Freeform American Roots Chart for June 2009

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Jun 302009
 

The FAR chart for June has just been released and there’s some interesting things about it. The most obvous observation is that Yep Roc is dominating the roots music scene this month, capturing 3 of the 10 top spots. I very pleased to see Leo Rondeau on the charts this month with his Down At The End Of The Bar CD. While his sound is largely a honky tonk sound, I think he’s got songwriting chps that are well above the average bar band. Also, I’m glad to see Eilen Jewel still has a strong showing on the charts.

1 Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women (Yep Roc)Dave Alvin - Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women
2 Todd Snider: The Excitement Plan (Yep Roc)Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan
3 Levon Helm: Electric Dirt (Dirt Farmer)Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
4 Eilen Jewell: Sea Of Tears (Signature Sounds)Eilen Jewell - Sea of Tears
5 Leo Rondeau: Down At The End Of The Bar (self)Leo Rondeau - Down At the End of the Bar
6 Owen Temple: Dollars And Dimes (El Paisano)Owen Temple - Dollars and Dimes
7 Wayne Hancock: Viper Of Melody (Bloodshot)Wayne Hancock - Viper of Melody
8 Steve Earle: Townes (New West)Steve Earle - Townes
9= Slaid Cleaves: Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (Music Road) Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away...
VA: Man Of Somebody’s Dreams; A Tribute To Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc) Los Lobos - Chris Gaffney Tribute: The Manof Somebody's Dreams
10= Patterson Hood: Murdering Oscar & Other Love Songs (Ruth Street) Patterson Hood - Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)
Madison Violet: No Fool for Trying (True North)Madison Violet

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WCOM Play List for June 29, 2009

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Jun 302009
 

Taproot Rotation #196 on iTunes
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Hour 1
Rock Your World / Brian Setzer / 13 [Bonus Track] / 4:50
Judgement Day (RADIO EDIT) / Scott H. Biram / Somethings Wrong/Lost Forever Radio Edits / 2:33
Dirty Angels / Kevn Kinney / Oxford American 2000 / 3:15
Like I Do / AZ Kenny Tsak / Like I Do / 3:56
Down At The End Of The Bar / Leo Rondeau / Down At The End Of The Bar / 3:36
Shakin’ All Over / Eilen Jewell / Sea Of Tears / 3:04
Jackson / Mudcat / I’ll Be Young Once Too / 5:19
Cold, Cold Heart / Hank Williams / Greatest Hits / 2:54
Good Hearted Woman / Willie Nelson / Willie & Family Live / 2:59
Muddy Bottom / David Childers / Blessed In An Unusual Way / 2:52
Choose Your Poison / Nakia / Water To Wine / 3:59
I Can Love You / Choosy Beggars / See The Lovers Right On Time / 2:35
I’m In Love / Bettye LaVette / Do Your Duty / 3:15
Let’s Go Out Tonight / John Lee Hooker / Anthology: 50 Years / 6:52

Hour 2
Sulphur to Sugarcane / Elvis Costello / Secret, Profane and Sugarcane (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) / 6:00
Empty Bottle / Stovall / True Story / 3:21
Pollyanna / Patterson Hood / Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) / 4:37
Roll On / J.J. Cale / Roll On / 4:44
Up On High / The Gourds / Ghosts Of Hallelujah / 2:36
Taper Jean Girl / Kings Of Leon / Aha Shake Heartbreak / 3:05
Close Every Valve of Your Bleeding Heart / Ha Ha Tonka / Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South / 3:13
Shake Shake Mama / Bob Dylan / Together Through Life / 3:37
Blue Moon Over Tuscon / Genuine Cowhide / Paint The Ponies / 4:01
Lord Won’t You Help Me / Dehlia Low / Tellico / 2:49
Lift Me Up / Big John Hamilton / How Much Can A Man Take / 3:26
Poor Boy Rag / Ian Thomas / Live At The Grey Eagle / 5:14
Blaksnak Bite / C. C. Adcock / Lafayette Marquis / 4:55

Sing Along: “Cold Cold Heart” by Hank Williams

I tried so hard my dear to show that youre my every dream.
Yet youre afraid each thing I do is just some evil scheme
A memory from your lonesome past keeps us so far apart
Why cant I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart

Another love before my time made your heart sad and blue
And so my heart is paying now for things I didnt do
In anger unkind words are said that make the teardrops start
Why cant I free your doubtful mind,and melt your cold cold heart

