The Bourbon Dynasty

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May 312007
 


Led by Charles Walston, of Vidalias fame, The Bourbon Dynasty have put together a loping, relaxed stride through Americana; even the rock tunes feel like back porch music on a hot summer night. They remind be somewhat of Bucktown Kickback. Highlights include “Faith Alone” which has a gospel tinge to it. “Girl In The Check Out Line is a country rocker which reminds be of the Backsliders. Other highlights include a country-crooner called “The Best That I Can Do,” a slow soul tune called “There’s A Whisper,” a blues tune called “Low Tolerance for High Maintenance,” a roots rock ballad called “Things You Put Me Through,” a 70’s-esque soft rock song called “She’s Not The Crying Kind” and a high energy rock tune called “Pay The Price.”

playlist: 2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,12
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Children Running Through

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May 312007
 


Patty Griffin proves that she has completely mastered her beautiful voice by covering an impressive range of song/vocal styles and proves that she knows a thing or too about songwriting as well. “You’ll Remember” is a torch singer’s dream. “Stay on the Road” has soul oriented vocals and stax-like horns backing her up, but it’s done more like a nightclub jazz tune. It works. “Trapeze” is a very sad country tune with backing vocals by Emmylou Harris. “Getting Ready” is a driving roots rock/acoustic rockabilly anthem.
She has several secular/gospel songs like “Up To The Mountain”, “I Don’t Ever Give Up, and “Heavenly Day.”

Heart Trouble by Wanda Jackson

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May 312007
 


Straight ahead rockabilly, as always, but this time she’s assisted by folsk like Dave Alvin, Elvis Costello, the Cramps, Lee Rocker, and the Cadillac Angels.
Highlights include the Cramps assisted cover of Funnel of Love the cover of Buck Owens’ “Crying Time,” with Elvis Costello. Other highlights include “Mean Mean Man,” “Riot in Cell Block No. 9,” and “It Happens Every Time, ” al fo which are assisted by Dave Alvin on guitar. The CD is a rockabilly dream.

playlist: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13,14,16
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The Very Best of Robbie Fulks

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May 312007
 


The Very Best of Robbie Fulks is actually a bunch of rare, hard to find obscure Robbie Fulks tunes “I Just Want to Meet the Man” is more twangy. “Roots Rock Weirdoes”is a rockabilly tune. “Parallel Bars,” features Kelly Willis. “That Bangle Girl,” is full on country-rock. Obscure yet fun. Think of him as the TMBG of the alt.country scene.

playlist: 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 13
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Freak ‘n Roll by the Black Crowes

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May 312007
 


Basically this is the sound track of the DVD from a live concert at The Fillmore. One the one hand this CD captures their ability to create epic-sized walls of southern rock goodness, but sometimes the sound gets so big you almost loose the vocals. In any case, there’s no better example of blues-based rock.

playlist: Disc1: 2,3,5,6,7 Disc 2: 2, 5,6,8,9
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Rotation 112

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May 272007
 

Taproot Radio
Rotation #112 – May 28, 2007
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Howdy,

Lots going on this week at Taproot Radio. First, I’ll be periodically posting videos from artists you hear on Taproot Radio. This week check out Janiva Magness and Bob Dylan videos. Second, I’ve started a new listener poll to get your feedback on songs that should be included in rotation. We’ve already had one poll for Wilco’s latest release, Sky Blue Sky and there’s a current poll underway for Bob Dylan’s Modern Times.

But the music’s always the thing at Taproot Radio. Highlights for me this week include “Hate It Here” by Wilco, a soul-inspired song that goes off into power-chrd chaos as only Wilco can do it. Other highlights include “Down In Mississippi” from Mavis Staples, making the Civil Rights movement very real for all of us, and “Lonesome Troubador” by The Gravy Boys.

Enjoy!
Calvin

Recent Reviews:

Army Jacket Winter by Jon Shain
Workin’ The Angels For Handouts by The Gravy Boys
Sky Blue Sky by Wilco
Ignoring Al Warning Signs by Chris Berardo and the DesBerardos

Video:

Janiva Magness Live
Shelter From The Storm by Bob Dylan

Listener Polls:

Rate The Songs on Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky
Thanks to everyone who participated in the poll to rate the songs on Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky CD, based on your feedback, the following tracks wil be included in the Taproot rotation:
4. Sky Blue Sky
5. Side With The Seeds
6. Shake it Off
7. Please Be Patient With Me
8. Hate It Here
9. Leave Me (Like You Found Me)
10. Walken

Rate The Songs: Modern Times by Bob Dylan
In honor of Bob Dylan’s 66th brthday, we’re rating the songs on his latest CD, Modern Times. Please take a minute and share your opinions at the poll!

