Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010


These past couple of Sundays, I've been unable to copy and paste my playlists onto this blog, and I truly don't feel like typing them all over again.

Please go to, click on DJs, and then click on my name (Susan Forbes Hansen). My playlists are posted there at the end of each show. Thanks for your interest!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Those last festivals of the season

Sat Aug 28: Music at The Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival, Granby MA

Fri Sept 3 – Sun Sept 5: Rhythm and Roots Festival, Ninigret State Park, Charlestown RI

Fri Sept 10 - Sun Sept 12: CT Folk Festival & Green Expo, Edgerton Park, New Haven

Sat & Sun Sept 25 & 26: Working Waterfront Festival, New Bedford MA

Sun Sept 26: Many Hands CD-release fest, Northampton MA

Sun Sept 26: Black Sea Roma Festival, Central Park SummerStage, NYC

Sunday, August 15, 2010

8/15/10 Playlist

Playlist, The Sunday Night Folk Festival, August 15, 2010

1. Shelby Lynne: Home Sweet Home (Tears, Lies, and Alibis), Everso
2. The Low Anthem: Home I'll Never Be (Oh My God, Charlie Darwin), Nonesuch
3. Emily Kurn: Way Back Home (I'm Just Like You), self
4. Jimmy LaFave: Going Home (Favorites 1992 - 2001), Music Road
5. Hot Club of Cowtown: Georgia (Wishful Thinking), Gold Strike

6. Emily Kurn: I'm Just Like You (I'm Just Like You), self
7. Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer: Gentle Arms of Eden (Drum Hat Buddha), Signature Sounds
8. Jackson Browne, David Lindley et al: The Next Voice You Hear (Love Is Strange), Inside
9. The Lovell Sisters: Take One Moment (Time to Grow), self

It's Rose Maddox's birth anniversary:
10. Dark As A Dungeon (This Is Rose Maddox), Arhoolie
11. Turn Your Radio On (Beautiful Bouquet), Arhoolie
12. Dream of The Miner's Child (This Is Rose Maddox)
13. Farther Along (Beautiful Bouquet)

It's also Mike Seeger's birth anniversary:
14. The Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train (Solo - Old Time Country Music), Rounder
15. Hank Bradley with Mike: The Mayor Is A Good Old Boy (Third Annual Farewell Reunion), Rounder
16. We're Up Against It Now (Southern Banjo Sounds), Smithsonian Folkways
17. Freight Train (True Vine), Smithsonian Folkways

18. Susan Werner: Our Father (Live at Passim), self
19. Dan Tyminski et al: The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn (Transatlantic Sessions 4, Volume 2), Whirlie
20. Friction Farm: Birmingham (Every Mile Is A Memory), self
21. Tony Lucca: Vienna (Rendezvous with The Angels), self

22. Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women: California's Burning (Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women), Yep Roc
23. The Red Stick Ramblers: Belle (Bring It On Down), Memphis International
24. Uncle Earl: Sugar Babe (She Waits for Night), Rounder
25. Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys: Never Another Chance (Bon Reve), Rounder

All from Mike Seeger's "Third Annual Farewell Reunion," Rounder:
26. with Tim O'Brien: Leaving Tennessee
27. with Jean Ritchie: Deep Shady Grove
28. with Peggy Seeger: Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender
29. with Pete Seeger: 900 Miles
30. with Michael Doucet & Marc Savoy: Savoy Family Waltz

31. Carrie Newcomer: Do No Harm (Before & After), Rounder
32. Hot Club Sandwich: New Orleans (And If Only), self
33. Mary MacGowan: One Mississippi (Morning Glory), self
34. Angelo M: Every Kind of Blues (Steelwork), self
35. Lucinda Williams: The Ballad of Lucy Jordan (Twistable Turnable Man), Sugar Hill
36. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Sunday, August 8, 2010

8/8/10 Playlist

1.K.C. Clifford: Songbird (Orchid), self
2.Will Kimbrough: Wings (Wings), Daphne
3. Lori Lieberman: New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Gun Metal Sky), self
4. Matt Harlan: Skinny Trees of Mississippi (Tips & Compliments), self

5. Terri Hendrix: The Berlin Wall (Cry Till You Laugh), Wilory
6. Dana Cooper: Orphan Army (The Conjurer), self
7. Jill King: Mark on Me (Rain on Fire), self
8. Wayne Hancock: Driving My Young Life Away (Viper of Melody), Bloodshot

9. Kat Eggleston: Careless (Speak), self
10. Fred Eaglesmith: Shallow (Cha Cha Cha), Lonesome Day
11. Nancy K. Dillon: Last Town on The Line (Roses Guide to Time Travel), self
12. David Dodson: Roundhouse Bar (Goldenrod), self

13. Charlie King & Karen Brandow: You Can’t Buy Me (Higher Ground), Vaguely Reminiscent
14. Steve Smith, Chris Sanders & Hard Road: Kindness of Strangers (Signs along The Road), self

Similar-sounding songs:
15. Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder: Brand New Strings (Brand New Strings), Skaggs Family Records
16. John Cowan Band: Carla’s Got A New Tattoo (New Tattoo), Pinecastle

Prop 8 was overturned!
17. Anne Feeney: Defenders of Marriage (If I Can’t Dance), self
18.Eric Schwartz: Hattie and Mattie (That’s How It’s Gonna Be), self
19. Wishing Chair: Outlaw Wedding (Underdog), self
20. Jody Kessler: The Ballad of Chris and Pat (No Solid Ground), In the Moment

Reminiscent of other marriage-laws being overturned:
21. Roy Zimmerman: Summer of Loving (Real American), Metaphor
22. Nanci Griffith: The Loving Kind (The Loving Kind), Rounder

A couple of days ago a small bird, somehow trespassing in my house, startled me; it took me several minutes to figure out how to get it outside:
23. Railroad Earth: Bird in A House (Bird in A House), Sugar Hill

The House of Reps failed to pass a bill offering support to 9/11 first responders and relief workers who have chronic illnesses directly attributable to their efforts – see The Daily Show’s 8/4 show, “I Give Up:”
24. Deborah Liv Johnson: The Final Ride (The Good and Bad of It), Mojave Sun
25. Tom Paxton: The Bravest (Live at Huntingdon Hall), self

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble’s “Songs and Dances of Old New England,” Rosewood

Connecticut holds its primaries on Tuesday:
26. Butch Hancock: That Great Election Day (War and Peace), Two Roads Records
27. Ellen Bukstel: They Lost My Vote (Daddy’s Little Girl), self
28. Roy Zimmerman: I Approve This Message (Thanks for The Support), Metaphor
29. The Byrds: I Wanna Grow Up to Be A Politician (There Is A Season), Sony / Legacy

30. Tin Bird Choir: I Want My Truck Back (Barn Rock), self
31. Pete Seeger, Dar Williams, et al: Solartopia (Tomorrow’s Children), Appleseed
32. Skip Soder: Amsterdam (Hippie Uprising), self
33. Katie Geddes: My Heaven (We Are Each Other’s Angels), Katydid
34. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

8/1/10 Playlist

1.Lissa Schneckenburger: Rory O’More (Dance), Footprint
2. Jay Howlett: Cornbread and Black-Eyed Peas (Carnival Lights), Blah Blah Woof Woof
3. Ruth Moody: Closer Now (The Garden), Red House
4. The Resentments: Wanderin Boy (Roselight), Freedom

5. Joy Kills Sorrow: New Shoes (Darkness Sure Becomes This City), Signature Sounds
6. Si Kahn: Custodian (Courage), Strictly Country
7. Maria Muldaur / Ensemble: Richland Woman (Jug Band Extravaganza), Folk Era
8. Adam Michael Rothberg: Moving Day (Another Spin), self

9. Kathryn Williams: Up North (The Quickening), One Little Indian
10. Oliver Schroer & The Stewed Tomatoes: Barking Spiders (Freedom Row), Borealis
11. The Chapin Sisters: Digging A Hole (Oh, Hear the Wind Blow), Lake Bottom Records
12. Ernest Troost: It Don’t Hurt (Resurrection Blues), self

13. The Twangtown Paramours: Under the Next Blue Sky (The Twangtown Paramours), self
14. George Mann: The Soup Song (Songs for Jules and Bruce), Running Scared
15. Kaiser Cartel: Riverboat Dream (Secret Transit), Daniel
16. Tom Pacheco: Back on Your Ranch in Texas (I’ll Leave A Light on For You), self

