Sunday, January 31, 2010

1/31/10 Playlist

Playlist, Sunday Night Folk Festival, January 31, 2010

Grammy winners:
1. Ramblin' Jack Elliott (Trad. Blues): Rising High Water Blues (A Stranger Here), Anti-
2. Levon Helm (Americana): I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Electric Dirt), Vanguard
3. Loudon Wainwright III (Traditional Folk): Mother's Last Farewell Kiss (High Wide & Handsome), Proper
4. Steve Martin (Bluegrass): Saga of The Old West (The Crow), Rounder
5. Steve Earle (Contemporary Folk): Where I Lead Me (Townes), New West

6. Carolyn Cruso: Natural Disaster (Have You Ever), Blue Heron
7. Rodney Crowell: The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design (Sex and Gasoline), Yep Roc
8. Katie Moore: Any Day Woman (Only Thing Worse), Borealis
9. Jorma Kaukonen: Trouble in Mind (River of Time), Red House

10. Matt & Shannon Heaton: Lily of The West (Lovers' Well), self
11. Kieran Kane: Marriage of Convenience (Somewhere beyond The Roses), Compass
12. Liz Longley: People Get Ready (Somewhere in The Middle), self
13. Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers: Satisfied Man (The Bear), Vanguard
14. Sarah Jarosz: come On up to The House (Song Up in Her Head), Sugar Hill

15. Jory Nash: Our Time Again (New Blue Day), Thin Man Records
16. Christine Lavin: Good Thing SHE Can't Read My Mind (Cold Pizza for Breakfast), Yellow Tail
17. Tim O'Brien: How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live (Always Lift Him Up -- A Tribute to Bline Alfred Reed), Proper American
18. Rose Laughlin: Cold Rain and Snow (The Chicago Sessions), Ramblin' Rose

19. Linzay Young & Joel Savoy: Missouri Heights (Linzay Young & Joel Savoy), Valcour
20. Rebecca Troon: Hands of The Musician (Animal Skin), self
21. Gerard Edery and Ensemble: La Comida La Manana (Sampler), private
22. Laurie Lewis: Unfinished Life (Blossoms), Spruce and Maple

23. Laurie Lewis: Cool Your Jets (Blossoms)

The recent Supreme Court decision:
24. Eckstrom & Quinn: Supremely Confident (Songs from Sing Out! v. 47, #4), Sing Out!
25. Pete Seeger & Bernie Asbell: Mad As I Can Be (Songs from Sing Out! v 47, #4)
26. Woody Guthrie: Do Re Mi (Some Folk), ProperBox 115
27. Tom Paxton: I Am Changing My Name to Chrysler (The Paxton Report), Mountain Railroad LP

28. Gary O'Donoghue: Who Can You Ask When You're God? (Cat Nav: Guide Cats for the Blind Vol. 4), Osmosys
29. Wheeler Street w/ Roy Bailey: Ben Kenobi (Cat Nav)

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Oliver Schroer's "Hymns and Hers," Borealis

Upcoming concerts:
30. Doug & Telisha Williams: Unrepentant Sinner's Last Prayer (Ghost of The Knoxville Girl), self
31. The Sweetback Sisters: Red Shoes Blues (Chicken Ain't Chicken), Signature Sounds

32. Todd Snider: Some Things Are (The Other Side: Music from East Nashville), Red Beet
33. Louise Mosrie: Battle of Blair Mountain (Home), self
34. Geoff Kaufman: You're Nothin' But A Humbug (Sea Song Sampler), Cob's Cobble
35. Kate Taylor: Soap Opera Life (Fair Time!), self
36. Mary J. Blige: Kitchen (Stronger with Each Tear), downloaded
37. Molasses Creek: Jolene (Follow the Heron Home), SoundSide
38. Drew Nelson: Stranger (Dusty Road to Beulah Land), Waterbug
39. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Friday, January 29, 2010

Phoebe Snow hospitalized

From Phoebe Snow's manager to John Platt of WFUV:
"She had a brain hemorrhage due to high blood pressure. She is still in a
coma, but healing well physically. She shows all good signs of waking up,
but no one can predict when she will. You can say that on the radio and tell
people to send her great thoughts. Tell them that she was in the middle of
rehearsing a new band and had just recorded new songs and was getting ready
to start touring on March 23.
"It's obviously all on hold, but ready to be put back when she's ready. Let's
all be hopeful."