This Week’s Focus Tracks:

Hate It Here / Wilco / Sky Blue Sky / 4:33
Lonesome Troubador / Gravy Boys / Working The Angels For Handouts / 4:08
Time To Move On / Jon Shain / Army Jacket Winter / 2:43
Oh Lonesome Me / Southern Culture On The Skids / Countrypolitan Favorites / 3:10
Down In Mississippi / Mavis Staples / We’ll Never Turn Back / 4:57
I Made A Mess Of This Town / Scott Miller & The Commonwealth / Reconstruction / 3:29
(Am I Just) Fooling Myself / Eli Reed & The True Loves / Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves – “Am I” Single / 5:30
Come Back to Shelby / Two Cow Garage / Three / 3:47
Slow Hearse / Son Volt / The Search / 2:32
My Life’s Been A Pleasure / Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Ray Price / Last Of The Breed [Disc 1] / 3:03
Beaver Creek Blues / Ruthie Foster / The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster / 3:55
Waterhole Branch / Grayson Capps / Wail & Ride / 4:45
Never Leaving / The Silos / Come On Like The Fast Lane / 2:54
I Shall Be Released / Jack Johnson With Alo / Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band / 4:11
Keep This Devil Down / A Brokeheart Pro / The Kitten Next Door / 3:33
The Messenger / Kris Hollis Key / West Of Texas / 4:49
This Used To Be A Town / Pete Berwick / Ain’t No Train Outta Nashville / 3:03
Hit And Run / The Brass Uncle Band / Three Mobtown Gallons / 2:55
Stop, Drop And Rock ‘n’ Roll / The Javelinas / Dirtbath / 2:28
Mississippi / Mofro / Country Ghetto / 4:28
Skies Of Grey / Po’ Girl / Home To You / 4:06
West / Lucinda Williams / West / 5:44
Heart Of Gold / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 3:44
You Can Bring Me Flowers / Ray LaMontagne / Till The Sun Turns Black / 4:12
Buzz & Grind / Gob Iron / Death Songs For The Living / 3:06
We Don’t Run / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 4:20
Strangers Heart / Hideaway / The Wiskey Tango Sessions / 2:45

Last Week’s Focus Tracks:

At Last / Etta James / Gold / 3:01
Cry Me One Tear / Grayson Capps / Wail & Ride / 3:09
Days Gone By / The Silos / Come On Like The Fast Lane / 3:25
This Wheel’s On Fire / Guster / Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band / 3:24
Fallin’ Apart / Lamont Skylark / High Wire / 3:47
Kitten Next Door / A Brokeheart Pro / The Kitten Next Door / 3:25
Into The Big Fire / Kris Hollis Key / West Of Texas / 4:01
Hey Hey / The Brass Uncle Band / Three Mobtown Gallons / 5:33
Imperial Highway Fishtail / The Javelinas / Dirtbath / 4:08
A Woman / Mofro / Country Ghetto / 2:59
To The Angry Evangelist / Po’ Girl / Home To You / 2:20
Push It Off That Hill / Hobex / Enlightened Soul / 5:07
Devil With The Blue Dress / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 3:23
Run For Cover / Tony Joe White / Uncovered / 4:42
Demon Valley / Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League / The Longest Meow / 4:11
The Way It Is / Shawn Camp / Fireball / 2:41
Joy Tears / Greg Brown / The Evening Call / 4:47
Yours Love / Willie Nelson / Songbird / 3:03
Sunny Moon / Dustin Sargent / King Mojo Allstars vol. 2 / 4:08
Third Degree / Liz Melendez Band / Sweet Southern Soul / 4:00


DJ/Promo Tracks:

Sit In With The Band / Hayes Carll / Little Rock / 2:31
Kebab Crazed Nuter / No Fixed Abode / Clearwater / 3:54
Easy To Be Sad / Spanking Charlene / Dismissed With A Kiss / 4:18
Soul Typecast / The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion / Extra Width / 6:06
Rockin’ Dead Man / Dexter Romweber / Blues That Defy My Soul / 1:40
Pill Bug Blues / The Gourds / Heavy Ornamentals / 3:59
Mustang Sally / Wilson Pickett / ARB 6: 1965-1967 / 3:07
Carl Perkins’ Cadillac / Drive-By Truckers / The Dirty South / 5:26
I’m Talking About You / Chuck Berry / The Definitive Collection / 1:51
When You’s Gonna Be My Baby / Choosy Beggars / Choosy Beggars / 4:58


Backfill:

