Sunday, May 24, 2009

5/24/09 Playlist

Playlist for The Sunday Night Folk Festival, May 24, 2009

1. Eilen Jewell: Shakin' All Over (Sea of Tears), Signature Sounds
2. Damien Barber & Mike Wilson: The Green Linnet (Under the Influence), Demon Barber Sounds
3. Mike and Ruthy: Another Dawn Another Day (Waltz of The Chickadee), Humble Abode 011
4. Craig Bickhardt (Iron Horse 5/29): A Day Well Spent (Brother to The Wind), self

5. Capitol Steps: Neiman's Is A Girl's Best Friend (Obama Mia!), self
6. Paranoid Larry: Stimulate THIS (The Struggle for Existence), Prove It Music
7. Genticorum: Le Vingt d'Avril (La Bibournoise), Mad River 1017
8. Neko Case: Polar Nettles (Middle Cyclone), Anti- 86973
9. Richard Shindell: (Not Far Now), Signature Sounds 2020

10. Mark Erelli: Blue-Eyed Boston Boy (The Memorial Hall Recordings), Signature Sounds 1271
11. Anne Hills: Blue in The Photograph (Bittersweet Street), Redwing 5402
12. Matthew Sabatella: The Vacant Chair (download), self
13. Richard Shindell: Reunion Hill (Reunion Hill), Shanachie 8027

14. Meg Hutchinson: Song for Jeffrey Lucey (Come Up Full), Red House 209
15. Bruce Pratt: The Unknown (Honey, Hide the Banjo! Folk Next Door 2), Uh-Oh 2
16. Tom Paxton: The Unknown (Politics -- Live), Flying Fish 70486
17. Nonny James: Nathan and Garrett and Cody (Twilight of The Dogs), Mrs. Ackroyd DOG 019
18. Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson, Kenny Malone: With A Memory Like Mine (Live in NC), Full Light 0403

19. Howie Bursen: Jimmy's Enlisted [The Conscripted Collier] (Building Boom), Flying Fish LP 1988
20. Mark Erelli: Volunteers (Delivered), Signature Sounds 2014
21. Si Kahn: First Time at A War (Thanksgiving), Strictly Country SCR 63
22. Tom Paxton: The Willing Conscript (I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound), Elektra Rhino

23. Jim Page: Collateral Damage (Collateral Damage), Whid-Isle
24. Anais Mitchell: Two Kids (Hymns for The Exiled), Waterbug 58
25. Peter Mulvey: Rise (Kitchen Radio), Signature Sounds
26. Slaid Cleaves: Green Mountains and Me (Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away), Music Road 103

27. Naomi Sommers: Come Home (Gentle As The Sun), American Melody
28. Bruce Springsteen et al: Bring 'Em Home (We Shall Overcome -- The Seeger Sessions, American Land Edition), Columbia

Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Mike and Ruthy’s "Waltz of The Chickadee," Humble Abode

All celebrating a birthday today:
29. Howie Bursen: Sanctuary (Building Boom), Flying Fish LP
30. Rosanne Cash: September When It Comes (Rules of Travel), Capitol
31. Bob Dylan: Restless Farewell (The Times They Are A-Changin'), Columbia
32. Howie Bursen: The Presidential Medley: Lament for JFK / Lament for President Garfield (Buildi;ng Boom)
33. Rosanne Cash: I'll Change for You (Rules of Travel)
34. Bob Dylan: My Wife's Home Town (Together Through Life), Columbia
35. Howie Bursen: Would You Have Time (Cider in The Kitchen), Folk-Legacy LP
36. Rosanne Cash: Three Steps Down (Rules of Travel)
37. Bob Dylan: Forgetful Heart (Together Through Life)

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

Sunday, May 17, 2009

5/17/09 Playlist

1. Ensemble: A Change Is Gonna Come (Playing for Change), Playing for Change
2. Patty Griffin: Long Ride Home (1000 Kisses), ATO
3. Nina Gerber with Terry Garthwaite: Steal Away (Live -- Good Music with Good People), Goatscape
4. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band: The Alley Song (It's Not Big It's Large), Curb / Lost Highway