Sunday, January 24, 2010

1/24/10 Playlist

1. Catie Curtis: Don't Want to Know (Hello, Stranger), Compass
2. Genticorum: Le Vingt D'Avril (La Bibournoise), Mad River
3. Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family: Go Waggaloo (Go Waggaloo), Smithsonian Folkways
4. Erik Balkey: Come Back Home (Deadpan Alley), Hudson Harding

5 & 6. Sankofa Strings: Banjo Dream & Banjo-Pickin' Girl/Cluck Ol' Hen (Colored Aristocracy), Carolina Chocolate Drops
7. John Shipe: Honky Tonk Romans (Yellow House), Involushun
8. Conjunto Jardin: Fandanguito de los Muertos (Yerba Buena), Trova 9. Patrick Fitzsimmons: The Waiting Place (So Beautiful So Blue), OBH

10. Claudia Schmidt: I Don't Know (Promising Sky), self
11. Jack Cooke: Gotta Travel On (Sittin' on Top of The World), Pinecastle 12. K. C. Clifford: Johnny Cash (Pockets Full of Hope), self
13. Cornbread: Education Blues (Clearing the Tracks), self

Kate McGarrigle (and Anna of course):
14. Talk to Me of Mendocino (Kate & Anna McGarrigle), Warner Bros. LP
15. NaCl (Pronto Monto), Warner Bros. LP
16. Tell My Sister (Kate & Anna McGarrigle), Warner Bros. LP
17. Stella by Artois (Pronto Monto), Warner Bros. LP

18. Cheminant a La Ville (French Record), Rykodisc
19. The Work Song (Love Over and Over), Polydor LP
20. La Belle S'est Etourdie (French Record), Rykodisc
21. Midnight Flight (Love Over and Over), Polydor LP

22. Wise Men (The McGarrigle Christmas Hour), Nonesuch
23 - 25. Matapedia, Jacques et Gilles, Talk about It (Matapedia), Hannibal

26 & 27. Claudia Schmidt: Tree of Dreams & Promising Sky (Promising Sky), self

Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Hanneke Cassel's "For Reasons Unseen," self

28. Priscilla Herdman: January Thaw (Forgotten Dreams), Flying Fish
29. Southpaw Jones: Wheat Threshers (Cruelty), Freshly Picked
30. The Lovell Sisters: Time to Grow (Time to Grow), self
31. Corb Lund: Horse Doctor, Come Quick (Losin' Lately Gambler), New West
32. Annabelle Chvostek: The Sioux (Resilience), Borealis

33. Joel Rafael: Ramblin' 'Round (The Songs of Woody Guthrie Vol 1 & 2), Inside
34. Eva Cassidy: Early One Morning (Somewhere), Blix Street
35. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson: Rattlin' Bones (Rattlin' Bones), Essence / Sugar Hill
36. Annbjorg Lien: Waltz with Me (Waltz with Me), Compass
37. Slaid Cleaves: Cry (Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away), Music Road 38. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chris Smither article

from Hampshire Life (that would be Hampshire County, not New Hampshire), Dec. 4, 2009, and included on his Facebook page:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kate McGarrigle has died

I'm very sad to report that Kate McGarrigle has died — she and her sister Anna recorded only 10 albums, but provided material for Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris and who knows who else. Their style and sound were a little odd compared to the more mellifluous sounds of some who covered them, but their fans are very dedicated.

Kate was also the mother of Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

There are several articles about her:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

1/17/10 Playlist

1. The Sweetback Sisters: The Sweetest Gift, A Mother's Smile (Chicken Ain't Chicken), Signature Sounds
2. Al Stewart with Dave Nachmanoff: Palace of Versailles (Uncorked), Wallaby Trails
3. Hot Club of Cowtown: Reunion (Wishful Thinking), Gold Strike
4. Matt Harlan: Driving Song (Tips & Compliments), Berkalin

5. Trout Fishing in America; Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks (Big Round World), Trout Music
6. Girsa: The Swedish Jig (Traditional Irish Music), RiverRollick
7. John Gorka: The Dutchman (So Dark You See), Red House
8. Anne Hills: My Daughter and Vincent Van Gogh (Points of View), Appleseed

It's Steve Earle's birthday:
9. Marie (Townes), New West
10. Copperhead Road (Copperhead Road), UNI / MCA
11. Home to Houston (The Revolution Starts ... Now), Artemis / E squared
12. Christmas in Washington (El Corazon), Warner Bros