It’s Jack’s 79th birthday:
17. Jack Elliott: 1913 Massacre (A Tribute to Woody Guthrie), Warner Bros LPs
18. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: Rock Island Line (Country Style / Live), Fantasy
19. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: Cup of Coffee (Kerouac’s Last Dream), Appleseed
20. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: 912 Greens (Me & Bobby McGee), Rounder

It’s the 23rd anniversary of Limbaugh’s first broadcast:
21. The Foremen: Russian Limbaugh (Folk Heroes), Reprise
22. Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald: Talk Radio (Like Water), Freewheel

23. Greg Brown: Why We Build the Wall (Hadestown), Righteous Babe
24. Kathy Kallick Band: The Snow (Between the Hollow and the High-Rise), self
25. Alastair Moock: Fishin’ Blues (A Cow Says Moock), self
26. Ray Wylie Hubbard: Whoop and Holler (A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment…), Bordello

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Lissa Schneckenburger’s “Dance” on Footprint

It’s the birthday of Michelle Campagne of Hart Rouge – she does the vocals on these two songs:
27. Lifting My Heart (Beaupre’s Home), Red House
28. Romantic Promenade (Nouvelle France), Red House

The other day a friend and I stopped for ice cream at Hall’s in Old Lyme. I looked at the Special Flavors board, and asked “Hockey Fight???? Blood and teeth?” “Well,” I was told, “it’s red cherries and white chocolate chips…” So I had to have some.
29. Natalie Merchant: Bleezer’s Ice-Cream (Leave Your Sleep), Nonesuch
30. Chris Vallillo: Homemade Ice Cream (The Dance), self
31. John McCutcheon: Ice Cream Man (Summersongs), Rounder
32. Hugh Blumenfeld: Waiting for The Good Humor Man (Mozart’s Money), self

33 & 34. Susan Werner: Barbed Wire Boys & Movie of My Life (Live), self
35. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Sunday, July 25, 2010

7/25/10 Playlist

It's their birthday:
1. Karen Savoca: On the River Road (On the River Road), Alcove
2. Bob Franke: Thanksgiving Eve (In This Night), Flying Fish
3. Karen Savoca: You Just Don't Get It (Sunday in Nandua), Alcove
4. Bob Franke: Krystallnacht (The Heart of The Flower), Daring

New (to us):
5. Dougie MacLean: Talking with My Father (Who Am I), Dunkeld
6. Lisa Bigwood: Iris and Rose (Intrepid), self
7. Robert Poe: Last Ride (Robert Poe), self
8. Jimmy Webb & Linda Ronstadt: All I Know (Just Across the River), E1
9. Andyblue: My Union (Key to The Highway), self

Too darn hot:
10. John McCutcheon: Kid Who Hates Summer (Summersongs), Rounder
11. Lou and Peter Berryman: Have You Heard about The Heat (Yah Hey), Cornbelt
12. Sara Watkins: Long Hot Summer Days (Sara Watkins), Nonesuch
13. Jim Post: Hot Summer Night (Ship Shape), Flying Fish LP
14. Jim Henry: Summer Blues (Jacksonville), Signature Sounds
15. Christine Lavin: Air Conditioner (Beau Woes), Philo / Rounder LP

Sept. '08 interview with Chuck McCabe, who died on Friday 7/23:
16. Meat in A Can (live)
17. All Figured Out (live)
18. Gone to Utah (live)
19. The Flavor Came from Fat (live)
20. Contractor (Creatures of Habit), Woodshed
21. Partisan Polka (Creatures of Habit), Woodshed
22. I'd Rather Be in Redding (live)
23. Our House (live)

24. Malvina Reynolds: What Have They Done to The Rain? (The Best of Broadside 1962 - 1988), Smithsonian-Folkways
25. Tom Paxton: What Did You Learn in School Today? (The Best of Broadside...)
26 (ticket giveaway to Newport) Levon Helm: Growin' Trade (Electric Dirt), Vanguard
27. Mike Millius: The Ballad of Martin Luther King (The Best of Broadside...)
28. Phil Ochs: We Seek No Wider War (The Best of Broadside...)
29. Arlo Guthrie: The Ballad of Victor Jara (The Best of Broadside...)

30. Marc Black: I Love You Rachel Maddow (Pictures of The Highway), self 31. Anne Feeney The Man I Voted For (download), sent by Ken Connors of Progressive Roots, Jacksonville FL
32. Todd Snider: This Land Is Our Land (Songs for The Daily Planet)
33. Peggy Seeger: Legal Illegal (Enough Is Enough), self
34. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Sunday, July 18, 2010

7/18/10 Playlist

1. Natalie Merchant: The Dancing Bear (Leave Your Sleep), Nonesuch
2. Ensemble: Stealin' Stealin' (Jug Band Extravaganza), Folk Era
3. Black Prairie: Red Rocking Chair (Feast of the Hunters' Moon), Sugar Hill
4. Jim Murdoch: The Heart and The Feather (Yonder Shore), self

5. Lynn Miles: Rust (Black Flowers Volume 1-2), TrueNorth
6. Southpaw Jones: Wheat Threshers (Cruelty), self
7. Heather Masse: Be My Sailor (Bird Song), Red House
8. Tom Pacheco: 10 Cent Gas (Railroad Rainbows & Talkin’ Blues), self

9. Red Rooster: Borrowed Money (Walk), self
10. James McMurtry: You’d A’ Thought (Live in Europe), Lightning Rod
11. Oliver Schroer: Roses for The Lady (Hymns and Hers), Borealis
12. Nuala Kennedy: The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle (Tune In), Compass

13. Senator Robert Byrd: Roving Gambler (Mountain Fiddler), County Records
14. I See Hawks in L.A.: Byrd from West Virginia (California Country), self
15. Senator Robert Byrd: Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Mountain Fiddler), County Records

16. Laurie Lewis: How Can I Keep from Singing? (Blossoms), self
17. Darrell Scott: The Open Door (A Crooked Road), Full Light
18. John Gorka: Coshieville (Red Horse), Red House
19. Girsa: Rhythm of My Heart (Traditional Irish Music), self

20. LJ Booth: Pipeline (The Road That Leads Me Home), self
21. Eilen Jewell: You Ain’t Woman Enough (Butcher Holler), Signature Sounds
22. Dana and Susan Robinson: Big Mystery (Big Mystery), Threshold
23. Suzanne Vega: Some Journey (Close-Up Vol. 1, Love Songs), Amanuensis
24. TR Ritchie: An Ireland Left Behind (Wild Horses), self
25. Girlyman: Storms Were Mine (Everything’s Easy), self

The Dreaded Folk Calendar, over selections from “Suite” by Kevin Burke & Cal Scott

26. Cheryl Wheeler: Summer Fly (Pointing at The Sun), Dias
27. Eliza Gilkyson: Promise Me (Red Horse), Red House
28. Matt the Electrician: Got Your Back (Animal Boy), self
29. The Primate Fiasco: Bourbon St. Parade (Geek Dreams), self

I bought this collection yesterday:
30 – 34 from The Best of Broadside, 1962 – 1988, Smithsonian Folkways
30. Pete Seeger: Mack the Bomb
31. Bob Dylan: John Brown
32. Phil Ochs: Freedom Riders
33. Malvina Reynolds: The Faucets Are Dripping
34. Wendy Smith: Time Is Running Out

35. LJ Booth: Box Elder (The Road That Leads Me Home), self
36. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Friday, July 16, 2010

Article about Phil Rosenthal, including old video

From today's New Haven Register:


I'm sorry that comments aren't showing up, and that my responses aren't appearing either. Someday I'll figure it out....