One More Time / Alejandro Escovedo / With These Hands (Expanded Edition) / 4:06
Better Not Look Down / B.B. King / Oxford American 2001 / 4:14
Tears Of Rage / The Band / Greatest Hits / 5:20
Oxford, Mississippi Blues / Bill Nettles / Oxford American 2001 / 2:37
When It Comes To That / The Brown Mountain Lights / Late Show At The Cave / 3:50
Softly To The Moon / Choosy Beggars / Choosy Beggars / 3:55
Working On A Building / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 3:49
Follow Me So – Glory Fountain / Glory Fountain / Revival: Brunswick Stew & Pig Pickin’ / 3:00
Waterbag / The Gourds / Bolsa De Agua / 4:07
Diggin’ My Potatoes / James Mathus & His Knockdown Society / Songs For Rosetta / 2:47
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) / Junior Walker & The All Stars / Ultimate Collection / 3:02
Help Me From My Brain / Legendary Shack Shakers / Cockadoodledon’t / 2:16
Reason To Cry / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 1] / 4:22
Point Breeze / Marah / Kids in Philly / 2:14
Hard Luck And Trouble / Marie Manning / Sisters Of The South / 2:32
When I Sing The Blues / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / 2:29
We’ll Take Our Last Walk Tonight / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / 2:45
Flowered Dresses / Slaid Cleaves / Unsung / 3:51
Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues) / Three Dog Night / The Best Of Three Dog Night / 4:52
Foot Of The Bed / Tres Chicas / Sweetwater / 4:03


Archive:

Alison / Elvis Costello & The Attractions / Best Of / 3:24
I’m So Lonesome / Grandpaboy / Dead Man Shake / 2:39
Silver Bullets / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / Jacksonville City Nights / 2:56
Were You There / The Gospel Playboys / Known On The Underground / 6:39
To the Devil for a Dime (live) / Tinsley Ellis / Live – Highwayman / 4:37
Blues That Defy My Soul / Dexter Romweber / Blues That Defy My Soul / 2:37
Gimmeakiss / The Avett Brothers / Four Thieves Gone / 2:13
The Rain Won’t Help You When It’s Over / Javier Escovedo / Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo / 4:19
Look at Me / Cross Canadian Ragweed / Highway 377 / 3:59
I’m Not Sleepy / Chris Isaak / Speak Of The Devil / 2:36
In The Midnight / Langhorne Slim / When The Sun’s Gone Down / 2:09
In The Middle of It All / Irma Thomas / After The Rain / 4:45
Lone Child / Frank Black / Honeycomb / 3:12
Money (That’s What I Want) / Junior Walker & The All Stars / Ultimate Collection / 4:33
La Chanson D’une Fille de Quinze Ans (Song of a Fifteen Year Old Girl) / Ann Savoy / Oxford American 2003 (#6) / 2:23
Next To You / Tim Easton / Ammunition / 4:17
All Over Town / The Turnstiles / Step Right Up / 4:04
Don’t Try & Love Me / Hideaway / The Wiskey Tango Sessions / 3:51
I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight / Robert Earl Keen / Picnic / 4:09
Overtime / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 1] / 4:16
Sleepy Eyes / Frog Holler / The High, High’s & The Low, Low’s / 3:44
Shake Your Hips / Legendary Shack Shakers / Cockadoodledon’t / 4:50
Big Big Love / k.d. lang / Reintarnation / 2:30
Bang My Head / Cross Canadian Ragweed / Highway 377 / 5:19
Song For You / Alexi Murdoch / Broadcasts Vol. 14 (Disc 2) / 4:21
The House That Jack Built / Bonnie Bishop / Soft To The Touch / 4:56
Two Hearts / The Jayhawks / Tomorrow The Green Grass / 3:22
Down In Texas / The Allman Brothers Band / Dreams (Disc 1) / 3:07
I’m So Glad / Chris Cotton / I Watched The Devil Die / 3:42
Manifesto No. 2 / Shooter Jennings / Electric Rodeo / 2:09
Get Real / The Mountain Firework Company / A Rough Guide To Feeling Rough / 3:22

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Janiva Magness Live

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May 242007
 

Long-time listeners at Taproot Radio will be well familiar with Janiva Magness. Her 2006 CD, Do I Move You, spent many months on the Taproot Top 10 list.

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Ignoring All The Warning Signs by Chris Berardo and the DesBerardo

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May 242007
 


Chris Berardo and the DesBerardo crank out both acoustic singer/songwriter alt.country full of angst and earnestness and electric, middle-america anthems. Bandmate Professor Dic Neal plays, well, just about every stringed instrument and keyed baord instrument there is and the acoustic songs feature his crisp light string-work. Chris and Marc Douglas Berardo have just the right amount of twang in their vocals and zing in the electric guitar work to keep ya moving on down the road. Highlights among the acoustic oriented songs are “So Far So Good” and “The One.” Among the electric oriented songs, check out “Never Be The Same” and “Everybody Swings Around Here.” There’s also a fine cover of Jeff Tweedy’s “Passenger Side” and a blues-rock crooner called “Barstool” which wou dmake the Black Crowes proud.