Friday, July 31, 2009

Vanity Fair article about George Wein and his folk festival

Q&A: George Wein on Dylan, Baez, and the Trouble With Kids These Days

Sandy Paton of Folk-Legacy Has Died

Sandy died last Sunday, July 26, at the age of 80. He'd been dealing with emphysema and more, and had been weakened by the recent and tragic death of his grandson Kaelan who had jumped into Housatonic rapids to save another boy, but lost his life in the saving.

Sing Out! magazine posted this succinct report:

Ed McKeon's tribute to Sandy is here:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

7/26/09 Playlist

1. Drew Emmitt: Gypsy in My Soul (Long Road), Compass
2. Blame Sally: Pass the Buddha (Night of 1000 Stars), self
3. Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Rising High Water Blues (A Stranger Here), Anti-
4. Malinky: The Road to Drumleman (Flower & Iron), Mad River

5. Bread & Bones: Bread and Bones (I Know Stories), Riptone
6. Lawrence Blatt: Orange Blossom Honey (The Color of Sunshine), self
7. The Folkaltones: Hard Rock Bottom (Tuning Up), Propinquity
8. Peter Mulvey: Shirt (Notes from Elsewhere), Signature Sounds

9. Dennis Brennan: Hard Traveling (Engagement), Hi-N-Dry
10. Carolann Solebello: Long Time Gone (Glass of Desire), Elizabeth
11. Rick Shea: No Good Time for Leavin' (Shelter Valley Blues), Tres Pescadores
12. Ben Bullington: I'm A Stranger (White Sulphur Springs), self

At Newport next weekend:
13. The Avett Brothers: Yardsale (The Gleam), Ramseur
14. Joan Baez: Rose of Sharon (Day after Tomorrow), Razor & Tie
15. Pete Seeger: Waist Deep in The Big Muddy (At 89), Appleseed
16. The Low Anthem: Charlie Darwin (Oh My God, Charlie Darwin), Nonesuch

It's the birth anniversary of Robert Graves -- all songs are from Jay Ansill's "A Lost World," BCN (1996)
17. John Gorka: Down Wanton Down
18. Anne Hills, Cindy Mangsen, John Roberts, Tony Barrand: She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep
19. Anne Hills: Midwinter Walking
20. Richard Shindell: A Jealous Man

21. Anne Hills with Jay Ansill: Lover's Knot (Angle of The Light), Flying Fish

It's Karen Savoca's birthday (maybe):
22 & 23. Eight Tons of B-Flat & This Train (On the River Road), Alcove
24. The One I Dream (Walkin' The Bridge), Alcove

The dreaded folk calendar over selections from Bua's "An Spealadoir," Mad River Records

25. Tom Paxton: Sarah Palin (download), self

26. Ben Bullington: Twangy Guitars (White Sulphur Springs), self

27. David Ippolito: Resolution -- The Torture Song (download), self

28. Susan Werner: Hazy Shade of Winter (Classics), Sleeve Dog
29. Susan Werner: Help Somebody (The Gospel Truth), Sleeve Dog

30. (Daisy) May Erlewine & Seth Bernard: Shine On (The Copper Country Quintet) private
31. Sam Baker: Cotton (Cotton), Music Road
32. Naomi Sommers: Now He's Gone (Gentle As The Sun), American Melody
33. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Country Music at The White House

Worlds of Country Music Fill a White House Bill
by Jon Pareles, New York Times, July 21, 2009

Under the crystal chandeliers of the East Room of the White House, it was a big night for twang and heartache.

The White House Summer Music series presented “A Country Music Celebration” with the bluegrass-rooted singer and fiddler Alison Krauss, the songwriter and guitarist Brad Paisley and the country singer Charley Pride, all members of the Grand Ole Opry.

“I know folks think I’m a city boy, but I do appreciate listening to country music,” President Obama said as he introduced the concert. “It’s about folks telling their life story the best way they know how.”

The program was Web cast at and videotaped for the Great American Country television network. It was by no means the first country performance at the White House, said the M.C., the Nashville radio patriarch Eddie Stubbs. That was by the Coon Creek Girls, for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939.

