Rotation 99

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Feb 262007
 

Taproot Radio
Rotation #99 – February 26, 2007
read: http://www.taprootradio.com
listen: http://www.live365.com/stations/taprootradio

Howdy,

It’s been a week for crashed laptops and cars that won’t boot. I tell ya I coulda written a country song about it. But I won’t. Instead, listen to the mytho-poetics of Bill Kirchen and his “Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods” and Blaze Foley’s “No Godwill Stores in Waikiki.” Now there’s some good story telling.

I’ll be doing a live show tonight from 9pm – 11pm Eastern Time at WCOM in Carrboro NC. Local folks can listen in on 103.5. For those of you not fortunate to live in the “Paris of the Piedmont,” you can listen via the webcast .

Enjoy!
Calvin

This Week’s Focus Tracks:
Hammer Of The Honky Tonk Gods / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:25
Run For Cover / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:42
No Goodwill Stores in Waikiki / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 3:10
The Heart Bionic / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 3:17
Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble To Me / Shawn Camp / Fireball / 3:34
Take A Ride / George Soule / Take A Ride / 3:19
Browns Ferry Blues / Robbie Fulks / Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook Volume One / 2:30
Where Do We Go From Here / Miller Brothers Band / Tales From Foundry Town / 4:37
Empty / Ray LaMontagne / Till The Sun Turns Black / 5:17
Joy Tears / Greg Brown / The Evening Call / 4:47
Watch The Flowers Grow / Big Shanty and The Polk Street Blues Band / World of Trouble / 4:50
The Man Puts Sugar In My Soul / Mae Young / Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label / 2:39
Death’s Black Train / Gob Iron / Death Songs For The Living / 3:47
Unchain My Heart / Blue Plate Special / Can You Dig It / 5:26
Don’t Ride That Horse / Old Crow Medicine Show / Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Iron World / 3:04
Song Of The Open Road / Bobby Sichran / Peddler In Babylon / 3:44
Third Degree / Liz Melendez Band / Sweet Southern Soul / 4:00
Everythig Is Catching Up With Me / Mark Smilor / WanderLust / 4:01
Seems Like You’re Gonna Take Me Back / Solomon Burke / Nashville / 3:15
Holy Moses / Drams / Jubilee Dive / 6:30

Last Week’s Focus Tracks:
Shady Groove / Colby Maddox / Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook Volume One / 3:42
Runnin’ with the Devil / The John Cowan Band / Strummin’ with the Devil: The Southern Side of Van

Halen / 3:38
Empty / Ray LaMontagne / Till The Sun Turns Black / 5:17
Alabama Key / Miller Brothers Band / Tales From Foundry Town / 2:53
Joy Tears / Greg Brown / The Evening Call / 4:47
Lookin’ For A Change / Tom Eure / Back Woods / 3:30
You Drive Me Crazy / The Grand Prixx / Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label / 2:09
Death Is Only A Dream / Gob Iron / Death Songs For The Living / 2:47
She’s Got My Number / Blue Plate Special / Can You Dig It / 4:26
When I Drink / The Avett Brothers / The Gleam / 3:19
Take A Ride / George Soule / Take A Ride / 3:19
Back To Earth / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 3:00
Everythig Is Catching Up With Me / Mark Smilor / WanderLust / 4:01
A Little Blues / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 2:42
What’s That Say About Love / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 2:55
Millionaire / Solomon Burke / Nashville / 4:14
Sing Me No Hyms / Lucero / Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers / 4:22
Rollin’ And Tumblin’ / Bob Dylan / Modern Times / 6:01
Damaged By Love / Tom Petty / Highway Companion / 3:23
Piece Of My Heart / Erma Franklin / Soul Sides: Volume One / 2:42

DJ/Promo Tracks:
I’m Keeping You Here / Jason Morphew / Sunday Afternoon / 3:09
What You Seek / Warm In The Wake / Gold Dust Trail / 3:58
Sunny Moon / Dustin Sargent / King Mojo Allstars vol. 2 / 4:08
Cemetery By My Home / James Dunn / Lonely American Dream / 3:08
Beautiful Rider / David Rodriguez / Proud Heart / 2:57
I Burn Today / Frank Black / Honeycomb / 4:05
Out Of Touch / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 1] / 7:21
Till I Gain Control Again / Van Morrison / Pay The Devil / 5:59
Justine Alright / Heavy Trash / Heavy Trash / 2:43
Asie´s Jam / Asie Payton / Worried / 2:27
Sad Songs And Waltzes / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 3:19
Scattered Leaves / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 4:46

Backfill:
(I’m a) Road Runner / Junior Walker & The All Stars / Ultimate Collection / 2:48
Bandages And Scars / Son Volt / Okemah And The Melody Of Riot / 3:23
Black Rose / Billy Joe Shaver / Restless Wind: The Legendary Billy Joe Shaver 1973-1987 / 2:49
Brilliant Mistake / Elvis Costello & The Attractions / Best Of / 3:44
Carve That Possum / Southern Culture On The Skids / Plastic Seat Sweat / 17:18
Childish Things / James McMurtry / Childish Things / 4:34
Come To Jesus / Mindy Smith / KGSR Broadcasts Volume 12 / 3:43
Country Fair / Riptones / Extra Sauce / 2:50
Don’t Need You / Alejandro Escovedo / A Man Under The Influence / 5:11
Head Over Heels Over You / The Jitters / After All, It Is 1980! / 3:28
Hold My Life / The Replacements / Tim / 4:21
I’m The Man Who Loves You / Wilco / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot / 3:56
If You Gotta Go, Go Now / Eric Ambel / Roscoe’s Gang / 3:37
Layin’s Around the House / The Gourds / Best Of The Boots 2004 #1 / 2:33
On the Surface / Bettye LaVette / I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise / 3:26
Rockabilly on the Radio / Fiona Boyes And The Fortune Tellers / Lucky 13 / 3:08
Shot 350 Blues / Choosy Beggars / See The Lovers Right On Time / 3:51
The One I Cannot Resist / David Childers / A Good Way To Die / 4:56
Time And Place / Lee Moses / Soul Sides: Volume One / 3:06
Undone / Robert Earl Keen / Picnic / 3:49

