The Queen Alone by Carla Thomas

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Apr 302007
 


On this reissue of Carla Thomas’ classic 1969 release, The Queen Alone, we get to hear her voice at its best. It still has a tinge of that little girl sound that she made famous during the early Stax days, but at the same time, this is the full strong voice of a woman completely in charge of herself and her music. Most of the songs are classic soul tunes but you also get some of the more pop-oriented stuff she did during those days. Highlights for me include “Something Good (Is Gonna Happen To You)” and “Same Thing.”

III by Two Cow Garage

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Apr 302007
 


Just when you thought southern rock couldn’t get any harder, here comes Ohio based Two Cow Garage to up the ante in the hit-you-in-the-frontal-lobes genre of Rock. Their latest CD just goes by the Roman number III, I guess because when the music hits this hard, it doesn’t really need a name. It just speaks for itself. Highlights include “Come Back To Shelby,” “Now I Know,” and “Cammo Jacket.”

The Search by Son Volt

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Apr 302007
 

Jay Farrar continues his quest to blend trippy new age-ish sounding electronica with down home twanginess of alt.country. While past attempts at this were disappointing to say the least (See the CD Sebastapol), but on the latest Son Volt CD, The Search, they hit the right balance. We still hear Farrar’s Neil Young styled vocals and fuzzy electric guitar work against a backdrop of mild-buzz psychedelia which creates a new prism for his soulful american angst. But fear not, this is not a weepy ntrospective CD. It’s plenty full of americana anthems. Highlights are the title track, “The Search”, “Sattelite”, and “Methamphetamine.”

Last of the Breed

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Apr 302007
 


Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price have produced a two disc set coering classic country tunes and who better to deliver them the way they’re supposed to be done than these three? These songs may come across feeling a little bit out of time, but they hold up well and you’ll be thinking to yourself, “Why don’t they write songs like this anymore?” Highlights for me include covers of Lefty Frizell’s “Mom and Dad’s Waltz,” Leon Payne’s “Lost Highway” and “I Love You Because,” and Jesse Ashlock’s “Still Water Runs The Deepest.” But the two CD disc set is full of gems.

Rotation 108

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Apr 282007
 

Taproot Radio
Rotation #108 – April 30, 2007
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Howdy,

Taproot Radio is in a soul diva groove these days. Etta James, Ann Peebles, and Ruthie Foster are all on the rotation this week. I just received the new Carla Thomas CD a couple of days ago so I’ll be working her music into the soul collection as well.

Don’t forget to check out the Taproot exclusive track “You’re To Thank” from The Gravy Boys upcoming CD release, Working The Angels For Handouts.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

This Week’s Focus Tracks:
Heal Yourself / Ruthie Foster / The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster / 4:32
Miss You / Ann Peebles / Brand New Classics / 4:39
Tough Lover / Etta James / Gold / 2:10
Poison / Grayson Capps / Wail & Ride / 3:22
Tell Me You Love M / The Silos / Come On Like The Fast Lane / 3:19
King Harvest / Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemaker / Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band / 4:03
Angel / Lamont Skylark / High Wire / 4:51
Keep This Devil Down / A Brokeheart Pro / The Kitten Next Door / 3:33
Ain’t No Train Outta Nashville / Pete Berwick / Ain’t No Train Outta Nashville / 3:11
Story Ends / The Brass Uncle Band / Three Mobtown Gallons / 4:21
Voodoo Train / The Javelinas / Dirtbath / 2:11
Tragic / Mofro / Country Ghetto / 3:30
Old Mountain Line / Po’ Girl / Home To You / 4:30
Where Is My Love? / Lucinda Williams / West / 5:22
Skid Row In My Mind / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 4:21
Where Is My Mind / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 2:27
Rainy Day Blues / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 5:32
Ootischenia / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 3:20
Hard As Hell / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 3:19
Rainbows and Ridges / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 2:40

