Taproot Radio Top 30 CDs of 2008

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Dec 182008
 

1. Orange Blossoms / JJ Grey & Mofro
2. Just A Little Lovin’ / Shelby Lynne
3. Nature Of The Blues / Eric Hisaw
4. Momofuku / Elvis Costello & The Imposters
5. Blame It On Gravity / Old 97’s
6. The Band Of Heathens / Band Of Heathens
7. Sleepless Nights / Patty Loveless
8. Little Honey / Lucinda Williams
9. Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch
10. Can You Deal With It? / Andre Williams and the New Orleans Hellhounds
11. Angels Of Destruction / Marah
12. Bar Band Americanus / Charlie Pickett
13. Brighter Than Creation’s Dark / Drive-By Truckers
14. I, Flathead / Ry Cooder
15. Real Animal / Alejandro Escovedo
16. Zebulon / Don Chambers
17. Coming Home / Jim Livermore
18. Warpaint / The Black Crowes
19. Just Us Kids / James McMurtry
20. Trouble In Mind / Hayes Carll
21. Furr / Blitzen Trapper
22. Bulletproof / Reckless Kelly
23. Wager / Malcolm Holcombe
24. Samurai / The Mountain Firework Company
25. The Last CD / Lonesome Brothers
26. Langhorne Slim / Langhorne Slim
27. Keep Coming Back / Marc Broussard
28. Night Train To Nashville / Tab Benoit /
29. Mississippi Number One / Eden Brent
30. Cardinology / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals

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Taproot Radio News #179

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Dec 132008
 

Rotation #179. December 15, 2008
read: http://www.taprootradio.com
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Howdy,

Mark Smilor has a new CD out called Rural Suburbia. It’s got that country-rock feel very similar to his previous Wanderlust CD. As you might expect from the CD title, it’s a bunch of songs focused on the trials and tribulations of suburbia. At his best, he sorta reminds me of the Drive By Trickers in the sense that he lays out the good, the bad, and the ugly with niether adornment or ridicule. He just lays it out there.

Received Sampler 8 from Bloodshot when I ordered some Scott H. Biram for backfill and I threw a few of the tracks into rotation.

I’ve been working on the Taproot Top CDs for 2008 and it’s been lots of fun this year. Stay tuned.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

Recent Adds:

Three Legged Dog / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Firewater / 3:13
Cherokee Grove / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Mark Pickerel / 2:59
All Love All Gone / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Charlie Pickett / 3:26
Tennessee Sure Enough / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Deadstring Brothers / 3:25
Caney Mountain / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Ha Ha Tonka / 3:21
Tulsa / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Wayne Hancock / 4:06
Been Down Too Long / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Scott H. Biram / 3:45
Velvet Guitar / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Alejandro Escovedo / 4:25
Victoria / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Old 97’s / 3:52

Enemy Line / Rural Suburbia / Mark Smilor / 3:10
If I Wanted To (I Can) / Rural Suburbia / Mark Smilor / 3:33
Some Of Us / Rural Suburbia / Mark Smilor / 4:52

Crows / Crows / James Moore / 6:25

This Week’s Focus Tracks:

Three Legged Dog / Blooshot Records Sampler #8 / Firewater / 3:13
the Long Black Veil / Deadstring Brothers (2001) / Deadstring Brothers / 3:47
Wreck My Car / The Dirty Old One Man Band / Scott H. Biram / 3:16
Darlin’ Corey / The Shovel And The Gun / Creech Holler / 3:09
Take Me Back To Birmingham / Hitchhiking From Memphis To Mars / Country Boy Rolling Stone / 2:08
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It’s A Shame) / Gossip In The Grain / Ray LaMontagne / 4:25
It’s Been So Long / I’ll Be Around / Split Lip Rayfield / 3:56
I Should Get Over This / Thunder’s Mouth / Scott Ainslie / 3:57
Smuggler’s Blues / Songs / Jack Tempchin / 5:01
Please Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me / Still Your Fool / The Dixons / 3:03
Black Crows / First Rodeo / Honeyhoney / 3:25
Fourth Of July / Coming Home / Jim Livermore / 4:40
Born Into A Light / Cardinology / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / 2:17
Everybody Loves My Baby / What? And Give Up Show Biz? / Asylum Street Spankers / 3:20
Seated At The Devil’s Table / The Last CD / Lonesome Brothers / 3:53
Honey Bee / Little Honey / Lucinda Williams / 3:05
Crazy As A Loon / Trunk Songs / Greg Humphreys / 2:43
Slow Death / Bar Band Americanus / Charlie Pickett / 3:49
White Lies / The Northeast Kingdom / Cheri Knight / 3:30
Black River Killer / Furr / Blitzen Trapper / 3:28
When It’s Good (feat. Leann Rimes) / Keep Coming Back / Marc Broussard / 4:12
Color Of The Blues / Sleepless Nights / Patty Loveless / 3:06
Falling Off The Edge Of The World / Zebulon / Don Chambers / 4:02
Wylf / Orange Blossoms / JJ Grey & Mofro / 4:17
The Middle / Nature Of The Blues / Eric Hisaw / 4:25
Real As An Animal / Real Animal / Alejandro Escovedo / 3:05
Strange Feeling / Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels / Nathan Wilkes / 2:14
The Fool / Blame It On Gravity / Old 97’s / 4:17
Jackson Station / The Band Of Heathens / Band Of Heathens / 3:51
If It’s Good For You (It’s Good For You) / New Orleans Funk Vol.2 / Eddie Bo / 2:29