5. Terri Hendrix: Summer Fly (Left Over Alls), Wilory
6. Hope Machine: Black Hills (March), self
7. The No Shit Shirleys: Heather's Song (Nutrify), self
8. I See Hawks in L.A.: Keep It in A Bottle (Hallowed Ground), Big Book Records

9. Abigail Washburn et al: Song for Mama (Afterquake), Afterquake
10. Crosby Tyler: Leave It All in The Hands of The Lord (10 Songs of America Today), Bohemia
11. Amy Speace: Storm Warning (The Killer in Me), Wildflower
12. Buddy & Julie Miller: Every Time We Say Goodbye (Written in Chalk), New West

13 & 14. Paranoid Larry and His Imaginary Band: Sharks 'R' Circlin' & Carpenter (The Struggle for Existence), Prove It Music
15. Neko Case: Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth (Middle Cyclone), Anti-
16. John Gorka with Cliff Eberhardt & Eliza Gilkyson: People Get Ready (Red House Records 25th Anniversary Tour Vol. 2), FestivaLink download

We’re still dealing with Colony Collapse Disorder – we now know some things that AREN’T affecting hives, but still don’t know the things that ARE affecting hives and honeybees.
17. Kate Jacobs: Honeybees (Hydrangea), Bar None
18. Herdman / Hills / Mangsen: The Language of The Bees (Institute of Musical Traditions concert), private
19. Nancy Tucker: Be The Best Bee (Escape of The Slinkys), A Gentle Wind

It's Jesse Winchester's birthday:
20 - 22. Stand By Me, It's A Shame About Him, Far Side Bank of Jordan (Love Filling Station), Appleseed

And it's Jerree Small's birthday too:
23 - 25. Minnesota, Figaro, 60 Words for Water (Mobius), self

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Allison Brown's "The Company You Keep," Compass

Because of the murder of a college student here in CT recently, I tried to find contemporary songs about men who decide that because "their" women are upsetting the status quo, the women should be killed. I came up just a few:
26. Lyle Lovett: L.A. County (Cowboy Man), Curb / MCA
27. Kerry Grombacher: Mothers Day / Tupelo (private download)
28. Crooked Still: Poor Ellen Smith (Still Crooked), Signature Sounds

Commencement time!
29. Bob Blue: Their Way (The Best of Bob Blue), Black Socks Press

30. Merlin Snider: Mama Don't Work Here (Right Here), Barking Dog
31. Po' Girl: Deer in The Night (Deer in The Night), self
32. Joe Pug: Hymn #101 (Nation of Heat EP), self
33. Jon Fromer: Gonna Take Us All (Gonna Take Us All), self

34. Billy Bragg: O Freedom (Mr. Love & Justice), Anti-
5. The Electric Trains: Ghost Train (Roots Music Right on Track), EP
36. Steve Howell: Windy & Warm (My Mind Gets to Ramblin'), Out of The Past
37. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Travis Edmonson of Bud & Travis Dies at 76

Travis Edmonson dies at 76; half of folk duo Bud & Travis

Travis Edmonson, a singer-songwriter who as part of the duo Bud & Travis influenced other folk musicians and helped expand the audience for Spanish-language songs, has died. He was 76.

Edmonson, who had Parkinson's disease and other illnesses, died Saturday at a hospital in Mesa, Ariz., said Mike Bartlett, a family spokesman.

Between 1958 and 1965, Edmonson and Bud Dashiell made an "impressive" contribution to the folk music revival through about 10 albums that showcased their "trademark harmonies and electrifying guitar work," according to the All Music Internet database.

They played the Hollywood Bowl in 1963 with Peter, Paul & Mary, the legendary folk group that toured with the duo and recorded the Edmonson composition "If I Were Free."

Bud & Travis "helped to launch the folk renaissance with some of the most beautiful music we ever heard," Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul & Mary told The Times in an e-mail."Travis had a mellifluous voice" and the two groups "learned much from each other," Yarrow said.