Archive:
Stevenson Hotel Breakdown / The Pines / The Pines / 4:39
Brand New Day / Guy Forsyth / Love Songs: For And Against / 4:01
Pontiac / Fred Eaglesmith / Lipstick Lies & Gasoline / 4:52
Nothing Is Wrong / Chris Stamey / Songs For Sixty Five Roses / 4:16
Payola Blues / Albert Lee / Road Runner / 7:16
She’s Got My Number / Blue Plate Special / Can You Dig It / 4:26
Tell Her for Me / James Hunter / People Gonna Talk / 1:53
Best Low / Cory Morrow / Nothing Left To Hide / 4:22
Break It Down Baby / Robin Elia / This Is Americana Volume 2 / 3:30
There Is Nothing / Clem Snide / Soft Spot / 2:46
Your Cheatin’ Heart / Van Morrison / Pay The Devil / 2:32
It’s Me / k.d. lang / Reintarnation / 2:20
American Girl / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Greatest Hits / 3:32
Truth Lies Low / Drams / Jubilee Dive / 3:36
Since I Laid My Burden Down / Calvin Cooke / 1st Annual Sacred Steel Convention / 3:54
Do I Move You / Janiva Magness / Do I Move You / 4:38
Broken Hearts And Auto Parts / Kevn Kinney / Broken Hearts And Auto Parts / 5:17
Not The Heartless Kind / Amy Speace / Songs For Bright Street / 4:03
Marina Takes Her Aim / Kevin Gordon / Down To The Well / 4:30
You Think You’re Hot Stuff / Jean Knight / Stax 1968-1971 #9 / 2:29
Good Intentions / Cory Morrow / Nothing Left To Hide / 3:15
Final Resting Place / Sodajerk / Sodajerk / 2:41
Barn Burning / Dave Alvin / King of California / 4:01
Saved / The Brothers In The Kitchen / Bring It Back Alive / 3:34
Hard Time Killing Floor / R.L. Burnside / Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting D / 5:09
Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further? / Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint / The River In Reverse /

5:04
Windfall / Son Volt / Trace / 2:58
You Make It Easy / Golden Smog / Another Fine Day / 4:12
Gotta Get Up / The Hoyle Brothers / One More Draw / 2:38
I’ll Sing A Love Song To You / Candi Staton / His Hands / 4:42
Fly On The Wall / Kelly Pardekooper and Otis Gibbs / Johnson County Snow / 4:15
Velvet & Steel / Jessi Colter / Out Of The Ashes / 4:46
Take My Eyes / The Brown Mountain Lights / Late Show At The Cave / 3:24
Bad Reputation / Reverend Horton Heat / Holy Roller / 2:24
Philadelphia Lawyer / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / 2:15
Don’t Change on Me / B.B. King / Love Me Tender / 4:41
Home Cookin’ / Junior Walker & The All Stars / Ultimate Collection / 2:58
Blood Of The Ram / The Gourds / Blood Of The Ram / 4:40
Take The Long Way / Po’ Girl / Vagabond Lullabies / 5:32
I’m Talking About You / Chuck Berry / The Definitive Collection / 1:51
The Letter Edged In Black / Johnny Cash / Personal File / 2:39
Early One Morning / Elmore James / Shake Your Moneymaker – The Best of the Fire Sessions / 2:49
Seems Like You’re Gonna Take Me Back / Solomon Burke / Nashville / 3:15
Snakedancing With Jenna Lee / The Brown Mountain Lights / Late Show At The Cave / 5:13
On My Sweet Carolina / Portastatic / Songs For Sixty Five Roses / 3:51
You Make It Easy / Golden Smog / Another Fine Day / 4:12
Le Holiday / Charivari / A Trip To The Holiday Lounge / 3:39
Nineteen Seventy Nine / Lucero / Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers / 5:24
I Can’t Stop Cryin’ / Janiva Magness / Do I Move You / 3:23
Roller Derby Queen / Jim Croce / Greatest Hits / 3:28
The House That Jack Built / Bonnie Bishop / Soft To The Touch / 4:56
Ninty-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do) / Wilson Pickett / Greatest Hits / 2:43
The Part of You / Lou Ford / Carolina Roadkill: NC Alt-Country #2 / 3:34
Sparrows and Sparrows / Malcolm Holcombe / Not Forgotten / 2:47
Bus To Baton Rouge / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 2] / 6:26
Nothin’ / Townes Van Zandt / Oxford American 2006 Sampler / 3:24
Every Kinda Everything / The Bottle Rockets / For a Life of Sin: A Compilation of Insurgent Chicago

Country / 2:33
Underground / Rank Outsiders / Known On The Underground / 3:35
Lovin’ Machine / Rodge Martin / Nashville’s Got The Beat / 2:57
All the Labor / The Gourds / Dem’s Good Beeble / 3:21
Ain’t Talkin’ / Bob Dylan / Modern Times / 8:48
Cleaning House / Grandpaboy / Dead Man Shake / 2:31
Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You / Wilson Pickett / The Very Best Of Wilson Pickett / 3:06
Early One Morning / Elmore James / Shake Your Moneymaker – The Best of the Fire Sessions / 2:49
Social Aid & Pleasure Club / The Subdudes / Behind The Levee / 3:25
Bootleg / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Bayou Country / 3:01

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Radio Station Updates Delayed

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Feb 252007
 

Due to technical difficulties (my laptop crashed) there will be a delay in updates to the Live 365 station this week! Sorry!

