Sunday, September 30, 2007

9/30/07 Playlist, The Sunday Night Folk Festival

1. Rose Maddox: Turn Your Radio On (Beautiful Bouquet), Arhoolie 9058
2. Larry Zarella: Buckets of Rain (No Place Special), self
3. Adrienne Young: All for Good (Room to Grow), Addiebelle
4. David Ross Macdonald: 'Til I'm Gone (Knuckled Brass and Bone), self

5. Gillie McPherson: Dark Dream (Our Street), self
6. John Stewart: New Orleans (The Day The River Sang), Appleseed 1093
7. Jennifer Warnes: Came So Far for Beauty (Famous Blue Raincoat 20th Anniversary Edition), Shout Factory 10490
8. Nick Annis: Children of A Mayan God (Frog's Thursday), self
9. Neal & Leandra: Luis [I Know] (Dancing with A Ghost), Uncle Gus 06

It's Amy Carol Webb's birthday
10. Rosa (Naked No Tricks), Zebra z2006
11. Till We Stop Watching (Faith + Fortitude + Friends), Zebra z2004
12. Frida (Naked No Tricks)
13. O Abraham (Faith + Fortitude + Friends)

14. Steve Earle: City of Immigrants (Washington Square Serenade), New West promo
15. Kris Drever: Steel and Stone (Black Water), Compass 4456
16. Laura Cortese: Jack Orion (Blow the Candle Out – Live), self
17. Kristin Andreassen: Crayola Doesn't Make A Color for Your Eyes (Kiss Me Hello), self

18. Charlie Maguire: Fall Is Here (Harbour Lights: The Second Voyage), Mello-Jamin
19. Sally Rogers: Old Father Fall (The Unclaimed Pint / In the Circle of The Sun), Flying Fish 70409
20. John McCutcheon: Colors (Autumnsongs), Rounder Kids 8037
21. Anne Hills: First Day of Autumn (Bittersweet Street), Redwing 5402
22. Steve Gillette / Cindy Mangsen: When the First Leaves Fall (A Sense of Place), Redwing 5409
23. Work O'The Weavers: Red Goes the Vine / In Dead Earnest (We're Still Here), WorldWind 16
24. Kitty Donohoe: Howling at The Moon (This Road Tonight), Roheen 005

25. Magpie: Living Planet (Living Planet), Collector 1948
26 & 27. Spicewood Seven: Dying Planet & 21 Guns (Kakistocracy), Austin Records 70406
28. Christopher Smith: Gravedigger's Boy (Gravedigger's Boy), Small Time

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from "Spyglass Waltzes" by Rodney Miller & Elvie Miller

29. Lou and Peter Berryman: Live Music (The Universe: 14 Examples), Cornbelt 17
30. Josh Ritter: The Temptation of Adam (The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter), Sony Victor
31. Erin McKeown: Blackbirds (Lafayette), Signature Sounds
32. The Avett Brothers: The Weight of Lies (Emotionalism), Ramseur 2716

33. Cindy Lee Berryhill: Make Way for The Handicapped (Beloved Stranger), Populuxe 1122
34. Steve Earle: Oxycontin Blues (Washington Square Serenade), New West promo
35. Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen: Ghost of Tom Joad (Sowing the Seeds -- The 10th Anniversary), Appleseed 1102
36. Eliza Gilkyson: Hard Times in Babylon (Your Town Tonight), Red House 205
38. Ian Tamblyn: Blue Canoe (Angel's Share), self
39. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Bruce Springsteen in the 9/30/07 NYTimes

In Love With Pop, Uneasy With the World

Asbury Park, N.J.

IT was the last day of summer, but on the boardwalk here it seemed more like a perfect morning in early July: the Atlantic Ocean sparkled under a cloudless sky; the humid air was soothed by a soft, salty breeze. I looked down the empty beach, past the souvenir shops and snack bars with their fresh paint and new green awnings, toward the proud Victorian hulk of the old Casino, and felt that I had walked into a
Bruce Springsteen song. (Oh, I don’t know. Maybe “Fourth of July, Asbury Park.” Or is that too obvious?)

The feeling, no less potent for being self-induced, had been with me all morning. Bright and early, me and my girl — my wife of nearly two decades, that is — had let the screen door slam, dropped off the kids at school and set out on the open road, blowing through the E-ZPass lanes on the Garden State Parkway in our Volvo station wagon. We had an advance copy of Mr. Springsteen’s new album, “Magic,” in the CD slot, and most of his back catalog in reserve on the iPod. And now we were driving down Kingsley, figuring we’d get a latte. One more chance to make it real. Tramps like us, baby!