Last Week’s Focus Tracks:
The Handwriting is On the Wall / Ann Peebles / Brand New Classics / 4:15
Good Rockin’ Daddy / Etta James / Gold / 2:24
Give It To Me / Grayson Capps / Wail & Ride / 2:04
Fall On Your Knees / The Silos / Come On Like The Fast Lane / 4:39
Rag Mama Rag / Blues Traveler / Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band / 3:18
Birds / Lamont Skylark / High Wire / 5:20
Kitten Next Door / A Brokeheart Pro / The Kitten Next Door / 3:25
That Girl on Tangerine Road / Kris Hollis Key / West Of Texas / 3:48
I Ain’t Him / Pete Berwick / Ain’t No Train Outta Nashville / 3:27
Moonshiner / The Brass Uncle Band / Three Mobtown Gallons / 4:11
Houston / The Javelinas / Dirtbath / 3:35
Country Ghetto / Mofro / Country Ghetto / 4:02
Home To You / Po’ Girl / Home To You / 3:46
Everything Has Changed / Lucinda Williams / West / 3:38
Get A Little Goner / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:42
Keeper Of The Fire / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:50
Borrow Your Cape / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The

Longest Meow / 5:24
Stella Blue / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 6:23
For The Turnstiles / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 4:27
Shake It Off / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 2:44

DJ/Promo Tracks:
Sunne Days / No Fixed Abode / Clearwater / 3:34
Hollow World / The Very Girls / Elsewhere Bound / 4:06
100 Proof Woman / Petrella / 100 Proof Woman / 2:37
I’ll Sing A Love Song To You / Candi Staton / His Hands / 4:42
Let Me Be Your Fool / Two Dollar Pistols / On Down The Track / 3:21
Immigrant’s Bed / Choosy Beggars / Choosy Beggars / 3:38
Dust My Broom / Elmore James / Shake Your Moneymaker – The Best of the Fire

Sessions / 2:55
Talkin’ Born Blues / Deadstring Brothers / Starving Winter Report / 4:22
Soulful Garage / Southern Culture On The Skids / Mojo Box / 3:33
Scratch Card Sally / Jon Shain / Home Before Long / 3:24

Backfill:
Shake and Fingerpop / Junior Walker & The All Stars / Ultimate Collection / 2:44
Rollers Rip / The Cogburns / Pay Up Sucker / 2:47
Promises / Eric Clapton / Time Pieces – The Best Of Eric Clapton / 3:00
Money’s Moving Up / Nancy McCallion / Nancy McCallion / 3:46
Try Me / James Brown / The Best Of James Brown / 2:34
Wheel Inside The Wheel / Mary Gauthier / Mercy Now / 6:34
Sweet Jane / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 3:35
Please Tell Me You Love Me / Asie Payton / Worried / 2:50
Hollywood Bed / The Blasters / Trouble Bound / 4:13
Deep As Your Pocket / Tres Chicas / Sweetwater / 2:40
Harvest Moon / Neil Young / Neil Young Greatest Hits / 5:03
Shake Your Hips / Legendary Shack Shakers / Cockadoodledon’t / 4:50
Cash Me In / Choosy Beggars / Carolina Roadkill: NC Alt-Country #2 / 4:11
If It Takes All Night / Jake Brennan And The Confidence Men / Love And Bombs /

3:07
You’re Mine Tonight / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet /

5:48
Silk Hope Road / Trailer Bride / Hope Is A Thing With Feathers / 3:03
Cry / Ray Charles / Anthology / 3:32
Blessed With Happiness / Geraint Watkins / Dial ‘w’ For Watkins / 4:05
This Little Ring / Solomon Burke / If You Need Me – Rock ‘n’ Soul / 2:35
Do Your Duty / Candi Staton / The Ultimate Fame Years Collection / 2:31