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"Copperhead Road" by Steve Earle

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Feb 232007
 

Ran across this on a friend of a friend’s web journal. In his words, “Update the final verse from talking about marijuana production to meth production, and you’d have a song most appropriate to be Tennessee’s official state song.”

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Taproot Radio Rotation #98

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Feb 172007
 

Taproot Radio
Rotation #98 – February 19, 2007
read: http://www.taprootradio.com
listen: http://www.live365.com/stations/taprootradio

Howdy,

Just in case you missed the announcement last wee, let me point you to the latest edition of The Taproot Music Spotlight. This episode features an interview with Jeff Zentner of Creech Holler discussing their gothic mash-up of Delta Trance Blues and traditional Appalachian songs and three tracks from their CD, With Signs Following. Also, be sure to check out the show notes for links to the band’s web site and a link to rare video footage of Dock Boggs, who is one of the band’s key influences.

This week I continued catching up on the back log of CDs that needed to be worked into the backfill. Check out the Recent Adds section below for a full list. Some highlights include Guy Clark’s Workbench CD, the Black Crowe’s Three Snakes and Charm CD, and The Drive-by Truckers’ Gangstabilly CD.

For focus tracks this week, be sure to listen for George Soule’s “Take A Ride,” a great example of all that’s good with southern soul music.

Enjoy!
Calvin

Recent Reviews:
With Signs Following by Creech Holler

This Week’s Focus Tracks:
Shady Groove / Colby Maddox / Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook Volume One / 3:42
Runnin’ with the Devil / The John Cowan Band / Strummin’ with the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen / 3:38
Empty / Ray LaMontagne / Till The Sun Turns Black / 5:17
Alabama Key / Miller Brothers Band / Tales From Foundry Town / 2:53
Joy Tears / Greg Brown / The Evening Call / 4:47
Lookin’ For A Change / Tom Eure / Back Woods / 3:30
You Drive Me Crazy / The Grand Prixx / Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label / 2:09
Death Is Only A Dream / Gob Iron / Death Songs For The Living / 2:47
She’s Got My Number / Blue Plate Special / Can You Dig It / 4:26
When I Drink / The Avett Brothers / The Gleam / 3:19
Take A Ride / George Soule / Take A Ride / 3:19
Back To Earth / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 3:00
Everythig Is Catching Up With Me / Mark Smilor / WanderLust / 4:01
A Little Blues / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 2:42
What’s That Say About Love / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 2:55
Millionaire / Solomon Burke / Nashville / 4:14
Sing Me No Hyms / Lucero / Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers / 4:22
Rollin’ And Tumblin’ / Bob Dylan / Modern Times / 6:01
Damaged By Love / Tom Petty / Highway Companion / 3:23
Piece Of My Heart / Erma Franklin / Soul Sides: Volume One / 2:42

Last Week’s Focus Tracks:
Peddler In Babylon / Bobby Sichran / Peddler In Babylon / 3:33
Say Bye Bye / Clayton Laurence Cheek / Duke of Rural / 3:12
No More Love / Liz Melendez Band / Sweet Southern Soul / 3:26
Shoes / George Soule / Take A Ride / 3:00
Mercy Mercy / Devon Allman’s Honeytribe / Torch / 2:45
Blue Hotel / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 3:31
Know What I’m Sayin’ / Big Shanty / Ride With The Wind / 4:27
Emotions / Mark Smilor / WanderLust / 3:20
Ootischenia / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 3:20
Cassoulet / Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown / Down South…In The Bayou Country / 3:20
Big City Lights / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 3:24
Like I Never Will Again / Joey Allcorn / 50 Years Too Late / 3:01
Payin’ The Price / The Two Timin’ Three / Payin’ The Price / 2:01
Does My Ring Burn Your Finger / Solomon Burke / Nashville / 3:45
The Levee’s Gonna Break / Bob Dylan / Modern Times / 5:43
Turn This Car Around / Tom Petty / Highway Companion / 3:58
The Weight of Guilt / Lucero / Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers / 3:12
Riot in My Heart / James Hunter / People Gonna Talk / 4:16
Unhinged / Drams / Jubilee Dive / 4:37
What A Man / Linda Lyndell / Soul Sides: Volume One / 2:42

DJ/Promo Tracks:
It was a hell of a party / BluesRoot / Live. Real. In The Moment / 2:28
Ironworkers / Warm In The Wake / Gold Dust Trail / 2:31
Too Much / Little Phil / King Mojo Allstars vol. 2 / 4:08
Each Others Eyes / James Dunn / Lonely American Dream / 4:08
Proud Heart / David Rodriguez / Proud Heart / 5:11
Let’s Go, Lets Go, Let’s Go / Bettye LaVette / Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart / 2:18
Cleaning House / Grandpaboy / Dead Man Shake / 2:31
Those Three Days / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 2] / 5:02
The Apartment / Marah / If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry / 3:27
Don’t Speak In English / Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez with Will Taylor And Strings Attached / KGSR Broadcasts Volume 12 / 3:40