Our purpose was not to fantasize but rather to observe the E Street Band in rehearsal, and then to hear what the man himself had to say about the new record, the coming tour and whatever else was on his mind. “Magic” is, musically, one of the most upbeat, accessible records he has made, even as its themes and stories make it one of his most political. Once again he is hitting the road as a presidential election heats up.

“I like coming out on those years,” he would tell me later, when we sat down to talk in a backstage dressing room after the rehearsal. “Whatever small little bit we can do, that’s a good time to do it.”

At an age when most rock ’n’ rollers, if they’re still alive, have become either tributes to or parodies of their earlier selves, Mr. Springsteen seems to have settled into an enviable groove, with new musical forms to explore and an existing body of work that never seems to get old, with plenty to say and an audience that hangs on his every word. In which — as if it weren’t already obvious — I include myself. I’ve been listening to Bruce Springsteen for a long time, but I can’t pretend that he provided the soundtrack for my youth. I spent my teenage years in the thrall of punk rock and its various aftermaths and came to Springsteen late, past the stage of life when his great anthems of romance, rebellion and escape might have had their most direct impact. As a result, I associate his work with the sorrows and satisfactions of adulthood; it’s music to grow up to, not out of.

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9/23/07 Playlist, John Sloan filling in


Dusty Skies / Riders In The Sky / Asleep At The Wheel ~ Tribute To Bob Wills / LibertyThings That Scare Me / Neko Case / Black Listed / BloodshotPapa Was A Rodeo / Kelly Hogan / Beneath The Country Underdog / BloodshotMexican Eyes / Nathan Bell & Susan Shore / Little Movies / Flying Fish

Nobody's Business / Jo Serraperre & The Willie Dunns / Tonight At Johnny's Speakeasy18, 19 / Rooftop Singers / Good Time / VanguardWhen You're Next To Me / Mitch & Mickey / A Mighty Wind Soundtrack / SonyDaddy's Gone To Knoxville / Mark Knopfler / Ragpicker's Dream / Mercury

Calexico & Rainbows / Shawn Phillips / No Category / Fat JackSending The Old Man Home / Jimmy Buffett / Volcano / MCAIt Must Have Been The Roses / Robert Hunter / Tales Of The Great Rumrunners / RykoYour Sweet Name / Harry Manx / Mantras For MadnessSenorita With A Veil Of Tears / Paul Simon / You're The One / WBRound The Wheel / String Cheese Incident / Round The Wheel / SCI FidelityBarfly / Ray LaMontagne / Til The Sun Turns Black / RCA

Befriended / Innocence Mission / Befriended / selfThrough Here Quite Often / Crosby & Nash / Highlights / SanctuaryOne (On My Mind) / Public Foot The Roman / PolydorSticks & Stones / Nils Lofgren / Acoustic Live / Right StuffWhen I Paint My Masterpiece / The Band / To Kingdom Come / Capitol

Three More Days / Ray LaMontagne / Til The Sun Turns Black / RCADrought Of 2013 / Big Head Todd & the Monsters / Crimes Of PassionDe Usuahia a ala Quiaca / Gustavo Santaolalla / The Motorcycle Diaries / UMGTimes Running Out / Colin Blunstone / Open All Night-Comp. / RhinoBlues Run The Game / Jackson C Franke / Blues Run The GameI Cannot Keep From Crying / Bert Jansch / Edge Of A Dream /Seven Gypsies / Davy Graham / Folk, Blues & Beyond / TopicAne Brun / To Let Myself Go / A Temporary DivaCello Song / Nick Drake / Five Leaves Left / Island

Don Quixote / Gordon Lightfoot / Gord's GoldThe Lost Gospel / Madraguda / The Deep EndRiding On A Railroad / James Taylor / LiveSomething In The Way She Moves / James Taylor / LiveCotton Jenny / Gordon Lightfoot / Gord's GoldConversation On A Barstool / Marianne Faithful / Perfect Stranger~Anthology / IslandNaughty Lady Of Shady Lane / Roches / Moonswept /

She's A Mystery To Me / Roy Orbison / Mystery GirlDusty Roses / Elliot Murphy & Iain Matthews / La Terre Commune / EminentUp In The Air / Heidi Berry / Pomegranate~Anthology / 4ADTwo Soldiers / Cowboy Junkies / Early 21st Century BluesBoy From Tupelo / Emmylou Harris / Red Dirt Girl / Nonesuch