DJ/Promo Tracks:

Crows / Crows / James Moore / 6:25
Some Of Us / Rural Suburbia / Mark Smilor / 4:52
Sleepy Armadillo / Calico Heart / Houston Jones / 3:29
I Thank You / Stax 1959-1968 #9 / Sam & Dave / 2:47
Can’t Nobody Love You / If You Need Me – Rock ‘n’ Soul / Solomon Burke / 2:34
Elephant Clouds / Invitation Songs / The Cave Singers / 4:02
Old, Old River / Follow That Trail Of Dust Back Home / Hooverville / 3:00
Cry, Cry, Cry / Dressed In Black: A Tribute To Johnny Cash / Robbie Fulks / 2:39
12 Red Roses / New Orleans Funk Vol.2 / Betty Harris / 2:31
New Roomate / Heavy Ornamentals / The Gourds / 4:18

Backfill:

When You Come Around / Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69) [Disc 1] / Charlie Feathers / 2:09
You Aint Havin Fun Till You’re Dialling 911 / …Gowns By Edith Head / Atomic 7 / 2:00
Essence / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 2] / Lucinda Williams / 7:17
Crazy / Willie & Family Live / Willie Nelson / 1:48
Sadie’s Back In Town / Trouble Bound / The Blasters / 2:18
Illegal Oyster / Blood Of The Ram / The Gourds / 3:25
Don’t Give Up On Me / Don’t Give Up On Me / Solomon Burke / 3:46
Rhapsody / A Man Under The Influence / Alejandro Escovedo / 4:05
Them Eyes / The Big Come Up / The Black Keys / 2:23
Only Love Can Break Your Heart / Neil Young Greatest Hits / Neil Young / 3:11
Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) / If You Need Me – Rock ‘n’ Soul / Solomon Burke / 3:23
In Nashville, Tennessee / 50 Years Too Late / Joey Allcorn / 4:20
Untitled / The Funk Rehearsals / Choosy Beggars / 0:45
Wednesday / A Blessing And A Curse / Drive-By Truckers / 4:05
Little Red Shoes / Van Lear Rose / Loretta Lynn / 3:35
Undone / Picnic / Robert Earl Keen / 3:49
Saturday Night In Oak Grove, Louisiana / The Best Of Tony Joe White (Featuring Polk Salad Annie) / Tony Joe White / 2:13
The Other Side Of The Coin / Don’t Give Up On Me / Solomon Burke / 3:47
Life is bad / Definitive Collection / Shelby Lynne / 3:18
Devil’s Lullaby / Unsung / Slaid Cleaves / 2:47

Last Week’s Focus Tracks:

I’m not a stealer / Deadstring Brothers (2001) / Deadstring Brothers / 4:29
Blood Sweat & Murder / The Dirty Old One Man Band / Scott H. Biram / 2:55
Raymond Lee / The Shovel And The Gun / Creech Holler / 4:47
Country Boy Rolling Stone / Hitchhiking From Memphis To Mars / Country Boy Rolling Stone / 3:25
Hey Me, Hey Mama / Gossip In The Grain / Ray LaMontagne / 4:27
Devil Lies / I’ll Be Around / Split Lip Rayfield / 3:16
If Anybody Asks about Me / Thunder’s Mouth / Scott Ainslie / 3:19
It Could Have Been You and Me / Songs / Jack Tempchin / 4:03
Please Baby Don’t Go / Still Your Fool / The Dixons / 2:00
Give Yourself To Me / First Rodeo / Honeyhoney / 2:34
I’m Coming Home / Coming Home / Jim Livermore / 7:29
Evergreen / Cardinology / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / 3:35
Since I Met You Baby / What? And Give Up Show Biz? / Asylum Street Spankers / 6:26
Let It Go / The Last CD / Lonesome Brothers / 4:09
Real Love / Little Honey / Lucinda Williams / 3:45
Buttons And Strings / Trunk Songs / Greg Humphreys / 4:47
Black-Eyed Susie / The Northeast Kingdom / Cheri Knight / 4:39
Furr / Furr / Blitzen Trapper / 4:08
Keep Coming Back / Keep Coming Back / Marc Broussard / 3:34
Cold, Cold Heart / Sleepless Nights / Patty Loveless / 2:54
Conjuring A Dead Rabbit / Zebulon / Don Chambers / 4:04
On Fire / Orange Blossoms / JJ Grey & Mofro / 4:27
Carnival / Nature Of The Blues / Eric Hisaw / 4:43
People (We’re Only Gonna Live So Long) / Real Animal / Alejandro Escovedo / 3:22
Talk Is Cheap / Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels / Sandy Gaye / 2:39
Color Of A Lonely Heart Is Blue / Blame It On Gravity / Old 97’s / 5:52
Second Line / The Band Of Heathens / Band Of Heathens / 3:45
Hip-Huggin / New Orleans Funk: New Orleans – The Original Sound Of Funk 1960-75 / Robert Parker / 2:43
Ridin’ With The Blues / I, Flathead / Ry Cooder / 3:01
Six Days On The Road / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 3:28

Archive:

Carbon Dated Love / Hallowed Ground / I See Hawks In L.A. / 3:51
Don’t Call On Me / The Band Of Heathens / Band Of Heathens / 5:16
Sing Me No Hyms / Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers / Lucero / 4:22
West Monroe / Remember The Sun / Pieta Brown / 5:39
Savannah Mama / Songs From The Roots Of America II / MuddCats / 4:26
Please Help Me, I’m Falling / Sleepless Nights / Patty Loveless / 2:40
Chokin’ Kind / Outsider Lounge Music / Captain Luke and Cool John / 2:47
It’s All Or Nothin’ / Agua Noir / Paul Evans / 3:40
You Drive Me Crazy / Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label / The Grand Prixx / 2:09
Mama Told Me (Not To Come) / The Best Of Three Dog Night / Three Dog Night / 3:20
Kern River / West Of The West / Dave Alvin / 4:07
Fight Outta You / Lifeline / Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals / 4:10
Poor People / If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry / Marah / 4:25
Big Big Love / Reintarnation / k.d. lang / 2:30
The Wrong Side Of Reno / The Brag & Cuss / Rocky Votolato / 3:33
Blue Moon Of Kentucky / The Sun Recordings / Elvis Presley / 2:05
Jesus Was A Capricorn / The Pilgrim – A Celebration Of Kris Kristofferson / Marshall Chapman / 3:53
Just Like A Woman / The Essential Bob Dylan / Bob Dylan / 4:52
The Gravedigger (Radio Edit) / Honey Slides / The Bluerunners / 5:08
If I Work My Thing On You / You’re Gonna Miss Me / Ann Sexton / 3:42
Drunken Poet’s Dream / Trouble In Mind / Hayes Carll / 3:29
Sweet Memories / Last Of The Breed [Disc 2] / Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Ray Price / 3:24
Best Of Me / Cow Fish Fowl Or Pig / The Gourds / 3:24
What’s Left Of Your Man / West West Texas Wine / Dave Insley / 2:46
Rich Man’s World / Letters From Sinners & Strangers / Eilen Jewell / 2:55
40 Miles To Vegas / Plastic Seat Sweat / Southern Culture On The Skids / 4:04
She’s Like Mercury / More Storms Comin’ / Mark Selby / 3:45
Give Me Flowers While I’m Living / The Modern Sounds of … The Knitters / Knitters / 2:15
Carol / The Definitive Collection / Chuck Berry / 2:49
Think It Over / Guitar Town [Bonus Track] / Steve Earle / 2:15
I Still Miss Someone / Safe At Home / The International Submarine Band / 2:47
Drinkin’ And Drivin’ / 16 Biggest Hits / Johnny Paycheck / 3:05
Pauline / Cadillac Jack’s #1 Son / Kevin Gordon / 4:40
Blind / Zoysia / The Bottle Rockets / 4:51
Creeping Away / The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 1 / Swamp Dogg / 2:52
Ain’t Nothing Wrong With You Baby / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / Sir Douglas Quintet / 3:19
Ain’t That A Shame / Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino (Disc 1) / John Lennon / 2:31
Help Me / American V: A Hundred Highways / Johnny Cash / 2:52
Nothing But The Wheel / Sleepless / Peter Wolf / 4:35
That’s How I Got To Memphis / Nashville / Solomon Burke / 3:20
Come On Over / Take A Ride / George Soule / 3:32
Someday Never Comes / Chronicle, Vol. 1 / Creedence Clearwater Revival / 4:00
You Got Me Hurtin’ / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / Sir Douglas Quintet / 2:14
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – Pt. 1 / The Best Of James Brown / James Brown / 2:09
Ridin’ With The Blues / I, Flathead / Ry Cooder / 3:01
That’s A Good Enough Reason / Revenge (Disc 2) / Robbie Fulks / 4:10
The Sun Is Shining / Just Around The Bend / Ron Armstrong / 2:20
Boogie Chillun / The Rough Guide To Zydeco / Beau Jocque / 6:05
Madalyn’s Bones / Diamonds To Dust / Gurf Morlix / 3:33
Sunshine / Mescalito / Ryan Bingham / 4:21
Silas Creek / Step Right Up / The Turnstiles / 3:15
Voila, An American Dream / Craftsman (Disc 1) / Guy Clark / 3:48
The Junkies Are Jumpin’ / Life On Trouble Street / Sam Baylor / 3:12
Red Shoes / Seven Sisters / Javelinas / 2:54
No Smoke Without Fire / People Gonna Talk / James Hunter / 3:05
Love Whip / Holy Roller / Reverend Horton Heat / 3:44
Me Me Me / A Rough Guide To Feeling Rough / The Mountain Firework Company / 2:47
Poor Little Critter On The Road / Poor Little Knitter On The Road / Trailer Bride / 1:39
Keep My Feet Upon The Ground / Behind The Levee / The Subdudes / 4:04
Have You Tried Jesus? / 1st Annual Sacred Steel Convention / Calvin Cooke / 7:07
You Set Me Free / Enlightened Soul / Hobex / 4:34