Folk music historian Mary Katherine Aldin called Bud & Travis "virtuosos" who influenced the folk scene with their early arrival, expansive repertoire and embrace of Spanish-language folk songs. They recorded “La Bamba” and "Malaguena Salerosa," which reportedly sold a million copies in the 1950s.

"For many white folk audiences at the time, it was the only time they heard people sing in Spanish," said Aldin, a Los Angeles-area producer who reissues roots music.

The pair met when Edmonson's older brother brought his Army buddy, Dashiell, home in the late 1940s. They became a team known for their witty repartee after Edmonson, a tenor, left the Gateway singers, a folk group.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

5/10/09 Playlist

Playlist, Sunday Night Folk Festival, May 10, 2009

1. Taxi Chain: Something Else (Glimmer of Light), self
2. Terri Hendrix: Posey Road Stomp (Left Over Alls), Wilory
3. John Doe and The Sadies: It Just Dawned on Me (Country Club), Yep Roc 2192
4. Abi Tapia: Another State Line (The Beauty in The Ruin), MoonHouse 2907

5. Jon Vezner: All Roads to The River (We Remember), Mini-Apples Music 0003
6. Cindy Kalmenson: Where's Your Hero Now (I'm Not Leaving), Big Gack
7. Tom Kimmel: One World (Never Saw Blue), Point Clear 0007
8. Kim Richardson: Devil on A Sunday (True North), self

9. Joe Pug: Hymn #35 (Nation of Heat EP), self
10. Bill Evans & Megan Lynch: Rocks and Water (Let's Do Something...), Native and Fine
11. Genticorum: Le Vingt D'Avril (La Bibournoise), Mad River 1017
12. Indigo Girls: Driver Education (Poseidon and the Bitter Bug), Vanguard 79896

A few for / by / about mothers:
13. John McCutcheon: Calling All The Children Home (Supper's on The Table...), Rounder 1166
14. Amy Speace: Born to The Breed (Born to The Breed), Wildflower 1313
15. Ewan MacColl: Nobody Knew She Was There (Black and White), Green Linnet 3058
16. Emmylou Harris: To Daddy (Anthology), Warner Archives

17. Anne Hills: My Daughter and Vincent van Gogh (private), self
18. Eliza Gilkyson: Child of Mine (Down at The Sea Hotel), The Secret Mountain
19. Mae Robertson: Meet the Sun Halfway (In White Light), Lyric Partners 4509
20. Cally Robertson: Julia (In White Light)From "Mother, Queen of My Heart," Sugar Hill 3948

21. Austin lounge Lizards: Forty Years Old and I'm Livin' in My Mom's Garage
22. Doc Watson: Mama Don't Allow No Music
23. Darrell Scott: She Sews the World with Love
24. Walter Hyatt: Are We There Yet Momma

25. Carla Sciaky: Tribute to Erma Bombeck (private -- recording of interview April 14, 2009
26. Nancy White: My God, My Mom (Stickers on Fruit), Borealis 147

27. Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt: Mama I Miss You Tonight (Closing the Distance), Flying Fish LP
28. Anais Mitchell: I Wear Your Dress (Hymns for The Exiled), Waterbug 58
29. Iris DeMent: Mama's Opry (Infamous Angel), Philo / Warner Bros.
30. Vienna Teng: Grandmother Song (Inland Territory), Zoe 1125

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Sharon Isbin's "Journey to The New World," Sony Classical 45456

Get out in that garden!
31. Don Lange: W. Atlee Burpee Song (Don Lange Live), Flying Fish LP
32. Stephanie Davis: Talkin' Harvest Time Blues (Crocus in The Snow), self
33. Dean Stevens: Old Man in His Garden (Eyes of Wonder), Volcano 2004
34. Herdman / Hills / Mangsen: Language of The Bees (concert recording)

35. Peter Mulvey (Vanilla Bean 5/17): Knuckleball Suite (Notes from Elsewhere), Signature Sounds 2008
36. Peter Mulvey: Rise (Kitchen Radio), Signature Sounds

37 & 38. Capitol Steps: Barackberry & Help Me Honda (Obama Mia!), self
39. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Abigail Washburn's Project to Benefit Earthquake Victims

From her newsletter of May 9, 2009:

Hello All! Yesterday I was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered with Melissa Block alongside my Afterquake co-producer Dave Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project.