Sunday, September 16, 2007

9/16/07 Playlist, Sunday Night Folk Festival

1. Christine Lavin: Here Comes Hurricane Season (Happy Dance of the Xenophobe), Yellow Tail 10022
2. Jed & Kelley: Ode to The RBC (Songs to Take Home), self
3. Austin & Elliott: O Death (13 Songs Plus), self
4. Evergreen: Gone At Last (4), self


5. The Strangelings: Nuah (Season of The Witch), The Kennedys
6. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band: Ain't No More Cane (It's Not Big It's Large), Lost Highway B0008966
7. Marie Knight: Death Don't Have No Mercy (Let Us Get Together), M. C. Records 0058
8. David Ross MacDonald: Gibson Blues (Knuckled Brass and Bone), self

From "Sowing the Seeds -- The 10th Anniversary," Appleseed 1102
9. Pete Seeger: Oh Sacred World
10. Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen: Ghost of Tom Joad
11. Pete Seeeger & Tao Rodriguez-Seeger: The Ross Perot (George Bush) Guide to Answering Embarrassing Questions

12. Jennifer Warnes: The Well (The Well), Music Force
13. Alastair Moock: Own Way to Heaven (Fortune Street), CoraZong 255 097
14. Christine Lavin and The WMDs: The Liar Sleeps Tonight [bonus cut] (The Happy Dance of The Xenophobe), Yellow Tail 10022
15. Steve Earle: Steve's Hammer [For Pete] (Washington Square Serenade), New West promo3027

The first reminds me of the second, and the second talks about a trout moving through a pool:
16. The Pines: Midnight Sun (Sparrows in The Bell), Red House 201
17. Eliza Gilkyson: Sleeper (Going Driftless), Red House 145
18. David Mallett: Fishing (The Fable True), North Road CD71807

19. Mad Agnes: Green (Revenants), self
20. Kane Welch Kaplin: I Wish I Had That Mandolin (Kane Welch Kaplin), Compass 4464
21. Karen Mal: Te Acuerdo En Mis Suenos (The Space Between), Waterbug 77
22. John McCutcheon: Not Me (This Fire), Appalsongs 2007

23. Norah Jones: World of Trouble (Soundtrack: The Hottest State), Hickory / Sony
24. Bob Bossin: We Were Good People (The Roses on Annie's Table), Nick 11
25. Jed & Kelley: Song to Take Home (Songs to Take Home), self
26. Loudon Wainwright III: Doin' The Math (Strange Weirdos), Concord Music Group 27. Susan Werner: Probably Not (The Gospel Truth), self

Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Oisin McAuley's "Far from The Hills of Donegal," Compass 4446

28. Uncle Earl: Streak o'Lean, Streak o'Fat (Waterloo, Tennessee), Rounder 0577
29. Steve Earle: City of Immigrants (Washington Square Serenade), New West promo 3027
30. Shady Mix: Reminds Me of Missouri (Live), Roan Pony 1314
31. Terry Tufts: Open Letter to The Earth (The Better Fight), Borealis 172
32. Christine Lavin: Happydance (Happy Dance of The Xenophobe), Yellow Tail 10022

33. Todd Snider: You Got Away with It (The Devil You Know), NewDoor promo
34. Mindy Smith: Long Island Shore (Long Island Shore), Vanguard 79797
35. Randy Browning: Radical Rags (Radical Rags), self
36. Amy LaVere: That Beat (Anchors & Anvils), Archer 19272
37. Bruce Robison: When It Rains (It Came from San Antonio), Premium 18732
38. Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Iris DeMent: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Monday, September 10, 2007

Playlist, The Sunday Night Folk Festival, 9/9/07

1. The Pines: Midnight Sun (Sparrows in The Bell), Red House 201
2. Karen Mal: Surprise (The Space Between), Waterbug 77
3. James Lee Stanley: The World We Left Behind (The Eternal Contradiction), Beachwood 2473
4. Terri Hendrix: Bottom of A Hill (The Spiritual Kind), Wilory 30008

5. Anne Hills: Little Orphant Annie (Ef You Don't Watch Out), Collective Works 0504
6. Richard Shindell (at Strawberry Park Folk Festival): The Storms Are on The Ocean (South of Delia), self
7. Claudia Schmidt: Trailhead (Spinning), Pragmavision
8. Hope Machine: Black Hills (March), Tribes Hill

