Jul 312011
 

On What You’re Doing To Me, Tilford Sellers revives the early days of American music where country/blues/rock where still basically the same music. You can hear strains of the Grand Old Opry and Hank Williams. You can hear echos of Charlie Feathers and Buddy Holly. It’s feel-good honky tonk music that’s refreshingly simple, direct, and fun. Highlights for me are “Get Read” and the title track, “What You’re Doing To Me.”

Jul 292011
 

Rotation #273, August 1, 2011
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Howdy,

No new music into rotation this week because all my spare time has been devoted to rearranging my studio and lots of my new CDs are still hidden in the carnage of books, boxes, shelving, and bits and pieces of electronics. Fear not. I haven’t lost any of them. I hope.

One CD that I know will be going into rotation as soon as I can find it, or borrow it again, is the latest CD from John Howie Jr. and The Rosewood Bluff. Anyone who is familiar with John Howie from his Two Dollar Pistols days is sure to like the new sound. Still mostly a vintage country sound, maybe a little less honky tonk and a a little rmore thoughtful songwriting.  

On episode 47 of the Taproot Podcast Mark Jungers talks about the upcoming Frio River Festival, how he came up with the title “More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad Cat,” and why he needed to write a cattle-rustling song.

Speaking of the podcast, one of the best things anyone can do for Taproot Radio is go over to the Taproot Podcast page on iTunes and leave a review. That helps people find it in the future which helps the artists I feature on the show. So what goes around comes around.

Dig Deep,
Calvin 

Recent Podcast Episodes

Episode 43 – Rick Cornell talks to John Howie, Jr. and Billie Feathers about their new Band and CD and play some live songs in the studio……

Episode 44 – Calvin interviews the legendary Malcolm Holcombe and plays three tracks from To Drink The Rain.

Episode 45 – Rick Cornell interviews Jerry De Cicca of The Black Swans to talk about their latest folk-rock CD, living room tours, and more.

Episode 46 – Dex Romweber and his sister Sara talk about the new Dex Romweber Duo release, Is That You In The Blue, southern gothic, painting, and Dex’s stage costume fantasy.

Episode 47 – Mark Jungers discusses talks about the upcoming Frio River Festival, how he came up with the title “More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad Cat,” and why he needed to write a cattle-rustling song,


