott: I Wouldn't Live in Harlan County (This Weary Way), Full Light 05

21. Dixie Chicks: I Hope (Taking the Long Way), Columbia 80739
22. Collin Raye: What If Jesus Comes Back Like That (I Think about You), Epic EK 67033
23. Dixie Chicks: Travelin' Soldier (Home), Columbia CK 86840
24. Spicewood Seven: Crawford, Texas (Kakistocracy), Austin Recordings 70406

25. Marty Stuart with Mavis Staples: Move Along Train (Compadres), Universal Music 7376
26. Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters: Wanderlust (Phoenix), Happy Appy preview
27. Jed & Kelley: Waiting in The Wings (Songs to Take Home), self
28. Suzy Bogguss: Night Rider's Lament (Somewhere Between), Liberty 90237
29. Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters: Bb Polka (Phoenix), Happy Appy preview

Sunday, November 18, 2007

11/18/07 Playlist

1. The Gougers: Riding in a Lincoln Continental with Sylvia Plath (A Long Day for the Weathervane), self
2. Eddi Reader: Muddy Water (Peacetime), Compass 4449
3. Gordie Tentrees: Bottleneck to Wire (Bottleneck to Wire), self
4. Lynn Miles (New Hartford Library 12/1): Little Seahorse (Down at the Sea Hotel), The Secret Mountain 35

5. Alastair Moock: Fortune Street (Fortune Street), CoraZong 255 097
6. Claire Lynch: Hills of Alabam' (Crowd Favorites), Rounder 0600
7. Jimmy LaFave: Home Once Again (Cimarron Manifesto), Red House 203
8. Mary McCaslin (Sounding Board 11/24): Oildale (Better Late Than Never), self

Late autumn:
9. Robert Plant / Alison Krauss: Killing the Blues (Raising Sand), Rounder 9075
10. Priscilla Herdman / Anne Hills / Cindy Mangsen: Goodbye to the Roses (At the Turning of The Year), Hand & Heart Music 2000

World Kindness Week ends tomorrow -- should be World Kindness Eon:
11. Emmylou Harris: Cup of Kindness (Stumble into Grace), Nonesuch 79805
12. Richard Thompson: Hand of Kindness (Hand of Kindness), Hannibal 1313
13. Joan Baez: Be Not Too Hard (The Contemporary Ballad Book), Vanguard 2-LP set 49/50
14. Geoff Bartley: One Kind Word (One Kind Word), Waterbug 46

15. Anne Hills: Here Comes That Rainbow Again (Woman of A Calm Heart), Flying Fish 70464
16. Terry Kitchen: Life Is Hard Enough (Heaven Here on Earth), Urban Campfire 1010
17. Donna Martin: Goodness Everywhere (Seed & History), KSP
18. Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge over Troubled Water (Bridge over Troubled Water), The Columbia Studio Recordings 1965 - 1970), Columbia C5K 63815

19. Magpie: Good People (Give Light), Sliced Bread 71185
20. Blind Lemon Jefferson: One Kind Favor / See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Anthology of American Folk Music: The Harry Smith Collection), Smithsonian Folkways 40090
21. The Karma Farmers: My Beautiful Friend (CD-R), self
22. Keb' Mo': (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Peace ... Back by Popular Demand), Epic 92687
23. Mary Chapin Carpenter: Why Shouldn't We (The Calling), Zoe 1111

24. Donna Hebert & Max Cohen: Thanksgiving Day (single), Self
25. Faith Petric: Grandma's Battle Cry [for Miriam Butterworth] (Faith's Favorites), Center Records 104
26. Roy Zimmerman: Thanks for The Support (single), self

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from "Old Time Banjo Festival," Rounder 0584

27. Libana (Helen Hills Hills Chapel 11/30): Momice Hubavo (Out of This World), Spinning Records 006

Similar thoughts:
28. Nathan Moore: The Tanks (In His Own Worlds), Frogville 037
29. Anais Mitchell: Song of The Magi (The Brightness), Righteous Babe 053