Archive:
Scarlet / Mark Lemhouse / The Great American Yard Sale / 3:19
In The Middle Of A Heartache / Rosie Flores / Hard-Headed Woman / 2:38
Nobody But You / Asie Payton / Worried / 4:28
Green Apples / Po’ Girl / Home To You / 5:15
Crooked Woman / Edd Henry / Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label / 2:54
Good Golly Miss Molly / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Bayou Country / 2:44
Down & Out / Randy Rogers / Rollercoaster / 4:03
Cryin’ For My Baby / The Blasters / Trouble Bound / 5:26
Pick It Up, Lay It in The Cut / Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings / Dap-Dippin’ With…

/ 4:07
Miss Maybelle / Burnside, R.L. / Oxford American 2003 (#6) / 3:17
A Town Too Fast For Your Blues / Mark Pickerel And His Praying Hands / Snake in

the Radio / 2:34
High Head Blues / The Black Crowes / Amorica. / 4:01
Fist City / Loretta Lynn / Honky Tonk Girl (Disc 2) / 2:14
Wish I Hadn’t Stayed So Long / Hayes Carll / Little Rock / 3:44
Heap Of People / Dee Brown / Nashville’s Got The Beat / 4:33
Forest Fire / Mark Pickerel And His Praying Hands / Snake in the Radio / 5:11
The House That Jack Built / Bonnie Bishop / Soft To The Touch / 4:56
I’ll Drop Everything And Come Running / Candi Staton / The Ultimate Fame Years

Collection / 2:41
Pilgrim’s Progress / Kris Kristofferson / This Old Road / 2:14
On My Sweet Carolina / Portastatic / Songs For Sixty Five Roses / 3:51
Hard Luck And Trouble / The Brass Uncle Band / Three Mobtown Gallons / 3:52
$800 / PK Dwyer / Blues Guy Now / 2:54
I Will Walk With You / The Resentments / Switcheroo / 2:49
White Honey / Graham Parker & The Rumour / Graham Parker Ultimate Collection /

3:35
Hearts Break / Slaid Cleaves / Wishbones / 3:18
Pray For Day / Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos / Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse / 4:35
It’s Me / k.d. lang / Reintarnation / 2:20
Chain Gang / Choosy Beggars / Choosy Beggars / 4:39
Break My Heart / The Judybats / Oxford American 2000 / 2:44
He’s a Bad Boy / Carole King / Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found (One Kiss Can Lead

to Another) / 2:24
My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It / Van Morrison / Pay The Devil / 2:22
Long Chain On / Knitters / The Modern Sounds of … The Knitters / 4:10
Abilene / Dave Alvin / Blackjack David / 4:57
Abilene / Dave Alvin / Blackjack David / 4:57
Checking Out / Langhorne Slim / When The Sun’s Gone Down / 2:48
A Living Hell / The Bottle Rockets / For A Decade Of Sin: 11 Years Of Bloodshot

Records / 3:42
For The Good Times / Lloyd Cole & Jill Sobule / The Pilgrim – A Celebration Of

Kris Kristofferson / 3:27
Mamma’s Favorite / Guy Forsyth / Love Songs: For And Against / 4:04
Ramblin’ Rose / Tom Eure / Back Woods / 4:37
The Closer / Marah / If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry / 2:44
Somethin’ In The Water / Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers / Pandelirium / 2:48
Dark And Weary World / South Austin Jug Band / Dark And Weary World / 5:01
Dear Head On The Wall / Charlie Sexton / Por Vida: A Tribute To The Songs Of

Alejandro Escovedo / 3:50
Maybe You Heard / Todd Snider / The Pilgrim – A Celebration Of Kris Kristofferson

/ 3:30
Empty Bed Blues / Bessie Smith / Members Edition / 6:18
Goin’ Goin’ Gone / Old 97’s / Wreck Your Life / 3:54
Hole in the Ground / Iggy Yoakam And His Famous Pogo Ponies / For a Life of Sin: A