Sunday, July 11, 2010

7/11/10 Playlist

1. John Prine: This Guitar Is For Sale (Twistable Turnable Man), Sugar Hill
2. Cherryholmes: Live It (IV: Common Thread), Skaggs Family
3. Mark Erelli / Jeffrey Foucault: Billy Gray (Seven Curses), self
4. Lynn Hollyfield: Climbing (Layers), self

5. Greg Trafidlo: Always A Train in My Dreams / Raised by The Railroad Line (Carved in Song), Kira
6. Kate Taylor: King of The Pond (Fair Time!), self
7. Michael Troy: Highway (Mill Town Boy), self
8. Kajsa Vala: Mississippi (Your Train), High Horse

9. Kathy Kallick Band: My House (Between the Hollow and the High Rise), Live Oak
10. Lou and Peter Berryman: The Stuff Song (Some Kinda Funny), Cornbelt
11. Catie Curtis: My Dad's Yard (Truth from Lies), Guardian
12. David Stoddard: Stuff (Get Off My Lawn.), self
13. Susan Trump: Pack Rat Blues (Live at Caffe Lena), self

It's her birthday:14 & 15. Suzanne Vega: (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May & Harbor Song (Close-up Vol. 1, Love Songs), Amanuensis

I watched the documentary "The Cove" today:
16. Claudia Schmidt: Dolphin Story (Midwestern Heart), Flying Fish LP
17. Sam Bush: The Dolphin Dance (Laps in Seven), Sugar Hill
18. Kate Wolf: She Rises Like The Dolphin (The Kate Wolf Anthology), Rhino

19. Fred Eaglesmith: Sliver of The Moon (Cha Cha Cha), Lonesome Day
20. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Walk away From Love (Red Horse), Red House
21. Craig Werth: The Spokes Man (The Spokes Man), self
22. Truckstop Honeymoon: Homemade Haircut (Homemade Haircut), self

I can't stop.....
23 & 24. Truckstop Honeymoon: Latch Key Kid Recipe Book & Childhood Memories (Homemade Haircut)

More birthday fun:
25 & 26. Suzanne Vega: Gypsy & Marlene on The Wall (Close-Up Vol. 1, Love Songs), Amanuensis

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Wild Asparagus's "Live at The Guiding Star Grange," self

At Falcon Ridge's Emerging Artists' Showcase in a couple of weeks:
27. Wiggins Sisters: Killing America's Soul (Minnesota), self
28. John Wort Hannam: church of The Long Grass (Queen's Hotel), Black Hen
29. Shannon Wurst: Waiting for Your Water (What's More Honest Than A Song?), self
30. Rebecca Loebe: Avalanche (Mystery Prize), self

31. Paul Thorn: You Might Be Wrong (Pimps and Preachers), Perpetual Obscurity
32. Kathy Kallick Band: New White House Blues (Between the Hollow and The High Rise), Live Oak
33. Roy Zimmerman: Socialist! (Real American), Metaphor
34. Todd Snider: A Boy Named Sue (Twistable Turnable Man), Sugar Hill
35. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Friday, July 9, 2010

Playlist July 4, 2010

John Sloan, Guest Host

1.Penelope Houston: Full of Wonder (Birdboys), Subterranean
2. Eddie from Ohio: Ghost of St. Georges Drive (A Juggler on His Blades), Virginia Soul
3. John Ewbank: 4th of July (Fast Folk – Keep On Keepin’ On), Fast Folk
4. Al Stewart with Dave Nachmanoff: Warren Harding (Uncorked), Wallaby Trails

5.Natalie Merchant: Bleezer’s Ice Cream (Lose Your Sleep), Nonesuch
6. Stephen Yerkey: Simple Things (Confidence, Man), Heyday
7. Chris Isaak: Pretty Girl Don’t Cry (Baja Sessions), Reprise
8. The Roches: La Vie C’est La Vie (No Trespassing EP), Rhino
9. Rebecca Loebe: Marguerite (Mystery Prizes), Self

10. Barbara St. John: Cycling Song (Cosmic Shindig), Self
11. Eric Brace & Peter Cooper: Omar’s Blues #2 (You Don’t Have to Like Them Both), Red Beat
12. Jesse Winchester: Twigs & Seeds (Nothing But A Breeze), Bearsville
13. Bill & Lorraine Liswell: Daddy’s Got the Archtop Blues (Wisdom’s Pearls), Self
14. Geoff Bartley: The Losing Part (Put the Big Stone Down), Magic Crow

15. Aimee Mann: 4th of July (Whatever), Imago
16 & 17. Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler: Red Dirt Girl & If This Is Goodbye (Real Live Roadrunning), Warner Bros.
18. Dave’s True Story: Marissa (Dave’s True Story), BePop
19. Richard Shindell: There Goes Mavis (Vuelta), Koch
20. Boo Hewardine & Darden Smith: South By Southwest (Evidence), Compass
21. John & Mary: July 6 (Victory Gardens), Ryko
22. Deadbeats: Cassidy (Acoustic), self
23 & 24. Ellis Paul: Airline Pilot Deadhead Story & Here She Is (Live), Philo
25. Shawn Phillips: Power of A Woman (No Category), SPV
26. Bob Dylan: Bye & Bye (Love & Theft), Sony
27. David Moore: Abandoned Love (Paupers, Peasants – Songs of Bob Dylan), Doghouse

28. Renaissance: Spare Some Love (Prologue), Capitol
29. Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald: Silent Angel (From the Fire), Freewheel
30. Meklit Hadero: You & The Rain (On A Day Like This), Porto Franco
31. Leonard Cohen: Morning Glory (Dear Heather), Sony
32. Nick Drake: Saturday Sun (Five Leaves Left), Island
33. Van Morrison: Sweet Thing (Astral Weeks Live at The Hollywood Bowl), Listen to The Lion
34. Mary Chapin Carpenter: I Have A Need for Solitude (Age of Miracles), Zoe / rounder
35. Bill Frisell: Rag (Folk Songs), Nonesuch
36. Innocence Mission: When Mac Was Swimming (Befriended), Badman
37. Joni Mitchell: Sunny Sunday (Turbulent Indigo), Reprise

Sunday, June 20, 2010

6/20/10 Playlist

1.Tim O’Brien: Moses (String Nation), String Nation
2. Zoe Mulford: Red Rocking Chair (Bonfires), Azalea City
3. Larry Murante: Mrs. Crouch (Point of Entry), self
4. Amanda Shires: Angels and Acrobats (West Cross Timbers), self

5. Adler & Hearne: A Hundred Years from Now (To the Heart), self
6. Dougie MacLean: Song for Johnny (Inside the Thunder), Dunkeld
7. Chely Wright: Notes to The Coroner (Lifted off The Ground), Vanguard
8. Merle Haggard: How Did You Find Me Here (I Am What I Am), Vanguard

9. Mindy Smith: Highs and Lows (Stupid Love), Vanguard
10. Ricky Skaggs: Branded Wherever I Go (Songs My Dad Loved), self
11. Louise Mosrie: I Love This World (Home), self
12. The Resophonics: Walk You Home (Last Long Winter), self

13 & 14. Linda Allen: Overland, 1852 & Runaround (Here’s to The Women), October Rose

15. Jamie Byrd: A Summer’s Night in June (Garden of Days), RoosterDog
16. Garnet Rogers: Under the Summer Moonlight (All That Is), Red House
17. Zoe Lewis: Summer’s Near (Small Is Tremendous), self
18. Greg Greenway: Summer Song (Live), FACE
19. Eliza Carthy: Whispers of Summer (Angels & Cigarettes), Warner Bros
20. Garnet Rogers: Summer Lightning (All That Is), Red House

It’s Mark Erelli’s birhday :
21. Mark: Everything in Ruin (Little Vigils), Hillbilly Pilgrim
22. Mark Erelli / Jeffrey Foucault: Philadelphia Lawyer (Seven Curses), self
23. Mark: Mother of Mysteries (Little Vigils), Hillbilly Pilgrim
24. Mark / Jeffrey: Louise (Seven Curses), self
25. Mark. Kingdom Come (Little Vigils), self
26. Mark / Jeffrey: Ellis Unit 1 (Seven Curses)

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Conor Mulroy’s “Salinger,” self

Two current-events songs downloaded today:
27. Todd Burges: Another Song in The Key of C (private)
28. Sweet Honey in The Rock: Are We A Nation? (Center for Community Change)

29. Keller & The Keels: Rehab (Thief), self
30. Carole King & James Taylor: I Feel the Earth Move (Live at The Troubadout), Hear
31. Sid Selvidge: That’s How I Got to Memphis (I Should Be Blue), Archer
32. Anne Hills: Gardens (Points of View), Appleseed
33. Ruth Moody: The Garden (The Garden), Red House
34. Zoe Lewis: Breakfast in Bangkok (Small Is Tremendous), self
35. Si Kahn: Otis Is Flying (Courage), Strictly Country
36. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Monday, June 14, 2010

6/13/10 Playlist

1. Nathan Blake Lynn: The Roundup Blues (Who Said The World's Fair?), self
2. The Clancy Legacy: The Gallant Forty Twa (The Clancy Legacy), self 3. Cathy Barton & Dave Para: Chinita / Willafjord (Sweet Journeys), Roustabout
4. The Avett Brothers: Spanish Pipedream (Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows), Oh Boy

5. Kajsa Vala: Mississippi (Your Train), self
6. Wes Weddell: Out of The Way (By the Side of The Lake), self
7. Sally Spring: Mentone, Alabama (Made of Stars), self
8. Susan Cowsill: Galveston (Lighthouse), Threadhead