Youll never know how much it hurts to see you sat and cry
You know you need and want my love yet youre afraid to try
Why do you run and hide from lies,to try it just aint smart
Why cant I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart

There was a time when I believed that you belonged to me
But now I know your heart is shackled to a memory
The more I learn to care for you,the more we drift apart
Why cant I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart

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TPR#3 – Dehlia Low, Kieran Ridge Band, Gina Villalobos – Interview and Music

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Jun 282009
 

Dehlia Low, Kieran Ridge, Gina Villalobos:

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Dehlia Low

Dehlia Low web site
“Take Me Back” on The Kieran Ridge Band - Already Gone - Life Is Hard & Love's Unfair

Kieran Ridge

The Kieran Ridge Band web site
“Life is Hard and Love’s Unfair” on Dehlia Low - Tellico - Take Me Back

Gina Villalobos

Gina Villalobos web site
“Take A Beating” on Gina Villalobos - Days On Their Side - Take a Beating

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Taproot Radio News #196

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Jun 272009
 
Rotation #196 – June 29, 2009
read: http://www.taprootradio.com
webcast: http://www.live365.com/stations/taprootradio
live: Monday nights at 9pm eastern on WCOM.

Howdy,

Patterson Hood has a solo CD out called Murdering Oscar. If I had to sum it up, I’d say “more angst, less rock” than DBTs. But that’s not a bad thing. If you’re into the southern gothic vibe as much as I am, you’ll dig Murdering Oscar.

Got a great CD in the mail this week from Atlanta-based Stovall. Good old fshioned country rock from with some excellent sogwriting. I am hoping to feature them on an upcoming episode of the Taproot Music Feed podcast. Also got a CD from an impressive singer/songwriter from North Dakota, Leo Rondeau. The title track from his “Down At The End Of The Bar” goes way beyond honky tonk into some realer-than-life realm. ALso got some buzzy electric blues from AZ Kenny Tsak and a lonesome cowboy CD from Genuine Cowhide.

Don’t forget the weekly sing along feature of the Taproot Radio live show on WCOM. This week we’ll be singing along to “Cold Cold Heart”. Join us on the air and sing along! You’ll like it. I promise.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

This Week’s Rotation

Taproot Rotation #196 on iTunes icon

Like I Do / AZ Kenny Tsak / Like I Do / 3:56
Where Could I Go / Ben Harper & The Blind Boys Of Alabama / There Will Be A Light / 4:10
I’m In Love / Bettye LaVette / Do Your Duty / 3:15
Lift Me Up / Big John Hamilton / How Much Can A Man Take / 3:26
Shake Shake Mama / Bob Dylan / Together Through Life / 3:37
Rock Your World / Brian Setzer / 13 [Bonus Track] / 4:50
Blaksnak Bite / C. C. Adcock / Lafayette Marquis / 4:55
I Can Love You / Choosy Beggars / See The Lovers Right On Time / 2:35
Every Night About This Time / Dave Alvin / King of California / 4:25
Muddy Bottom / David Childers / Blessed In An Unusual Way / 2:52
Lord Won’t You Help Me / Dehlia Low / Tellico / 2:49
Shakin’ All Over / Eilen Jewell / Sea Of Tears / 3:04
Sulphur to Sugarcane / Elvis Costello / Secret, Profane and Sugarcane (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) / 6:00
Drunken Lullabies / Flogging Molly / Drunken Lullabies / 3:51
Drift Away / Flounders Without Eyes / What’s The Rush / 3:45
Blue Moon Over Tuscon / Genuine Cowhide / Paint The Ponies / 4:01
Elvis Presley Blues / Gillian Welch / KGSR Broadcasts Volume 12 / 4:51
Take A Beating / Gina Villalobos / Days On Their Side / 4:15
Up On High / The Gourds / Ghosts Of Hallelujah / 2:36
Close Every Valve of Your Bleeding Heart / Ha Ha Tonka / Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South / 3:13
Poor Boy Rag / Ian Thomas / Live At The Grey Eagle / 5:14
Roll On / J.J. Cale / Roll On / 4:44
Help Me Make It Through The Night / John Doe & The Sadies / Country Club / 3:37
Let’s Go Out Tonight / John Lee Hooker / Anthology: 50 Years / 6:52
Dirty Angels / Kevn Kinney / Oxford American 2000 / 3:15
Blinded By THe Sight Of You / Kieran Ridge Band / Already Gone / 3:45
Taper Jean Girl / Kings Of Leon / Aha Shake Heartbreak / 3:05
Down At The End Of The Bar / Leo Rondeau / Down At The End Of The Bar / 3:36
Trouble On The Line / Loretta Lynn / Van Lear Rose / 2:21
Words Fell / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 2] / 4:34
Little Princess / Michael Stollaire / Holy Avenger / 3:35
Jackson / Mudcat / I’ll Be Young Once Too / 5:19
Nothing Between / The Mystix / Down To The Shore / 3:41
Choose Your Poison / Nakia / Water To Wine / 3:59
Trouble In My Way / Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens / What Have You Done, My Brother? / 2:54
Itch / New Town Drunks / The Ballad Of Stayed And Gone / 4:26
Pollyanna / Patterson Hood / Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) / 4:37
The Last / Ronnie Fauss / New Songs For The Old Frontier / 4:25
Magnolia Mountain / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / Cold Roses / 5:53
Judgement Day (RADIO EDIT) / Scott H. Biram / Somethings Wrong/Lost Forever Radio Edits / 2:33
Sometimes / Son Volt / Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo / 5:39
Empty Bottle / Stovall / True Story / 3:21
Pinetree Boogie / Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers / Cockadoodledon’t / 2:58
Hate It Here / Wilco / Sky Blue Sky / 4:34
Good Hearted Woman / Willie Nelson / Willie & Family Live / 2:59