Compilation of Insurgent Chicago Country / 4:13
Snake Drive / Eric Clapton / Blues Guitar Heaven / 2:28
No Goodwill Stores in Waikiki / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 3:10
Hearts Break / Slaid Cleaves / Wishbones / 3:18
42 Miles / Cross Canadian Ragweed / Highway 377 / 3:13
Two Hearts / The Jayhawks / Tomorrow The Green Grass / 3:22
Worried Life / Asie Payton / Worried / 4:05
The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) / Etta James / Gold / 2:58
Baby Love / Marah / Let’s Cut The Crap And Hook Up Later On Tonight / 1:52
Easy (As Falling Apart) / Kelly Willis / Easy / 4:12
Goodbye Johnnty B. Goode / Macavine Hayes / Drinkhouse / 3:48
Watch & Chain / James Hunter / People Gonna Talk / 3:19
For Ol’ Times Sake / Tony Joe White / The Best Of Tony Joe White (Featuring Polk

Salad Annie) / 3:48
South Of Nowhere / Po’ Girl / Vagabond Lullabies / 2:50
Cassoulet / Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown / Down South…In The Bayou Country / 3:20
Wired Ole Gal / The Gourds / Blood Of The Ram / 2:17

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Taproot Rotation 107

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Apr 212007
 

Taproot Radio
Rotation #107 – April 23, 2007
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Howdy,

This week I continue my focus on Etta James by including her “Good Rockin’ Daddy” in rotation. Also be sure to listed three up and coming bands, The Javelinas, The Brass Uncle Band, and Peter Berwick.

Enjoy!
Calvin

This Week’s Focus Tracks:
The Handwriting is On the Wall / Ann Peebles / Brand New Classics / 4:15
Good Rockin’ Daddy / Etta James / Gold / 2:24
Give It To Me / Grayson Capps / Wail & Ride / 2:04
Fall On Your Knees / The Silos / Come On Like The Fast Lane / 4:39
Rag Mama Rag / Blues Traveler / Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band / 3:18
Birds / Lamont Skylark / High Wire / 5:20
Kitten Next Door / A Brokeheart Pro / The Kitten Next Door / 3:25
That Girl on Tangerine Road / Kris Hollis Key / West Of Texas / 3:48
I Ain’t Him / Pete Berwick / Ain’t No Train Outta Nashville / 3:27
Moonshiner / The Brass Uncle Band / Three Mobtown Gallons / 4:11
Houston / The Javelinas / Dirtbath / 3:35
Country Ghetto / Mofro / Country Ghetto / 4:02
Home To You / Po’ Girl / Home To You / 3:46
Everything Has Changed / Lucinda Williams / West / 3:38
Get A Little Goner / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:42
Keeper Of The Fire / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:50
Borrow Your Cape / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 5:24
Stella Blue / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 6:23
For The Turnstiles / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 4:27
Shake It Off / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 2:44

Last Week’s Focus Tracks:
Long Desert Highway / Kris Hollis Key / West Of Texas / 4:00
Dark Red And Loud / A Brokeheart Pro / The Kitten Next Door / 4:55
School Days / No Fixed Abode / Clearwater / 4:01
Birds / Lamont Skylark / High Wire / 5:20
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down / The Allman Brothers Band / Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band / 5:03
Behind Me Now / The Silos / Come On Like The Fast Lane / 3:54
Wail & Ride / Grayson Capps / Wail & Ride / 3:47
The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) / Etta James / Gold / 2:58
Walk Away / Ann Peebles / Brand New Classics / 5:08
Six Pack Town / Pete Berwick / Ain’t No Train Outta Nashville / 4:41
Hard Luck And Trouble / The Brass Uncle Band / Three Mobtown Gallons / 3:52
Hero Of The Underground / The Javelinas / Dirtbath / 2:34
Tragic / Mofro / Country Ghetto / 3:30
Green Apples / Po’ Girl / Home To You / 5:15
Unsuffer Me / Lucinda Williams / West / 5:40
Hammer Of The Honky Tonk Gods / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:25
Taking The Midnight Train / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:34
Hallelujah / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 4:53
A Thousand Tiny Pieces / The Be Good Tanyas / Hello Love / 3:45
Big City Lights / Honky Tonk Disciples / Kickin’ Up Dust / 3:24

