Taproot Radio Live Tonight 9-11pm EST – Best of 2009 Show!

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Dec 292009
 

Greetings,

Tonight on the live show for Taproot Radio I’ll be counting down the Top 30 CD’s of 2009! Tune in to the web cast at www.wcomfm.org.

Taproot Radio Best of 2009
01 Eilen Jewel – Sea of Tears
02 Malcolm Holcombe – For The Mission Baby
03 Lucero – 1372 Overton Park
04 Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Tell ’em What Your Names Is
05 The Felice Brothers – Yonder Is The Clock
06 The Gourds – Haymaker
07 Heavy Trash – Midnight Soul Serenade
08 Scott H. Biram – Something’s Gone / Lost Forever
09 The Black Crowes – Before The Frost … Until The Freeze
10 John Lee Hooker – Anthology: 50 Years
11 J.J. Cale – Roll On
12 James McMurtry – Live In Europe
13 The Band of Heathens – One Foot In The Ether
14 Uncle Lucius – Pick Up Your Head
15 Shannon McNally – Coldwater
16 Delbert McClinton – Acquired Taste
17 Patrick Bloom – Ghost of Radio
18 Bonnie Bishop – Things I Know
19 Dehlia Low – Tellico
20 The Mayfiles – A Thousand Small Things
21 Quarter Mile Combo – Motels, Gas, & Beer
22 Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
23 Chuck Prohet – Let Freedom Ring
24 Lyle Lovett – Natural Forces
25 Mike Zito – Pearl River
26 Fiona Boyes – Blues Woman
27 John Doe & The Sadies – Country Club
28 Beth McKee – I’m That Way
29 Jo Serrapere – Love Going South
30 Joe Swank and the Zen Pirates – Hank Williams Died For My Sins

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Coldwater by Shannon McNally

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Dec 282009
 

One of the best surprises of 2009 for me was this CD, Coldwater, from Shannon McNally. Her CD is full of slow deep burn blues. Her sound sorta reminds me of The Cowboy Junkies but with a little kick of energy just below the surface. Highlights for me are “This Ain’t My Home,” and “Bolder Than Paradise.”

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Taproot Radio News – Best of 2009!

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Dec 282009
 
Rotation #211 – December 28, 2009
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listen: http://www.loudcaster.com/channels/21-taproot-radio
live: Monday nights at 9pm eastern on WCOM: http://www.wcomfm.org

Howdy,

Rotation #211 is the Best of 2009 rotation. It’s been very difficult to decide the best CDs this year because there are so many lesser known artists on the scene that are just as good as the Big Names. I try hard to judge each CD on its own merits and not let the reputation of an artist’s past work influence where their most recent release falls in the rankings. Not sure I 100% succeeded, but I think you’ll agree that there is a good cross section of the roots music scene represented in the Best of 2009 list.

The top spot in the Best of 2009, I’m proud to say, goes to Eilen Jewel. Her music is a perfect example of Taproot Radio’s mission to reintegrate ghettoized genres of music. She takes old school blues from the 20’s and 30’s, combines it with classic country and gospel, and turns it into music that feels good for the here and now. The opening track from Sea Of Tears, “Rain Roll In” completely captivated me with her down home girl vocal style.

Coming in at a very close #2 is Malcolm Holcombe. I think we’ll be struggling for years to come to try to classify his music into some sort of genre description. Maybe it’s Appalachian Funk. Maybe it’s Mountan Soul. Maybe it’s Charismatic Blues. Whatever you want to call it, there’s no denying that his sound is absolutely unique. “Leonard’s Pigpen” and “Short Street Blues” both gave me that hair raising thrill the first time I heard them.