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Down At The End Of The Bar / Down At The End Of The Bar / Leo Rondeau / 3:36
Rapture / Down At The End Of The Bar / Leo Rondeau / 4:26
Weary Owls / Down At The End Of The Bar / Leo Rondeau / 3:29

Blue Moon Over Tuscon / Paint The Ponies / Genuine Cowhide / 4:01

Empty Bottle / True Story / Stovall / 3:21
Hurtin’ Kind / True Story / Stovall / 3:49
Champagne / True Story / Stovall / 2:55
Stray Dog / True Story / Stovall / 3:15

Like I Do / Like I Do / AZ Kenny Tsak / 3:56
Full Time Lover / Like I Do / AZ Kenny Tsak / 5:20
I Just Wanna Make Love To You / Like I Do / AZ Kenny Tsak / 5:21

Pollyanna / Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) / Patterson Hood / 4:37
She’s A Little Randy / Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) / Patterson Hood / 4:29
Foolish Young Bastard / Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) / Patterson Hood / 2:32

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WCOM Play List for June 22, 2009

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Jun 232009
 

Taproot Rotation 195 on iTunes icon

Hour 1
Aftermath USA / Drive-By Truckers / A Blessing And A Curse / 3:16
Sugarfoot / Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears / Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! / 3:18
In The Midnight Hour / The Chambers Brothers / The Time Has Come (Remastered) / 5:33
Nothing Between / The Mystix / Down To The Shore / 3:41
Still Drunk, Still Crazy & Still Blue / Scott H. Biram / Somethings Wrong/Lost Forever / 2:57
Shout, Sister, Shout / Sister Rosetta Tharpe / The Gospel Of The Blues / 2:42
Jolene / Bob Dylan / Together Through Life / 3:51
Oh Mary / J.J. Cale / Roll On / 3:35
Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) / Robert Plant & Alison Krauss / Raising Sand / 3:34
It’ll Be Me (with Dave Alvin) / Wanda Jackson / Heart Trouble / 2:47
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down / Jim Livermore / Coming Home / 2:38
When You’re Gone / Kieran Ridge Band / Already Gone / 3:27
Bouquet Of Roses / Bobby Womack / Dirty Laundry – The Soul Of Black Country / 2:47
Before I Wake / John Doe & The Sadies / Country Club / 2:32
Before The Revolution / Tim Easton / Ammunition / 2:40
Walking On The Devils Backbone / Ha Ha Tonka / Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South / 3:53