This Week’s Rotation
rotation 273 on iTunes

Country Honk / The Rolling Stones / Let It Bleed / 3:11
Get Ready / Tilford Sellers / What You’re Doing To Me / 2:09
Honeymoners / Kalob Grifin Band / KGB / 4:44
Hell Hound On My Trail / Robert Johnson / The Centennial Collection / 2:38
Nowhere / Dex Romweber Duo / Is That You In The Blue / 3:47
Our Love Is Driftin’ / Mississippi Cadillac Blues Band / Stone Cold / 4:28
Stay With Me / The Wilders / The Wilders / 3:38
Sweet Lolita / Tejas Brothers / Tejas Brothers / 3:07
Boogie / Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears / Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! / 3:17
Don’t Live There Anymore / Eric Hisaw / Ghost Stories / 3:13
In My Mind I Was Talkin’ To Loretta / Pieta Brown / Remember The Sun / 3:55
(In The) Next Life / The Border Blasters / The Sun Session / 2:13
How Far We’ve Come / Dawes / Nothing Is Wrong / 2:59
It’s Me / k.d. lang / Reintarnation / 2:21
Look At Me Now / Sam Baylor / Life On Trouble Street / 4:10
Mississippi Girl / Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three / Middle of Everywhere / 3:32
Sheetrock Hanger / Rod Picott / Welding Burns / 4:16
Bullfrog Blues / Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers / Cockadoodledon’t / 3:05
On The Compound / The Five Points Band / Family / 3:26
Wait / The New Familiars / Between The Moon And The Morning Light / 3:23
Your Sister Cried / Mary Gauthier / Mercy Now / 5:00
I Should Get Over This / Scott Ainslie / Thunder’s Mouth / 3:57
No Stranger To The Blues / Joe Pitts / Ten Shades Of Blue / 4:27
Bang Bang Bang / Eilen Jewell / Queen Of The Minor Key / 1:45
Heavy Duty / Chuck Prophet / Age Of Miracles / 4:14
Higher You Climb / JJ Grey & Mofro / Orange Blossoms / 4:09
Railroad Ties / River Rouge / Not All There Anymore / 3:29
Bedside Blues / Jim Thompkins / When The Levee Breaks (Disc A) / 3:07
Just One More Day / Otis Redding / Live On The Sunset Strip / 5:21
Blue Monday / Randy Newman / Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino (Disc 1) / 2:23
Stop The Wedding / Etta James / Gold / 2:52
You Don’t Miss Your Water / William Bell / Stax 1959-1968 #1 / 3:01
Dirty Nightgown / Dave Alvin / Eleven Eleven / 5:19
This Time / Shawn Pittman / Edge of the World / 3:43
Corina / Jesse Lege / The Right Combination / 3:58
Pint Tar Ramparts / The Gourds / Dem’s Good Beeble / 2:42
Wine Me Up / Two Dollar Pistols / Step Right Up / 3:41
Tearbox / The Gourds / Bolsa De Agua / 2:21
Go Now / Bessie Banks / Deep Soul Treasures 2 / 2:41
All Shook Up / Otis Blackwell / Searchin / 3:14
I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby / The Louvin Brothers / Their Very Best / 2:04
I’ve Been Gone / Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers / Starlight Hotel / 4:28
Lie to Me / Bettysoo & Doug Cox / Across the Borderline / Lie to Me / 4:46
New York, New York / Ryan Adams / Gold / 3:48
No More To Leave You Behind / Infamous Stringdusters / Fork In The Road / 4:05
Up Above My Head / Wood Brothers / Up Above My Head / 2:40
Good Thang / The Soul Of John Black / Good Thang / 3:18
Johnny Ace Is Dead / Dave Alvin / Eleven Eleven / 4:27
Should Have Known / Band Of Heathens / Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son / 4:38
Take Me Back to Baltimore / Elizabeth Cotten / Shake Sugaree / 1:59

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Jul 262011
 

Mark Jungers talks about the upcoming Frio River Festival, how he came up with the title “More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad Cat,” and why he needed to write a cattle-rustling song,
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Mark Jungers

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Frio River Festival

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Jul 252011
 

Greetings all

Tonight I’m excited to be interviewing roots music veteran, Mark Jungers. I can’t wait to share his music with you. Also playing new music from Dave Alvin and my all time favorite Scott H. Biram song.

Rick will be hosting the Mary Johnson Rockers and playing tracks from three great soul collections.

As always locals can tune in to WCOM 103.5 FM and everyone else can tune into the webcast. So tune in from 9-11pm Eastern time Monday night!

Taproot Radio – Calvin – 9-10pm 
Good-Bye To Carolina / Lyle Lovett / I Love Everybody / 3:29
California / Eric Hisaw / Ghost Stories / 3:26
Take My Possessions / Charlie Sohmer / Dying To Have A Good Time / 3:59
The Death Of Me / Dex Romweber Duo / Is That You In The Blue / 3:16
Get Ready / Tilford Sellers / What You’re Doing To Me / 2:09
Digital Blues / The Soul Of John Black / Good Thang / 4:23
Medicine Man / Band Of Heathens / Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son / 4:15
Maybe I’ve Been Where I’m Goin’ / Tokyo Rosenthal / Who Was That Man / 3:56
410 / Rod Picott / Welding Burns / 2:55
No Good For Nothing / River Rouge / Not All There Anymore / 3:22
Head to Toe / Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three / Middle of Everywhere / 2:32
Over Again (Feat. Zoe Muth) / Eilen Jewell / Queen Of The Minor Key / 4:02
Harlan County Line / Dave Alvin / Eleven Eleven / 5:12
Throw A Boogie/Black Betty/Just A Little Bit / Scott H. Biram / The Dirty Old One Man Band / 3:56