This week marks the return of the Taproot Polls. This is your chance to cast votes on stuff that will make absolutely no difference about anything. So, you know, it’s blame free. :-) We re-launch the polls with a very important question, Do you like the horns on Lucero’s 1372 Overton Park? Vote early, Vote often.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

This Week’s Rotation

Taproot Radio Best of 2009
01 Eilen Jewel – Sea of Tears
02 Malcolm Holcombe – For The Mission Baby
03 Lucero – 1372 Overton Park
04 Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Tell ’em What Your Names Is
05 The Felice Brothers – Yonder Is The Clock
06 The Gourds – Haymaker
07 Heavy Trash – Midnight Soul Serenade
08 Scott H. Biram – Something’s Gone / Lost Forever
09 The Black Crowes – Before The Frost … Until The Freeze
10 John Lee Hooker – Anthology: 50 Years
11 J.J. Cale – Roll On
12 James McMurtry – Live In Europe
13 The Band of Heathens – One Foot In The Ether
14 Uncle Lucius – Pick Up Your Head
15 Shannon McNally – Coldwater
16 Delbert McClinton – Acquired Taste
17 Patrick Bloom – Ghost of Radio
18 Bonnie Bishop – Things I Know
19 Dehlia Low – Tellico
20 The Mayfiles – A Thousand Small Things
21 Quarter Mile Combo – Motels, Gas, & Beer
22 Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
23 Chuck Prohet – Let Freedom Ring
24 Lyle Lovett – Natural Forces
25 Mike Zito – Pearl River
26 Fiona Boyes – Blues Woman
27 John Doe & The Sadies – Country Club
28 Beth McKee – I’m That Way
29 Jo Serrapere – Love Going South
30 Joe Swank and the Zen Pirates – Hank Williams Died For My Sins

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WCOM Play List for December 21, 2009

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Dec 212009
 

Hour 1
Kitten / Quarter Mile Combo / Motels, Gas & Beer / 3:45
Sounds Of The City / Lucero / 1372 Overton Park / 3:13
Hold On Your Heart / Uncle Lucius / Pick Up Your Head / 2:38
Shine Along / The Black Crowes / Before The Frost…Until The Freeze / 4:33
You Need Love / Muddy Waters / Blues Masters Vol. 6 – Blues Originals / 2:43
No Headstone on My Grave / Esther Phillips / Oxford American 2003 (#6) / 3:20
How You Make Me Feel / Shelley King / Welcome Home / 2:52
Wolves (Song Of The Shepherd’s Dog) / Iron & Wine / The Shepherd’s Dog / 4:57
Mockingbird / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / Cold Roses / 4:47
Poor Poor LA / Time Easton / New Music From New West / 3:48
Isolation / Heavy Trash / Midnight Soul Serenade / 3:24
Deeper And Deeper / Randy Stern / Give / 3:45
Little Rock / Hayes Carll / Little Rock / 3:05
Mares / The Mayflies / A Thousand Small Things / 5:22

Hour 2
Run Chicken Run / The Felice Brothers / Yonder Is The Clock / 5:00
Good Time Crowd / Chuck Prophet / ¡Let Freedom Ring! / 3:28
Think I Will / Bonnie Bishop / Bonie Bishop 09 Things I Know(self) / 3:23
Oh Yeah! / Electric Rag Band / If You Got Some / 1:52
Bolder Than Paradise / Shannon McNally / Coldwater / 5:25
Right Here With Me / The Band Of Heathens / One Foot In The Ether / 3:42
January Wedding / The Avett Brothers / I And Love And You / 3:48
Petaluma / The Mayflies / A Thousand Small Things / 3:54
So Long, I’m Gone / Ned Van Go / Heartbroke City / 2:49
Two Step Too / Delbert McClinton / Cost Of Living / 3:02
The Door / Keb’ Mo’ / Get the Blues! / 3:54
Ooncha Ooncha Music / Jon Shain / Times Right Now / 3:25
Hit The Road Jack / Ray Charles / Anthology / 2:00
Midnight Rambler / The Rolling Stones / Let It Bleed / 6:57