30. Tim Robbins: All My Children of The Sun (Sowing The Seeds: The 10th Anniversary), Appleseed 1102
31. Emily Kurn: If I Am An American (Things Change), self
32. Garnet Rogers: Junior (Get A Witness -- Live), Snow Goose Songs 1133
33. James Gordon & Sons: Levee's Broken (Nine Green Bottles), Borealis 182
34. Tracy Grammer: Travis John (Book of Sparrows), self
35. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Playlist, Nov. 11, 2007

Veterans Day:
1. John Roberts & Tony Barrand: Great War Trilogy (A Present from the Gentlemen), Golden Hind 101
2. Garnet Rogers: 11:11 (Sparrow's Wing), Snow Goose Songs 1127
3. John Prine: Sam Stone (John Prine), Atlantic 19156
4. Roy Zimmerman: Thanks for The Support (single), self
5. James McMurtry: Can't Make It Here (radio edit), Compadre

It's Nancy White's birthday:
6. Nancy: Desaparecidos (Unexpected), LP, out of print
7. Cindy Mangsen: Open That Can (Cat Tales), Compass Rose 10
8. Nancy: Leonard Cohen's Never Gonna Bring My Groceries In (Momnipotent), The Children's Group SANCD 1025
9. Suzy and Maddy Wilde: My God My Mom (Stickers on Fruit), Borealis 147
10. Cindy Mangsen: Daughters of Feminists (Songlines), Compass Rose 5
11. Nancy: The Eskimo Roll (preview single from Canoe Songs)

Help out your local food bank!
12. Tom Paxton: Feed the Children (Up & Up), Mountain Railroad 52792

Late autumn:
13. Joni Mitchell: Urge for Going (Hits), Reprise 46326
14. Anne Hills: When the Frost Is on The Punkin (Ef You Don't Watch Out), Collective Works 0504
15. John McCutcheon: Colors (Autumnsongs), Rounder Kids 8037
16. Anne Hills: Brown Leaves (Beauty Attends), Collective Works 0502
17. Mary Chapin Carpenter: Beautiful Racket (Between Here and Gone), Columbia CK86619

A couple of Mitchells who pretend to be radios and such:
18. Joni Mitchell: You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio (Hits), Reprise 46326
19. Anais Mitchell: Cosmic American (Hymns for The Exiled), Waterbug 58

18 Years On and Exxon Still Won't Pay $2.5 Billion for Valdez Oil Spill
20. Sally Roger & Howie Bursen: Cordova (When Howie Met Sally), Flying Fish 70538

Giveaway: a copy of
21. Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams (at the Sounding Board 11/17): Tear Stained Letter (Something 'Bout You), Happy Appy

An Americana winner and a song from a movie:
22. Darrell Scott: Hank Williams' Ghost (The Invisible Man), Full Light 0601
23. Polly Bolton with Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra: Call of The Siren (Ocean), SunSign 004

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Jeremy Kittel's "Roaming," self []

Climate change, global warming, whatever you want to call it...
24. Rory McLeod: Thirsting for War (Brave Faces), Talkative 002
25. Woody Guthrie: The Great Dust Storm, (Some Folk), Proper Box 115
26. Joni Mitchell: This Place (Shine), Hear Music 30457
27. Steve Eschleman: Planet Earth (Moving Mountains), Falling Mountain 1040
28. Grace Griffith: Bound by The Beauty (Minstrel Song), Blix Street G2 10068

Rosanne Cash having brain surgery:
29. with Johnny Cash: September When She Comes (The Very Best of Rosanne Cash), Columbia CK 86996
30. This World (Interiors), Columbia 77638
31. Tennessee Flat Top Box (The Very Best of Rosanne Cash), Columbia CK 86996

32. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Playlist, Nov. 4, 2007

Upcoming concerts for the first three sets:
1. Richard Shindell (Iron Horse 11/9): Senor [Tales of Yankee Power] (South of Delia), self]
2. (The Roches with) Lucy Wainwright Roche (Iron Horse 11/9): Long Before (Moonswept), 429 Records 17636
3. Girlyman (Iron Horse 11/10): Through to Sunrise (Joyful Sign), self
4. Maria Sangiolo (Blackstone River Theater 1pm & CT Audubon 7:30pm, 11/10): Celia Says (Under the Mystic Sea), Raging River 106

