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Taproot Radio News LogoRotation #305
March 26, 2012

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Merlefest LogoIt’s getting to be Merlefest time of the year again, North Carolina’s big contribution to live roots music. I’m proud to announce that Taproot Radio has tickets to giveaway courtesy of Merlefest and WCOM FM in Chapel Hill, NC. The tickets will be given away to a randomly selected subscriber to the newsletter. BUT you must enter to win. Look for the “update subscription preferences” link at the bottom of every issue of the newsletter. Follow that link to your newsletter subscription profile. Click Yes in the Merlefest 2012 Ticket Giveaway Field. Then click the Update button at the bottom of the form. Full details about the Ticket Giveaway can be found at the free stuff page at the site. Tickets will be given away on April 9th, so enter soon!

 

Yarn Almost HomeYARN’s Almost Home reminds me of Paul Simon’s folk. Down to earth and world wise at the same time. A little worn and weary but at the same time optimistic and hopeful. They have a barroom twang and a enough character sketches to fill a wall with black and white photos.  Highlights for me are “Dirt Road,” “Annie,” “Almost Home,” and “Heart Worth Breaking.” Yet another twangy band from Brooklyn!

 

Moot Davis’ music on Man About Town hearkens back to the early days when both rock & roll and country were warm, earnest, confident, and a little off the rails. Fun times. Kinda reminds me of something Roy Orbison might have done if he were more twangy. Highlights for me are “Crazy In Love With You” featuring a duet with Elizabeth Cook, “Only You,” “Queensbury Rules,” and “How Long.”

On episode 80 of the Taproot Music Show, Joe Maynard talks about his many-faceted art career in New York City; explains the name of his first band, the Millerite Redeemers; runs through the current band line up and explains how they became The Musties; the advice he got from Ryan Adams; and explains why his band is mapped out to “the rhythm section” and “the weirdos.”

Calvin

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Taproot Road Song of the Week

Death of a Decade - Ha Ha Tonka“Usual Suspects” by Ha Ha Tonka has kind of an80′s REM-ish feel to it. Reminds you of the days when all you needed to get by was naive enthusiasm. Good thing to keep in mind. Love the mandolin riff.

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Recent Adds

Santa Ana Winds / Sons Of Bill / Sirens / 4:28
Life In Shambles / Sons Of Bill / Sirens / 3:10
Slow Slow Boogie / Davy Jay Sparrow & His Well-Known Famous Drovers / Olde Fashioned / 4:16
Hot Tamale! / Davy Jay Sparrow & His Well-Known Famous Drovers / Olde Fashioned / 2:38
Orange Grove / Shanimal / Rough & Tumble / 2:47
Suitcase Lover / Shanimal / Rough & Tumble / 0:50
Dirt Road / YARN / Almost Home / 3:28
Annie / YARN / Almost Home / 4:07
Almost Home / YARN / Almost Home / 4:16
Heart Worth Breaking / YARN / Almost Home / 3:40
How Long / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:29
Only You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:31
Queensbury Rules / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:50
Rust / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:56
Blue Collar King / Family Reunion / Family Album / 3:48

 

Taproot Music Show Recent Episodes

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

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.

Episode 80 – Joe Maynard talks about his many-faceted art career in New York City; explains the name of his first band, the Millerite Redeemers; runs through the current band line up and explains how they became The Musties; the advice he got from Ryan Adams; and explains why his band is mapped out to “the rhythm section” and “the weirdos.”

 

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 week only, I’ll be in the studio for two hours from 9-11 and I’ll be interviewing Mike June from Mike June and the Wilson Street Exiles during the 9:00 hour and Dave Willis from the Possum Jenkins Band in the 10:00 hour.