Backfill:
To the Devil for a Dime (live) / Tinsley Ellis / Live – Highwayman / 4:37
He Is A Tejano / The Texas Tornados / Zone Of Our Own / 3:28
Have You Ever Seen The Rain? / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Chronicle, Vol. 1 / 2:40
Runnin Down A Dream / Tom Petty / Full Moon Fever / 4:54
Sugar Bee / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / 2:19
I’d Be Lonsesome / Old 97’s / For A Decade Of Sin: 11 Years Of Bloodshot Records / 2:57
Don’t Make Me Dream About You / Chris Isaak / Heart Shaped World / 3:33
(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea / Elvis Costello & The Attractions / Best Of / 3:10
Company Car / Kevin Gordon / Cadillac Jack’s #1 Son / 4:06
Born Fighter / Nick Lowe / Basher -The Best of Nick Lowe / 3:09
I Will / Langhorne Slim / When The Sun’s Gone Down / 3:01
Get It When You Want It / Candi Staton / The Ultimate Fame Years Collection / 2:22
Mr. K.I.A. / Heavy Trash / Heavy Trash / 3:36
Out Of Touch / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 1] / 7:21
The Day John Henry Died / Drive-By Truckers / The Dirty South / 3:48
Look At Me Now / Sam Baylor / Life On Trouble Street / 4:10
Twin Brother / John Doe / Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet / 3:43
Older Guys / The Flying Burrito Brothers / Sacred Hearts And Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology (Disc 1) / 2:30
Gonna’ Make you Love Me / Ryan Adams / Gold / 2:37
Cash Me In / Choosy Beggars / Choosy Beggars / 4:11

Archive:
The Electric Love Letter / Langhorne Slim / When The Sun’s Gone Down / 3:55
Big Red Rocket Of Love / Reverend Horton Heat / Holy Roller / 3:04
Again / Randy Rogers / Rollercoaster / 3:21
Dark End Of The Street / Frank Black / Honeycomb / 3:53
His Eye Is On The Sparrow / Jessi Colter / Out Of The Ashes / 3:58
Texican Style / Los Lonely Boys / Sacred / 4:05
50 Years Too Late / Joey Allcorn / 50 Years Too Late / 2:52
Chain Of Fools / Clint Black & Pointers Sisters / Rhythm Country & Blues / 3:45
No One Knows My Name / Gillian Welch / Soul Journey / 3:16
The Outsider / Rodney Crowell / The Outsider / 4:23
Down In Texas / The Allman Brothers Band / Dreams (Disc 1) / 3:07
Runnin Hidin / The Weary Boys / The Weary Boys / 1:51
Mustang Sally / Wilson Pickett / ARB 6: 1965-1967 / 3:07
Crowded In The Wings / The Jayhawks / Hollywood Town Hall / 4:52
Another Sweet Dawn / Hooverville / Follow That Trail Of Dust Back Home / 3:19
To Get Back Home / Chris Knight / Enough Rope / 3:42
Rosalita / Jeff Jones / Biscuits And Gravy / 3:53
Cry To Me / Candi Staton / His Hands / 4:28
Like the 309 / Johnny Cash / American V: A Hundred Highways / 4:35
You Were Never Mine / Janiva Magness / Do I Move You / 4:36
Drunken Hearted Boy [Fillmore East 1971 – Live] / The Allman Brothers Band / Dreams (Disc 2) / 6:54
One Night Stand / Lucinda Williams / Happy Woman Blues / 2:55
Sober Song / Slobberbone / Crow Pot Pie / 3:56
Little Wing / South Austin Jug Band / South Austin Jug Band / 6:15
Easy (As Falling Apart) / Kelly Willis / Easy / 4:12
Persian/Zydeco Gris Gris / Charivari / A Trip To The Holiday Lounge / 6:29
The World And His Wife / Elvis Costello & The Attractions / Punch The Clock [Disc 1] / 3:24
It Ain’t Easy / Shooter Jennings / Electric Rodeo / 3:05
Black Suit Blues / PK Dwyer / Healed / 1:51
Big Sweet Life / Jon Dee Graham / Summerland / 3:16
Walkin On My Dreams / Hacienda Brothers / This Is Americana Volume 2 / 3:39
Flashback Blues / John Prine / John Prine / 2:32
Crawling From The Wreckage (Revisited) / Graham Parker / Your Country / 3:34
Mercy Mercy / Devon Allman’s Honeytribe / Torch / 2:45
Checking Out / Langhorne Slim / When The Sun’s Gone Down / 2:48
Long Dark Road / Hideaway / The Wiskey Tango Sessions / 4:36
Poor Poor LA / Time Easton / New Music From New West / 3:48
Keep My Feet Upon The Ground / The Subdudes / Behind The Levee / 4:04
The Wound That Never Heals / Jim White / Oxford American 2001 / 4:00
Know What I’m Sayin’ / Big Shanty / Ride With The Wind / 4:27
What’s That Say About Love / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 2:55
Caryatid Easy / Son Volt / Straightaways / 4:43
Summer Is Over / Fred Eaglesmith / Milly’s Cafe / 2:36
On My Sweet Carolina / Portastatic / Songs For Sixty Five Roses / 3:51
Trouble Over Me / Tift Merritt / Bramble Rose / 5:08
Breaux Bridge Rag / Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown / Down South…In The Bayou Country / 2:58
The Dark End Of The Street / Percy Sledge / R&B Ballads / 2:47
Age Like Wine / Todd Snider / East Nashville Skyline / 1:46
God Is In The Roses / Rosanne Cash / Black Cadillac / 4:07
Not The Heartless Kind / Amy Speace / Songs For Bright Street / 4:03
Since I Fell For You / Natalie Cole & Reba McEntire / Rhythm Country & Blues / 4:18
Two Hearts / The Jayhawks / Tomorrow The Green Grass / 3:22
Hold On To Yours (And I’ll Hold On To Mine) / Billy Joe Shaver / Freedom’s Child / 3:25
Harridan Of Yore / Graham Parker & The Figgs / For A Decade Of Sin: 11 Years Of Bloodshot Records / 3:41
Love Never Knows / Bonnie Bishop / Soft To The Touch / 4:45
Marie Marie / The Blasters / Trouble Bound / 3:55
When I Drink I Cheat / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 2:42
Hard Times / Watermelon Slim / Watermelon Slim & The Workers / 4:17
Satisfied Mind / Ben Harper & The Blind Boys Of Alabama / There Will Be A Light / 3:15
A Girl Like You / Bucktown Kickback / Speakeasy / 4:59
God Been Good to Me / Mighty Walker Brothers / Eccentric Soul: Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal / 3:01
The No No / Those Fabulous Jokers / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 2:14
Matrimony / The Avett Brothers / Four Thieves Gone / 2:50