5. Nerissa and Katryna Nields (Sounding Board 11/10): Leave That Trouble Alone (Sister Holler), Mercy House
6. Sparky & Rhonda Rucker (U'n'I 11/10): Big Road Blues (Midnight Memories), TreMont 006
7. Geoff Kaufman (First Parish Church, Groton MA 11/10): Seven Wishes (Touchstones), Cob's Cobble 1007
8. Anais Mitchell (Stone Soup 11/10): Hades & Persephone (The Brightness), Righteous Babe 70532
9. David Mallett (Roaring Brook 11/10): Fishing (The Fable Tree), North Road 1807
10. John Roberts (appearing with Tony Barrand at Branford Folk Coffeehouse 11/10): Let the Bulgine Run / Sally in the Garden / Hog-Eye Man (Sea Fever), Golden Hind 108
11. Madeleine Peyroux (Garde Arts 11/17): I Think It's Going to Rain Today (Give Us Your Poor), Appleseed 1103
12. Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams (with Stillwaters, Sounding Board 11/17): Tear-Stained Letter (Something 'Bout You), Happy Appy

13 & 14. Michael Cooney (Green Rooster 11/10): Nogies Creek & Little Do You People Know (preview copy of Together Again), self

Rachael Davis and Dominic Suchyta welcomed a son on Aug. 29:
15. Rachael: Cocktail Wieners (Minor League Deities), Aunt Farm
16. Steppin' in It (with Rachael on vocals): Carolina Moon (Shout Sister Shout), self
17. Rachael with Brett Hartenbach: Walking Blues / Crossroads (Live), self

Coming to the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts 11/16 & 11/17:
18. Charlie Musselwhite: Blues for Yesterday (promo)
19. North Mississippi All Stars: Mississippi Boll Weevil (promo)
20. Joe Krown: Big Chief / Mess Around (promo)
21. Mavis Staples: 99 and 1/2 (We'll Never Turn Back), Anti- promo

22. Levon Helm: The Mountain (Dirt Farmer), Vanguard 98442
23. Susannah Clifford Blachly: Come On Home (Come On Home), self
24. Steve Chizmadia: It's Always Texas (It Is What It Is), self
25. Rachel Ries: When Will You Be Mine? (Without A Bird), SoDak 001

More new:
26. Robin & Linda Williams: 50,000 Names (Radio Songs), Red House 204
27. Joe Jencks: Gasoline (The Candle and The Flame), self

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Glenn Roth's "Innovations," self

28. Garnet Rogers: Beyond This Wall (Get A Witness -- Live), Snow Goose Songs 1133

The "Lie" set:
29. Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time: I'm A Lie (Took Down and Put Up), Lonesome Day 011
30. The WMDs / Christine Lavin: The Liar Sleeps Tonight (Happydance of The Xenophobe), Yellow Tail 10022
31. Chuck Brodsky: Liar Liar, Pants on Fire (Tulips for Lunch), Waterbug / self
32. Yikes McGee: The Liar (EP), self
33. Jay Mankita: They Lied (Dogs Are Watching Us), self

34 & 35. Nerissa & Katryna Nields: This Train & (Sister Holler), Mercy House
36. Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams: Wind in The Valley (Something 'Bout You), Happy Appy
37. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Thursday, November 1, 2007

NYTimes Movie Review of "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song"

Hammering Out Songs of Freedom (and Nuance)
By A. O. SCOTT, New York Times, October 26, 2007

As he ambles through his 80s, Pete Seeger has been collecting his share of tributes: honors at the Kennedy Center from President Bill Clinton; a paean from a fictional colleague in John Updike’s short story “Licks of Love”; a lively CD of folk songs from Bruce Springsteen and a gaggle of talented session players; a rousing song on Steve Earle’s latest album. Not that Mr. Seeger is one to sit around and bask in approbation. As the latest tribute — Jim Brown’s loving documentary, “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” — makes clear, he’s still busy, still angry, still hopeful, still singing.