Dave and I have been working around the clock to bring you a multi-media website with loads of information about Afterquake and the students and families that participated in the project. You will see amazing photos from Amanda Kowalski and a 'making of' video by Luke Mines as well as comprehensive translations of interviews, lyrics and more. Please check it out and pass along the link to those you think will be interested.

As a result of the interview on NPR, today we have charted at #1 for a moment on Amazon and now are shooting for the same on i-tunes. Charting will help us get more press so I am writing to encourage you to go to our website, amazon or i-tunes to purchase physical copies or downloads of the 7 song EP. A significant portion of profits will go back to Sichuan Quake Relief (SQR), a wonderful organization taking care of the most pressing needs in the earthquake disaster zone. SQR was also our partner in field production on the ground in Sichuan this March.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My 200th post: a NYTimes appreciation of Pete Seeger

Still Singing

I saw Pete Seeger Sunday night, alive as you and me. They threw a birthday concert for him at Madison Square Garden. John Seeger, age 95, said from the stage that he expected his 90-year-old younger brother to make 100, which seems reasonable. Standing there, banjo off his shoulder, head thrown back, Pete looked eternal, in that pose so engraved in American memory it should be on a coin.

More than 40 artists, including John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and Bruce Springsteen, joined in a stage-clogging sing-along. When its four-plus hours are edited down to highlights, from “This Land Is Your Land” to “Goodnight, Irene,” it will be a PBS special made in pledge-week heaven.

I wonder, though, how many of the angry moments will survive.

Will we hear the Native American musicians pleading for support in their battle with Peabody Energy? Peabody is a giant strip-mining company that has been at the center of lawsuits by Southwestern tribes over drinking water and income from mineral rights.
Will we hear the praise for the Clean Water Act of 1972, or the acid remark from one of the Indians: “Ever since that man by the name of Hudson went up that river, it’s gone to hell.”

The evening was, after all, a benefit for Clearwater, the name of an organization and a boat, both built by Mr. Seeger, that have fought for decades to rescue the Hudson River from life as an industrial sewer. The job isn’t done. Remember PCBs? General Electric dumped tons of them in the river. The company is about ready to dredge them out, but for now they are still there, seeping downriver and into fish.

That’s one hot issue. But issues and leftist anger were mostly confined to the first half of the evening. Under a sweet, heavy nostalgia glaze, the show summoned but never lingered on bygone days when folk singing was considered both relevant and dangerous.

Mr. Seeger has walked the walk for so long that he has outwalked most everybody who would ever want to beat him up, throw bricks at him or denounce him as a Red.

He’s “outlasted the bastards,” Bruce Springsteen said. But others will outlast him, and it will be up to a new generation to write and sing songs to fight power with truth. Will they? Or will they close their eyes and sway to “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” forgetting the part of folk singing that was never sweet for its own sake?

“Behind Pete’s somewhat benign, grandfatherly facade,” Mr. Springsteen said, lies a “nasty optimism,” a great way to describe the steel-willed Seeger method, the geniality that others mistake for softness.

Mr. Seeger is “a stealth dagger through the heart of our country’s illusions about itself,” Mr. Springsteen said, getting it exactly right.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

NYTimes Review of Seeger Birthday Concert

Pete Seeger Celebrates 90th With a Concert
New York Times May 5, 2009, Music Review


The celebrator who made the most noise and aroused the strongest sentiment during Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday party at Madison Square Garden Sunday night was the one who couldn’t make it.