Related subject-matter:
13. Steve Earle: Jerusalem (Jerusalem), Artemis / E squared
14. Anais Mitchell: Song of The Magi (The Brightness), Righteous Babe 15. Nathan Moore: The Tanks (In His Own Worlds), Frogville

...and tangentially relevant:
16. Ralph McTell: Jesus Wept (Sand in Your Shoes), Red House New

17. Doug & Telisha Williams: Unrepentant Sinner's Last Prayer (Ghost of The Knoxville Girl), No Evil
18. Wild Asparagus: Cold Lampin' (Live at The Guiding Star Grange), self
19. Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole: Bluerunner (L'Esprit Creole), Valcour
20. Gadelle: Mon Aimable Catin (Gadelle), self
21. Bonsoir Catin: Mon Aimable Brune (Vive L'Amour), Valcour

22. Geoff Bartley: Money Is King (Put the Big Stone Down), Magic Crow 23. Louise Mosrie: God Lives in Arkansas (Home), Zoe Cat
24. Ray Wylie Hubbard: Tornado Ripe (A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment), Bordello
25. Laurie MacAllister & Amy Speace: When the War Is Won (Until You Come Home: Songs for Veterans and Their Kin), self

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Hanneke Cassel's "For Reasons Unseen," Cassel Records

26 & 27. Claudia Schmidt: Wisconsin Country & Ubumama (Promising Sky), self
28. James Hill & Anne Davison: New York Strum (True Love Don't Weep), Borealis
29. Molasses Creek: Papa Come Quick (Follow the Heron Home), Soundside
30. Loudon Wainwright III: High Wide & Handsome (High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project), Proper
31. Delbert McClinton & Dick 50: People Just Love to Talk (Acquired Taste), New West
32. Trina Hamlin: Jacaranda (One Night Stand), self
33. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Sunday, January 10, 2010

1/10/10 Playlist

Birthdays/birth anniversary:
1. Cindy Kallet: Wings to Fly (Working on Wings to Fly), Folk-Legacy
2. Fay Baird / The Short Sisters: Winnegacome, Winnebago (A Little Gracefulness), Black Socks Press
3. Amy White: Happy Go Lucky vs. The Undertow (Bittersweet: An American Romance), Fairewood
4. Louis Killen: When Fortune Turns The Wheel (Old Songs, Old Friends), Front Hall LP
5. Helen Bonchek Schneyer: Meeting in The Air (On the Hallelujah Line), Folk-Legacy
6. Shawn Colvin: Get Out of This House (A Few Small Repairs), Columbia

A visit from Alastair Moock, recorded just before the program -- all songs live in studio:
7. Own Way to Heaven
8. Woody's Lament
9. A Cow Says Moo
10. A Life I Never Had
From his most recent CDs:
11. Fishin' Blues (A Cow Says Moock), self
12. God Saw Fit to Make Tears (Fortune Street), CoraZong

13. Lou & Peter Berryman: 30 degrees (Yah Hey), Cornbelt
14. Chris MacLean: Snow (Feet Be Still), self
15. Ensemble Galilei: Winter's Blanket (Notes from Across The Sea -- With Love, Ann Mayo Muir), self

16. The Devil Makes Three: Never Learn (Care for All: Musicians for Healthcare), self
17. Anais Mitchell / Maddub / Bernie Sanders: Suffering of The People (Care for All: Musicians for Healthcare)
18. Doug & Telisha Williams: Lorretta's Ballad (Ghost of The Knoxville Girl), self
19. Beverly Smith and Carl Jones: Maybelle (Glow), Ditty Ville
20. Ray Wylie Hubbard: Tornado Ripe (A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment...), Bordello

Birthday girls:
21. Cindy Kallet: Salmon River (This Way Home), Stone's Throw
22. Amy White: Forsaken (Bittersweet: An American Romance), Fairewood 23. Fay Baird / The Short Sisters: Moses (A Planet Dancing Slow), Black Socks Press

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Ensemble Galilei's "Notes from Across The Sea"

24. Karma Farmers: Virgins in Heaven (Songs for Aging Cynics), Shiflettunes
25. Cindy Kalmenson: Land of The Free (I'm Not Leaving), Big Gack 26. James Keelaghan: House of Cards (House of Cards), Borealis
27. Liz Longley: Almost over You (Somewhere in The Middle), Luckelizz