Mr. Seeger does not perform as much as he used to, and his reedy tenor has lost some of its force, but he still chops wood outside his home in the Hudson Valley, protests against war and plays the banjo about as well as anyone ever has. Those of us who grew up on his songs sometimes take him for granted, as our youthful enthusiasm for his versions of “Abiyoyo” and “Froggy Went a-Courtin’” give way to more sophisticated pleasures, like Mr. Springsteen or Mr. Earle. But Mr. Brown’s documentary reminds us, with admirable thoroughness, why we shouldn’t take Pete Seeger for granted.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Playlist, October 28, 2007

1. Richard Shindell: Texas Rangers (South of Delia), self
2. Elana James: One More Night (Elana James), Snarf 0203
3. David Massengill: Green, Green Rocky Road (Dave on Dave), Gadfly 295
4. Caroline Herring: Song for Fay (Just One More), Bloodshot 143

5. Rod Picott: Sinner's Prayer (Summerbirds), Welding Rod0507
6. Mary McCaslin (Sounding Board 11/24): Oildale (Better Late Than Never), self
7. Christopher Smith: Home to Jesse (Gravedigger's Boy), Small Time
8. Lou & Peter Berryman: Some Days Jingle (The Universe: 14 Examples), Cornbelt 17

9. Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams (Sounding Board Nov 17): Wind in The Valley (Something 'Bout You -- preview copy), Happy Appy
10. Cheryl Prashker with Pat Wictor: When I Go (It's All about the Drums), self
11. Herbie Hancock with Norah Jones: Court and Spark (River -- The Joni Letters), Verve 9791
12. Sparky & Rhonda Rucker (U'n'I Coffeehouse Nov 10): Walkin' My Blues Away (Midnight Memories), Tremont 006

For fire-fighters everywhere (real heroes as opposed to sports "heroes"):
13. Eric Bogle: Our National Pride (Endangered Species), Greentrax 196
14. Cry Cry Cry: Cold Missouri Waters (Cry Cry Cry), Razor & Tie 7930182840

"Give Us Your Poor" to be featured in ABC World News Tonight Fri 11/2; new play about Pete Seeger to be presented in Southington CT Nov. 15 - 17; effort to nominate Pete Seeger for Nobel Peace Prize continues :
15. Natalie Merchant and Friends: There Is No Good Reason (Give Us Your Poor), Appleseed 1103
16. Bruce Springsteen & Pete Seeger: Hobo's Lullaby (Give Us Your Poor)
17. Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen: Ghost of Tom Joad (Sowing the Seeds: The 10th Anniversary), Appleseed 1102

Halloween of course:
18. Anne Hills: Little Orphant Annie (Ef You Don't Watch Out), Collective Works 0504
19. Cindy Mangsen: The Griesly Bride (Long Time Traveling), Compass Rose 8
20. Claudia Schmidt: Vampire (Midwestern Heart), Flying Fish 70241
21. Loreena McKennitt: All Souls Night (The Visit), Quinlan Road 104

Things to really fear:
22. Norman and Nancy Blake: Don't Be Afraid of The Neo-Cons (single from "Back Home in Sulphur Springs"), Dualtone
23. Garnet Rogers: Junior (Get A Witness -- Live), Snow Goose Songs 1133
24. John McCutcheon: Dick Cheney (This Fire), Appalsongs 2007
25. Roy Zimmerman: Chickenhawk (Faulty Intelligence), Metaphor 920

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from David Rogers' "The Chase," Fogarty's Cove 2001

More frightening than Halloween:
26. Band of Hope (Roy Bailey, Martin Carthy, Steafan Hannigan, John Kirkpatrick, Dave Swarbrick): If They Come in The Morning (Rhythm and Reds), Musikfolk 512
27. Todd Snider: Conservative Christian, Right Wing, Republican, Straight White, American Males (East Nashbille Skyline), advance copy Oh Boy 031
28. Bob Dylan: With God on Our Side (The Times They Are A-Changin'), Columbia CK 8905
29. Eliza Gilkyson: Man of God (Paradise Hotel), Red House 187
30. Tom Waits: Road to Peace (Orphans: Brawlers), Anti- 86677
31. Jim Page: Collateral Damage (Collateral Damage), self

Great in concert last week:
32. Todd Snider: Some Things Are (The Other Side: Music from East Nashville), Red Beet 002
33. (Nanci Griffith interviewing) Todd Snider: You Got Away with It (Interviews re: The Devil You Know), New Door promo
34. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Petition to Nominate Pete Seeger for Nobel Peace Prize

The petition to nominate Pete Seeger for a Nobel Peace Prize has grown rapidly; there are over 7600 signatures. The comments on the petition web page attest to how deeply Pete has touched our lives, from our parents to our children and grandchildren, and helped shape our sense of human responsibility.