Recent Adds:
Under A Mountain / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 4:10
Good Friday / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 3:52
Nebakanezer / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 4:09
One Mirror Too Many / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 3:34
Blackberry / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 3:27
Girl From A Pawnshop / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 6:17
Bring On, Bring On / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 3:56
How Much For Your Wings? / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 3:28
Let Me Share The Ride / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 3:22
Better When You’re Not Alone / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 4:09
Growin’ Pain / Peter Wolf / Sleepless / 3:12
Nothing But The Wheel / Peter Wolf / Sleepless / 4:35
Never Like This Before / Peter Wolf / Sleepless / 3:21
Run Silent, Run Deep / Peter Wolf / Sleepless / 4:13
Homework / Peter Wolf / Sleepless / 2:39
Too Close Together / Peter Wolf / Sleepless / 2:24
Some Things You Don’t Want To Know / Peter Wolf / Sleepless / 2:31
Sleepless / Peter Wolf / Sleepless / 4:05
Pretty Polly / Creech Holler / With Signs Following / 3:51
Lester Ballard / Creech Holler / With Signs Following / 4:49
Country Blues / Creech Holler / With Signs Following / 3:05
The Gospel of Judas / Creech Holler / With Signs Following / 3:24
Black Mountain / Creech Holler / With Signs Following / 4:37
Misguided Angel / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 4:52
Blue Moon Revisited (Song For Elvis) / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 4:28
I Don’t Get It / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 4:34
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 5:25
To Love Is To Bury / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 5:16
200 More Miles / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 5:29
Dreaming My Dreams With You / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 4:31
Working On A Building / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 3:49
Sweet Jane / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 3:35
Walkin’ After Midnight / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 6:00
Wife Beater / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 3:34
The Tough Sell / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 3:41
The Living Bubba / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 5:55
Late For Church / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 5:26
Panties In Your Purse / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 4:36
Why Henry Drinks / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 4:14
18 Wheels Of Love / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 4:10
Steve McQueen / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 5:12
Sandwiches For The Road / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 6:33
I’ve Got To Have You / Sheila Jack / Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg / 3:36
Soul Side Of The Street / Roy & The Dew Drops / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 2:29
Turn Here / Eddie & Ernie / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 1:56
I’ll Stop Loving You / The Servicemen / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 2:23
I’m Just A Nobody / Freddy Love / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 2:37
Funky Freeze / Bobby Soul / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 2:42
Wish You’d Come Home / Dumas King / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 2:34
Soul Train / The Soulsetters / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 3:14
The No No / Those Fabulous Jokers / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 2:14
Self Service / The New Bloods / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 / 2:49
Magdelene / Guy Clark / Workbench Songs / 4:09
Tornado Time In Texas / Guy Clark / Workbench Songs / 3:27
Funny Bone / Guy Clark / Workbench Songs / 3:56
Exposé / Guy Clark / Workbench Songs / 2:19
Out In The Parkin’ Lot / Guy Clark / Workbench Songs / 4:51
Cinco De Mayo In Memphis / Guy Clark / Workbench Songs / 3:05
Analog Girl / Guy Clark / Workbench Songs / 3:35
Worry Is Gone / Guy Clark / Workbench Songs / 3:14

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Music Spotlight: Creech Holler

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Feb 102007
 


An interview with Jeff Zentner of Creech Holler featuring three tracks from their CD, With Signs Following.

Listen:
http://mp3.taprootradio.com/20070210-creech-holler.mp3

Links:
Creech Holler website: http://www.myspace.com/creechholler
Taproot review of With Signs Following
Rare video of Dock Boggs playing “Country Blues”

Legal:
The music performed on this podcast is copyright by Creech Holler and is used with permission.

The Taproot theme music is by Derek K. Miller of Pen Machine music at http://www.penmachine.com/

This podcast as a whole is a production of Taproot Radio and all rights are reserved.

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With Signs Following by Creech Holler

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Feb 102007
 


On their CD, With Signs Following, Creech Holler travels deep into Appalachians, deep into the American psyche, deep into the past and dig up traditional songs you’ve never heard of but you know are part of your heritage and channel them through a hard rock filter to transform them into something deep, gothic, and inspired. The only question is, inspired by what? What have these guys touched? Have these guys indeed been handling serpents and drinking poison? How else could they take such a perfectly innocent bluegrass song like Dock Boggs’ “Country Blues” and create something that comes out, well, kinda creepy? Other highlights on the CD include “Pretty Polly,” “Lester Ballard,” “The Gospel of Judas,” and “Black Mountain.”