28. Pete Kennedy: 19 in Vietnam (Guitarslinger), self
29. Donna Hebert: La Grondeuse / La Grande Gigue Simple (In Full Bloom), self
30. Matt Harlan: Driving Song (Tips & Compliments), Berkalin
31. Girlyman: Storms Were Mine (Everything's Easy), self
32. Levon Helm: Growin' Trade (Electric Dirt), Vanguard
33. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House Records

Monday, January 4, 2010

Grammy-nominated Utah Phillips tribute album: one co-producer

By Kristin E. Holmes
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, Jan 4, 2010

The Rev. Dan Schatz was that little boy - the one curled up and asleep at the concert while his parents moved to the music.

The songs were traditional folk, and the music was often spare and lyrics simply put. Once, when Schatz was 8, they were delivered by folk music icon and iconoclast Bruce "Utah" Phillips.

He sang about hobos riding the rails, and rolling hills in West Virginia. What was background music for an 8-year-old has fueled, nearly three decades later, a Grammy-nominated CD coproduced by Schatz.

The rest is at

Sunday, January 3, 2010

1/3/10 Playlist

1. Zoe Mulford: Welcome in Another Year (Bonfires), Azalea City
2. Chuck McCabe: Holidaze (Creatures of Habit), Woodshed
3. Anne & Pete Sibley: Coming Home (Coming Home), self
4. Jory Nash: Charlie (New Blue Day), Thin Man

5. Gretchen Peters with Tom Russell: Wolves (One to The Heart, One to The Head), Scarlet Letter
6. Pierce Pettis: Farewell (That Kind of Love), Compass
7. Heather Masse: Be My Sailor (Bird Song), Red House
8. Joel Mabus: How Can I Keep from Singing (No Worries Now), Fossil

9. Vanessa Peters & Ice Cream on Mondays: First Lesson (Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up), Little Sandwich
10. Gurf Morlix: Drums from New Orleans (Last Exit to Happyland), self 11. Paul Rishell & Annie Raines: I'm A Lover Not A Fighter (A Night in Woodstock), Mojo Rodeo
12. Drew Nelson: Grandmother Moon (Dusty Road to Beulah Land), Waterbug

13. Jay Howlett: Cornbread and Black-Eyed Peas (Carnival Lights), Blah Blah Woof Woof
14. Oliver Schroer: Roses for The Lady (Hymns and Hers), Borealis
15. Kerri Powers: Low Down Low (Faith in The Shadows), self
16. Corb Lund: This Is My Prairie (Losin' Lately Gambler), New West

Events from the past 10 or so years:
17. Hugh Blumenfeld: Hole in The Sky (Mr. Jekyll & Dr. Hyde), self 18. Mark Erelli: The Only Way (The Only Way), Signature Sounds

Into the war(s):
19. Steve Earle: Rich Man's War (The Revolution Starts...Now), Artemis / E-squared
20. Jay Howlett: The Guardsman's Letter (Carnival Lights), Blah Blah Woof Woof
21. Tom Waits: Road to Peace (Orphans), Anti-

The Religious Right:
22. Eliza Gilkyson: Man of God (Paradise Hotel), Red House
23. Mark Graham & Tom Sauber: Noah (Thought I Heard It Blow), Upland
24. Todd Snider: Conservative, Christian, Right-wing Republican, Straight, White American Males (East Nashville Skyline)

Annnnnd the economy:
25. James McMurtry: Can't Make It Here radio edit (Childish Things), self
26. Sally Rogers: Gone to The Dogs (We'll Pass Them On), Red House
27. Eliza Gilkyson: Great Correction (Beautiful World), Red House

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Oliver Schroer's "Hymns and Hers," Borealis

More blasts from events past:
Health care:
28. Sparky & Rhonda Rucker: Hard As Stone [re health care] (One Earth), Tremont

29. Mary Chapin Carpenter: Houston (The Calling), Zoe Rounder

Guns everywhere:
30. Christine Lavin: More Than 1,000,000 Americans (Happy Dance of The Xenophobe), Yellow Tail

Mountain top removal:
31. Darrell Scott: Never Leave Harlan Alive (Music of Coal), Lonesome Records and Publishing

Hope or something like it:
32. Dirk Powell et al: Oui On Peut (single download)
33. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House