In response to this initial outpouring of support, we have launched a new website, specifically to support this campaign. While it is still under development, we are asking you to take a look, and to publicize its existence to others who might want to support this campaign.

We are actively seeking additional help in building this campaign. Of particular interest would be organization endorsements of the campaign that we can publicize. If you are involved in such an organization, please ask them to endorse this effort, and have them send email to that effect to:

Another goal of ours is to collect additional materials to support this campaign. Because Pete is such a private person there is little besides what's on his record jackets that fills in his life story. Everybody has a little tale to tell about when they first met Pete or when he sang at their camp or school. Others may have photographs of Pete or of activities he has been involved with. It would be nice to collect those memories. He is essential to so many people.Below are some of my thoughts on this campaign that you might be able to use inconvincing others to join in!

Eleanor Walden

==== some thoughts ====

The fact that Al Gore won the Peace Prize award this year encourages our effort for Pete Seeger for 2008! I hope this recognition helps the environmental movement and increases ways to protect the planet that is our home. I hope it makes more of us aware of the chasm we endure between rich and poor, between obscenely rich and obscenely poor. I am also encouraged that it was through an art form, a film, that Al Gore got his message around the world so quickly and won such acceptance. How tired I am of having the arts referred to as “artsy/fartsy”, how insulting to have the Universities cut back programs in the “humanities”, and music and arts enhancement in grade schools be the first to go for budget cuts.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

10/21/07 Playlist

1. Elizabeth LaPrelle: East Virginia (Lizard in The Spring), Old 97 Wrecords 011
2. Mustard's Retreat: Darcy Farrow (There...and Back Again), Yellow Room 007
3. Kristin Lems: The Days of The Theocracy (Equality Road / In the Out Door), Carolsdatter
4. Will Hoge: Washed by The Water (Draw the Curtains), Ryko 10929
5. Lynn Miles: Little Seahorse (Down at The Sea Hotel), The Secret Mountain 33540

6. Garnet Rogers: Summer Lightning (Get A Witness -- Live), Snow Goose Songs 1133
7. Elana James: Twenty-Four Hours A Day (Songs from Sing Out! Autumn 2007), Vol 51 #3
8. Jason Wilber: Black Eye (Live and Otherwise Volume 1), WilberTone
9. Ann Wilson: Little Problems, Little Lies (Hope & Glory), Zoe 1085
10. Will Kimbrough: Hill Country Girl (EP), Daphne 0509

11. Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby (Garde, 10/25): Crown of Jewels (Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby), Legacy 06686
12. Mark Weems (of Little Windows, at the Wilde 10/26): Short Time Here, Long Time Gone (Short Time Here Long Time Gone), Primitive Marker 1
13. Anais Mitchell (Iron Horse 10/26, Roaring Brook 10/27): Hades & Persephone (The Brightness), Righteous Babe 053
14. Corinne West (Cafe Fantastique 10/27): Roses to Rust (Second Sight), Make Records 777

15. Geoff Kaufman (All Souls, New London, 10/27): Herzogan Cecile (Fair Stood the Wind), Cob's Cobble Music 1006
16. Jerimoth Hill (Blackstone River Theater 10/27): Your Lone Journey (The Halfway Ground), Rabbit Island 1010
17. Mark Erelli with Jeffrey Foucault (Mark at Iron Horse 10/27, Jeffrey at Roaring Brook 10/27): Alright for Now (Innocent When You Dream), self
18. Robbie Fulks (Iron Horse 10/28): Away out on The Old Saint Sabbath (Revenge / Sitting), Yep Roc 2125
19. Peter Mayer (UU Society East, Manchester 10/28): Holy Now (Million Year Mind), Blue Boat 1204

