Jan 082012
 

Rotation #294, January 9, 2012

Howdy,

Over the holiday break I had the chance to finally check out turntable.fm. Whoa! You can describe it as a “chat+music sharing” site or a “group listening room.” But neither really describes to good feeling you have knowing you’re in a virtual room of like minded music fans. I highly encourage you to check it out. I’m listed on the service under the name Calvin  Powers so send me a message if you see me online. I spend virtually all my time in the room created by Mike Powers (no relation) of Yellow Dog Records. The room is called “Folk/Americana/Blues/Soul – It’s All Connected”.

Speaking of Yellow Dog Records, they have a companion music sampler available featuring the labels artists, most of which you’ve heard on Taproot Radio at one point or another. The CD’s tracks are going into rotation over the next few weeks and you can get the sampler for free with the purchase of any of their CDs. I’ll tell ya, I liked the sampler CD so much I voluntarily paid $5.00 for it even though I could have gotten it for free. It’s that good.

Read on a music industry newsletter that Bobby Purify, of James and Bobby Purify fame passed away just a few days before the new year. So I’ve been playing as many of their songs as I can. They are probably best known for their song “Shake Your Tail Feathers.” But you should also check out “I Take What I Want” and “I Am Your Puppet.”  They are among the superstars of classic soul music.

If Gun’s ‘n Roses had decided to be a country band, they might have ended up sounding like Thieving Birds, a band I stumbled across recently. Some of the hardest country rock you’ll hear this year and a welcome relief from string of way too many sensitive songwriter types that have been showing up in my inbox of late. Three tracks from their self titled CD are going into rotation this week.

On episode 69 of the Taproot Podcast, Cam Penner talks about his motivation for writing songs when he was younger, his road trip across North America, getting stopped by the police, his time with Jesus People USA, and how he set up the recording of his latest CD, Gypsy Summer.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

Taproot Road Song

The Far West has been on my heavy rotation list for the past few weeks largely due to the strength of the song, “Bound To Lose,” which reminds me a lot of early Paul Simon with just a little more twang. It has a good traveling song feel.

Lead singer Lee Briante will be my guest on the loive show on WCOM on Monday night, January 9th at 9pm Eastern time. Visit the WCOM web site to listen online.

Recent Podcast Episodes

Episode 66 – Ted Hefko talks about the extremely competitive music scene in NYC and how that’s a positive influence on artists, how Dylan’s early work was a huge inspiration for him, riding the Greyhound Bus to move to New Orleans when he was just out of high school, and learning to “fix his face.”

Episode 67 – Jonathan Harkham from the band Paladino, talks about trying to capture the textures of the southern California landscape and latino culture, listening to his mother’s country music while growing up in Los Angeles, and why he chose to cover “Green Green Grass of Home.”

Episode 68 – We feature a special audio show about the making of The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. 13 singer/songwriters were given the opportunity to set lyrics from Hank Williams’ notebooks to music and perform them on the CD. On this show hosted by Alejandro Escovedo, we hear the artists such as Jack White, Rodney Crowell, and Alan Jackson talk about what it was like to “collaborate” with Hank Williams.


Episode 69 –  Cam Penner talks about his motivation for writing songs when he was younger, his roadtrip across North America, getting stopped by the police, his time with Jesus People USA, and how he set up the recording of his latest CD, Gypsy Summer.

Recent Adds

  • Stuck In Memphis / Thieving Birds / Thieving Birds / 3:05

  • Save My Soul / Thieving Birds / Thieving Birds / 4:45

  • Home / Thieving Birds / Thieving Birds / 4:43

  • Songbrd / Randy Thompson / Collected / 4:08

  • Ol’ 97 / Randy Thompson / Collected / 4:12

  • Twang This / Randy Thompson / Collected / 3:54

  • The Stars Don’t Care / The James Low Western Front / Whiskey Farmer / 4:03

  • One Way Through The Door 3:34 / Brian Molnar & The Naked Hearts / Of The Fall / 3:34

  • Breathin’ / Asylum Street Spankers / It’s All Connected / 2:42

  • The Moon Blues / The Soul of John Black / It’s All Connected / 4:29

  • Darkness in the Delta / Eden Brent / It’s All Connected / 3:21

  • Paper Sack / Mark Lemhouse / It’s All Connected / 4:07

  • Chicken Wants Corn / Fiona Boyes / It’s All Connected / 4:04

  • Snakes in My Garden / William Lee Ellis / It’s All Connected / 3:03

  • Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me / Mary Flower / It’s All Connected / 4:08