9. Jennifer Warnes: First We Take Manhattan (Famous Blue Raincoat -- 20th Anniversary Edition), Shout Factory 10490
10. John McCutcheon: Oprah Seat (This Fire), Appalsongs 2007
11. Nick Annis: Home Depot (Frog's Thursday), self
12. Steppin' in It, with Rachael Davis: Shout Sister Shout (Shout Sister Shout), self

13. Joe Jencks: Gasoline (The Candle and The Flame), self
14. The Roches: Jesus Shaves (Moonswept), 429 Records 17636
15. The Sevens: Where Shall I Fly (Valiant), Newgrange
16. Claudia Russell and The Folk Unlimited Orchestra: Hard Part's Lettin' Go (Live Band Tonight), Radio Rhythm Records
Mary Chapin Carpenter suffered a pulmonary embolism in April, and her friend Eliza Gilkyson says "she's not out of the woods yet"
17. A Road Is Just A Road (Hometown Girl), Columbia CK 40758
18. Stones in The Road (Stones in The Road), Columbia CK 64327
19. Between Here and Gone (Between Here and Gone), Columbia CK 86619
20. On With the Song (The Calling), Zoe 1111

21. Jonathan Edwards (at Strawberry Park Folk Festival): This Island Earth (private demo)
22. The Little Willies: It's Not You It's Me (The Little Willies), EMI 50671
23. Robbie Fulks: I Like Being Left Alone (Revenge!), Yep Roc 2125
24. Jennifer Warnes: Patriot Dreams (The Well), Music Force Media Group

Tuesday is the sixth anniversary of some events that have forever changed this country:
25. Kitty Donohoe: There Are No Words (single), self
26. Mark Erelli: The Only Way (The Only Way -- EP), Signature Sounds 1271A
27. Deborah Liv Johnson: This Final Ride (The Good and Bad of It), Mojave Sun
28. Bruce Springsteen: Empty Sky (The Rising), Columbia CK 86600

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from "Spyglass Waltzes" by Rodney Miller and Elvie Miller, Brimstone Corner 002

29. Short Sisters (Branford Coffeehouse 9/15): Blizzard of Lies (Live from Four States), Black Socks 17

30. Cliff Eberhardt (at Twin Angels Folk Festival): Let This Whole Thing Burn (The High Above and The Down Below), Red House 199
31. Tracy Grammer (Strawberry Park): Laughlin Boy (Flower of Avalon), Signature Sounds 1292
32. Mustards Retreat (Strawberry Park): Festival Night (There... and Back Again), Yellow Room
33. Rani Arbo & daisy Mayhem (Strawberry Park): Red Haired Boy (Big Old Life), Signature Sounds 2005

34 & 35. Woody Guthrie: Talking Dust Bowl Blues & Dead or Alive (The Live Wire), The Woody Guthrie Foundation

36. Modern Man: Assisted Living (Assisted Living), Inverted Turtle
37. Mae Robertson: The One Who Knows (Dream), Lyric Partners
38. Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Iris DeMent, Patty Griffin: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Mary Chapin Carpenter's recent and ongoing illness

I recently learned of Mary Chapin Carpenter's illness; she's had to cancel her tours. She talks about it all on NPR's "This I Believe" at

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Long interview with Mary Gauthier

in which we learn a lot about her life, and how important a good producer is, and what it's like to co-write with the late Harlan Howard, using the napkins he made notes on while drinking White Russians

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Joni Mitchell's back with a new album

Joni Mitchell: The legendary singer-songwriter is back

By Pierre Perrone, Published 10 August 2007, The Independent

Joni Mitchell says that she's not ready for retirement after all

Ten years ago, it looked like Joni Mitchell's life had gone full circle. This most archetypal of singer-songwriters was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame along with her old friends Crosby, Stills and Nash. But, more importantly, she was reunited with the daughter she'd given away for adoption after becoming pregnant in the mid-Sixties, and her musical and personal journey – which had taken her from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Laurel Canyon, California via Greenwich Village, New York – seemed complete.

"In some ways, my gift for music and writing was born out of tragedy and loss," she told the documentary-maker Susan Lacy. "When my daughter returned to me, the gift kind of went with it. The songwriting was almost like something I did while I was waiting for my daughter to come back."

In 1998, Mitchell released Taming The Tiger, her last album of new material, and toured the US and Canada that year, and again in 2000. After that, as she explained during a two-part Radio 2 documentary broadcast earlier this year, she spent most of her time painting, watching old movies and listening to talk radio. "I came to hate music," she admitted to her friend the British songwriter Amanda Ghost.