20 & 21. Josh Ritter (it's his birthday): The Temptation of Adam & Next to The Last Romantic (The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter), Sony BMG

22. Leo Kretzner: Bold Orion on The Rise (Bold Orion), Heartwood [we just missed the Orionid Meteor Showers]
23. Jennifer Warnes: Joan of Arc (Famous Blue Raincoat 20th Anniversary Edition), Shout Factory 10490
24. Michael Fracasso: Brazos River Blues (Back to Oklahoma), India Records
25. Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby: The Dreaded Spoon (Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby), Legacy 06686

The Dreaded Folk Calendar

26. Peter Mayer (UU Society East, Manchester, 10/28): Ocean Mary (Earth Town Square), Blue Boat 1206

News about the F.C.C. [you can express your concern about Chairman Kevin Martin trying to rush through a plan to rewrite media-ownership rules at ]; delays at the border for citizens coming home to the U.S; the FISA bill....
27. Steve Earle: F the C C (radio edit of song from "The Revolution Starts ... Now")
28. Roy Zimmerman: Homeland Security (Security), Metaphor 917
29. Roy Zimmerman: Hello NSA (Faulty Intelligence), Metaphor 920
30. Chuck Brodsky: Dangerous Times (Color Came One Day), Waterbug

31. Iris DeMent: Wasteland of The Free (The Way I Should), Warner Bros 46188
32. Greg Brown: I Want My Country Back (In the Hills of California), Red House 180 [
33. Susan Werner: My Strange Nation (download), self
34. Steve Earle: Rich Man's War (The Revolution Starts ... Now), E-squared / Artemis
35. Chuck E. Costa: Peace Is War (Where the Songs Come From), self
36. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Billy Bragg: Punk, To Politics, To Personal

While Activism Influences His Work, Billy Bragg Has Built A Diverse Musical Career

By ERIC R. DANTON, Courant Rock Critic, October 18, 2007

BillyBragg remembers the first (and only) time he performed in Hartford, in large part because it was the first time he had performed in America outside New York City.

It was 1984, and the raw, young British folk-punk singer opened for Echo & the Bunnymen at the Agora Ballroom in West Hartford, a show Bragg recalls as "more car-park than gig."

"I'd been in America for about two weeks, and I'd only been in New York, and I was getting to the point where I was thinking, 'Oh, my God, if all of America is like this, I don't know if I can take it,' " Bragg says with a chuckle by phone from England in advance of a short U.S. solo tour that stops tonight in Northampton. "I came to Hartford and thought, 'Thank God. It does pause for breath, if only briefly.' It was sweet relief coming to Hartford, which may sound strange to your readers."

Maybe, but probably not as strange as this: Bragg, an ardent champion of the working class and various left-wing causes, counts Margaret Thatcher among his chief influences.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

10/14/07 Playlist

1. David Massengill: Talkin' Dave Van Ronk Blues (Dave on Dave), Gadfly 295
2. Debi Smith: Bluebird (The Soprano), self
3. Jeff Talmadge: Austin When It Rains (At Least That Much Was True), CoraZong 255096
4. Joni Mitchell: Strong and Wrong (Shine), Hear Music 30457
5. Adam Sweeney: Heading South (Technicolor Halo), Nana's Boy


6. Ann Wilson with Shawn Colvin and Rufus Wainwright: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall(Hope & Glory), Zoe 1085
7. Eric Bibb: No More on The Brazos (An Evening with Eric Bibb), M.C. Records
8. The Hushpuppies: Fifty Miles of Elbow Room (Homestead on The Farm), Old 97 Wrecords 010
9. David Parry: Laziness (The Man from Eldorado), Borealis 106
10. Eliza Gilkyson: Midnight in Missoula (Down at The Sea Hotel), The Secret Mountain 35

