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."

more at,8599,1670184,00.html

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 ...
and the video

Sunday, October 7, 2007

10/7/07 Playlist

1. Mavis Staples: Turn Me Around (Songs from Sing Out!), Sing Out
2. Luke Powers: Man Behind (Picture Book), Phoebe Claire 7398
3. Carolann Solobello: Got A Minute? (Just Across the Water), Elizabeth Records 001
4. Bruce Springsteen & Pete Seeger: Hobo's Lullaby (Give Us Your Poor), Appleseed 1103]

5. Nerissa & Katryna Nields (Iron Horse 10/13): Give me A Clean Heart (Sister Holler), Mercy House
6. John Roberts & Tony Barrand (U'n'I 10/13): Our Hamlet (A Present from The Gentlemen), Golden Hind 101
7. Donna Martin (Roaring Brook 10/13): Cold Black Water (Seed & History), KSP
8. Phil Cooper, Margaret Nelson & Kate Early (Cooper & Nelson, Branford Folk 10/13): Kangaro / Rolling of The Stone (Love & War), self

9 & 10. Magpie (Sierra Club meeting, Pequot Museum, 10/20): The Magpie & Cordova (Living Planet), Collector 1948
11. Peter Case (Buttonwood Tree 10/15): Million Dollars Bail (Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John), Yep Roc 2160
12. Will Kimbrough (Wilde Auditorium 10/19): Act Like Nothing's Wrong (Americanitis), Daphne
13. Will Kimbrough: Eden Prairie (Will Kimbrough EP), Daphne

The soldier's POV:
14. Roy Zimmerman: Thanks for The Support (single), self
15. Mark Erelli: The Volunteer (single -- download), self
16. David Parry: The Volunteer (The Man from Eldorado: Songs and Stories of Robert W. Service), Borealis 106
17. Tom Paxton: The Willing Conscript (The Best -- I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound), Elektra / Rhino R2 73515
18. Tom Lehrer: It Makes A Fellow Proud to Be A Soldier (An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer), Reprise 6199

...and more:
19. Richard Thompson: I Ain't Marching Anymore (The Songs Pour Down Like Silver -- The Covers and Sessions), Free Reed 59
20. Bruce Springsteen: Devils and Dust (Devils and Dust), Columbia 93900
21. The Prince Myshkins: Let Me into Your Military (Shiny Round Object), self
22. Linda Thompson: Day after Tomorrow (Versatile Heart), Rounder 3217
23. Bruce Springsteen: Last to Die (Magic), Columbia 17060

A mixed bag!
For the town councils etc of Middletown and West Hartford:
24. Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi (Shine), Hear Music 30457

Myanmar, of course:
6. Roy Zimmerman: Let's Go after The Buddhists (Radio Sampler), self

It's Kieran Kane's birthday:
27. Kane Welch Kaplin: Red Light Blinking (Kane Welch Kaplin), Compass 4464

Pretty obvious:
28. Mel Torme: Early Autumn (Night at The Concord Pavilion), Concord Jazz 4433

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Nightingale's "Three," self

All from musing about the SCHIP-veto and the cost of the war and what it COULD be paying for (
29. Sweet Honey in The Rock: In the Middle of The Night (Experience...101), Appleseed 1104
30. James McMurtry: Can't Make It Here (radio edit / download)
31. Randy Newman: Mr. President [Have Pity on The Working Man] (Good Old Boys), Reprise / Rhino R2 73839
32. Todd Snider: Looking for A Job (The Devil You Know), New Door
33. John McCutcheon: It's the Economy, Stupid (Hail to The Chief!), Appalseed 2003
34. Peggy Seeger: Legal Illegal (Enough Is Enough -- EP), self http://www.pegseeger/
35. Carol Denney: The Rich Will Never Be Poor (The Rich Will Never Be Poor), self
36. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174