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Taproot Radio News LogoRotation #304
March 19,2012

Howdy,

Had the great pleasure to see the Lyle Lovett/John Hiatt tour when it came through Durham a few days ago. hey are two very different performers. Lyle Lovett is much jazzier, has much more complex music and literary lyrics. Joe Henry has much simpler, direct lyrics that everyone can relate to. It was amazing to see these two guys share a stage. Just them, a couple of guitars and the occasional harmonica. Trading songs back and forth. The John Hiatt highlight for me was “Thing Called Love” because he played the bridge of the song that Bonnie Raitt left out when she made it so popular. The Lyle Lovett highlight for me, hmmm, I guess it was “My Baby Don’t Tolerate Nashville.” I definitely recommend the show if you get a chance to see it in your area.

 

The Possum Jenkins band, based out of North Carolina, wasn’t content to just label themselves “Americana.” They were keenly focused on the musical roots coming out of the North Carolina mountains and have been developing a signature sound which draws from country, gospel, Piedmont blues, folk and soul, not to mention good old fashioned southern rock. Their latest CD, Carolinacana puts the finishing touches on their signature sound, which is sure to please any americana fan. Highlights for me are “Copper Coin,” “Been There Before,” and “All Is Not Lost.”

The self-released CD, It’s High Past Time, from JWW and The Prospectors reminds me of the happy upbeat Western Swing my grandparents generation used to dance to. Sometimes we think of old school country as full of heartache and woe, and it’s CDs like this that remind us that there was plenty of upbeat dance music for country fans back in the day. This stuff will make you tap your feet if not want to sign up for swing lessons. Entertaining from front to back. Highlight tracks are “It’s High Past Time, “What Have I Done That Made You Go Away,” “Live And Let Live,” and “Big Bend Boogie.”

 

civil wars barton hollowIt’s not often a folk duo with little more than guitar and drums can keep me mesmerized all the way through a CD, but Joy Williams and John Paul White manage to do just that on The Civil Wars’ first major release, Barton Hollow. The chemistry between the two and the interplay of their voices pulls out deep, entrenched humanity coming to the surface. Highlights for me are “20 Years,” “I’ve Got This Friend,” “Poison & Wine,” and “Barton Hollow.”
On episode 79 of the Taproot Podcast, Snatches of Pink front man Michael Rank and Marc E Smith join Calvin in the studio live to play some acoustic versions of songs from Kin, the debut release from Michael Rank and Stag. Michael talks about the amazing line up of area musicians he’s got on the new CD, why he decided not to do this as a CD as a Snatches of Pink CD, the challenges of coordinating so many band mates when recording the tracks, writing songs for both acoustic and full band performances, and how he finally caught up with Taylor Swift in the break up CD department.

 

tommy womack

On episode 78 of the Taproot Podcast, Tommy Womack talks about he was motivated to start writing songs about himself and “from the gut” on There I Said It and how he continues to write peronal songs on Now What because he could never go back to writing third person songs. his role of patron saint of 50 year olds with kids who don’t make it to as many shows as they used to; the structure of the CD Now What in terms of song arrangements and sequence; Tomy’s habit of referencing other musicians in his song names and lyrics; and his favorite covers of his songs.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

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Taproot Road Song of the Week

jerry lee lewis star club

Probably the best cover of “Long Tall Sally” ever ever amen is  Jerry Lee Lewis’ performance at the Star Club in Hamburg Germany. Full on. No holding back.

Taproot Road Songs on Spotify.

 

Recent Adds

 

Copper Coin / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 2:46
Been There Before / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 3:12

All Is Not Lost / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 2:14
It’s High Past Time / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:37
What Have I Done That Made You Go Away / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:29
Live And Let Live / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 2:51
Big Bend Boogie / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:07
I’d Leave Me Too / Audrey Auld / Resurrection Moon / 2:24
Run Down The Rails / Cornflower Blue / Run Down The Rails / 3:03
Fisherman’s Blues / Cornflower Blue / Run Down The Rails / 4:54
Shooting The Breeze / Some Velvet Evening / Ain’t No Law Against Talking / 3:05
Still Have Your Hat / Some Velvet Evening / Ain’t No Law Against Talking / 1:50
20 Years / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:02
I’ve Got This Friend / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:24
Poison & Wine / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:40
Barton Hollow / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:26
A Man Needs Love mp3 / L.P.O. / What You Been Missin’ / 2:28
Dirt On My Hands mp3 / L.P.O. / What You Been Missin’ / 3:05

Taproot Music Show Recent Episodes

See a list of all episodes on the episode index page.