Concerts over the next week -- many!
11. Peter Case (Buttonwood Tree 10/15): Million Dollar Bail (Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John), Yep Roc 2160
12. Po' Girl (Iron Horse 10/15): To the Angry Evangelist (Home to You), Nettwerk 30606
13. Battlefield Band (Iron Horse 10/17): The Ballad of Accounting (Dookin'), Temple COMD2100
14. Claire Lynch (East Hartford Community Cultural Center 10/17): Thibodaux (Crowd Favorites), Rounder 0600

more concerts:
15. Medieval Baebes (East Hartford CCC 10/18 ): Star of The Sea (Mirabilis), Nettwerk 30415
16. Beausoleil (Iron Horse 10/10/18 ): La Danse de la Vie (La Danse de la Vie), Forward / Rhino R2 71221
17. Billy Bragg (Calvin Theater 10/18 ) & Wilco: All You Fascists (Mermaid Avenue Vol. II), Elektra 62522
18. Amy LaVere (Cafe Nine 10/19): Overcome (Anchors & Anvils), Archer 19272

yep, concerts:

19. Susan Werner (New Hartford Library 10/19): Lost My Religion (The Gospel Truth), self
20. Rodney Crowell (Wilde Auditorium 10/19): Ain't Living Long Like This (The Essential Rodney Crowell), Columbia / Legacy 85904
21. Will Kimbrough (Wilde 10/19): Act Like Nothing's Wrong (Americanitis), Daphne
22. Anuna (Jorgensen 10/19): ? (Celtic Origins), copy supplied by venue, no data

and more:
23. Brooks Williams (P.A.C.E. 10/19): In the Evening (Blues & Ballads), Red Guitar Blue Music 0501
24. Erin McKeown (Iron Horse 10/19, The Space 10/20): Fast As I Can (Lafayette), Signature Sounds 2007
25. Patty Larkin (Iron Horse 10/20): Me and That Train (Strangers World), High Street 10335
26. Eric Andersen (Roaring Brook 10/20): The Other Side of This Life (Live), Appleseed 1101

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Whirligig's "Spin" (Prime CD 70)

and finally, concerts:

27. (Dave Carter &) Tracy Grammer (Stone Soup 10/20): Crocodile Man (Tanglewood Tree), Signature Sounds 1257
28. Maria Sangiolo (Donald Oat Theater 10/20): Save the Sharks! (Under the Mystic Sea), Raging River Records 106
29. Holly Near (Unitarian Church, Bloomfield Ave 10/20): I Ain't Afraid (Edge), Calico Tracks 0004
30. Shawn Colvin (Garde Arts Theater 10/20): Even Here We Are (These Four Walls), Nonesuch 79937
31. Steve Forbert (Club Helsinki 10/21): The Baghdad Dream (Strange Names & New Sensations), 429 Records 17652

Saturday brings Foodshare's Annual Empty Bowls Project (Manchester Community College)
32. Tom Paxton: Feed the Children (Up & Up), Mountain Railroad 52792
Thinking back to the nooses used "only" to "tease" and of course to intimidate:
33. Joel Rafael Band: Don't Kill My Baby and My Son (Woodeye), self
Two songs in tribute to John Hartford:
34. Luke Powers: Let the River Keep The Time (Picture Book), Phoebe Claire 7398
35. Bob Bossin: Steamboat Whistle Blues (The Roses on Annie's Table), Nick 11
36. John Lincoln Wright: October Days (Family, Friends and Neighbors), Patio Fund Records
37. Claire Lynch: The Day That Lester Died (Crowd Favorites), Rounder 0600
38. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Joni Mitchell Regains Muse To Make Music Again

By CHARLES J. GANS Associated Press October 14, 2007

NEW YORK - A few years ago, Joni Mitchell had rejected her musical muse, refusing to write or even play music as she devoted her life to painting, watching old movies on TV and reconnecting to the daughter she had given up for adoption in 1965.

Now, at 63, newly inspired by family, nature and anger at today's politics, Mitchell is enjoying an outburst of creativity. The iconic Canadian singer-songwriter, whose poetic verses on songs like "Both Sides, Now" have inspired countless musicians from Madonna to Wayne Shorter, has released "Shine," her first album of new songs in nearly a decade.

On Sept. 25, Mitchell returned to the public eye as Starbucks' Hear Music label played her new 10-song album in 6,500 coffee houses. Later that evening, Mitchell found herself at the Manhattan premiere of the film "The Fiddle and the Drum" (scheduled for Oct. 22 broadcast on Bravo), an anti-war ballet based on her songs that she co-created with choreographer Jean Grand-Maitre of the Alberta Ballet.