DJ/Promo Tracks:
What Did I Do / No Fixed Abode / Clearwater / 3:33
Roundtrip Kiss / The Very Girls / Elsewhere Bound / 3:20
The Glory Of Love / Petrella / 100 Proof Woman / 3:31
Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie / Bill Haley & His Comets / 20th Century Masters: The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets: The Millennium Collection /

2:21
Sparrows and Sparrows / Malcolm Holcombe / Not Forgotten / 2:47
She’s Got Haggar Party Slacks / Atomic 7 / …Gowns By Edith Head / 2:14
Easy As The Rain / The Little Willies / The Little Willies / 3:15
Cocaine Blues / Johnny Cash / Murder / 2:49
This Old Town (People In This Town) / The Staple Singers / Be Altitude: Respect Yourself / 4:43
Luck In My Eyes / k.d. lang / Reintarnation / 4:03

Backfill:
Be For Me / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 3:30
Marina Takes Her Aim / Kevin Gordon / Down To The Well / 4:30
Dreaming My Dreams With You / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 4:31
Cinco De Mayo In Memphis / Guy Clark / Workbench Songs / 3:05
American Dreams / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 2] / 5:23
I’m Not You Regular Woman / Lucille Mathis / Nashville’s Got The Beat / 1:54
No Particular Place To Go / Chuck Berry / The Definitive Collection / 2:44
Sweet Li’l / The Gourds / Best Of The Boots 2004 #2 / 3:30
Tennessee Fire / The Silos / Cuba / 5:36
Overtime / Willie Nelson / It Will Always Be / 3:45
Hole in the Ground / Iggy Yoakam And His Famous Pogo Ponies / For a Life of Sin: A Compilation of Insurgent Chicago Country / 4:13
Quiet Man / John Prine / John Prine / 2:52
Blue Moon Revisited (Song For Elvis) / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 4:28
Don’t Set Me Free / Ray Charles / Anthology / 2:38
Speak Of The Devil / Chris Isaak / Speak Of The Devil / 3:30
Dear Old Southland / Dr. John / N’awlinz: Dis, Dat Or D’Udda / 2:41
There’s A Black Horse / John Doe / Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet / 2:21
Theme From “The Cheaters” / Southern Culture On The Skids / Plastic Seat Sweat / 3:05
Tear My Stillhouse Down / Gillian Welch / Revival / 4:32
Who Would Know / Joe Henry / Kindness Of The World / 4:24