Dirty Laundry – Rick – 10-11pm

Warning Signs / Eilen Jewell / Queen of the Minor Key
Handful of Heartaches / John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff / Leavin’ Yesterday
Ghost Stories / Eric Hisaw / Ghost Stories
I Can’t Let Go / Chip Taylor, Kendel Carson, John Platania, and others / Rock and Roll Joe
Notes: Four new roots releases…

***Joined in the studio by Mary Johnson Rockers and her band. New album due out in a couple of weeks, and the CD release show is at Local 506 on August 12.***

I’ll Do Anything (He Wants Me to Do) / Doris Troy / I’ll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology
My World Tumbles Down / George Soule / Let Me Be a Man
Aretha, Sing One for Me / George Jackson / In Memphis 1972-1977
Notes: Three new soul collections, on loan from my pal Tom C. Cat Power covered Jackson’s “Aretha, Sing One for Me” a couple years back. And, of course, any mention of the late Ms. Troy is required to be accompanied by a reference to her work on Dark Side of the Moon.

I Can’t Be Satisfied / Spencer Wiggins / Feed the Flame: The Fame and XL Recordings
Notes: Another one courtesy of Tom C, and a great one it is…

 Posted by at 9:00 pm
Jul 232011
 

Rotation #272, July 25, 2011

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Howdy,

Dave Alvin’s Eleven Eleven CD goes into rotation week. Good blues/roots cross over there. Great ballads about desperate people. Added the new CD, Good Thang, from The Soul of John Black into rotation. Good combination of modern and classic soul sounds on that one.

Some friends were asking me recently about whether or not I’d consider Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” as a song that fits in the broad category of “roots music.” My response is posted on the web site here.

On episode 46 of the Taproot Podcast, Dex Romweber and his sister Sara talk about the new Dex Romweber Duo release, Is That You In The Blue, southern gothic, painting, and Dex’s stage costume fantasy.

The August bookings for the Taproot Podcast are closed and looks like it’s gonna be a great month. I’m excited about interviewing Jeff Smith from The Hickoids, Ed Jurdi from Band of Heathens, newcomer Kalob Griffin, songwriter extraordinaire, Tokyo Rosenthall and a very interesting duo, Bettysoo/Doug Cox. You can get the dates at the episode index page.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available for the August Podcast episodes so if you’ve got an event, festival, venue etc you want to promote to roots music fans, let me know let’s work something out.

Dig Deep,
Calvin 

Recent Podcast Episodes

Episode 42Bill Anderson and Joe Doerr of Churchwood deconstruct the blues, talk about what it’s like to get together again after all these years, and teach us street Latin…..

Episode 43 – Rick Cornell talks to John Howie, Jr. and Billie Feathers about their new Band and CD and play some live songs in the studio……

Episode 44 – Calvin interviews the legendary Malcolm Holcombe and plays three tracks from To Drink The Rain.

Episode 45 – Rick Cornell interviews Jerry De Cicca of The Black Swans to talk about their latest folk-rock CD, living room tours, and more.

Episode 46 of the Taproot Podcast, Dex Romweber and his sister Sara talk about the new Dex Romweber Duo release, Is That You In The Blue, southern gothic, painting, and Dex’s stage costume fantasy.