Hour 2
Dry River / Knitters / The Modern Sounds of … The Knitters / 3:23
Really Rockabilly / Brian Setzer / 13 [Bonus Track] / 3:10
We Got To Slip Around / Bettye LaVette / Do Your Duty / 3:02
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer / John Lee Hooker / Anthology: 50 Years / 3:01
Complicated Shadows / Elvis Costello / Secret, Profane and Sugarcane (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) / 2:53
What Have You Done / Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens / What Have You Done, My Brother? / 3:46
Sea Of Tears / Eilen Jewell / Sea Of Tears / 2:46
Take Me Back / Dehlia Low / Tellico / 3:39
Nobody’s Girl / Bonnie Raitt / Nick Of Time / 3:15
Itch / New Town Drunks / The Ballad Of Stayed And Gone / 4:26
Trampled By The Sun / The Gourds / Shinebox / 1:51
New Madrid / Uncle Tupelo / Anodyne / 3:32
Before The Revolution / Tim Easton / Ammunition / 2:40
All Over You / Nakia / Water To Wine / 3:47
Tina Toledo’s Street Walkin’ Blues / Ryan Adams / Gold / 6:09

Tonight’s Sing Along: Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down

Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
Each night I leave the bar room when it’s over
Not feeling any pain at closing time
But tonight your memory found me much too sober
Couldn’t drink enough to keep you off my mind

Tonight the bottle let me down
And let your memory come around
The one true friend I thought I’d found
Tonight the bottle let me down

I’ve always had a bottle I could turn to
And lately I’ve been turnin’ every day
But the wine don’t take effect the way it used to
And I’m hurtin’ in an old familiar way

Tonight the bottle let me down
and let your memory come around
The one true friend I thought I’d found
Tonight the bottle let me down

Tonight the bottle let me down

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Taproot Radio News #195

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Jun 212009
 
Rotation #195 – June 22, 2009
read: http://www.taprootradio.com
webcast: http://www.live365.com/stations/taprootradio
live: Monday nights at 9pm eastern on WCOM.

Howdy,

The Elvis Costello show in Cary last week was lots of fun. Was good to see Jim Lauderdale on stage and I enjoyed seeing Elvis cover “The Bottle Let Me Down” and “Friend of the Devil,” not to mention string band versions of hist like “Red Shoes,” and “Peace Love and Understanding.” I’ve posted a video of his Cary show on the web site.

I’ve started a new feature on the weekly live show at WCOM. The weekly sing-along. Each week I’ll be featuring one song on the air specifically designed to be sung to. I and my guests in the studio will be singing along to the song on the air and the lyrics will be posted on the web site before the show so you can sing along from home. Inspired by the Elvis Cotello show, this week’s sing along song will be Merle Haggards’ “The Bottle Let Me Down.” So tune in and sing with us. You know you want to!!!