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Taproot Radio News #210

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Dec 212009
 
Rotation #210 – December 21, 2009
read: http://www.taprootradio.com
listen: http://www.loudcaster.com/channels/21-taproot-radio
live: Monday nights at 9pm eastern on WCOM: http://www.wcomfm.org

Howdy,

One of the oldest rules in politics is “First they make everyone a criminal, then they arrest the people they don’t like.” This has been playing out in Raleigh recently. On a small scale perhaps, but the rule has been proven. At issue is a series of house concerts sponsored by long time folk musician, Bett Padgett. She has been hosting house concerts for many years where she hosts the artists and puts on a performance in her living room. She collects a fee for attendance and all the proceeds go to the artists who perform. She heavily subsidizes the these events in both time and money. These house concerts are very popular and reservations for her events fill up in the first few minutes after she announces them.

Well, someone complained to the city council who has now ruled that Bett is a criminal for engaging in business activity out of her home and for holding more than three gatherings at her house per year. Apparently the Raleigh City Council has a statist streak in them, thinking they have the right to decide how many events you can host in your own home each year and whether or not having a house concert is a business activity. (And by the way, what exactly is wrong with engaging in a business activity in your house as long as you aren’t disturbing or endangering your neighbors?).

Our local progressive newspaper The Independent has a full story about this outrage. For those of you in Raleigh, I strongly urge you to vote your council out of office next election.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

This Week’s Rotation

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(in no particular order)
Hit The Road Jack / Ray Charles / Anthology / 2:00
Kitten / Quarter Mile Combo / Motels, Gas & Beer / 3:45
Mares / The Mayflies / A Thousand Small Things / 5:22
Natural Forces / Lyle Lovett / Natural Forces / 5:41
Think I Will / Bonnie Bishop / Bonie Bishop 09 Things I Know(self) / 3:23
Damn Your Eyes / Etta James / Gold / 4:11
Graveyard Train / Doug & Telisha Williams / Ghost Of The KnoXVIlle Girl / 3:19
January Wedding / The Avett Brothers / I And Love And You / 3:48
My Body’s Been Home / Thomas Hine / Motives / 4:19
You Need Love / Muddy Waters / Blues Masters Vol. 6 – Blues Originals / 2:43
Lonely Heart / Vince Mira / Cash Cabin Sessions / 3:18
Man of Somebody’s Dreams / Los Lobos / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 3:59
Petaluma / The Mayflies / A Thousand Small Things / 3:54
Sounds Of The City / Lucero / 1372 Overton Park / 3:13
‘Til I Get It Right / John Doe & The Sadies / Country Club / 3:19
Fat Boy / Marah / If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry / 2:27
Ghost Of Rock & Roll / Matthew Grimm & The Red Smear / The Ghost Of Rock & Roll / 3:04
Hold On Your Heart / Uncle Lucius / Pick Up Your Head / 2:38
Mighty Sweet Watermelon / Greg Brown / The Evening Call / 3:45
Oh Yeah! / Electric Rag Band / If You Got Some / 1:52
The Door / Keb’ Mo’ / Get the Blues! / 3:54
How You Make Me Feel / Shelley King / Welcome Home / 2:52
Midnight Rambler / The Rolling Stones / Let It Bleed / 6:57
Bolder Than Paradise / Shannon McNally / Coldwater / 5:25
If You Talk To My Baby / The Backsliders / Throwin’ Rocks At The Moon / 2:47
Isolation / Heavy Trash / Midnight Soul Serenade / 3:24
Little Rock / Hayes Carll / Little Rock / 3:05
Passin’ My Days / Choosy Beggars / See The Lovers Right On Time / 3:46
Right Here With Me / The Band Of Heathens / One Foot In The Ether / 3:42
Wolves (Song Of The Shepherd’s Dog) / Iron & Wine / The Shepherd’s Dog / 4:57
Better Than Bein Alone / Joe Swank And The Zen Pirates / Hank Williams Died For My Sins / 4:03
Ooncha Ooncha Music / Jon Shain / Times Right Now / 3:25
Run Chicken Run / The Felice Brothers / Yonder Is The Clock / 5:00
A Mighty Long Way / Eddie Bradford / Sweet Sounds Of Muscle Shoa : Vol. 4-More Power To Ya! / 2:35
BABY LOVES HIM / Wanda Jackson / EARLY FEMALE ROCKBILLY / 2:01
So Long, I’m Gone / Ned Van Go / Heartbroke City / 2:49
Good Time Crowd / Chuck Prophet / ¡Let Freedom Ring! / 3:28
Heart Of Gold / Bill Kirchen / Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods / 3:44
Poor Poor LA / Time Easton / New Music From New West / 3:48
Two Step Too / Delbert McClinton / Cost Of Living / 3:02
I Gotta Get Drunk / Willie Nelson / Crazy: The Demo Sessions / 1:41
If The Sea Was Whiskey / Willie Dixon / From Clarksdale to Cleveland Vol.1 The Roadhouse / 3:02
Shine Along / The Black Crowes / Before The Frost…Until The Freeze / 4:33
Big Little Baby / Reverend Horton Heat / Holy Roller / 2:29
2002 / Bob Schneider / Lonelyland / 4:08
Mockingbird / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / Cold Roses / 4:47
No Headstone on My Grave / Esther Phillips / Oxford American 2003 (#6) / 3:20
In Time / Sir Douglas Quintet / The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet / 2:16
Bayou Tortue / James McMurtry / Live In Europe / 4:26
Deeper And Deeper / Randy Stern / Give / 3:45