Episode 75 – Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter of Red Molly talk about their music backgrounds, the appeal of female trios, the excitement of playing Merlefest, the appeal their music has for the NYC coffeehouse crowd, and the stories behind three of their songs on the CD Light In The Sky.

Episode 76 –  Brandon Sampson from Six Mile Grove and Bob Wootton tell the story of how they met and began their long time musical collaboration, talk about their mission to keep the Johnny Cash sound alive, give us a preview of Six Mile Grove’s upcoming CD Secret Life In A Quiet Town, and explore the existential question of free will and predestination.

Episode 77 - Becky Warren of The Great Unknowns talks about why there’s almost always a geographic reference in all of her songs; her experience driving the Lewis and Clark Trail and what it mean to her; the long wait between their first and second CD; writing a song about a band that doesn’t become that famous; the new line up; and plays three tracks from their new release, Homefront.

Episode 78 - Tommy Womack talks about he was motivated to start writing songs about himself and “from the gut” on There I Said It and how he continues to write peronal songs on Now What because he could never go back to writing third person songs. his role of patron saint of 50 year olds with kids who don’t make it to as many shows as they used to; the structure of the CD Now What in terms of song arrangements and sequence; Tomy’s habit of reference to other musicians in his song names and lyrics; and his favorite covers of his songs.

Episode 79 - Snatches of Pink front man Michael Rank and Marc E Smith join Calvin in the studio live to play some acoustic versions of songs from Kin, the debut release from Michael Rank and Stag. Michael talks about the amazing line up of area musicians he’s got on the new CD, why he decided not to do this as a CD as a Snatches of Pink CD, the challenges of coordinating so many band mates when recording the tracks, writing songs for both acoustic and full band performances, and how he finally caught up with Taylor Swift in the break up CD department.

 

WCOM Play List

The Taproot Radio show airs live on Monday nights at 9pm Eastern. Local listeners in Chapel Hill can tune in to WCOM at 103.5FM.  Everyone else can tune in to the WCOM.webcast stream.

This Monday only, Taproot Radio will be on WCOM from 7-9pm Eastern time. So adjust your clocks accordingly.

7:00 Hour

1. Lucero – Juniper (4:43)
2. Jackstraw – Just Another Way To Go (2:52)
3. Hymn For Her – Montana (3:37)
4. Chris Castle – Trees Fall Every Day (3:09)

*** Special Guest: The Parlor Soldiers ***

5. Patty Griffin – The Cape (3:27)
6. Maynard and the Musties – After the Game (3:16)
7. Lincoln Durham – Love Letters (2:57)
8. Thieving Birds – Home (4:42)
9. The Parlor Soldiers – Mess (2:55)
10. Mike June & The Wilson Street Refugees – Miss Lavelle White Blues (3:33)
11. Beth McKee – Same Dog’s Tail (3:36)
12. Ray Wylie Hubbard – Henhouse (4:30)
13. Westbound – Somethin’ in the Water (2:47)
14. Andre Williams – Dirt (3:13)
15. Drew Nelson – Danny and Maria (3:20)
16. The Far West – Nothing (2:37)
17. Michael Rank and Stag – on the bleed (4:51)
18. The Great Unknowns – A Bad Way (3:04)
19. Lyle Lovett – White Boy Lost In The Blues (3:32)
20. Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl – Try (2:34)

8:00 Hour

1. Chris Castle – Dirty Water (4:21)
2. The Damn Quails – The Damn Quails – Fool’s Gold (4:14)
3. Lucero – Like Lightning (4:15)
4. JWW And The Prospectors – It’s High Past Time (3:37)