9. Fred Gillen Jr.: Hallelujah (Match against A New Moon), self
10. Violet Vonder Haar: On A Day Like Today (The Wandering Fool), Big Canoe
11. Robert Rolfe Feddersen: Milk Man (Milk Man), self 12. Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald: Dark Seed (From the Fire), Freewheel

13. Judy Collins: Golden Apples of The Sun (Maids & Golden Apples), Wildflower
14. Gordon Bok: The Fiddler of Dooney (Return to The Land), Folk-Legacy
15. Grace Griffith: Quiet Land / Innisfree (Grace), Blix Street
16. Phil Ochs: William Butler Yeats Visits Lincoln Park and Escapes Unscathed (Farewells & Fantasies), Elektra / Rhino

17. Stephanie Davis: Talkin' Harvest Time Blues (Crocus in The Snow), Recluse
18. David Mallett: Garden Song (Inches & Miles), Flying Fish
19. Eric Kilburn: Anti-Garden Song (Carrying On), Wellspring LP

20. Karan Casey & John Doyle: The Nightingale (Exiles Return), Compass
21. Mason Brown: I Hate The Capitalist System (When Humans Walked The Earth), self
22. Mary Chapin Carpenter: 4 June 1989 (The Age of Miracles), Zoe Rounder
23. Jon Brooks: If We Keep What's Within Us, What's Within Us Will Kill Us, But If We Give What's Within Us, What's Within Us Will Save Us (Moth Nor Rust), self
24. Carolina Chocolate Drops: Hit 'Em Up Style (Genuine Negro Jig), Nonesuch
25. Jackson Browne / David Lindley: Mercury Blues (Love Is Strange), Inside

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

26. Ben Winship: What's the Matter With The Well (private download)
27. Amy Martin: It's About Oil (Live in Missoula), self
28. Cosy Sheridan: Don't Go in The Water (Grand Design), BWE
29. Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen: Cordova (When Howie Met Sally), Flying Fish
30. Magpie: Water (Circle of Life), Cue
31. Wes Wedell: Below (By the Side of The Lake), self

32 & 33. Sally Spring: It Don’t Make Sense & Boys in The Cornfield (Made of Stars), self
34. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Monday, June 7, 2010

6/6/10 Playlist

Playlist, The Sunday Night Folk Festival, Sunday June 6, 2010:

1. Reckless Kelly: Bird on A Wire (Somewhere in Time), Yep Roc
2. Suzi Ragsdale: Pay Attention (Less of The Same), self
3. The Resophonics: Joy Comes Back (Diamonds in The Ground), self
4. Carrie Rodriguez: Dirty Leather (Live in Louisville), Luz Music

5. T.R. Ritchie: Money (Wild Horses), Apex
6. RUNA: Bedlam Boys (Jealousy), self
7. Martin Simpson: One Day (True Stories), Compass
8. Red Hen: Too Late for The Bacon (Crossing), self

9. Terri Hendrix: The Berlin Wall (Cry Till You Laugh), Wilory
10. Roy Zimmerman: Real America (Real American), Metaphor
11. Ruth Moody: Nest (The Garden), Red House
12. Vasen: Linnaeus Polonaise (String Nation), Arts & Media
13. Storyhill: Caught in A Mess (Shade of The Trees) Red House

It's the 77th anniversary of the opening of the first drive-in movie in Camden NJ:
14. Jim Henry: Drive-In Movie Picture Show (The Wayback), Signature Sounds
15. Nancy Griffith: Drive-In Movies and Dashboard Lights (A Portrait of An Artist), MCA
16. Fred Eaglesmith: Drive-In Movie (Drive-In Movie), Vertical

17. Beverly Smith and Carl Jones: Maybelle (Glow), Dittyville
18. Jill King: All I Want (Rain on Fire), Found-Her
19. Dennis Caraher: Closer to Death (Practicing Dying), Radio Boy
20. Christine Lavin: A Firefly's Life (Cold Pizza for Breakfast), Yellow Tail

21. Terri Hendrix: Hand Me Down Blues (Cry Till You Laugh), Wilory
22. Paul Curreri: Tight Pack Me Sugar (California), Tin Angel
23. Shelby Lynne: Home Sweet Home (Tears, Lies, and Alibis), Everso 24. John McCutcheon: Different (Untold), Appalseed

It's Holly Near's birthday -- all CDs on Calico Tracks
25. I Ain't Afraid (Edge)
26. No More Genocide (And Still We Sing)
27. with Ronnie Gilbert: Hay Una Mujer (And Still We Sing)
28. Somebody's Jail (Show Up)

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from "String Nation," Arts & Media

9. Terri Hendrix: You Belong in New Orleans (Cry Till You Laugh), Wilory

A wetter warmer season, and bigger more numerous more bloodthirsty insects:
30. Mustard's Retreat: The Michigan Mosquitoes (A Resolution of Something), self
31. Bernice Lewis: The Alaska Mosquito (Paisley with Plaid), Sanctuary LP
32. Lou Nathanson: Mosquito ShowShowdown (Genetically Enhanced), Big Mosquito Music
33. Gideon Freudmann: River Skeeters (Adobe Dog House), Gadfly
34. Bill Staines: The Black Fly Song (Just Play One Tune More), Folk-Legacy LP
35. Dave Dowling: First Mosquito of Spring (Tail Feathers Up), Happy Valley Music
36. Joel Mabus: Mosquito Coast (Rhyme Scheme), Fossil

37 & 38. Roy Zimmerman: End of The Ship & Socialist! (Real American), Metaphor
39. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Friday, June 4, 2010

Boston Music Festival / non-commercial radio

A wide spectrum of folkWUMB-supported festival celebrates a range of styles
By Scott Alarik, Globe Correspondent June 4, 2010

At first glance, it’s hard to see what connects the dizzyingly diverse acts at Sunday’s Boston Music Festival on the UMass-Boston campus in Dorchester. The lineup merrily spans genres and generations, with ’60s superstar John Sebastian and hot young Canadian folk-popsters Dala; guitar legend David Bromberg and avant-folk songwriter Anais Mitchell; searing roots-rocker Les Sampou and Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, with their self-described “punk-classical-hillbilly-Floyd.’’

But two crucial threads bind them together. First, they all fit under the vast canopy of modern folk music, which isn’t surprising, since the country’s only full-time folk station, WUMB-FM (91.9), is producing the festival. Second, it’s unlikely that any of these careers could exist without public stations like WUMB.

As Lovin’ Spoonful founder and leading light of the ’70s songwriter movement, Sebastian has had lots of mainstream airplay. But recent rootsy forays with his jug band, and an acclaimed collaboration with Dawg-grass icon David Grisman, were heard almost exclusively on public radio.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

5/30/10 Playlist

1. Lainie Marsh: The Hills Will Cradle Thee (The Hills Will Cradle Thee), Bait & Tackle
2. WPA: Cry for You (Works Progress Administration), WPA
3. Wendy Webb: Nashville Can Wait (Moon on Havana), Spooky Moon
4. Trent Wagler & Jay Lapp: Go Up to That Mountain (Adrienna Valentine), self

5. Rebecca Troon: Hands of The Musician (Animal Skin), self
6. Trent Wagler & Jay Lapp: I Will Love You (Adrienna Valentine), self
7. The Sweetback Sisters: Red Shoes Blues (Chicken Ain't Chicken), Signature Sounds
8. Charlie Maguire: Talking Camping (Stepping Stones), Mello-Jamin 9. Christine Lavin: Camping (The Bellevue Years), Philo / Rounder
10. Greg Trafidlo: Talking White House Cleaning Blues (Carved in Stone), Kira

11. Chris MacLean: Sisters of Charity (Feet Be Still), self
12. Joel Mabus: Poison in The Glass (No Worries Now...), Fossil Records
13. Sarah Jarosz: Song Up in Her Head (Song Up in Her Head), Sugar Hill 14. Rod MacDonald: Soldiers (After the War), Blue Flute

Memorial Day:
15. Anne Hills: The Blur in The Photograph (Bittersweet Street), Redwing 16. Richard Shindell: Reunion Hill (Reunion Hill), Shanachie
17. Mark Erelli: Blue-Eyed Boston Boy (The Memorial Hall Recordings), Signature Sounds
18. Laura Boosinger: Two Soldiers [same song as above, just a different title] (Down the Road), Laura's Label

19. Eric Bogle: No Man's Land (I Wrote This Wee Song), Rice Records
20. Carol Noonan: In Flanders Field (Somebody's Darling), self
21. Bruce Pratt: The Unknown (Honey, Hide the Banjo: Folk Next Door 2), Uh Oh
22. Tom Paxton: The Unknown (Politics Live), Flying Fish LP
23. Andy Revkin: Arlington (2-song sampler), self
24. Iris DeMent: There's A Wall in Washington (The Way I Should), Warner Bros.
25. Joel Mabus: Touch A Name on The Wall (In Concert), Fossil
26. Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson, Kenny Malone: With A Memory Like Mine (Live in NC), Full Light