No, President Obama was not there, but his presence loomed large over this gathering of progressives. In an updated version of the 1930s labor anthem “Which Side Are You On?” Ani DiFranco sang, “Now there’s folks in Washington that care what’s on our minds.” Bruce Springsteen told of rehearsing for the recent presidential inauguration with Mr. Seeger, who had relayed the story of “We Shall Overcome,” crucial to both the labor and civil rights movements. Watching the transfer of power, Mr. Springsteen said, “was like, ‘Pete, you outlasted the bastards, man.’ It was so nice.”

The new president did send a letter, though, praising Mr. Seeger for voicing “the hopes and dreams of everyday people.” And, as was evident throughout this four-hour-plus event — a birthday party masquerading as a fund-raiser for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a preservation charity founded by Mr. Seeger — many have tried to follow in that path, or at least capture some of his refracted glow. More than 40 performers gathered to pay tribute to Mr. Seeger — one of the lions of American folk music and still indefatigable — who, save for a handful of exceptions, outworked them all.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

A report about the Seeger birthday concert

This from John Platt of WFUV radio at Fordham University:

Last night's 90th birthday tribute concert to Pete Seeger at MSG was everybit as stirring as I'd hoped. We took the train in (for Pete's sake!) andbefore we got to our seats had already run into a bunch of FUV friends andfans (no surprise there). The audience was about 95% white, but all ages.The early 5 pm start may have been to accommodate Pete's bedtime, but alsothe fact that it was a school night. Kudos to the parents who thought toshare such a historic night with their kids. I doubt anyone will forget the4 hours + of music!

The concert opened with Pete on recorder on a dark stage that became framedwith little white lights in the shape of a sail - a fitting reminder thatthe evening was a benefit for the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. (Pete, whohates having a fuss made over him, wouldn't have agreed to the concertotherwise.) For all the classic songs Pete has written, surprisingly few gotperformed. John Mellencamp opened with "If I Had a Hammer," Joan Baez did"Where Have All the Flowers Gone," Taj Mahal did "Waist Deep in the BigMuddy" and Roger McGuinn gave us "Turn Turn Turn." Not many others.

Like Springsteen's "Seeger Sessions" CD, there were mostly songs that Petehas been identified with over the years. Bruce Cockburn and Ani DiFrancorepresented the activist with "Which Side Are You On" and Dar Williams,Billy Bragg, and Mike and Ruthy Merenda the labor organizer with "UnionMaid." The first half closed with Guy Davis, Cockburn, Joan, Dar, Billy,Emmylou, Toshi Reagon, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ani, and Tao Rodriguez Seegerjoining voices on "We Shall Overcome." I have to say I was overcome myself.I never sang it at Selma or the March on Washington, but singing it with18,000 people brought tears to my eyes, as we channeled the souls of allthose who did march and struggle for the rights we enjoy today.

Pete popped up here and there on banjo, but his main moment was thebeginning of the second half, when he led us all in "Amazing Grace.""There's no such thing as wrong harmony," he said, "as long as you'resinging it." Other second half highlights included Richie Havens getting astanding ovation for "Freedom," Arlo, Del McCoury, John Hall, and thePreservation Hall Jazz Band rocking out on "Mary Don't You Weep," Ben Harper(accompanied by his mother and sister!) doing "Gather Round This Stone," andDave Matthews doing a solo "Rye Whiskey."

For some reason, Eddie Vedder was a no-show (and I wondered why Peter Paul &Mary and Judy Collins weren't represented). Of course, the big ringleaderwas Bruce Springsteen, and he didn't disappoint. With his usual eloquence,he saluted Pete for having "the audacity and courage to sing in the voiceof the people. Despite his benign appearance," Bruce said, "he has astubborn, defiant, and nasty optimism. He is a stealth dagger through theheart of this country's illusions about itself. He looks like your granddadif your granddad could kick your ass!" Then, accompanied by Tom Morello ofRage Against the Machine, he invoked "The Ghost of Tom Joad."