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WCOM Play list for December 8th, 2008

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Dec 092008
 

Hour 1
Blood Sweat & Murder / The Dirty Old One Man Band / Scott H. Biram / 2:55
Real Love / Little Honey / Lucinda Williams / 3:45
Don’t Bother Me / The Rough Guide To Zydeco / The Zydeco Blazers / 2:55
Hard Side Of The Rain / Don’t Tell Columbus / Graham Parker / 4:22
Teach Me About Love / Step Inside This House (Disc 1) / Lyle Lovett / 3:53
It Could Have Been You and Me / Songs / Jack Tempchin / 4:03
Carnival / Nature Of The Blues / Eric Hisaw / 4:43
Furr / Furr / Blitzen Trapper / 4:08
Good Friday / Three Snakes And One Charm / The Black Crowes / 3:52
People (We’re Only Gonna Live So Long) / Real Animal / Alejandro Escovedo / 3:22
Hip-Huggin / New Orleans Funk: New Orleans – The Original Sound Of Funk 1960-75 / Robert Parker / 2:43
Too Close Together / Sleepless / Peter Wolf / 2:25
On Fire / Orange Blossoms / JJ Grey & Mofro / 4:27
Chain Of Fools / Rhythm Country & Blues / Clint Black & Pointers Sisters / 3:45

Hour 2
Do 4 U / Blood Of The Ram / The Gourds / 3:54
Hey Me, Hey Mama / Gossip In The Grain / Ray LaMontagne / 4:27
Please Baby Don’t Go / Still Your Fool / The Dixons / 2:00
Give Yourself To Me / First Rodeo / Honeyhoney / 2:34
I’m not a stealer / Deadstring Brothers (2001) / Deadstring Brothers / 4:29
Cold, Cold Heart / Sleepless Nights / Patty Loveless / 2:54
Country Boy Rolling Stone / Hitchhiking From Memphis To Mars / Country Boy Rolling Stone / 3:25
Raymond Lee / The Shovel And The Gun / Creech Holler / 4:47
Sleep to Dream / I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise / Bettye LaVette / 3:46
Wednesday / A Blessing And A Curse / Drive-By Truckers / 4:05
Devil With The Blue Dress / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / Bill Kirchen / 3:23
Dark As The Night / The Weary Boys / The Weary Boys / 2:44
Track 12 / Bring It Back Alive / Choosy Beggars / 3:56
C-Dub / Ammunition / Tim Easton / 2:26
Second Line / The Band Of Heathens / Band Of Heathens / 3:45