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Zoe Darrow's "Please Don't Eat the Fiddleheads!," self

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell!
27. The Prince Myshkins: Let Me Into the Military (Shiny Round Object), self
28. Fred Small: The Marine's Lament, or, The Pink Peril (Everything Possible), Flying Fish

29. Nuala Kennedy: My True Love (Tune In), Compass
30. Johnsmith: Jay Bird (Gravity of Grace), Blue Pine
31. Red Molly: Lookin' for Trouble (James), self
32. Angelo M.: That Train (Steelwork), self
33. Ann Reed: Loons on Lake Calhoun (Where The Earth Is Round), Turtle Cub
34. Red Rooster: Borrowed Money (Walk), self
35. Will Kimbrough: It Ain't Cool (Wings), Daphne
36. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Monday, May 24, 2010

5/23/10 Playlist

1. The Electric Trains: Airline (Put the Track Back), Flaming Lawnmower
2. Nancy K. Dillon: Last Town on the Line (Roses Guide to Time Travel), Rose Rock
3. John McSherry: The Wave-Sweeper (Soma), Compass
4. Shannon Wurst: Sixteen Tons (What's More Honest Than A Song?), Fancy Mayhem

5. Bill Isles: The Hole in Our Town (Early Risers), Galinome Forest
6. Pieta Brown: Other Way Around (One and All), Red House
7. Peter Ostroushko: Napoleon Crossing the Alps (When the Last orning Glory Blooms), Red House
8. Lake of Stew: Motels of America (Ain't Tired of Lovin'), Woodhog

9. Caravan Gogh: Vertigogh (Caravan Gogh), Go-Gogh Music
10. Neko Case: Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth (Middle Cyclone), Anti-
11. Seth Glier: The Trouble with People (The Trouble with People), Mpress 12. Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Age of Miracles (The Age of Miracles), Zoe / Rounder

13. James Gordon: How? (My Stars Your Eyes), Borealis
14. James Gordon and Cast: Back Before Wal-Mart (Hardscrabble Road), Pipe Street
15. Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers: Calm Down (Songs in The Night), Ramseur
16. Shelby Lynne: Home Sweet Home (Tears, Lies, and Alibis), Everso

17 & 18. The Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Los Tigres del Norte: Cancion Mixteca (San Patricio), Hear / Blackrock

19 - 22 from Sing Out!, "Now We Are 60!"
19. Loudon Wainwright III: High Wide & Handsome
20. Carolina Chocolate Drops: Cornbread and Butterbeans
21. Ernie Hawkins: Crow Jane
22. The Unthanks: Flowers of The Town

23 - 26 from Coal Country Music, Heartwood
23. Kathy Mattea: Red Winged Blackbird
24. Justin Townes Earle: Down in The Valley
25. Jason Wilber: In Her Veins
26. Shirley Stewart Burns: Leave Those Mountains Down (Ode to The Mountains)
27. Jean Ritchie: Black Waters (None but One), Sire LP 1977

28. Corb Lund: this Is My Prairie (Losin' Lately Gambler), New West

29. Howie Bursen: Sanctuary (Building Boom), flying Fish LP
30. Bill Isles: Hobos in The Roundhouse (Early Risers), Galinome Forest

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from John McSherry's "Soma," Compass

31. Elizabeth Cook: Mama's Funeral (Welder), 31 Tigers
32. Safiya Fredericks: The Voodoo Doll (Joe's Cafe), Bite Music
33. Anne & Pete Sibley: Just The Right Moment (Coming Home), self
34. Will Branch: Checkpoint (Fog ofWar), self
35. Crooked Still: Henry Lee (Some Strange Country), Signature Sounds
36. Lake of Stew: Free Medicine (Ain't Tired of Lovin'), Woodhog
37. Rebecca Loebe: Avalanche (Mystery Prize), self
38. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Sunday, May 16, 2010

5/16/10 Playlist

1. Steve Poltz: A Song for Kosovo (Dreamhouse), 98 Pounder
2. Rosanne Cash: Sea of Heartbreak (Motherless Children), Manhattan / EMI EP
3. The Twilite Broadcasters: Louisiana (Evening Shade), self
4. Shelby Lynne: Family Tree (Tears, Lies, and Alibis), Everso

5. Texas Tornados: Tennessee Blues (Esta Bueno!), Bismeaux
6. Terri Hendrix: automatic (Cry Till You Laugh), Wilory
7. James Gordon and Cast: Back Before Wal-Mart (Hardscrabble Road), Pipe Street
8. Grace Pettis: A Bird May Love (Grace Pettis), Blue Rock

9. Kate Miller-Heidke: Politics in Space (Curiouser), Sony
10. Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit: God Fearing Agnostic / Plow (So, Where Ya Headed?), self
11. Old Sledge: Are You Tired of Me, My Darling? (Old Sledge), self
12. Will Kimbrough: Wings (Wings), Daphne
13. Si Kahn: Hunter (Courage), Strictly Country Records

Upcoming concerts:
14. Chris Smither: Surprise Surprise (Time Stands Still), Signature Sounds
15. Patty Larkin: Birmingham (Red = Luck), Vanguard
16. Leo Kottke: Morning Is The Long Way Home (One Guitar, No Vocals), Private Music
17. Kris Delmhorst: Everything Is Music (Strange Conversation), Signature Sounds

18. Klezamir: Araber Tants / Kalisky Bulgar (Klezamir Cooks for Tante Barbara), self
19. Mad Agnes: One Wild Dove (Magic Hour), self
20. Eliza Gilkyson: Take Off Your Old Coat (Retrospecto), Realiza
21. Eliza Gilkyson: Angel & Delilah (Lost and Found), Red House

22. C. Daniel Boling: Katie's Garden (He Dreams), Perfectly Stable Music 23. Laurie Lewis: Unfinished Life (Blossoms), Spruce and Maple
24. Tom Paxton: The Last Thing on My Mind (Live at Huntingdon Hall), self
25. Jackson Browne & David Lindley: Crow on The Cradle (Love Is Strange), Inside
26. Bonnie Koloc: God Bless the Child (Beginnings), Mr. Biscuit

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

27. Eliza Gilkyson: Great Correction (Beautiful World), Red House 28. Eliza Gilkyson: Think about You (Paradise Hotel), Red House

29. Joel Rafael: Sierra Blanca Massacre (The Songsof Woody Guthrie Vol. 1 & 2), Inside
30. Anne Hills: A Shadow Crossing the Land (Don't Explain), Hogeye LP
31 & 32. Tom Russell: Who's Going to Build Your Wall & California Snow (Who's Going to Build Your Wall EP), Hightone
33. Eliza Gilkyson: Pastures of Plenty (Ribbon of Highway - Endless Skyway tour promo)
34. Steve Earle: City of Immigrants (Washington Square Serenade), New West
35. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Sunday, May 9, 2010

5/9/10 Playlist

1. Jenny Whiteley: Ripple Effect (Forgive or Forget), Black Hen
2. Bow Thayer: Born to Be (Shooting Arrows at The Moon), Thunder Ridge 3. Leslie Smith: Dark Horses (Waterbug Anthology Nine), Waterbug
4. Barney Bentall: Papa Henry's Boy (The Inside Passage), Golden Cage www.barneybentallcom

5 & 6. Darrell Scott: For Suzanne & Where The Spirit Meets the Bone (A Crooked Road) Full Light
7. Lainie Marsh: Banjo Moon (The Hills Will Cradle Thee), Bait & Tackle
8. Rupert Wates / Gretchen Witt: Sally's Farm (Joe's Cafe), Bitemusic Limited

Birthday kids:
9 & 10. David Dodson: Roundhouse Bar & Walking in the Graveyard (Goldenrod), Blue North
11. Connie Kaldor: Jerks (Vinyl Songbook), Coyote
12. Connie Kaldor: Thin Thread (Gentle of Heart), Oak Street

New windmills near Cape Cod and The Islands:
13. Magpie: White Wings (Seed on The Prairie), Long Tail
14. Karen Savoca: 16 Windmills (In The Dirt), Alcove

Mother's Day:
15. Gerri Gribi: I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be A Soldier (The Womansong Collection), Creative Folk
16. Tom Lewis: Some Mother's Son (Mixed Cargo), Borealis
I read Julia Ward Howe's call to women to work for peace
17. Carol Noonan: Somebody's Darling (Somebody's Darling), self 18. Vance Gilbert: That Front Porch Song (Unfamiliar Moon), Disismye Music