More at

Sunday, July 19, 2009

7/19/09 Playlist

1. The Loose Acoustic Trio: (Sorrow Be Gone), Big Book
2. Caroline Doctorow: Bold Marauder (Another Country), Narrow Lane
3. Guy Davis: Words to My Mama's Song (Sweetheart Like You), Red House
4. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson: The Devil's Inside My Head (Rattlin' Bones), Sugar Hill

5. John Doe and The Sadies: It Just Dawned on Me (Country Club), Yep Roc
6. Lissa Schneckenburger: Lumberman in Town / Go Ken (Song), Footprint
7. Danny Schmidt: Serpentine Cycle of Money (Instead the Forest Rose to Sing), Red House
8. The Sweetback Sisters: Red Shoes Blues (Chicken Ain't Chicken), Signature Sounds

9. Steppin' In It: Charles Hatfield's Blues (Simple Tunes for Troubled Times), Fox on A Hill
10. May Erlewine: The Mourning (Love Labor), Earthwork
11. Tommy Sands with Moya & Fionan: The People Have Spoken (Let the Circle Be Wide), Appleseed
12. Iris DeMent: He Reached Down (Lifeline), Flariella

Remembering Dave Carter: he died 7 years ago today. I can't find the name of the person who sent me this festival recording, made with Tracy Grammer, Lorne Entress, and Dave Chalfant at Rocky Mountain Folks Fest 8/19/01:
13. 41 Thunderer
14. Ordinary Town
15. Tanglewood Tree
16. Tillman County

17. Debbie Cassell: The Day They Walked on The Moon (download)
18. Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen: (Being There), Compass Rose

19. Christine Lavin: The Life of A Firefly (MP3)

20. David Ippolito: Resolution (The Torture Song), download at
21. James McMurtry: Cheney's Toy (Just Us Kids), Lightning Rod

22. Jon Vezner: Nobody Dies in This Song (We Remember), Mini-Apples
23. The Lovell Sisters: In My Time of Dying (Time to Grow), self
24. Cedric Watson: La Vielle Chanson de Mardi Gras (Cedric Watson), Valcour
25. Buffy Sainte-Marie: No No Keshagesh (Running for The Drum), Appleseed

The dreaded folk calendar, over selections from Childsplay's "Waiting for the Dawn,"

Thanks to Sue Kessell for the reminder about this song -- Paxton was singing about airlines trashing guitars long before Dave Carroll wrote "United Breaks Guitars:"
26. Tom Paxton: Thank You, Republic Airlines (One Million Lawyers and Other Disasters), Flying Fish LP

Songs by or about Dave Carter:
27. Tracy Grammer: Verdant Mile (Verdant Mile), self
8. Richard Shindell: The Mountain (Not Far Now), Signature Sounds
29. Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem: Farewell to Saint Dolores (Gambling Eden), Signature Sounds
30. Priscilla Herdman: Gentle Arms of Eden (The Road Home), Redwing
31. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer: The Emperor Is Naked Today-O (The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 2 - If I Had A Song), Appleseed
32. Mary Chapin Carpenter: Between Here and Gone (Between Here and Gone), Columbia

I had thought this song was ancient; not so, say the notes in the CD's booklet:
33. Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionan: A Stor Mo Chroi (Let the Circle Be Wide), Appleseed

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

7/18//09 fill-in on Tangled Roots

Fill-in for Todd Boudreau on “Tangled Roots,” Saturday July 18, 2009

1. Willie Nelson & Asleep at The Wheel: Corrina Corrina (Willie and the Wheel), BiSMEAUX
2. Stephanie Davis: Montana Cowgirl (Western Bliss), Recluse
3. Del McCoury: Queen Anne's Lace (By Request), McCoury Music
4. Amy Gallatin and Roger Williams: Tear Stained Letter (Something 'Bout You), Happy Appy

5. South Austin Jug Band: Dive Bar (Strange Invitation), self
6. Euphonia: In Tall Buildings (The Old Jawbone), self
7. Sarah Watkins: Long Hot Summer Days (Sara Watkins), Nonesuch
8. Putnam Smith: A Full Moon, Baby (Goldrush), Itchy Sabot

On the Americana Music Top Ten list for 7/13/09:
9 & 10. Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women: California's Burning & River Under the Road (Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women), Yep Roc
11 & 12. Steve Earle: White Freightliner Blues & Marie (Townes), New West

13 & 14. Todd Snider: Bring 'Em Home & Corpus Christi Bay (The Excitement Plan), Yep Roc
15. & 16. Levon Helm: Growin' Trade & Golden Bird (Electric Dirt), Vanguard