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WCOM Play List for December 14, 2009

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Dec 142009
 

hour 1
I Want To Destroy You / Dollar Store / For A Decade Of Sin: 11 Years Of Bloodshot Records / 2:24
Bumble Bee / Heavy Trash / Midnight Soul Serenade / 1:58
You’re Gonna Miss My Love / Mark Selby / More Storms Comin’ / 4:47
Think I Will / Bonnie Bishop / Bonie Bishop 09 Things I Know(self) / 3:23

special dedication set

Chicken Wire / The Felice Brothers / Yonder Is The Clock / 2:44
In My Time Of Dying / The Mayflies / A Thousand Small Things / 3:04
Goin’ Down / Electric Rag Band / If You Got Some / 3:08
This Ain’t My Home / Shannon McNally / Coldwater / 4:34
You’ve Always Got the Blues / B.B. King / Love Me Tender / 5:02
What Are You Willing To Lose / Lucero / 1372 Overton Park / 4:08
Son Of A Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield / Dusty In Memphis / 2:29
the littlest birds / The Be Good Tanyas / SXSW 2005 #04 / 4:07

hour 2
Blistered / Vince Mira / Cash Cabin Sessions / 2:42
Crying Time (with Elvis Costello) / Wanda Jackson / Heart Trouble / 3:02
BIGGELOW 6200 / Brenda Lee / EARLY FEMALE ROCKBILLY / 2:19
I’ve Lost My Heart To You / Dexter Romweber / Blues That Defy My Soul / 2:49
Liqour Store / Uncle Lucius / Pick Up Your Head / 3:59
Dirty Blonde / Mike Zito / Pearl River / 3:37
Barrier Reef / Old 97’s / Too Far To Care / 3:50
(The New Way Of) Grievin’ & Smokin’ / The Gourds / Ghosts Of Hallelujah / 3:26
Muddy Bottom / David Childers / Blessed In An Unusual Way / 2:52
Bayou Song / Lyle Lovett / Natural Forces / 4:07
I Remember / Shelley King / Welcome Home / 2:32
You’Ve Got The Papers(I’Ve Got The Man) / Ann Peebles / Handwriting Is On The Wall / 2:57
Hollywood Kiss / Kevin Deal / 7 / 4:56
A Blessing And A Curse / Drive-By Truckers / A Blessing And A Curse / 5:31

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