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The Shovel and The Gun by Creech Holler

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Dec 062008
 


The Creech Holler band has descended again from the deep Appalachians with a set of ballads based in the traditions of bluegrass and mountain music but ground up and run through a heavy metal mill to create some of the creepiest southern gothic you’ll ever hear. Highlights for me include “Raymonf Lee,” “Darlin’ Corey,” and “When the Temptor Calls”

Play List for WCOM Show 12/1/2008

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Dec 022008
 

Hour 1
Freeway View / Just Us Kids / James McMurtry / 3:38
The Easy Way / Blame It On Gravity / Old 97’s / 4:27
Smoke / Real Animal / Alejandro Escovedo / 3:54
Natural Soul Brother / New Orleans Funk: New Orleans – The Original Sound Of Funk 1960-75 / Danny White / 2:20
Please Help Me, I’m Falling / Sleepless Nights / Patty Loveless / 2:40
54 Ford / Hitchhiking From Memphis To Mars / Country Boy Rolling Stone / 2:11
Give Yourself To Me / First Rodeo / Honeyhoney / 2:34
You Are The Best Thing / Gossip In The Grain / Ray LaMontagne / 3:55
Man For Life / Keep Coming Back / Marc Broussard / 3:27
Dark Red And Loud / The Kitten Next Door / A Brokeheart Pro / 4:55
Everything Good Is Bad / Orange Blossoms / JJ Grey & Mofro / 3:41
Elvis Presley Blues / KGSR Broadcasts Volume 12 / Gillian Welch / 4:51
Don’t Call On Me / The Band Of Heathens / Band Of Heathens / 5:16
Good Times, They Disappear / Choosy Beggars / Choosy Beggars / 4:29

Hour 2
Waiting / Jack Tempchin / Songs / 4:46
Heads Up Heels Down / Charlie Pickett / Bar Band Americanus / 3:35
The One I Cannot Resist / David Childers / A Good Way To Die / 4:56
Flutter And Wow / Elvis Costello & The Imposters / Momofuku / 4:24
Who Were You Thinkin’ Of / Jim Livermore / Coming Home / 3:09
She’s Gone / Langhorne Slim / Langhorne Slim / 3:19
Shotgun Wedding / Jason Isbel / Sirens Of The Ditch / 3:50
Let Us Down Easy / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / Cardinology / 4:21
You Can’t Run Away From Your Heart / Judy Clay / Stax 1959-1968 #8 / 2:57
Fire & Fast Bullets / Blitzen Trapper / Furr / 2:51
Take My Hand, Lead Me On / Sister Gertrude Morgan / Let Us Make A Record / 2:37
If I Was King / The Backsliders / Throwin’ Rocks At The Moon / 3:45
Broken Hearted, Lovesick and Blue / The Dixons / Still Your Fool / 2:05
Somebody Got’A Help Me / Richard Cook / Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels / 2:15
Fire In The Kitchen / Don Chambers / Zebulon / 3:37

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Taproot Top 20 for November 2008

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Dec 012008
 

01 Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch
02 Ry Cooder: I, Flathead
03 Band Of Heathens: The Band Of Heathens
04 Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Momofuku
05 Eric Hisaw: Nature Of The Blues
06 Alejandro Escovedo: Real Animal
07 Old 97’s: Blame It On Gravity
08 JJ Grey & Mofro: Orange Blossoms
09 Guy Forsyth: Calico Girl
10 Collin Herring: Past Life Crashing
11 Don Chambers: Zebulon
12 Los Lonely Boys: Forgiven
13 Hacienda Brothers: Arizona Motel
14 Andre Williams and the New Orleans Hellhounds: Can You Deal With It?
15 Peter Cooper: Mission Door
16 Earl Musick and Mark Merritt: Woodshed’n
17 Blitzen Trapper: Furr
18 Marc Broussard: Keep Coming Back
19 Patty Loveless: Sleepless Nights
20 Yarn: Yarn

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