19. Annie Gallup: Blue Dress (Courage My Love), Prime CD
20. Anais Mitchell: I Wear Your Dress (Hymns for The Exiled), Waterbug 21. Vienna Teng: Grandmother Song (Inland Territory), Zoe / Rounder

22. John McCutcheon: One in A Million (The Greatest Story Never Told), Red House

23. Anne Hills: My Daughter and Vincent van Gogh (Points of View), Appleseed
24. Iris DeMent: Mama's Opry (Infamous Angel), Philo
25. Ewan MacColl: Nobody Knew She Was There (Black and White), Green Linnet
26. Eliza Gilkyson: Child of Mine (Down at The Sea Hotel), The Secret Mountain

Guest: Hugh Blumenfeld (at The Vanilla Bean 5/15)
27. The Baby Didn't Wake Up Till The Morning
28. Daddy's Got You Now
29. Bringing the Cradle Home
30. Visitation
31. Beep beep beep (The Neo-Natal Unit)
32. The Snail
33. Hugh's 30th Birthday Party

34. Connie Kaldor: That's What Mothers Do (Sky with Nothing to Get in The Way), Coyote
35. Connie Kaldor: I Have You (Lullaby Berceuse), Coyote
36. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Monday, May 3, 2010

5/2/2010 Playlist

1. Kate Campbell: More Than One More Day (Save The Day), Long River
2. Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Rising High Water Blues (A Stranger Here), Anti-
3. Solas: Ghost of Tom Joad (The Turning Tide), Compass
4. Jory Nash: Charlie (New Blue Day), Thin Man

5. Crooked Still: Half of What We Know (Some Strange Country), Signature Sounds
6. Jackson Browne & David Lindley: Call It A Loan (Love Is Strange), Inside
7. Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Age of Miracles (The Age of Miracles), Zoe/Rounder
8. Mark Erelli: Mother of Mysteries (Little Vigils), Hillbilly Pilgrim

9 - 11. Tom Paxton: I Am Changing My Name to Fannie Mae, There Goes the Mountain, Whose Garden Was This? (Live at Huntingdon Hall), self

12. Jonathan Byrd: I Was An Oak Tree (Waterbug Anthology Nine), Waterbug
13. Gina Forsyth: 4th of July (Waterbug Anthology Nine), Waterbug
14. Ben Bedford: Twenty One (Waterbug Anthology Nine), Waterbug

15. Lucy Wainwright Roche: Snare Drum (8 More), self
16. Adam Carroll: Full Moon Shining Down (Live at Flipnotics), self
17. Eliza Carthy: Little Bigman (Dreams of Breathing Underwater), Topic

Guests: Amy Gallatin, Roger Williams, JD Williams [] and
18. Amy, Roger, JD: Flame in My Heart (live in studio)
19. Amy, Roger, JD: Wanderlust
20. Amy, Roger, JD: Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends
21. Amy, Roger, JD: Like I Used to Do
22. Amy, Roger, JD: Cherokee Shuffle

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Chris Norman and David Greenberg's "Let Me in This Ae Night," Boxwood Media

Immigration issues:
23. Si Kahn: Hutto (Courage), Strictly Country Records
24. Chuck Brodsky: La Migra Viene (Radio), Red House
25. Emma's Revolution: If I Give Your Name (One), Big W
26. Robert Earl Keen: Mariano (The Party Never Ends), Sugar Hill
27. David Massengill: Sierra Blanca Massacre (Twilight The Taj Mahal), Plump 28. Greg Brown: Why Do We Build the Wall (Hadestown), Righteous Babe
29. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Monday, April 26, 2010

4/25/10 Playlist

1.Albemarle Ramblers: Walking the Dog (Gentleman from Virginia), Merriweather
2. Red Molly: Lookin' for Trouble (James), self
3. Brooks Williams: Walk You off My Mind (Baby O!), Red Guitar Blue Music
4. Ruth & Max Bloomquist: The Highway Song (Turn Back A Page), Ruby

5. Tim Eriksen: I Wish the Wars Were All Over (Soul of the January Hills), Appleseed
6. Mary Chapin Carpenter: 4 June 1989 (The Age of Miracles), Zoe/Rounder
7. C. Daniel Boling: I Took the King's Coin (He Dreams), Perfectly Stable 8. Crooked Still: The Golden Vanity (Some Strange Country), Signature Sounds

9. Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit: Stone Mountain / Georgia (So, Where Ya Headed?), WCR

10. Gail Wade: It Wasn't Me (Journey), self
11. Dan Stevens: Drinkin' Muddy Water (Road to Memphis), self
12. Chanterelle: Dondaine la ridaine (French in America), self
13. Jeff Davis: Cowboy's Life (Some Fabulous Yonder), self

Interview with Sara Watkins --
14. Polly Put the Kettle On (live in studio)
15. Sara Watkins: Long Hot Summer Days (Sara Watkins), Nonesuch
16. Sara Watkins: All This Time (live in studio)
17. Sara Watkins w/Sean Watkins: Miss My Kisses (live in studio)

18. The Bluelights: Down and Out (Rub That Rhythm), self
19. Tom Paxton: Along the Verdigris (Wearing the Time), Sugar Hill
20. Donna Martin: Cold Black Water (Seed & History), KSP
21. Jeffrey Foucault: 4X20 Blues (Stripping Cane), Signature Sounds

22. Iris DeMent: Wasteland of The Free (The Way I Should), Warner Bros.
23. Cathy Barton & Dave Para: Bayou Sara (Crazy Quilt), self

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over Liz Carroll & John Doyle's "Double Play," Compass

24. Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit: God Fearing Agnostic / Plow (So, Where Ya Headed?), WCA
25. BluesGrass: Rocky Road Blues (BluesGrass EP), self
26. Gadelle: La Belle et Les Trois Capitaines (Gadelle), self
27. Paul Benoit: Bluebird (Blue Bird), self
28. Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown: How Long? (Hadestown), Righteous Babe

29. Steve Gillette: Sunday (The Man), Compass Rose
30. Steve Gillette: Sweet Lorraine / Ain't Misbehavin' (The Man), Compass Rose
31. WPA: Cry for You (Works Progress Administration), WPA
32. Bob Wright & Harbortown Review: Cold Clear Water (The Diver), Bojo 33. John Wort Hannam: Church of The Long Grass (Queen's Hotel), Black Hen
34. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Sunday, April 18, 2010

4/18/10 Playlist

1. Wild Asparagus: Cold Lampin' (Live at The Guiding Star Grange), self
2. Chris Luedecke: The Rear Guard (My Hands Are on Fire and Other Love Songs), Black Hen
3. Sometymes Why: The Stupid Kiss (Your Heart Is A Glorious Machine), Signature Sounds
4. Still on The Hill: Take Me to The Other Side (Ozark: A Celebration in Song), self

5. The Sweater Set: Stick Around (Surprise Visit), self
6. Dean Stevens: Stories (At Last), Volcano
7. Kate Taylor: Cholene (Fair Time!), self
8. Al Stewart: Running Man (Uncorked), Wallaby Trails

9. The Wailin' Jennys: Driving (Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House), Red House
10. Sons of The Never Wrong: Head over Heels (On A Good Day...I Am), Waterbug
11. Susan Werner: All in Love Is Fair (Classics), self
12. Ric J. Edmiston: At Least They're Singing (Post Humorous Pt. 1), Bongseye Music

I saw Kathleen Turner portraying Molly Ivins at the Philadelphia Theater Company yesterday – here’s a song that was sung at Molly’s Memorial in Austin in 2007:
13. Slaid Cleaves: For the Brave (For the Brave and Free), Magic Rat

Birthday Girl Denice Franke
14. Rainy Night Detroit (You Don't Know Me), DeNice Girl Music
15. Hard Comin' Home (Comfort), Certain Records
16. Gibralter (Gulf Coast Blue), Certain Records

Downloads:17. Anne Feeney: The Man I Voted For (sent by Ken Connors -- thanks Ken!)
18. Sally Rogers: We Will Build This House (download)
19. Jan Horvath: You're A Pain (download)
20. Austin Lounge Lizards: Too Big to Fail (download), self

From Steve Gillette's new "The Man" on Compass Rose
21. Creole Belle Medley
22. The Man Who Loves A Train
23. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Time for Three's "Three Fervent Travelers," E1 Entertainment

It's Sexual Violence Awareness Month:
24. Susan Werner: Last of The Good Straight Girls (Last of The Good Straight Girls), Private
25. Greg Brown: Every Street In Town (One Night), Red House
26. Cosy Sheridan: Streetlights (Late Bloomer), Fishtraks
27. Kristina Olsen & Peter Grayling: Eight Short Minutes (Duet), self
28. Eliza Gilkyson: Ballad of Yvonne Johnson (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House
29. James McMurtry: Fire Line Road (Just Us Kids), Lightning Rod

It's still Denice Franke's birthday
30. Brand New Sky [Sweet Magnolia] (Gulf Coast Blue), Certain Records
31. Little Bit of Poison (Comfort), Certain Records
32. Lowlands (You Don't Know Me), DeNice Girl

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

Friday, April 16, 2010

Steve Martin Takes His Banjo On Tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With no introduction or celebrity fanfare, Steve Martin steps onstage with the Steep Canyon Rangers bluegrass band, a banjo strapped to his chest. He's not there to tell jokes, though he manages to squeeze in a few. He's there to play music -- songs from his Grammy-winning bluegrass album, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo."
Martin tells the crowd he met the band at a party in North Carolina, "but when we're in California, I tell people we met in rehab."