This Week’s Rotation
rotation 272 on iTunes

Rolling In The Deep / Adele / 21 / 3:48
Medicine Man / Band Of Heathens / Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son / 4:15
Sway With Me / Ben Weaver / Stories Under Nails / 7:53
Boxcars / Bettysoo & Doug Cox / Across the Borderline / Lie to Me / 5:29
I’m A Fool To Care / Bobby Charles / See You Later, Alligator / 2:36
(In The) Next Life / The Border Blasters / The Sun Session / 2:13
The Way It Used To Be / The Bottle Rockets / Lean Forward / 2:47
Every Little Bit Hurts (Del-Fi Version) / Brenda Holloway / Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found (One Kiss Can Lead to Another) / 3:10
Big Love / Carrie Rodriguez / Love and Circumstance / 4:06
Take My Possessions / Charlie Sohmer / Dying To Have A Good Time / 3:59
Harlan County Line / Dave Alvin / Eleven Eleven / 5:12
The Death Of Me / Dex Romweber Duo / Is That You In The Blue / 3:16
Over Again (Feat. Zoe Muth) / Eilen Jewell / Queen Of The Minor Key / 4:02
Rock My Soul / Elvin Bishop / Raisin’ Hell Revue / 5:50
California / Eric Hisaw / Ghost Stories / 3:26
On The Compound / The Five Points Band / Family / 3:26
Blue / The Jayhawks / Tomorrow The Green Grass (Legacy Edition) / 3:10
Tippy Toeing / Jesse Lege / The Right Combination / 2:39
Shining On Through / Jimmy LaFave / Blue Nightfall / 3:11
Last of Me & You / Joe Swank and the Mule Skinner Band / Cowpunk! / 3:18
Beards / Kalob Grifin Band / KGB / 3:42
Baby’s In Toyland / The Long Ryders / The Long Ryders Anthology: Looking for Lewis and Clark [Disc 2] / 4:20
Bus To Baton Rouge / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 2] / 6:27
Good-Bye To Carolina / Lyle Lovett / I Love Everybody / 3:29
Our Love Is Driftin’ / Mississippi Cadillac Blues Band / Stone Cold / 4:28
Icarus / The New Familiars / Between The Moon And The Morning Light / 4:12
True Love Travels on a Gravel Road / Nick Lowe / The Impossible Bird / 3:38
Ace Of Spades / O.V. Wright / The Soul Of O.V. Wright / 2:23
Don’t Be Cruel / Otis Blackwell / Searchin / 1:52
Loving You / Paolo Nutini / These Streets / 4:01
Head to Toe / Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three / Middle of Everywhere / 2:32
Love Is Gone / Pure Grain / Sowing Seeds / 4:07
Reckless Feeling / Ray Bonneville / Goin’ By Feel / 3:30
No Good For Nothing / River Rouge / Not All There Anymore / 3:22
From Four Until Late / Robert Johnson / The Centennial Collection / 2:25
410 / Rod Picott / Welding Burns / 2:55
Mexican Moonshine / Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers / ¡Americano! / 4:02
Dang Me / Sam Hutchins / Looking For My Baby! / 2:33
Throw A Boogie/Black Betty/Just A Little Bit / Scott H. Biram / The Dirty Old One Man Band / 3:56
Edge of the World / Shawn Pittman / Edge of the World / 3:55
Rains Came / Shelby Lynne / Tears, Lies, And Alibis / 2:26
Digital Blues / The Soul Of John Black / Good Thang / 4:23
Should Have Seen It Coming / Split Lip Rayfield / Should Have Seen It Coming / 3:03
Get Ready / Tilford Sellers / What You’re Doing To Me / 2:09
Maybe I’ve Been Where I’m Goin’ / Tokyo Rosenthal / Who Was That Man / 3:56
Me, Myself, And Wine / Two Dollar Pistols / Step Right Up / 3:09
My Own Way / The Very Girls / Elsewhere Bound / 3:14
Pat’s 25 / The Wilders / The Wilders / 4:45
Liza Jane / Wood Brothers / Up Above My Head / 3:35
If I Can’t Trust You With A Quarter (How Can I Trust You With My Heart?) / Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers / Starlight Hotel / 5:07