Rotation 97

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Feb 102007
 

Taproot Radio
Rotation #97 – February 12, 2007
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Howdy,

This week was the week for discovering all those CDs from 2006 that probably would have made by Best of 2006 list if only I’d heard them in 2006. I finally got my ands on Bobby Bare Jr’s CD, The Longest Meow, and Tony Joe White’s 2006 release, Uncovered. I really liked The Longest Meow because it has a quirky perspective in the songs. I’m tempted to call them the They Might Be Giants of the alt.country scene. And Tony Joe White never fails to impress. He’s got a great ear for guitar riffs and like James Brown he has this rare ability to reduce a line of lyrics down to a grunt or growl and make it seem just right.

See below for links to recent reviews, the list of tracks that have been added to rotatio recently and this week’s focus tracks.

Enjoy!
Calvin

Recent Reviews:
Fireball by Shawn Camp
The Longest Meow by Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League
Cold, Cold World by Blaze Foley
Uncovered by Tony Joe White
Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods by Bill Kirchen

Recent Adds:
Old Man With Young Ideas / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 3:08
Bip Bam Thank You Mam / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 3:13
The Handwriting Is On The Wall / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 3:21
You’Ve Got The Papers(I’Ve Got The Man) / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 2:56
Lookin’ For A Lovin’ / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 3:03
You’Re More Than I Can Stand / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 3:05
Livin’ In, Lovin’ Out / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 2:56
If I Can’T See You / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 4:09
Heartaches / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 3:49
Be For Me / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 3:30
Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble To Me / Shawn Camp / Fireball / 3:34
The Way It Is / Shawn Camp / Fireball / 2:41
Waitin’ For The Day To Break / Shawn Camp / Fireball / 3:51
Hotwired / Shawn Camp / Fireball / 3:19
The Heart Bionic / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 3:17
Gun Show / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 3:31
Back To Blue / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 3:51
Sticky Chemical / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 2:54
Uh Wuh Oh / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 1:58
Demon Valley / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 4:11
Mayonaise Brain / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 3:11
Borrow Your Cape / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 5:24
Where Is My Mind / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 2:27
Stop Crying / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 4:31
No Goodwill Stores in Waikiki / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 3:10
Big Cheeseburgers and Good French Fries / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 2:44
Baby Can I Crawl Back to You? / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 2:08
Slow Boat to China / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 4:35
Election Day / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 2:13
Rainbows and Ridges / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 2:40
Christian Lady Talkin’ On a Bus / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 4:23
Faded Loves and Memories / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 3:28
Run For Cover / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:42
Not One Bad Thought (With Mark Knopfler) / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 5:35
Did Somebody Make A Fool (With Eric Clapton) / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:50
Louvelda (With J.J. Cale) / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 7:33
Shakin’ The Blues (With Waylon Jennings) / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 5:19
Rainy Night In Georgia / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 5:49
Baby, Don’t Look Down (With Michael McDonald) / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:48
Taking The Midnight Train / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:34
Keeper Of The Fire / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:50
Hammer Of The Honky Tonk Gods / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:25
Get A Little Goner / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:42
Skid Row In My Mind / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 4:21
Working Man / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:55
Truth Be Told / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:52
Devil With The Blue Dress / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 3:23
Heart Of Gold / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 3:44

This Week’s Focus Tracks:
Peddler In Babylon / Bobby Sichran / Peddler In Babylon / 3:33
Say Bye Bye / Clayton Laurence Cheek / Duke of Rural / 3:12
No More Love / Liz Melendez Band / Sweet Southern Soul / 3:26
Shoes / George Soule / Take A Ride / 3:00
Mercy Mercy / Devon Allman’s Honeytribe / Torch / 2:45
Blue Hotel / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 3:31
Know What I’m Sayin’ / Big Shanty / Ride With The Wind / 4:27
Emotions / Mark Smilor / WanderLust / 3:20
Ootischenia / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 3:20
Cassoulet / Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown / Down South…In The Bayou Country / 3:20
Big City Lights / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 3:24
Like I Never Will Again / Joey Allcorn / 50 Years Too Late / 3:01
Payin’ The Price / The Two Timin’ Three / Payin’ The Price / 2:01
Does My Ring Burn Your Finger / Solomon Burke / Nashville / 3:45
The Levee’s Gonna Break / Bob Dylan / Modern Times / 5:43
Turn This Car Around / Tom Petty / Highway Companion / 3:58
The Weight of Guilt / Lucero / Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers / 3:12
Riot in My Heart / James Hunter / People Gonna Talk / 4:16
Unhinged / Drams / Jubilee Dive / 4:37
What A Man / Linda Lyndell / Soul Sides: Volume One / 2:42