17. Truckstop Honeymoon: The Cover Of The N. Y. T. (Great Big Family), Squirrel
18. Rod Picott & Amanda Shires: Arrows on Your Compass (Sew Your Heart with Wires), self
19. The Avett Brothers: (The Second Gleam), Ramseur
20. Corinne West: Roses to Rust (Second Sight), self

21. Tony Gilkyson: He'll Miss This Train (Sparko), Askew
22. Eliza Gilkyson: He'll Miss This Train (Lost and Found), Red House
23. Slaid Cleaves: Run Jolee Run (Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away), Music Road
24. May Erlewine: Sweet Days (Love Labor), Earthwork

25. Bruce Cockburn: If I Had A Rocket Launcher (Slice O Life), Rounder / True North
26. The Lovell Sisters: Subway Song (Time to Grow), self
27. Buddy & Julie Miller: One Part, Two Part (Written in Chalk), New West
28. Bill Evans & Megan Lynch: Rocks and Water (Let's Do Something...), Native and Fine
29. Greg Brown: Lull It By (Dream City), Red House

30. Dar Williams: You Are Everyone (Promised Land), Razor & Tie
31. Rodney Crowell: Forty Winters (Sex and Gasoline), Yep Roc
32. Kerri Powers: Low Down Low (Faith in The Shadows), self
33. Johnny Cash: All of God's Children Ain't Free (Johnny Cash's America), Legacy / Columbia
34. Denice Franke: Gibralter (Gulf Coast Blue), Certain Records

35. Michael Fracasso: There Goes the Neighborhood (Red Dog Blues), Little Fuji
36. Po' Girl: Isobel (Deer in The Night), self 37. Darrell Scott: Out Among the Stars (Modern Hymns), Appleseed

Sunday, July 12, 2009

7/12/09 Playlist

1. Steve Martin: Saga of The Old West (The Crow), Rounder
2. Albert & Gage: If I Die Tomorrow (Dakota Lullaby), Moon House
3. Mike and Ruthy w/ Lyn Hardy: Another Dawn Another Day (Waltz of The Chickadee), Humble Abode
4. Rodney Crowell: The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design (Sex & Gasoline), Yep Roc

5. Audrey Auld Mezera: 40 (Music with The Dirt Left On), Reckless
6. Joe Crookston: Brooklyn in July (Able Baker Charlie & Dog), Milagrito
7. Grace Griffith: Water, Fire, and Smoke (Every Hue and Shade), self
8. Charlie King and Karen Brandow: You Can't Buy Me (Higher Ground), Vaguely Reminiscent Sounds

9. Charlie Waller: Teach Your Children (Bill Emerson Reunion), Webco Records 0140
10. Crooked Still (Ballard Park, Ridgefield, 7/14): Pharoah (Still Crooked), Signature Sounds
11. Eilen Jewell (Crowell Hall, Wesleyan, 7/18): Everywhere I Go (Sea of Tears), Signature Sounds
12. Aztec Two-Step (Infinity Hall 7/24): Old Friends (Time It Was: The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook), Red Engine
13. Anna Dagmar (Jitters 7/17): Can We Be Old Friends? (Let the Waves Come in Threes), self

14. Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women: Don't Make Promises (Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women), Yep Roc
15. Girl Howdy: I'm Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open (Girl Howdy at Rhythm & Roots), FestivaLink
16. Tom Rush: Too Many Memories (What I Know), Appleseed

Thinking about "The Family:"
17. Eliza Gilkyson: Man of God (Paradise Hotel), Red House
18. Lou & Peter Berryman: Glorious Prediction (Some Kinda Funny), Cornbelt
19. Susan Werner: (Why Is Your) Heaven So Small (Gospel Truth), Sleeve Dog

Falcon Ridge performers:
20. Ellis Paul: God's Promise (Ribbon of Highway Endless Skyway: Woody Guthrie Tribute Tour), Music Road
21. Kathy Mattea: Coal Tattoo (Coal), Thirty Tigers
22. Cliff Eberhardt: The High Above and The Down Below (Red House Records 25th Anniversary Vol. 2), FestivaLink
23. Tracy Grammer: Blue Wing (Book of Sparrows), self

24. Nerissa & Katryna Nields: Leave That Trouble Alone (Sister Holler), Mercy House

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Donna Hebert's "In Full Bloom," self