Indeed, in 2002, as she issued Travelogue, a double CD on which she revisited her repertoire with orchestral backing, Mitchell announced she'd had enough of "the corrupt cesspool, the pornographic pigs" of the music industry and would be a recording artist no more. "Nothing sounded genuine or original. Truth and beauty were passé. I got the picture. I quit the business," she said. And, despite working with Rhino, the reissue arm of Warners, on a couple of thematic compilations of her oeuvre, she was as good as her word.

Until last year, that is, when Jean Grand-Maître, the artistic director of the Alberta Ballet, contacted Mitchell for permission to use her compositions in a ballet. Rather than simply let him choose songs to fit what would have been a "somewhat autobiographical" piece called Dancing Joni, she helped the project evolve into The Fiddle and the Drum, which premiered in Calgary, Canada, in February. She contributed some of her politically charged paintings to the set design and also delivered a couple of new songs she'd been working on, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "If" – her favourite poem – and "If I Had A Heart".

These compositions are now two of the pivotal tracks on Shine, Mitchell's new album to be released via Hear Music, the Starbucks-owned label, in the US and Canada, and the Concord Music Group/ Universal in the UK and the rest of Europe at the end of September.

The rest of the article is at

Arlo Guthrie Interview in Modern Guitars Magazine

Arlo Guthrie Interview
Rick Landers, August 27, 2007

Arlo Guthrie. Photo by John Hancock Photos.Mention the name Arlo to most Boomers and immediately the song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” comes to mind. That song alone would be a pretty darn good legacy. But Arlo Guthrie’s given us a lot more treasures over the years like “The Motorcycle Song,” “City of New Orleans,” “Deportee” and the counterculture tune "Coming into Los Angeles" he sang at Woodstock.

Most fans recall a young guy with wiley attitudinal humor and an ability to tell a tale with front porch charm. Today we all know when he fashions a story about the government, television evangelists or the price of gas there’s more than a smattering of critical analysis going on under that long silver mane. The end game for Guthrie seems to be targeted at making statements about life’s foibles and contradictions while he gathers up laughter from his fans.
As the son of the legendary songwriter and chronicler of American life, Woody Guthrie, Arlo’s talents and inspiration spring from a very deep well. He’s carried his father’s legacy along a straight and narrow path keeping ripe the elder Guthrie's spirited integrity while satirizing or poking fun at unbridled authority.

Landing on the music charts in 1967 with his debut album, Alice’s Restaurant, Guthrie quickly became a young icon of a turbulent decade. Nearly every year since Arlo's laid down tracks on a long list of memorable albums such as Washington County, Hobo’s Lullaby and his highly acclaimed Amigo.

Forty years later and Arlo's own Rising Sun record label has just released his twenty-fifth album titled In Times Like These.

The rest of the article at

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem on NPR

Recently Discovered Live Recording by Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie's music, alive and well

By Geoffrey Himes
International Herald Tribune, Monday, September 3, 2007

NEW YORK: Upon entering the Woody Guthrie Archives here, you're confronted by bronze busts of Guthrie, the mid-century folk legend; his son Arlo; his old bandmate Pete Seeger; his good friend Leadbelly; and his disciple Bob Dylan.

Nearby on the wall is the original manuscript for Guthrie's most famous song, "This Land Is Your Land," under its original title, "God Blessed America for Me," a riposte to Irving Berlin's more jingoistic song with a similar title. Also on the wall is a hand-scrawled note that says: "Dear Whoever, Woody lives and I'm glad. Love, John Lennon, '75."

Lennon's letter is just one example of the surprises that show up at the West 57th Street, Manhattan, archives. In 2001, for example, Guthrie's daughter Nora received a small box that contained two black-and-yellow spools of silver wire with a note that said, "I found this in my closet and thought you might like to have it." When she reopened the boxes in January, the strands resembled the wire you might use for hanging pictures. But the spools were recordings, an exciting discovery.

"What these are," Nora Guthrie, 57, said, "are the only decent live recordings we've found of Woody in front of an audience. When we could finally hear them, we flipped out, because it's Woody telling jokes, laughing with the crowd and singing songs for them." This week those recordings will be released on CD as "The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949" (Woody Guthrie Publications).

The rest of the article is at

Monday, September 3, 2007

9/2/07 -- No Playlist, waaaaaaaah

No Sunday Night Folk Festival on Sunday September 2, 2007, because (1) the first two hours were preempted by a soccer game and (2) the host was in the hospital getting NO sleep after an emergency appendectomy.

Next Sunday Night Folk Festival will air on Sunday September 9. Honest! (I hope.)