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Beards / Kalob Grifin Band / KGB / 3:42
Take Me River / Kalob Grifin Band / KGB / 4:20
Honeymoners / Kalob Grifin Band / KGB / 4:44
Don’t Light My Fire / Nell Robinson / On The Brooklyn Road / 2:27
Rolling In The Deep / Adele / 21 / 3:48
Harlan County Line / Dave Alvin / Eleven Eleven / 5:12
Johnny Ace Is Dead / Dave Alvin / Eleven Eleven / 4:27
Dirty Nightgown / Dave Alvin / Eleven Eleven / 5:19
Don’t Light My Fire / Nell Robinson / On The Brooklyn Road / 2:27
Thousand-Days-of-Rain / Lo-Watt Radio / Thousand Days Of Rain / 4:27
Here-We-Are-Again / Lo-Watt Radio / Thousand Days Of Rain / 5:08
Jump-A-Train / Lo-Watt Radio / Thousand Days Of Rain / 4:00
Hot Rod Carson / Chip Taylor, John Platania & Kendel Carson / Rock & Roll Joe- A Tribute To The Unsung Heroes Of Rock N’ Roll / 2:14
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Sugar Sugaree / Chip Taylor, John Platania & Kendel Carson / Rock & Roll Joe- A Tribute To The Unsung Heroes Of Rock N’ Roll / 5:04
Storyteller / Lauren Shera / Once I Was A Bird / 3:41
Digital Blues / The Soul Of John Black / Good Thang / 4:23
Good Thang / The Soul Of John Black / Good Thang / 3:18
Strawberry Lady / The Soul Of John Black / Good Thang / 4:18

 Posted by at 1:28 pm
Jul 202011
 

After three different people suggested I check out Adele, including my wife, I figured it was high time. “Rolling In The Deep” is a powerful song. It starts out with lone voice that sounds like it’s been lost in the wilderness for a little too long, surrounded by an ominous kick drum. From there her gospel inspired voice pulls the music into an amazing power-pop ballad.

Friends have asked, “Is this the sort of song you would play on your show?” Is it roots music? If I had to analyze it, I’d probably say no. If I put this song in a rotation with 10 other songs and asked you to pick the one that doesn’t fit with the others, this song would stand out like a sore thumb. At the end of the day, I’d classify it as a roots/pop cross over.

But that’s only if you analyze it and insist on labeling it. Fact is, this song has such a powerful, moving, inspiring feel to it, I’m happy to play this on Taproot Radio.

And if it inspires a few people to want to explore roots music, cool. Here are a few roots music suggestions I have for people who like Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”:

Cave Singers:
Adele’s song immediately reminded me of “Dancing On Our Graves” by The Cave Singers. This is song has similar instrumentation, but it’s much more ominous.

Mavis Staples:
Mavis Staples’ music with The Staples Singers is icon of the sixties era civil rights music, putting a sound and identity to the combination of spiritual and political change. She’s still making music these days and her latest CD brings her gospel sound a little more to the forefront while still making it accessible to mainstream audiences.

Candi Staton:
Another icon of soul music from the 60′s, she continues to make beautiful soulful music. I love the beautiful haunting title track from her 2006 release His Hands.

JJ Grey and MOFRO
Lastly if you want a good pop song full of power chords that taps into that soulful vibe, you can’t go wrong with JJ Grey and MOFRO. This is the video from their 2010 release, “Georgia Warhorse”

Ray Wylie Hubbard:
Finally, I have to include Ray Wylie Hubbard. It’s a stretch to go from Adele to RWH, but like Adele he is able to capture that spiritual, gospel, soul feel in the base of his music and then build on top of it. Here is is song “Rabbit” which not one of the more popular Ray Wylie Hubbard songs, but it fits well with Adele’s song and, well, it’s one of my personal favorites.