She then rushed to the gallery opening of an exhibition, titled "Green Flag Song," of her triptychs. Focused on the themes "war, torture, revolution," they were created from ghostly green-and-white negative images photographed off her dying TV set from the History Channel, CNN and Turner Classic Movies.

The next day, an ebullient Mitchell met up with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, who shares her beliefs in Buddhism and bending music genres, for a free-flowing discussion over lunch with several writers. Hancock had just released "River: The Joni Letters," interpreting her songs through his jazz prism with the help of Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tina Turner and Mitchell herself.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Time Magazine: Does Merle Haggard Speak for America?

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007

Does Merle Haggard Speak for America?
By Joe Klein

Merle Haggard has always had his guitar hardwired to the gutbucket pulse of Middle America. Back in the Vietnam era, he seemed the essence of a historic political migration: white males fleeing the feminized, antiwar, politically correct Democratic Party. He was your basic Reagan Democrat, fully loaded with a resonant, iron-edged voice and the ability to write razor lyrics that stuck in the mind and the craw. His brilliant anthem—Okie from Muskogee—became a rallying cry for those who were disgusted by the "hippies out in San Francisco" smoking marijuana and burning draft cards. His next patriotic volley had this chorus: "When they're runnin' down my country, man, you're walkin' on the fightin' side of me." And so when I heard that Haggard had written a song endorsing Hillary Clinton for President, which you can hear him sing on, I was more than curious about the motivation for his apparent left turn. And Merle let me know that he was more than happy to talk politics, given that he has a new album, The Bluegrass Sessions, which seems a political and musical return to his family's Okie and New Deal Democratic roots.

He picked me up at the Holiday Inn in Redding, Calif., a wizened guy in a black T shirt and jeans driving a politically incorrect white Hummer. "Believe it or not, this is a pretty nice little town," he said as we headed out to his ranch, past a bleak, unending landscape of big-box stores that brought to mind a recent Haggard lyric: "Everything Wal-Mart all the time, no more mom and pop five and dimes... What happened, where did America go?" A vague populist annoyance with big stores and big shots is one of the themes that have led Haggard to "change labels," as he told me with a laugh. "The folks don't have a say-so anymore. They're being force-fed—music, yeah, but every other darn thing too. I supported George W. I'm not exactly a liberal. But I know how that Texas thing works, who those oil folks are and what they wanted in Iraq... I'm a born-again Christian too, but the longer I live, the more afraid I get of some of these religious groups that have so much influence on the Republicans and want to tell us how to live our lives."

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Springsteen ready for criticism over "Magic" words

By Christian Wiessner, Reuters, Sun Oct 7, 2007

Bruce Springsteen's new album "Magic" marks his return to the pop sound that propelled him to mega-stardom in the 1980s, but the hook-laden melodies mask lyrics portraying an America of despair and hopelessness.

Springsteen says he is prepared for criticism from those who may take the lyrics on his latest album "Magic" as unpatriotic for speaking out against the Iraq war and President George W. Bush in war time.

"I believe every citizen has a stake in the course, direction of their country. That's why we vote. It's unpatriotic at any given moment to sit back and let things pass that are damaging to some place that you love so dearly and that has given me so much," Springsteen says in an interview on the CBS news show "60 Minutes" [airing on Sunday night 10/14/07].

One of the starkest examples of those lyrics some may take as unpatriotic are in the song "Livin' in the Future."

The song's sound is evocative of earlier Springsteen tunes for lovers dancing on a beach on a sunny summer day. But its lyrics paint a bleak picture of estrangement and loss. While the Iraq war is not mentioned, the symbolism is clear.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Vanity Fair Folk-Article, November Issue

"The Folk-Music Explosion, Its Biggest Legends and Newest Stars!"

Behind the Scenes
Vanity Fair - New York, NY, USA

Several miles away in Washington, Massachusetts, we visited the homestead of Arlo Guthrie, where 14 members of his family congregated on the porch for our ...
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