With that, he begins to play, with such conviction and skill that he's clearly not joking. A banjo player for 45 years, Martin says he wrote every song in the hourlong set, just as he did all 15 tracks on his album, which spent a year atop Billboard's bluegrass charts.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

4/11/10 Playlist

Playlist, Sunday Night Folk Festival, 4/11/10

1. Chris MacLean: Sisters of Charity (Feet Be Still), self
2. Dana Cooper: Straight into The Guns (The Conjurer), self
3. Amanda Shires: I Kept Watch Like Doves (West Cross Timbers), self
4. Martin Simpson: One Day (True Stories), Compass

5. Old Sledge: Are You Tired of Me My Darling? (Old Sledge), self
6. Sam Weiser: Jerusalem Ridge (Sam I Am), Disappear
7. Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three: Hard Times Come and Go (Riverboat Soul), Free Dirt
8. Mike and Ruthy: Another Dawn Another Day (Waltz of The Chickadee), Humble Abode

It's Holocaust Martyrs Remembrance Day
9. Bernice Lewis: Ways to Survive (Isle of Spirit), Blue Bhikku
10. Dave Crossland: The Ballad of Joseph Schultz (Here's to The Ride), Purple Beet
11. Chava Alberstein and The Klezmatics: Mayn Shvester Khaye (The Well), Rounder
12. Jack Hardy: Dachau (The Passing), Prime CD
13.The Four Bitchin' Babes: Faces on My Wall (Hormonal Imbalance), Hem and Haw

14. Rod MacDonald: Auschwitz (The Man on The Ledge), Shanachie 15. Bernice Lewis: Mama's Wine Glasses (Religion & Release), Blue Bhiku 16. Ralph McTell: The Case of Otto Schwartzkopf (Sand in Your Shoes), Red House
17. Si Kahn: Children of Poland (In My Heart), Philo
18. Bob Franke: Krystallnacht Is Coming (The Heart of The Flower), Daring

19. Solas: Song of Choice (The Words That Remain), Shanachie
20. Sam Weiser: By My Silence (Sam I Am), Disappear

Upcoming concerts:
21 & 22. Kelli Trottier: Out on The Mira & Lime Hill (Daddy's Little Girl), self
23. Martin Sexton: Sugarcoating (Sugarcoating), Kitchen Table
24. Paul Geremia: Diggin' Uncle Sam's Backyard (Live from Uncle Sam's Backyard), Red House
25. Hanneke Cassel: Cali's Wedding / Alasdair's Jig (For Reasons Unseen), self
26. Mark Erelli: Kingdom Come (Little Vigils), Hillbilly Pilgrim

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over music from Magical Strings' "Dances and Dreams," Magic Hill

27. Patty Larkin with The Nields: I'm Fine (25), Signature Sounds 28. Phil Rosenthal: Muddy Water (A Treasury of Bluegrass and Country Songs), American Melody
29. David Mallett: Ten Men (Alright Now), North Road

For the coal miners, and for the Kleen Energy Workers in Middletown CT:
30 & 31. Herdman / Hills / Mangsen: Redwing Blackbird & Black Burning Air (Voices), Flying Fish
32. Mike Morningstar: Buffalo Creek (Still Moving Mountains: The Journey Home), Aurora Lights
33. Kathy Mattea: Dark As A Dungeon (Coal), Thirty Tigers
34.John Prine: Paradies (Great Days Anthology), Rhino
35. Hazel Dickens: The Mannington Mine Disaster (Coal Mining Women), Rounder
36. Sarah Gunning: That 25 Cents That You Paid (Coal Mining Women)
37 Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Sunday, April 4, 2010

4/4/10 Playlist

(preemption at 9:20pm)

1. The Chapmans: Love's Gonna Live Here (Grown Up), Compass
2. The Cottars: Fare Thee Well, Northumberland & The Purple Wave (Feast), Rounder
3. Time for Three: Sundays (3 Fervent Travelers), E1
4. Caravan of Thieves: Rattlesnake (Bouquet), self

5. Old Sledge: Lost Train Blues (Old Sledge), self
6. Mark Erelli: Everything in Ruin (Little Vigils), Hillbilly Pilgrim
7. K. C. Clifford: Redman (Orchid), self
8. Linzay Young & Joel Savoy: Si Tu Voudrais Marier (Linzay Young & Joel Savoy), Valcour

It's Lisa Moscatiello's birthday
9. Dame Lombard (Innocent When You Sleep), Happy Cactus
10. Biloxi (Second Avenue), Wind River

11. June Tabor: The Easter Tree (Ashes and Diamonds), Green Linnet
12. Cathy Barton & Dave Para: Easter (Crazy Quilt), self
13. Laura Love: You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes (You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes), Koch
14. Nowell Sing We Clear: Lord of The Dance (The Best of Nowell Sing We Clear), Front Hall
15. Carrie Newcomer: The Gathering of Spirits (The Gathering of Spirits), Philo
16. Ralph McTell: Jesus Wept (Sand in Your Shoes), Red House
17. Ray Wylie Hubbard: This Morning I Am Born Again (Delirium Tremolos), Philo

Passover: 18 - 20 from "Let My People Go!," Appleseed
18. B'chol Dor Va'Dor (In Every Generation) / I'm On My Way
19. Ha Lachma Anya (This Is The Bread of Oppression)
20. Avodim Hayinu (Slaves We Were)
21. Kerry Grombacher: Valley of Shadows (It Sings in The Hi-Line), self

Today’s the anniversary of Dr. King’s murder:
22. Neal & Leandra: Ready for Memphis (Stranger to My Kin), Red House
23. Nina Simone: Why? The King of Love Is Dead (Forever Young, Gifted & Black), RCA / Legacy

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Time for Three's "3 Fervent Travelers," E1 Entertainment

24. Old Sledge: Shake Hands & Tell Me Goodbye (Old Sledge), self
25. Mark Erelli: Kingdom Come (Little Vigils), Hillbilly Pilgrim
26. Anne Hills: Pennsylvania (Points of View), Appleseed
27. Seth Glier: I Just Want to Make My Daddy Proud (The Trouble with People), Mpress Records
28. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spinner article about Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright Discusses New Album, Kate KcGarrigle and Sinking Into Sadness

Rufus Wainwright has had an eventful and painful past year. Last spring in Berlin, he debuted 'Sonnette,' a Shakespeare-based theatrical collaboration with maverick director Robert Wilson. A few months later in Manchester, he premiered his first opera, 'Prima Donna.' In December, he sang with his mother, Kate McGarrigle, at London's Royal Albert Hall and the following month she passed away of cancer in Montreal. And all the while, he was working on his melancholy new CD, 'All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.'

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

3/18/10 Playlist

1. Steve Smith, Chris Sanders & Hard Road: Kindness of Strangers (Signs Along the Road), self
2. Danny Barnes: Charlie (Pizza Box), ATO
3. Robin Greenstein: Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind (Images of Women Vol. 2), Windy
4. Kris Kristofferson: Sister Sinead (Closer to The Bone), New West []5. Gloria Attoun: Radio Receiver (single), self

6. Corb Lund: This Is My Prairie (Losin' Lately Gambler), New West 7. Bonnie Koloc: You've Been A Good Old Wagon Daddy (Beginnings), Mr. Biscuit
8. Martin Grosswendt: The Prodigal Son (Call and Response), self 9. Lynn Miles: Surrender Dorothy (Black Flowers Volume 1-2), True North

10. Anne & Pete Sibley: Jus the Right Moment (Coming Home), self
11 & 12. The Honey Dewdrops: Don't Leave Me Here & 1918 (If the Sun Will Shine), self
13. Jan Krist & Jim Bizer: Artist's Market (Influence), Yellow Room Gang
14. Harlem Parlour Music Club: Christine (Salt of The Earth), self

15. Gordon Bok w/Kat Logan: Sherry's Song (Other Eyes), Timberhead
16. Nuala Kennedy: The Waves of The Silvery Tide (Tune In), Compass
17. Johnsmith: Jay Bird (Gravity of Grace), Blue Pine
18. Miss Tess: Train Ride to Caroline (Darling, Oh Darling), self

On this day in 1979, Three Mile Island's nuclear power plant overheated:
19. Don Lange: Take the Children and Run (Don Lange Live), Flying Fish LP
20. Tom Paxton: All Clear In Harrisburg (The Paxton Report), Mountain Railroad LP
21. Kristin Lems: Too Cheap to Meter (In the Out Door), Carolsdatter LP
22. Charlie King: Acceptable Risks (Somebody's Story), Rainbow Snake LP

23. Jay Linden: Foot of Glory (Under the Radar), self
24. Carolyn Cruso: Natural Disaster (Have You Ever), Blue Heron
25. Bob Wright & Harbortown Revue: When Billy The Kid Lived in New York (The Diver), self
26. Carolyn Currie: Rain (Waves of Silence), North C

Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Ron Cody's "The Talking Rake," self-released

27. Gordon Bok: Ocean Station Bravo (Other Eyes), Timberhead
28 & 29. Carrie Newcomer: I Wish I May, I Wish I Might & A Crash of Rhinoceros (Before and After), Rounder
30. James Gordon: How? (My Stars Your Eyes), Borealis
31. Rebecca Loebe: Avalanche (Mystery Prize), self

32. Adam Carroll: Errol's Song (Live at Flipnotics), self
33. Suzi Ragsdale: Wishbone (Best Regards / Less of The Same), self
34. I See Hawks in L.A.: I See Hawks in L.A. (Shoulda Been Gold), American Beat Records
35. Reckless Kelly: Bird on A Wire (Somewhere in Time), Yep Roc
36. Herdman / Hills / Mangsen: Language of The Bees (private recording), Herdman / Hills / Mangsen
37. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mary Chapin Carpenter to receive Spirit of Americana Award

Newseum to feature Mary Chapin Carpenter News release
By the First Amendment Center 03.26.10

WASHINGTON — “Freedom Sings,” an evening celebrating the power of free speech in music and honoring the career of Mary Chapin Carpenter, will be presented April 27 at the Newseum in downtown Washington.

Carpenter will receive the “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech in Music Award from the Newseum’s First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association. The award recognizes artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech through their music and other efforts. Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, Judy Collins, Charlie Daniels and Steve Earle.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Judy Collins on her life, songs, work

Judy Collins Speaks Of 'Rainbow', 'Clowns' and All Sides Now

Among Judy Collins’ many accomplishments, she is responsible for the last showtune to win the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. That, of course, was her 1975 rendition of “Send in the Clowns,” which helped establish the Stephen Sondheim song as a standard and made it a pop hit. A folk-music icon, Collins has included showtunes and standards, as well as rock songs, lullabies and hymns, Christmas carols and her own compositions, on the 40-plus albums she’s released since her debut, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, in 1961.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

3-21-10 Playlist

All selections from CDs available to contributors as premiums, except #1:

1. Jamie Anderson: Public Radio (Better Than Chocolate), Tsunami
2. Greg Brown: Samson (Dream City), Red House
3. Dala: Levi Blues (Everyone Is Someone), Campus / Universal Music Canada
4. Cliff Eberhardt: (500 Miles -- The Blue Rock Sessions), Red House 5. Kristin Andreassen: Crayola Doesn't Make A Color For Your Eyes (Kiss Me Hello), self
6. Ensemble Galilei: Fire Up The Kiln, Love (Notes from Across The Sea, from Ann Mayo Muir), self
7. Archie Fisher: Borderlands (Windward Away), Red House
8. Eliza Gilkyson: Runaway Train (Beautiful World), Red House
9. John Gorka: Where No Monuments Stand (So Dark You See), Red House
10. K.C. Clifford: Johnny Cash (Pockets Full of Hope), self
11. Rosanne Cash: Motherless Children (The List), EMI / Manhattan
12. Sharon Isbin: Andecy (Journey to The New World), Sony Classical
13. Dave Rawlings Machine: I Hear Them All (A Friend of A Friend), Acony
14. Karan Casey & John Doyle: Exiles Return (Exiles Return), Compass
15. Harvey Reid: Sly Damsel Serenade (Blues & Branches), Woodpecker 16. Bonsoir Catin: Listen to Me (Vive L'Amour), Valcour
17. Slaid Cleaves: Run Jolee Run (Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away), Music Road
18. Girlyman: Easy Bake Ovens (Everything's Easy), self
19. Joy Kills Sorrow: New Shoes (Darkness Sure Becomes This City), Signature Sounds
20. Kieran Kane: More to It Than This (Somewhere Beyond The Roses), Compass
21. Sara Watkins: Where Will You Be (Sara Watkins), Nonesuch

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Jeremy Kittel's "Chasing Sparks," Compass

22. James Keelaghan: Circle of Stone (House of Cards), Borealis
23. String Sisters: The Champaign Jig medley (Live), Compass
24. Darrell Scott / Danny Thompson / Kenny Malone: With A Memory Like Mine (Live in NC), Full Light
25. Naomi Sommers: Come Home (Gentle As the Sun), American Melody
26. Chris Smither: It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry (Time Stands Still), Signature Sounds
27. Patty Larkin with Suzanne Vega: Pablo Neruda (25), Signature Sounds
28. Richard Shindell: Mariana's Table (Not Far Now), Signature Sounds
29. Eliza Gilkyson: Beautiful World (Beautiful World), Red House

Sunday in New York with Earle / Moorer, Collins

Today's New York Times "Sunday Routine" column describes Sundays with Steve Earle and Allison Moorer:

A month ago, it was Judy Collins's turn:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Video from Ann Mayo Muir's CD Release Concert

January 11, 2010, Annapolis MD

Sunday, March 14, 2010

3/14/10 Playlist

Radiothon: all CDs except for 1, 24 & 25 were available as premiums

1. Jamie Anderson: Public Radio (Better Than Chocolate), Tsunami
2. Danny Schmidt: Grampa Built Bridges (Instead the Forest Rose to Sing), Red House
3. Dave Rawlings Machine: How's About You (A Friend of A Friend), Acony
4. Sara Watkins: Where Will You Be (Sara Watkins), Nonesuch
5. Chris Smither: Surprise, Surprise (Time Stands Still), Signature Sounds
6. Bonsoir Catin: Un Bouquet de Camelias (Vive L'Amour), Valcour
7. Harvey Reid: Dance, The Storm Is Over (Of Wind and Water), Woodpecker
8. Carrie Rodriguez: El Salvador (She Ain't Me), EMI
9. Harlem Parlour Music Club: Christine (Salt of The Earth), self
10. String Sisters: Da Trowie Burn (Live), Compass www.compassrecordscom
11. Pete Seeger / Bruce Springsteen: Ghost of Tom Joad (Sowing The Seeds), Appleseed
12. Carla Ulbrich: If I Had the Copyright (Live from Outer Space), Romantic Devil Records
13. Ensemble Galilei: Hanko Panko (Notes from Across the Sea -- Ann Mayo Muir), self
14. Battlefield Band: Robber Barons (Zama Zama), Temple
15. Solas: Sorry (The Turning Tide), Compass
16. Darrell Scott / Danny Thompson / Kenny Malone: You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive (Live in NC), Full Light
17. Patty Larkin with The Nields: I'm Fine (25), Signature Sounds
18. Houston Jones: Pick Up The Snake (Jericho), self

Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Jeremy Kittel's "Chasing Sparks," Compass

19. Jamie Anderson: Public Radio (Better Than Chocolate), Tsunami
20. Carolina Chocolate Drops: Snowden's Jig (Genuine Negro Jig), Nonesuch 21. Jim Post: Beautiful City (Reach Out Together), self
22. Zoe Mulford: Just Before I Go (Bonfires), Azalea City
23. Slaid Cleaves: Beautiful Thing (Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away), Music Road
24. Annalivia: Barrier Falls (Barrier Falls), 5-String Productions
25. Girl Howdy: Honky Tonk Merry Go Round (Honky Tonk Hair), self
26. Eliza Gilkyson: Wildewood Spring (Beautiful World), Red House
27. Ellis Paul: Heaven's Wherever You Are (The Day After Everything Changed), Black Wolf