How could the concert conclude if not with all hands on deck for "This LandIs Your Land"? I thought to myself, Pete's world is our world (the one wedream about - a healthy planet where there is no war and equality foreveryone), and these songs are our songs. That's what he wants his legacy tobe. How lucky we are to have had him during our lifetime. And how lucky Ifelt to be there last night. And her's the good news: it was recorded forbroadcast on PBS later this year, so we'll all be able to enjoy it.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

5/3/09 Playlist

It’s Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday, and Garnet Rogers’ birthday as well.

Pete Seeger:
1 & 2. How Can I Keep from Singing & Well May the World Go (Pete), Living Music Records
3. Solidarity Forever (If I Had A Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle), Smithsonian Folkways 40096
4. The Foolish Frog (Story Songs), Columbia LP 1961

Pete’s friends and interpreters:
5. Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie: Those Three Are on My Mind (Spoken in Love), Long Tail Records
6. Jackson Browne and Joan Baez: Guantanamara (If I Had A Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 2), Appleseed 1055
7. Tim Robbins: All My children of The Sun (Where Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger), Appleseed 1024
8. Eva Cassidy: Oh Had I A Golden Thread (Live at Blues Alley), self / Blix Street

9. Kayowajineh (Fifty Sail on Newburgh Bay), Folkways Records LP
10. My Father's Mansions (The Essential Pete Seeger), Vanguard LP
11. Leatherwing Bat (Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes [Little and Big]), Smithsonian Folkways 45039
12. Johnson (American Favorite Ballads 4), Smithsonian Folkways 40153

13. Claudia Schmidt: Old Devil Time (New Goodbyes / Old Helloes), Flying Fish
14. The Mammals: Quite Early Morning (Rock That Babe), Signature Sounds 1284
15. Herdman, Hills & Mangsen: River of My People (Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 3), Appleseed 1072
16. Bruce Springsteen: Eyes on The Prize (We Shall Ov ercome: The Seeger Sessions, American Land Edition), Columbia

Songs for Pete:
17. Steve Earle: Steve's Hammer [For Pete] (Washington Square Serenade), New West
18. Mark Rust: Sing It, Pete (MP3), self
19. Paul Kaplan: The Voice of Pete (The Folk Process), Old Coat

It's Garnet Rogers's birthday too:
20. Ian Robb: Garnet's Homemade Beer (From Different Angels), Fallen Angle Music
21. Music in Your Eyes (Garnet Rogers), Snow Goose Songs 1111
22. Last of The Working Stetsons (At A High Window), Snow Goose 1121
23. Small Victory (Small Victories), Snow Goose 1117
24. Corrinna Corrinna (Night Drive), Snow Goose 1125

Chris Chandler at Wrench in The Works on Thursday:
25. David Roe & Chris Chandler: 9th Ward New Orleans #2 (MP3)
26. Chris Chandler: Blood to Wine (MP3)

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Pete Seeger's "Goofing Off Suite," Folkways 10" LP

27. Old Maid's Song (American Favorite Ballads 4), Smithsonian Folkways 40153
28. Talking Atom (If I Had A Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle), Smithsonian Folkways 40096
29. Garbage (Pete), Living Music Records
30. Go Down Moses (American Favorite Ballads 4), Smithsonian Folkways 40153
31. Crow on The Cradle (If I Had A Hamm er...), Smithsonian Folkways 40096

Pete and friends:
32. Pete with Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Anne Hills, Billy Bragg: Bring Them Home (Seeds:The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 3), Appleseed 1072
33. Peggy Seeger: Spider's Web (Seeds....)
34. Pete: Take It from Dr. King (Seeds....)
35. The Byrds: Turn! Turn! Turn! (There Is A Season), Columbia/Legacy Advance CD
36. The Weavers: If I Had A Hammer (The Weavers Greatest Hits), Vanguard LP
37. Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen: Ghost of Tom Joad (Sowing the Seeds: The 10th Anniversary), Appleseed 1102
38. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Friday, May 1, 2009

Songwriters / Story Writers

In Patty Larkin's newsletter she mentions a new book of short stories, due out on May 5, written by 16 songwriters, including herself --

Other writers include Chris Smither, Robbie Fulks, Mary Gauthier, just for starters.