*** Special Guest: Beth McKee ***

5. The Great Unknowns – Love Song (2:46)
6. Joe Ely – Dublin Blues (4:24)
7. Muddy Waters – Still A Fool (3:19)
8. Ray Wylie Hubbard – Coricidin Bottle (1:59)
9. Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators – If This Ain’t Love (Don’t Know What Is) (3:28)
10. Steve Cropper, B.B. King & Shemekia Copleland – Baby Don’t Do It (2:51)
11. The Border Blasters – (In The) Next Life (2:12)
12. Cary Ann Hearst – American Made Machine (2:38)
13. Nick Lowe – American Squirm (2:31)
14. Otis Spann – Must Have Been The Devil (2:40)
15. Son Volt – When The Wheels Don’t Move (3:21)
16. Possum Jenkins – Copper Coin (2:45)

 

This Week’s Webcast Rotation

Listen to the week’s rotation on the taprootradio.com current rotation play list on Spotify.

1. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Mouth Almighty (3:05)
2. Ha Ha Tonka – Usual Suspects (Album) (3:32)
3. Otis Spann – Must Have Been The Devil (2:40)
4. Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators – If This Ain’t Love (Don’t Know What Is) (3:28)
5. The Black Crowes – High Head Blues (4:01)
6. Jerry Lee Lewis – Money (4:38)
7. Cary Ann Hearst – American Made Machine (2:38)
8. The Blasters – Cryin’ For My Baby (5:26)
9. Wilson Pickett – Ninty-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do) (2:43)
10. Drive-By Truckers – Perfect Timing (2:58)
11. The Border Blasters – (In The) Next Life (2:12)
12. Ben E. King – Its All Over (3:12)
13. Wilco – Hate It Here (4:33)
14. Joe Henry – Some Champions (4:32)
15. Muddy Waters – Still A Fool (3:19)
16. Nick Lowe – American Squirm (2:31)
17. Mary Wells – What Love Has Joined Together (2:56)
18. Doc Watson With Merle Watson – Southbound (2:41)
19. Percy Mayfield – Gone Astray (3:13)
20. Gram Parsons – Buckaroo (2:34)
21. Greg Brown – ‘Cept You & Me Babe (4:28)
22. Steve Cropper, B.B. King & Shemekia Copleland – Baby Don’t Do It (2:51)
23. Son Volt – When The Wheels Don’t Move (3:21)
24. Joe Medwick – I Cried (3:27)
25. Heavy Trash – Isolation (3:24)
26. Michael Rank and Stag – straw man (3:23)
27. Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl – Boogie Real Low (3:59)
28. Andre Williams – Jaw Dropper (2:05)
29. Mike June & The Wilson Street Refugees – Babe I Ain’t Perfect (3:19)
30. Lyle Lovett – Brown Eyed Handsome Man (3:36)
31. Chris Castle – Dirty Water (4:21)
32. Lincoln Durham – Love Letters (2:57)
33. The Great Unknowns – Love Song (2:46)
34. The Parlor Soldiers – Mess (2:55)
35. Jackstraw – Sunday Never Comes (3:35)
36. Lucero – Like Lightning (4:15)
37. The Damn Quails – Fool’s Gold (4:14)
38. Westbound – Makin’ Time (2:54)
39. The Civil Wars – 20 Years (3:01)
40. Possum Jenkins – Copper Coin (2:45)
41. Ray Wylie Hubbard – Coricidin Bottle (1:59)
42. Joe Ely – Dublin Blues (4:24)
43. JWW And The Prospectors – It’s High Past Time (3:37)
44. Maynard and the Musties – Rock This Little Boat (3:12)
45. Beth McKee – Shoulda Kept on Walkin’ (2:57)
46. Cornflower Blue – Run Down The Rails (3:03)
47. Audrey Auld – I’d Leave Me Too (2:24)
48. Big Joe Duskin – Beer Drinking Woman (3:20)
49. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You (5:08)
50. L.P.O. – A Man Needs Love mp3 (2:27)
51. Jerry Lee Lewis – Long Tall Sally (1:51)

 

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