Last Week’s Focus Tracks:
Tattered And Torn / Tom Eure / Back Woods / 4:01
Queen of Hearts Has Disappeared / Big Shanty and The Polk Street Blues Band / World of Trouble / 5:34
Mini Skirt / Performers / Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label / 2:22
Death’s Black Train / Gob Iron / Death Songs For The Living / 3:47
Hard Enuff / Blue Plate Special / Can You Dig It / 3:20
Sanguine / The Avett Brothers / The Gleam / 3:33
Who You Be / Bobby Sichran / Peddler In Babylon / 2:32
Bye Bye Chicago / Clayton Laurence Cheek / Duke of Rural / 3:37
Sweet Southern Soul / Liz Melendez Band / Sweet Southern Soul / 4:10
Something Went Right / George Soule / Take A Ride / 3:24
Why You Wanna Bring Me Down / Devon Allman’s Honeytribe / Torch / 2:52
Songbird / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 2:40
Write It Down / Mark Smilor / WanderLust / 4:05
Lonely Man / Bob Margolin / In North Carolina / 2:30
A Thousand Tiny Pieces / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 3:45
Folks Back Home / Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown / Down South…In The Bayou Country / 3:23
James River Blues / Old Crow Medicine Show / Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Iron World / 3:06
Lonely Town / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 4:06
Honey Where’s The Money Gone / Solomon Burke / Nashville / 3:27
Thunder On The Mountain / Bob Dylan / Modern Times / 5:55

DJ/Promo Tracks:
Things I Didn’t Say / Bobby Bare Jr. / From The End of Your Leash / 2:16
Black Cadillac / Rosanne Cash / Black Cadillac / 3:45
Elvis Presley Blues / Gillian Welch / KGSR Broadcasts Volume 12 / 4:50
Let Me Be Your Fool / Two Dollar Pistols / On Down The Track / 3:21
Born On The Bayou / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Bayou Country / 5:15
Cocaine Blues / Johnny Cash / Murder / 2:49
(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone / Aretha Franklin / The Very Best / 2:26
In State / Kathleen Edwards / Back To Me / 3:56
Sooner or Later / Marah / If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry / 3:53
I Love You / Asie Payton / Oxford American 2000 / 2:42

Backfill:
Blood Of The Ram / The Gourds / Blood Of The Ram / 4:40
Blue Eyes / The International Submarine Band / Safe At Home / 2:50
By and By / The Brothers In The Kitchen / Bring It Back Alive / 3:01
Chain Gang / Choosy Beggars / Choosy Beggars / 4:39
Clodhopper / Legendary Shack Shakers / Cockadoodledon’t / 2:40
Cowboy Peyton Place / Doug Sahm / No Depression: What It Sounds Like, Vol. 1 / 4:44
Don’t Speak In English / Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez with Will Taylor And Strings Attached / KGSR

Broadcasts Volume 12 / 3:40
Get Real / The Mountain Firework Company / A Rough Guide To Feeling Rough / 3:22
Goin’ Goin’ Gone / Old 97’s / Wreck Your Life / 3:54
Guitar For Sale / Atomic 7 / …Gowns By Edith Head / 1:58
I Can Get Off On You / Willie Nelson / Willie & Family Live / 2:08
I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock & Roll) / Nick Lowe / Basher -The Best of Nick Lowe / 4:26
I Wanna Hold Yer Hand / Lenny Federal / Known On The Underground / 3:49
Inside Out / PK Dwyer / Healed / 2:19
King of California / Dave Alvin / King of California / 4:51
Mabellene / Johnny Paycheck / 16 Biggest Hits / 2:19
Paper Wings / Gillian Welch / Revival / 3:57
Prisoner Of Love / James Brown / The Best Of James Brown / 2:23
Those Three Days / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 2] / 5:02
Two Hearts / The Jayhawks / Tomorrow The Green Grass / 3:22

Archive:
Sugar / Annie Gallup / Half Of My Crime / 2:35
If You Don’t Love Me, Would You Fool Me Good? / Precious Bryant / Blues Came To Georgia / 1:33
Freedom’s Child / Billy Joe Shaver / Freedom’s Child / 3:47
The Heart of Dixie / Tricia Walker / Oxford American 2001 / 4:03
Alligator Chomp / Shooter Jennings / Electric Rodeo / 3:10
Tattered And Torn / Tom Eure / Back Woods / 4:01
Perfect World / Devon Allman’s Honeytribe / Torch / 3:36
Poor Little Critter On The Road / Trailer Bride / Poor Little Knitter On The Road / 1:39
Midnight Communion / Delbert McClinton / Cost Of Living / 4:10
What’s That Say About Love / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 2:55
Bears / Lyle Lovett / Step Inside This House (Disc 1) / 3:04
Tall Trees / Dave Alvin / Blackjack David / 4:54
Everything Goes Black / Kenny Roby / The Mercy Filter / 3:58
Famous Flower of Manhattan / The Avett Brothers / Four Thieves Gone / 3:52
Be Ever Mine / Art Grayson / Nashville’s Got The Beat / 2:24
Pachuco Hop / Joe King Carrasco / Bandido Rock / 3:08
Sequin / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / 2:46
Don’t Quit The One You Love For Me / Anson Funderburgh & Sam Myers / Get The Blues! / 3:43
Masterpiece / Clarence Reid / Soul Sides: Volume One / 2:54
Space City / Drive-By Truckers / A Blessing And A Curse / 4:48
You Think You’re Hot Stuff / Jean Knight / Stax 1968-1971 #9 / 2:29
Zacatecas / The Iguanas / Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart / 3:45
Rock Back Billy / John Hiatt / Stolen Moments / 3:52
How I Love Them Old Songs (F/Mark Olson, Victoria Williams & Friends) / Hole Dozen, The / No Depression:

What It Sounds Like, Vol. 1 / 5:41
Army Blues / Riptones / Buckshot / 2:40
Oh Baby Doll / Chuck Berry / The Definitive Collection / 2:38
Good News Blues / Billy Joe Shaver / Restless Wind: The Legendary Billy Joe Shaver 1973-1987 / 2:57
Jericho / The Turnstiles / Step Right Up / 3:49
I’m Goin’ Home / Choosy Beggars / See The Lovers Right On Time / 2:59
King Of The World / Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash / Mile Markers / 2:40
Well Alright / Choosy Beggars / See The Lovers Right On Time / 2:27
Time Will Tell / The Black Crowes / The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion / 4:05
Payin’ The Price / The Two Timin’ Three / Payin’ The Price / 2:01
A Kiss Before I Go / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / Jacksonville City Nights / 2:05
Dead Wrong / Delbert McClinton / Cost Of Living / 2:02
It’s Worth Anything / Earl Gaines / Nashville’s Got The Beat / 2:37
Give Me Flowers While I’m Living / Knitters / The Modern Sounds of … The Knitters / 2:14
Look at Me / Cross Canadian Ragweed / Highway 377 / 3:59
The No No / Those Fabulous Jokers / The Soul Side Of The Street – The Hadley Murrell Story: 1964-1972 /

2:14
Lonesome Moon / Steep Canyon Rangers / Steep Canyon Rangers / 2:58
Red / Tres Chicas / Bloom, Red and the Ordinary Girl / 2:17
Cold Roses / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / Cold Roses / 4:36
Queen of Hearts Has Disappeared / Big Shanty and The Polk Street Blues Band / World of Trouble / 5:34
Midnight Dream / Hacienda Brothers / What’s Wrong With Right / 4:09
Floyd’s Guitar Blues / Bob Margolin / In North Carolina / 2:06
Bye Bye Chicago / Clayton Laurence Cheek / Duke of Rural / 3:37
Hot Smoke And Sassafras / Bubble Puppy / 2005 Oxford American CD / 2:35
Listen To The Music [Single Version] / The Doobie Brothers / Greatest Hits / 3:26
Down to Zero / Bettye LaVette / I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise / 3:10
Polecat / Ray Wylie Hubbard / Snake Farm / 4:22
Luck In My Eyes / k.d. lang / Reintarnation / 4:03
Mercy / Po’ Girl / Vagabond Lullabies / 4:56
Polk Salad Annie / Tony Joe White / The Best Of Tony Joe White (Featuring Polk Salad Annie) / 3:42
I’ll Drop Everything And Come Running / Candi Staton / The Ultimate Fame Years Collection / 2:41
Abilene / Dave Alvin / Blackjack David / 4:57
House On The Lake / Rosanne Cash / Black Cadillac / 3:31
Bad Moon Rising / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Chronicle, Vol. 1 / 2:20
Ride / Robert Earl Keen / What I Really Mean / 3:42
Ramblin And Movin On / The Youngers / Output / 4:36
If Love Was A Train / Michelle Shocked / Short Sharp Shocked / 4:07
I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better / Tom Petty / Full Moon Fever / 2:51
County Orange / The Gourds / Best Of The Boots 2004 #2 / 2:47
It’s A Bloody Life / Michael Powers / Prodigal Son / 3:20
What Are You Doin’ In My Life? / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Damn The Torpedoes / 3:27
Things I Didn’t Say / Bobby Bare Jr. / From The End of Your Leash / 2:16
Black Cadillac / Rosanne Cash / Black Cadillac / 3:45
Elvis Presley Blues / Gillian Welch / KGSR Broadcasts Volume 12 / 4:50
Let Me Be Your Fool / Two Dollar Pistols / On Down The Track / 3:21
Born On The Bayou / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Bayou Country / 5:15
Cocaine Blues / Johnny Cash / Murder / 2:49
(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone / Aretha Franklin / The Very Best / 2:26
In State / Kathleen Edwards / Back To Me / 3:56
Sooner or Later / Marah / If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry / 3:53
I Love You / Asie Payton / Oxford American 2000 / 2:42

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Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods by Bill Kirchen

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Feb 092007
 


The title track of Bill Kirchen’s latest CD, Hammer of The Honky Tonk Gods, sounds like a honky tonk song but it’s really a mythic story abut the invention of the Telecaster, and yes, Johnny Cash is one of the Titans. It’s a fitting opener for a man known over the years for his guitar technique. And as Kirchin moves from moves from honky tonk, to singer/songwriter jazz, to swing you realize that roots rock doesn’t get any better than this.

Taproot Tracks
Hammer Of The Honky Tonk Gods
Get A Little Goner
Skid Row In My Mind
Working Man
Truth Be Told
Devil With The Blue Dress
Heart Of Gold

Uncovered by Tony Joe White

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Feb 092007
 


Based on how he is promoting is latest CD, Uncovered, Tony Joe White seems to insist on calling his music rock, and I guess it qualifies as slow burning swamp rock with enough smoke to keep the mosqitoes mile away. Like the best James Brown songs, sometimes the only lyric needed is a grunt here and there. Like a good jam, band the lyrics seem to be largely framing devices for the guitar riffs. And so it’s not surprising to see a string of guest appearnaces on the CD including Michael McDonald, Waylon Jennings, J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton, and Mark Knopfler.

Taproot Tracks:
(Ok, basically, I loved them all except for one)
Run For Cover
Not One Bad Thought (With Mark Knopfler)
Did Somebody Make A Fool (With Eric Clapton)
Louvelda (With J.J. Cale)
Shakin’ The Blues (With Waylon Jennings)
Rainy Night In Georgia
Baby, Don’t Look Down (With Michael McDonald)
Taking The Midnight Train
Keeper Of The Fire