Archive:
He Made A Woman Out Of Me / Bettye LaVette / Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart / 2:35
Lonesome Teardrops / The Backsliders / Throwin’ Rocks At The Moon / 3:01
When The Saints Go Marching In / Dr. John / N’awlinz: Dis, Dat Or D’Udda / 4:52
Come Home Blues / Mark Pickerel And His Praying Hands / Snake in the Radio / 3:48
Empty Bed Blues / Bessie Smith / Members Edition / 6:18
The Heart You Left Behind / The Flatlanders / More A Legend Than A Band / 2:21
Hard Times / Gob Iron / Death Songs For The Living / 3:38
Bus To Baton Rouge / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 2] / 6:26
Get Old W/U / Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers / Caution: Falling Boogie / 4:30
Some Kind Of Wonderful / Joss Stone / The Soul Sessions / 3:56
Ten Second News / Son Volt / Trace / 3:57
Hole in the Ground / Iggy Yoakam And His Famous Pogo Ponies / For a Life of Sin: A Compilation of Insurgent Chicago Country / 4:13
If Only You Were Mine / The Two Dollar Pistols & Tift Merrit / The Two Dollar Pistols With Tift Merritt / 3:47
The El / Rhett Miller / The Instigator / 3:09
Broken Whiskey Glass / Jason & The Nashville Scorchers / Reckless Country Soul / 2:21
The Rescue Blues / Ryan Adams / Gold / 3:38
Yesterday’s Wine / Willie Nelson / Wanted: The Outlaws / 3:00
Working Man’s Zydeco / The Bluerunners / Honey Slides / 2:01
All Over Again / Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings / Soul Sides: Volume One / 4:38
How Does It Feel / Bobby Womack / Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers / 2:23
Stolen Moments / John Hiatt / Stolen Moments / 4:12
Funky Broadway / Wilson Pickett / ARB 6: 1965-1967 / 2:36
Easy As The Rain / The Little Willies / The Little Willies / 3:15
I Had To Laugh / Johnny A. / KGSR Broadcasts Volume 12 / 3:56
No One In The World / Hideaway / The Wiskey Tango Sessions / 3:14
Sequin / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / 2:46
Voila, An American Dream / Guy Clark / Craftsman (Disc 1) / 3:48
Oh Atlanta / Little Feat / KGSR Broadcasts Volume 12 / 4:49
Wonder Woman / Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint / The River In Reverse / 3:08
Truth Be Told / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:52
Ghost Of A Girl / The Bluerunners / Honey Slides / 3:57
Here To Take My Rest / Choosy Beggars / See The Lovers Right On Time / 3:28
City of Dreams / Marah / If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry / 2:56
Walkin On My Dreams / Hacienda Brothers / This Is Americana Volume 2 / 3:39
American Music / The Blasters / Live: Going Home / 4:44
Mouth Almighty / Elvis Costello & The Attractions / Punch The Clock [Disc 1] / 3:05
Overtime / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 1] / 4:16
The Day John Henry Died / Drive-By Truckers / The Dirty South / 3:48
The Change Is In The City / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / 3:06
Don’t Make Me Dream About You / Chris Isaak / Heart Shaped World / 3:33
Get A Little Goner / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 2:42
Bobcat Tracks / Old Crow Medicine Show / Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Iron World / 3:03
Mr. Betty / The Gourds / Heavy Ornamentals / 2:52
Goin’ Down / Michael Powers / Prodigal Son / 3:46
50 Years Too Late / Joey Allcorn / 50 Years Too Late / 2:52
She Does Everything for Me / We The People / Oxford American 2006 Sampler / 2:08
Down Home Girl / Old Crow Medicine Show / Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Iron World / 3:47
The Liver / Kenny Roby / The Mercy Filter / 3:25
Green Apples / Po’ Girl / Home To You / 5:15
You Drive Me Crazy / The Grand Prixx / Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label / 2:09
Pizzeria / Marah / 20,000 Streets Under The Sky / 3:21
Zacatecas / The Iguanas / Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart / 3:45
Wicked Man / Ben Harper & The Blind Boys Of Alabama / There Will Be A Light / 3:33
License To Kill / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Bob Dylan The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration / 4:53
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alrightt / Eric Clapton / Bob Dylan The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration / 6:09
Love Whip / Reverend Horton Heat / Holy Roller / 3:44
Soul of a Man / Irma Thomas / After The Rain / 3:01
Stone Love Song / Tres Chicas / Bloom, Red and the Ordinary Girl / 4:25
It’s Me / k.d. lang / Reintarnation / 2:20
One More Time / Ian Hunter / Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo / 4:14
Know What I’m Sayin’ / Big Shanty / Ride With The Wind / 4:27
High Time / Paul Westerberg / Besterberg: The Best Of Paul Westerberg / 3:02
You Think You’re Hot Stuff / Jean Knight / Stax 1968-1971 #9 / 2:29
Things I Didn’t Say / Bobby Bare Jr. / From The End of Your Leash / 2:16
Bettin’ On The Blues / Kenny Roby / The Mercy Filter / 4:07

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Taproot Top 10 for April 2007

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Apr 152007
 

The Taproot Top 10 for April 2007:

01 Willie Nelson: Songbird
02 The Be Good Tanyas: Hello Love
03 Bill Kirchen: Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods
04 Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League: The Longest Meow
05 Tony Joe White: Uncovered
06 Gob Iron: Death Songs For The Living
07 Honky Tonk Disciples: Kickin’ Up Dust
08 Greg Brown: The Evening Call
09 Ray LaMontagne: Till The Sun Turns Black
10 George Soule: Take A Ride

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Recent Adds

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Apr 152007
 

I’ve been catching up on a back log of CDs that have come into the station over the past few weeks. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to review them all, but wanted to share with you some upcoming CDs you’ll be hearing in rotation.

Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band
Tributes to one of the bands that started the country-rock corss over revolution. Some favorites on this one are Guster performing “Wheels on Fire,” Gomez performing “Up Cripple Creek,” and Bruce Hornsby’s cover of “King Harvest.”

Come On Like The Fast Lane by The Silos
Big rock sound from the one of the pioneering acts in alt.country. Highlights for me were the opener “Behind Me Now” and “Days Gone By.”

The Phemonenal Ruthe Foster by Ruthie Foster
She’s often compared to a young Aretha Franklin. She’s got that gospel vibe in everything she does, whether its a blues number or something more modern. Highlights for me are “Heal Yourself” and “Phenomenal Woman.” She also does a great cover of Lucinda Williams’ “Fruits of myLabor.”

The Gospel of the Blues by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
She made a name for herself in the 40’s and 50’s by being one of the most exuberant and inspiring gospel singers of her day and like Otis Redding and Solomon Burke she shicked her gospel followers by taking the gospel sound out of the church and into the nght club, creating what became soul music. On this CD, she gets back to her gospel roots with songs like “This Train,” “Trouble In Mind,” and “Shout Sister Shout.”

Too Far To Care by The Old 97’s
Many say this 1997 release was the break through CD for the Old 97’s and it’s true that just about every track on this CD is a winner for the alt.country bad boys. “Time Bomb” and “Barrier Reef” are two stand outs, but it’s all good.

Gold by Etta James
Some call her the femal version of Ray Charles, which I think is completely unfair because her voice is unique and captivating. This two CD complilation of her best work as so many great tracks on it I don’t know where to start.

Brand New Classics by Ann Peebles
The woman who tugged at our heart strings in the 60’s with the classic “I Can’t Stand The Rain” is back with a more modern coffehouse R&B sound showing that she’s got what it takes to move the alt crowd. “Walk Away” and “Hand Writing Is On The Wall” are two stand out tracks as is the reworking of her classic “I Can’t Stand The Rain.”

Wail and Ride by Grayson Capps
Your initial impression is that this CD is a banner waving southern rock anthem CD, but the more you get into it the more you realize these songs are very personal and soulful. Highlights for me included “Give It To Me” and the title track, “Wail and Ride.”

Sisters of the South
This compilatoin from the folks at the Music Maker Relief Foundation features back porch blues and gospel from artists like Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, The Branchettes, Marie Manning, and Sweet Betty.

Songs From The American Roots vol II
Another Music Make Releif Foundation com;pilation featuring artists you might not have heard but should. This collection features raw blues from J Warren, Mr. Q., Carl Hodges, Ernie Williams, Cool John Ferguson Mudcat and many others.

High Wire by Lamont Skylark

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Apr 152007
 


Lamont Skylark’s latest CD, High Wire, lays down solid southern rock ballads, pulling in just enough twang to earn it’s alt.country street cred. Like Wilco and Golden Smog, the Wilmington NC based collective is fundamentally a rock band. But unlike so many of their alt.country brethren all four members of the band share vocal duties and play a wide variety of instruments, which leads to a sense of experimentation and exploration in every song they play. Their sense of experimentation reminds me of The Avett Brothers and Bobby Bare Jr. Highlights include “Bird,” “Angel,” and “Falling Apart.”