Jul 192011
 

Dex Romweber and his sister Sara talk about the new Dex Romweber Duo release, Is That You In The Blue, southern gothic, painting, and Dex’s stage costume fantasy.
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Is That You In Blue by The Dex Romweber Duo

The Dex Romweber Duo on iTunes
The Dex Romweber Duo on Bloodshot Records
CD Release Party: Friday, July 22cd at The Cat’s Cradle.

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Legal

The Taproot Radio Podcast is copyright 2011 by Taproot Media. The music and interviews in this episode are used with permission of the artists. The Taproot Theme music is called “Meltdown Man” by Derek K. Miller of Penmachine.com. The episode as a whole is copyright 2011 by Taproot Media.

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Jul 182011
 

 Greetings,
This week I’m looking forward to having in the studio The Dexter Romweber Duo! They have a new CD out and we’ll get to hear it even before the CD release party. Dex and Sarah will be in the studio to tell us the stories behind the making of the CD.

Rick will be interviewing P.J. O’Connell, formerly of The Flying Pigs and now with several solo releases under his belt.

As always locals can tune in to WCOM 103.5 FM and everyone else can tune into the webcast. So tune in from 9-11pm Eastern time Monday night!

Taproot Radio – Calvin – 9-10pm
Magnolia / The Gourds / Stadium Blitzer / 2:50
Johnston County / Eric Hisaw / Ghost Stories / 3:26
That’s Where I’m Going / Eilen Jewell / Queen Of The Minor Key / 2:15
If You Don’t Start Drinkin’ (I’m Gonna Leave) / George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock / 4:12
*** Special Guests The Dexter Romweber Duo ***
Welding Burns / Rod Picott / Welding Burns / 3:43
Magnolia Mountain / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / Cold Roses / 5:53
You’re Still Driving That Truck / Tara Nevins / Wood And Stone / 3:16
Lie to Me / Bettysoo & Doug Cox / Across the Borderline / Lie to Me / 4:46
I Ain’t Running / Band Of Heathens / Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son / 4:50
What You’re Doing To Me / Tilford Sellers / What You’re Doing To Me / 2:17
Wait / The New Familiars / Between The Moon And The Morning Light / 3:23
Show Me A Sign / Mark Jungers / More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad Cat / 4:34
Good at Goodbye / River Rouge / Not All There Anymore / 3:09
Wednesday / Drive-By Truckers / A Blessing And A Curse / 4:05

Dirty Laundry – Rick Cornell – 10-11pm
Johnny Ace Is Dead / Dave Alvin / Eleven Eleven
Johnny Ace / Dash Rip Rock / Ace of Clubs
Pledging My Love / Johnny Ace / The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues
Notes: A Johnny Ace set to start things off (for the sake of time, I decided not to include Paul Simon’s “The Late Great Johnny Ace”). Pick your theory: Ace died playing Russian roulette, he was waving his new gun around and accidentally shot himself, he was killed by label exec/alleged gangster Don Robey’s goons, or Big Mama Thornton shot Ace after he made aggressive advances.

Angel 10/11 / The Flying Pigs / Desi

*** The Flying Pigs were a Triangle-based band led by Pat “P.J.” O’Connell. Post-Pigs O’Connell has released a handful of solo records. His latest is titled Join the Crowd, and it’s incredibly good. Pat’s phoning in for a talk, and we’ll play three or four songs from the new record. ***

Evan Pick Up the Line / Kevin Gordon / Cadillac Jack’s #1 Son
Flowers / Irma Thomas / After the Rain
Deuce and a Quarter / Keith Richards, Levon Helm & The Band / All the King’s Men
Notes: Kevin Gordon (who wrote the three songs in this set – cowriting the last with Gwil Owen) will be at the Pour House this Saturday, July 23, with his band. In the name of equal time, I’ll also mentioned that Jerry DeCicca, who was a guest on last week’s Dirty Laundry, is doing a house concert in Durham (along with another past DL guest, Southeast Engine’s Adam Remnant) in Durham on that same night.

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