  • Beer Drinking Woman / Big Joe Duskin / It’s All Connected / 3:21

  • Resting Place / Terry Robb / It’s All Connected / 3:21

  • Blues for Big Bill / Chris Cotton / It’s All Connected / 3:23

  • Pony Blues / Bluff City Backsliders / It’s All Connected / 4:11

  • Newborn Blues / Calvin Newborn / It’s All Connected / 8:36

  • Carolina Dreams / Lee Marcus / Grandpa’s Pond / 3:12

This Week’s Rotation


  • Anchor / Alejandro Escovedo / KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 18 (Disc 1) / 3:22
  • The Love That Faded / Bob Dylan / The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams / 2:30
  • Kerosene / The Bottle Rockets / Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With … / 3:38
  • When Hepcat Gets The Blues / Brian Setzer / 13 [Bonus Track] / 2:50
  • Frank’s Tavern / Calexico / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 4:28
  • Tulsa Queen / Calico Moon / When Love Comes Around / 3:45
  • Someone To Use / Candi Staton / The Ultimate Fame Years Collection / 2:33
  • American Made Machine / Cary Ann Hearst / Are You Ready To Die / 2:39
  • Obvious To Me / Charlie Faye / Travels With Charlie / 2:11
  • Wine / Danny Barnes / Rocket / 5:08
  • Old Guitar / Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent / Dig & Be Dug / 4:27
  • Jake / Eric Hisaw / Nature Of The Blues / 3:50
  • Bound to Lose / The Far West / The Far West / 2:41
  • I’ll Never Drink Again / The Far West / The Far West / 3:12
  • Do Right Woman / The Flying Burrito Brothers / Sacred Hearts And Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology (Disc 1) / 3:57
  • Willie And The Hand Jive / George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock / 4:04
  • Melchert / The Gourds / Old Mad Joy / 2:55
  • No Time To Waste / Hacienda Brothers / Music For Ranch & Town / 4:40
  • Carrying This Heartache / Hooverville / Follow That Trail Of Dust Back Home / 3:14
  • Wang Dang Doodle / Howlin’ Wolf / From Clarksdale to Cleveland Vol.1 The Roadhouse / 2:19
  • C’mon / Hymn For Her / Lucy & Wayne And The American Stream / 3:13
  • To Love Someone (That Don’t Love You) / JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound / Want More / 4:04
  • Unbreak My Heart / Jo Serrapere / Love Going South / 4:13
  • Hotel Ghost / John Doe / A Year In The Wilderness / 2:27
  • Cold Comfort / John Lilly / Cold Comfort / 3:00
  • I-95 / John Lilly / Cold Comfort / 3:10
  • Hole in my Shoe / The Johnny Possum Band / Short Summer / 3:32
  • Time And Place / Lee Moses / Soul Sides: Volume One / 3:06
  • Sweet Side / Lucinda Williams / Live @ The Fillmore [Disc 1] / 4:45
  • Naked Eye / Luscious Jackson / Fever In Fever Out / 4:41
  • Do Right / Lydia Loveless / Indestructible Machine – CLEAN / 3:51
  • Point Breeze / Marah / Kids in Philly / 2:14
  • America’s Blues / Marquise Knox / Here I Am  / 4:01
  • No One Said Nothin ‘Bout Dancin / Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories / Ain’t No Whiskey / 3:02
  • Lonesome River / Mosey West / Vaca Money / 3:21
  • Train Fare Blues / Muddy Waters / His Best: 1947 To 1955 / 2:48
  • Glory Of Love / Otis Redding / Stax 1959-1968 #8 / 2:41
  • Ode To Misery / Paladino / Paladino / 2:27
  • Glory to Glory / Pieta Brown / Mercury / 3:23
  • Wrecking Ball / Quarter Mile Combo / Motels, Gas & Beer / 3:33
  • Songbrd / Randy Thompson / Collected / 4:08
  • Blonde Of Mine / Ray Bonneville / Bad Man’s Blood / 4:36
  • It’s Martini Time / Reverend Horton Heat / Holy Roller / 3:14
  • Stones In My Passway / Robert Johnson / The Centennial Collection / 2:29
  • Broken Hearted People / Ron Sexsmith / This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark [Disc 1] / 4:20
  • Invisible Riverside / Ryan Adams / Ashes & Fire / 4:49
  • Confession / Sassparilla / The Darndest Thing / 4:09
  • Black Creek Risin’ (Album) / Scott H. Biram / Bad Ingredients / 2:53
  • Long Ways From Laughin’ / Scotty Alan / Wreck And The Mess / 3:55
  • Just How Lonely / Southern Culture On The Skids / Doublewide and Live / 3:14
  • When I Get Like This / Steve Cropper & Lucinda Williams / Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales / 2:29
  • Total Destruction to Your Mind / Swamp Dogg / The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 1 / 3:25
  • Stuck In Memphis / Thieving Birds / Thieving Birds / 3:05
  • I Should Have Known It (Album Version) / Tom Petty / Mojo / 3:36
  • Cold Hearted Woman / Vince Mira / Cash Cabin Sessions / 2:40
  • Drank Like A River / Whiskeytown / Whiskeytown: Faithless Street [Reissue] / 2:57
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