25. Eilen Jewell: Shakin' All Over (Sea of Tears), Signature Sounds
26. the Refugees: Save The Best for Last (Unbound), self
27. Kim & Reggie Harris & Magpie: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around (Spoken in Love), Long Tail
28. Karen Savoca: On the River Road (On the River Road), Alcove
29. Abi Tapia: Beware (The Beauty in The Rain), Moon House
30. Amy Speace: Storm Warning (The Killer in Me), Wildflower

31. Levon Helm: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Electric Dirt), Vanguard
32. The Lovell Sisters: In My Time of Dying (Time to Grow), self
33. Rod Picott & Amanda Shires: Drive That Devil Out (Sew Your Heart with Wires), self
34. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

7/5/09 Playlist, John Sloan filling in

1. Jory Nash: The Enemy (LoFi Northern Blues), Thin Man
2. Cowboy Junkies: Two Soldiers (Early 21st Century Blues), Latent
3. Missy Raines & The New Hip: Magnolia (Inside Out), Compass

4. Stephen Yerkey: Speak the Same (Confidence, Man), Heyday
5. Jonathan Richman: Everything's Gotta Be Right (Modern Lovers '88), Rhino
6. Jason Eklund: Vacation From Myself (Jason Eklund), Flying Fish
7. John Prine: Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (Live, John Prine), Oh Boy!

8. Neko Case: Magpie to the Morning (Middle Cyclone), Anti
9. Fleet Foxes: Ragged Wood (Fleet Foxes), Sub-pop
10. Fleet Foxes: Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Fleet Foxes), Sub-pop
11. Richard Shindell: The Mountain (Not Far Now), Signature Sounds
12. Innocence Mission: Brotherhood of Men (We Walked in Song),
13. Calexico: House of Valparaiso (Carried to Dust), Touch and Go
14. The Charles "Kaipu" Miller Serenaders: Happy Haole Hula Girl (The Heart of Hawaii), Crescendo

15. Alexi Murdoch: Blue Maid (Away We Go), Untitled
16. Joni Mitchell: Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire (For the Roses), Asylum
17. Band of Horses: Detlef Shrempf (Cease to Begin), Sub-pop
18. Alexi Murdoch: Wait (Away We Go), Untitled
19. Jory Nash: When I Walk Out (LoFi Northern Blues), Thin Man

20. Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald: The Hills of Glendale (Into the Clouds), Freewheel
21. Kingston Trio: Two Ten-Six Eighteen (The Capitol Years), Capitol
22. Tim Hardin: Yankee Lady (Simple Songs of Freedom), Columbia
23. John and Mary: Cemetery Ridge (The Wheat Killer's Daughter), Ryko
24. Arlo Guthrie: Deportee (Woody Guthrie-Hard Traveling)
25. The Band: All a Glory (Across the Great Divide), Capitol
26. Bob Dylan: Shooting Star (Unplugged), Columbia

27. George Kahumoki Jr. and Daniel Ho: Kahalewai - West Maui Mountains (Hymns of Hawaii), Daniel Ho Creations
28. Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time (Live) Warner Brothers
29. Rita Connally: Dreams in the Morning (Rita Connally),Tara
30. The Who: God Speaks, of Marty Robbins (Endless Wire) Polydor
31. Ray LaMontagne: Gossip in the Grain (Gossip in the Grain) RCA
32. Bruce Cockburn: Northern Lights (Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws) True North

33. Great Lakes Swimmers: Everything is Moving So Fast (Lost Channels), Nettwork
34. Iron and Wine: Flightless Bird, American Mouth (The Shepherd's Dog), Sub-pop
35. Ed Smith: Girl in a Tree (Take Me Home)
36. Tanita Tikaram: Men and Women (Eleven Kinds of Loneliness), Reprise
37. David Sylvian: Blackwater (God's Monkey - Retrospective), Virgin

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Martin Guitars Introduces Less Expensive Guitar-Model

Wall Street Journal, 7/8/09

From Gideon Freudmann's newsletter:

A couple years ago one of my tunes wound up in an episode of Weeds. Two more tunes are in the current TV series season - one song called Choose Me Waste Me Please was recorded several years ago with Holiday Clocks (a duo with Peter Cummings), and another called Cello Bop was on my Cellobotomy CD. AND, I got invited to attend the wrap party with the cast and crew of Weeds in Hollywood later this month. Now I need to buy a fancy shirt.
In celebration of his success, here's a Gideon-video from a few years back: