Aug 122006

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings drew a huge crowd at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro Friday night. Her retro-soul revue got everybody moving with hits’ like “A Little Something,” “How Do You Let A Good Man Down,” and my favorite “Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut.”

The Dap Kings opened for her and I was happy to hear they are coming out with their own record in the Fall.

Lot’s of info about Sharon Jones, The Dap Kings, The Budos Band and many other old school funk sounds at the Dap Tones Records web site.

You can listen to the last number in her regular set, which happened to be “Lay It In The Cut,” and the encore numbers here. Some of the pictures from last night are shown below. The full picture set is available online here.

Sharon Gettin’ Into It


Workin’ The Camera

The Dap Kings

Dap King guitarist and emcee, Binky Griptite

Your humble host Calvin in heaven with Sharon Jones!

 Posted by at 12:08 pm
Aug 122006

chris knight
Originally uploaded by cspowers.

On his 2006 release, Enough Rope, Chris Knight has made some of the hardest country-rock I’ve heard in a long while and damn it feels good. True to the coutnry-rock form, his songs are filled with bad asses who get into bar fights, shoot guns, drink heavy and fight with their lovers. But the thing that sets Knight’s songs apart is that these characters, by and large, are trying to actually be good folks worthy of respect in a world that ignores or disrespects them. And it’s this trying-to-be-good theme that makes the lyrics as hard hitting as the music that goes with it. By creating central characters that are this true-to-life he digs into the same vein that the Drive-by Truckers started but he digs deeper, way deeper than they ever did while the DBTs’ have been veering more and more toward self-parody. “Jack Blue” is a great example of a Chris Knight character. We know that the local sheriff has it out for Jack, though we don’t know why. We know that he can hold his own in bar fights, often taking people on two on one and winning. But by the end of the song, he’s “trying to teach his kids to respect the law.” The other strong tracks on this CD are “River Road,: “Rural Route,” and “Up From The Hill.” But by far the best track on this CD is “Williams Son.”

Taproot Tracks
Williams Son
Jack Blue
River Road
Rural Route

Aug 102006

rick spreitzer
Originally uploaded by cspowers.

Rick Spreitzer is first and foremost a lyricist; a songwriter who tosses off one-liners with such casual ease that you don’t realize their emotional punch until he’s well into the next verse. My favorite example is from the title track of his latest CD, From The Bottom, in which the end of a 12 year relationship is summed up with, “how do you take back the holes in the wall?” Spreitzer’s songwriting talent’s are gaining recognition, having won the 7th Annual North Carolina Songwriter’s Co-Op Songwriter’s Contest and twice placing in the top 10 at the Flat Rock Music Festival’s Hank Williams Songwriting Contest. The music is well crafted to keep the lyrics front and center. About half of the songs twangy base to them and the other half have an acoustic coffeehouse folk feel to them. Highlight tracks are “Roll Back”, “Serpent and Henry Gray,” and “From the Bottom.”

Aug 092006

The Taproot Show for August 9, 2006
Show #70 – The Bold Soul Sister show
roots rock,, deep blues, early soul
WCOM 103.5 FM, Wednesdays 12am-2am, Carrboro NC

*** = show highlight

Hour 1
Song / Artist / Title / Time
Bold Soul Sister / Tina Turner / Love Sessions / 2:38
Pick It Up, Lay It in The Cut / Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings / Dap-Dippin’ With… / 4:07
Tears, Tears And More Tears / Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint / The River In Reverse / 3:30
Texas Trilogy: Train Ride / Lyle Lovett / Step Inside This House (Disc 2) / 2:35
These Honey Dos / Irma Thomas / After The Rain / 4:28
Goodbye / Drive-By Truckers / A Blessing And A Curse / 6:11
If I Work My Thing On You / Ann Sexton / You’re Gonna Miss Me / 3:42
Bright Blue Eyes / Jeff Jones / Biscuits And Gravy / 2:45
As Long As He Takes Care Of Home / Candi Staton / The Ultimate Fame Years Collection / 3:20
My Train’s Comin’ In / Bettye LaVette / Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart / 2:20
I Got To Love Somebody’s Baby / Judy Clay / Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Sisters / 3:30
Red Staggerwing / Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris / All The Roadrunning / 3:03
The Lowering / The Avett Brothers / Four Thieves Gone / 5:03
If I Ever Needed Love(I Sure Do Need It Now) / Ruby Johnson / Stax 1959-1968 #7 / 2:24
Sweet Embrace / Bucktown Kickback / Speakeasy / 4:52

Hour 2
Song / Artist / Title / Time

Bold Soul Sister / Tina Turner / Love Sessions / 2:38
My Man Is A Mean Man / Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings / Naturally / 3:16
Yesterday’s Clothes / Malcolm Holcombe / Not Forgotten / 4:48
Collection’s Getting / The Gourds / Heavy Ornamentals / 3:40
Joy / Bettye LaVette / I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise / 3:55
I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better / Tom Petty / Full Moon Fever / 2:51
Midnight Dream / Hacienda Brothers / What’s Wrong With Right / 4:09
Do I Move You / Janiva Magness / Do I Move You / 4:38
All Over Town / The Turnstiles / Step Right Up / 4:04
(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone / Aretha Franklin / The Very Best / 2:26
Some Kind Of Wonderful / Joss Stone / The Soul Sessions / 3:56
Manifesto No. 2 / Shooter Jennings / Electric Rodeo / 2:09
Before The Revolution / Tim Easton / Ammunition / 2:40
I Love To Dance / Langhorne Slim / When The Sun’s Gone Down / 4:08
Have A Little Mercy / Jean Wells / Dave Godin’S Deep Soul Treasures (Taken From The Vaults) – Vol. 1 / 2:38

 Posted by at 2:24 am
Aug 082006

Howdy all!

In honor of the Sharon Jones show this Friday, I’ve declared this week to be Bold Soul Sister Week on Taproot Radio! I’m featuring music from Sharon Jones, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Bettye LaVette, Candi Staton, Ruby Johnson, Janiva Magness, Ann Sexton, Judy Clay and many more soul tunes in addition to the usual roots rock and twangy songs.

Some more noteworthy adds this week:
— I got in the mood for some deep gospel this week so I included 3 tracks from The Brothers In The Kitchen featuring the Moore Sisters. Rousing soul spirituals from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina
— Please forgive me, but I could not resist including a song from The Three Dog Night. See if you can spot it!
— Zydeco goodness from The Bluerunners, including a very groovy tune “The Gravedigger”
— Blues from R.L. Burnside and Asie Payton!

As always, feel free to send requests and feedback to

 Posted by at 4:39 am
Aug 032006
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings,
originally uploaded by cspowers.

It’s quite possibly the music show of the summer for this area. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are coming to the Cat’s Cradle on Friday, August 11th!
Mark your calendars NOW! Buy your tickets NOW!

Listen to free songs from Sharon Jones on My Space. Be sure to check out my favorite track of hers, “Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut”.

Check out these pics of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. How could you miss seeng such a soul goddes live and in person??


sharon jones 1

sharon jones 2

sharon jones 3


Note these pictures are either from the Sharon Jones promo site or they are creative commons licensed pictures from Flickr.

 Posted by at 11:53 am
Aug 022006

Howdy. The Live365 rotation has been updated. Among some of the more interesting uploads this week are:

— “Dead Flowers” by The Rolling Stones off their Sticky Fingers album (if I remember right). This is my favorite twangy song from the stones.
— Rick Spreitzer’s “Roll Back.” He’s an up and coming song writer from NC and s getting good reviews from critics
— “Do Right Woman” the cover by The Flying Burrito Brothers
— “Fine Leather Truck” from dem boys in Austin, the Gourds

Enjoy! As always I’m interested in getting your feed back. The address is

 Posted by at 11:04 am
Aug 012006

*** = show highlight

Hour 1
Song / Artist / Title / Time
Water Or Gasoline / Kevin Gordon / Down To The Well / 4:16
The Tiger / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / 2:35
Luck In My Eyes / k.d. lang / Reintarnation / 4:03
This Is Us / Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris / All The Roadrunning / 4:39
Cryin’ Dime / Malcolm Holcombe / Not Forgotten / 3:38
Like the 309 / Johnny Cash / American V: A Hundred Highways / 4:35
The Education Song / The Gourds / Heavy Ornamentals / 3:09
Aftermath USA / Drive-By Truckers / A Blessing And A Curse / 3:16
Blues Guy Now / PK Dwyer / Blues Guy Now / 2:19
Love (Used) / Jeff Jones / Biscuits And Gravy / 3:44
I Wish You Well / Tim Easton / Ammunition / 3:23
Hidden In The Wheel / The Turnstiles / Step Right Up / 4:57
Till I Gain Control Again / Van Morrison / Pay The Devil / 5:59

Hour 2
Song / Artist / Title / Time
Wait It Out / Tift Merritt / Tambourine / 3:40
Blind Love / Dave Alvin / West Of The West / 4:49
A Satisfied Mind / The International Submarine Band / Safe At Home / 2:31
Blue Sedan / Hooverville / Follow That Trail Of Dust Back Home / 3:58
Do I Move You / Janiva Magness / Do I Move You / 4:38
Bears / Lyle Lovett / Step Inside This House (Disc 1) / 3:04
Nearer To You / Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint / The River In Reverse / 3:32
Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor / Irma Thomas / After The Rain / 4:30
Keep It Together / Hacienda Brothers / What’s Wrong With Right / 3:19
Can’t Stop A Man In Love / Wilson Pickett / Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers / 3:14
And If It’s True / Langhorne Slim / When The Sun’s Gone Down / 2:05
Looking At You / The Subdudes / Behind The Levee / 4:14
Come On / Chuck Berry / The Definitive Collection / 1:50
Seven Days / Ron Wood / Bob Dylan The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration / 5:26

 Posted by at 10:23 pm
Aug 012006

Malcolm Holcombe shot up the list fast and I predict he’s gonna make lots of Top 10 lists at the end of the year.

1 Malcolm Holcombe: Not Forgotten
2 Kenny Roby: The Mercy Filter
3 Drive-By Truckers: A Blessing And A Curse
4 Van Morrison: Pay The Devil
5 Scott Miller: Citation
6 Seth Kaufman: Ting
7 Langhorne Slim: When The Sun’s Gone Down
8 Willie Nelson: You Don’t Know Me – Songs Of Cindy Walker
9 Bettye LaVette: Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart
10 The Avett Brothers: Four Thieves Gone

 Posted by at 12:57 am