Dig Deep,
Calvin

This Week’s Rotation

Taproot Rotation 195 on iTunes icon

(alphabvetically by artist)
We Got To Slip Around / Bettye LaVette / Do Your Duty / 3:02
Sugarfoot / Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears / Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! / 3:18
Jolene / Bob Dylan / Together Through Life / 3:51
Bouquet Of Roses / Bobby Womack / Dirty Laundry – The Soul Of Black Country / 2:47
Nobody’s Girl / Bonnie Raitt / Nick Of Time / 3:15
Really Rockabilly / Brian Setzer / 13 [Bonus Track] / 3:10
In The Midnight Hour / The Chambers Brothers / The Time Has Come (Remastered) / 5:33
6 Miles To McKenny / Claire Holley / Dandelion / 3:31
Mining for Gold / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 1:31
Bootleg / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Bayou Country / 3:02
Ghost / Damion Suomi / Damion Suomi / 4:25
Take Me Back / Dehlia Low / Tellico / 3:39
Iron Out The Rough Spots / Don Covay / Mercy/See-Saw / 2:57
Aftermath USA / Drive-By Truckers / A Blessing And A Curse / 3:16
The Tough Sell / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 3:42
Sea Of Tears / Eilen Jewell / Sea Of Tears / 2:46
Complicated Shadows / Elvis Costello / Secret, Profane and Sugarcane (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) / 2:53
The Bad Guy / Flounders Without Eyes / What’s The Rush / 3:36
Hills of Carolina / Flounders Without Eyes / What’s The Rush / 3:59
Days On Their Side / Gina Villalobos / Days On Their Side / 4:05
Sweet Li’L / The Gourds / Dem’s Good Beeble / 2:47
Trampled By The Sun / The Gourds / Shinebox / 1:51
Walking On The Devils Backbone / Ha Ha Tonka / Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South / 3:53
Before The Sun Goes Down / Ian Thomas / Live At The Grey Eagle / 3:25
Oh Mary / J.J. Cale / Roll On / 3:35
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down / Jim Livermore / Coming Home / 2:38
Chokin’ Kind / Joe Simon / Dirty Laundry – The Soul Of Black Country / 2:40
Before I Wake / John Doe & The Sadies / Country Club / 2:32
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer / John Lee Hooker / Anthology: 50 Years / 3:01
When You’re Gone / Kieran Ridge Band / Already Gone / 3:27
Dry River / Knitters / The Modern Sounds of … The Knitters / 3:23
I’ve Got A New Heartache / Li’l Mo & The Monicats / On The Moon / 2:42
I Know You Know / Lyle Lovett / Lyle Lovett and his Large Band / 3:59
Good Advice / McHouston Baker / Mississippi Delta Dues / 3:06
Nothing Between / The Mystix / Down To The Shore / 3:41
All Over You / Nakia / Water To Wine / 3:47
What Have You Done / Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens / What Have You Done, My Brother? / 3:46
Itch / New Town Drunks / The Ballad Of Stayed And Gone / 4:26
Broken Heart Land / Owen Temple / Dollars And Dimes / 3:32
The Criminal Inside Me / R.L. Burnside / A Ass Pocket Of Wiskey / 5:53
Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) / Robert Plant & Alison Krauss / Raising Sand / 3:34
Tina Toledo’s Street Walkin’ Blues / Ryan Adams / Gold / 6:09
Still Drunk, Still Crazy & Still Blue / Scott H. Biram / Somethings Wrong/Lost Forever / 2:57
The hurtin’ side / Shelby Lynne / Definitive Collection / 2:30
Shout, Sister, Shout / Sister Rosetta Tharpe / The Gospel Of The Blues / 2:42
The Struggle / Stone River Boys / Stone River Boys / 4:26
Before The Revolution / Tim Easton / Ammunition / 2:40
Were You Pushed (Or Did You Fall) / Two Dollar Pistols / Here Tomorrow Gone Today / 2:48
New Madrid / Uncle Tupelo / Anodyne / 3:32
It’ll Be Me (with Dave Alvin) / Wanda Jackson / Heart Trouble / 2:47

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Broken Heart Land / Owen Temple / Dollars And Dimes / 3:32
City Of The King / Owen Temple / Dollars And Dimes / 4:15
Memphis / Owen Temple / Dollars And Dimes / 3:10
Little Princess / Michael Stollaire / Holy Avenger / 3:35

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Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South by Ha Ha Tonka

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Jun 162009
 


Where Bloodshot Records digs up these bands, I’ll never know. But Ha Ha Tonka sounds a lot like Kings of Leon, which is to say visionary, gritty, and bad-ass all at once. The top tracks are:
Walking On The Devils Backbone / Ha Ha Tonka / Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South / 3:53
Close Every Valve of Your Bleeding Heart / Ha Ha Tonka / Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South / 3:13

Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane by Elvis Costello

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Jun 162009
 


Elvis Costello’s CD, Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane, has been widely promoted as his “country” CD. But as with all things Elvis Costello, the truth is somewhat more compliacted. When you look at the instrumentation, including accordion, upright base, fiddle, dobro, etc. It’s easy to think country music, or perhaps more accurately, roots music. But it often sounds more like bluegrass than anything. But for most people, the distinction isn’t very iportant. It sounds twangy. Several of the songs are previous works done on commission for an opera about Hans Christian Anderson. That’s not as out in laft field as it might first sound. because the story line is about how Anderson was obsessed with an opera singer who toured the United States during the Civil War. So the songs are rooted in the era and rooted in the music style of the era. The rest of the songs, including one written with Loretta Lynn, sound a little more like roots music. But Elvis Costello never turns loose and writes a simple honky tonk ballad. He still has to write his incredibly complicated lyrics and herky-jerky usical lines. So in the end, the songs sound more like Elvis Costello rock songs adapted for a old-time string band. But ya know what? That’s not a bad thing. Notable tracks include:
Down Among the Wines and Spirits / Secret, Profane and Sugarcane / Elvis Costello / 3:12
Complicated Shadows / Secret, Profane and Sugarcane / Elvis Costello / 2:53
Sulphur to Sugarcane / Secret, Profane and Sugarcane / Elvis Costello / 6:00
The Crooked Line / Secret, Profane and Sugarcane / Elvis Costello / 3:49