9:00 hour

Heart Worth Breaking / YARN / Almost Home / 3:40
White Freightliner Blues / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 5:06
I’ve Got This Friend / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:24
Crazy / The Parlor Soldiers / When The Dust Settles / 3:00

*** Special Guest: Mike June from The Wilson Street Exiles ***

Everything Is Free / Gillian Welch / KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 17 (Disc 1) / 4:37
Song Of The Open Road / Bobby Sichran / Peddler In Babylon / 3:44
Santa Ana Winds / Sons Of Bill / Sirens / 4:28
I’m Gonna Get My Heart Broken / The Great Unknowns / Homefront / 2:59
Houses On The Hill / Whiskeytown / Strangers Almanac / 2:38
New River / The New Familiars / Between The Moon And The Morning Light / 3:25
Been There Before / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 3:12
Usual Suspects (Album) / Ha Ha Tonka / Death Of A Decade / 3:33
Trouble In Mind / Pinetop Perkins/Odetta / Ladies Man / 4:28
Pretty & Cryin’ / Maynard and the Musties / Cheap Cigar / 4:41
Crazy in Love with You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:04

10:00

New Orleans to Jackson / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 4:44
Crazy in Love with You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:04
What Have I Done That Made You Go Away / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:29
Bird / Chris Castle / Last Bird Home / 1:47

*** Special Guest: Dave Willis from Possum Jenkins

She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye / Swamp Dogg / The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 1 / 3:00
Don’t Be Ashamed / Steve Cropper, Bettye LaVette & Willie Jones / Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales / 2:49
Faulkner Street / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 3:26
My Favorite Picture Of You / Jerry Jeff Walker / This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark [Disc 2] / 3:44
1968 / Alejandro Escovedo / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 5:10
Hangin On / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / 2:39
Usual Suspects (Album) / Ha Ha Tonka / Death Of A Decade / 3:33
Like Lightning / Lucero / Women & Work / 4:15
Mother Blues / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 5:57
Pyramid Of Tears / Lucinda Williams / Por Vida: A Tribute To The Songs Of Alejandro Escovedo / 4:47

This Week’s Webcast Rotation

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

1968 / Alejandro Escovedo / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 5:10
Hu-matic Man / Andre Williams / Hoods and Shades / 3:13
New Orleans to Jackson / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 4:44
Song Of The Open Road / Bobby Sichran / Peddler In Babylon / 3:44
Why Don’t You Do Right? / Carolina Chocolate Drops / Genuine Negro Jig / 3:37
When You Come Around / Charlie Feathers / Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69) [Disc 1] / 2:09
Bird / Chris Castle / Last Bird Home / 1:47
I’ve Got This Friend / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:24
Fisherman’s Blues / Cornflower Blue / Run Down The Rails / 4:54
Long As I Can See The Light / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Chronicle, Vol. 1 / 3:34
Better Place To Stop / The Damn Quails / Down the Hatch / 3:20
Slow Slow Boogie / Davy Jay Sparrow & His Well-Known Famous Drovers / Olde Fashioned / 4:16
Little White Lies / Deer Tick / Born On Flag Day / 3:39
Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone / Diana Ross and The Supremes / The Ultimate Collection / 2:49
Jake / Eric Hisaw / Nature Of The Blues / 3:50
Fishin’ Hole / Fiona Boyes / Blues Woman / 2:58
Everything Is Free / Gillian Welch / KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 17 (Disc 1) / 4:37
Kiss The Children / Gram Parsons / Under Your Spell Again [Disc II] / 3:44
I’m Gonna Get My Heart Broken / The Great Unknowns / Homefront / 2:59
Usual Suspects (Album) / Ha Ha Tonka / Death Of A Decade / 3:33
Faulkner Street / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 3:26
My Favorite Picture Of You / Jerry Jeff Walker / This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark [Disc 2] / 3:44
Hangin On / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / Joel Dasilva And The Midnight Howl / 2:39
What Have I Done That Made You Go Away / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:29
Dirt On My Hands mp3 / L.P.O. / What You Been Missin’ / 3:05
You’ll Never Again Be Mine / Levon Helm / The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams / 3:10
Clementine / Lincoln Durham / The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones / 3:23
Like Lightning / Lucero / Women & Work / 4:15
Pyramid Of Tears / Lucinda Williams / Por Vida: A Tribute To The Songs Of Alejandro Escovedo / 4:47
White Freightliner Blues / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 5:06
Pretty & Cryin’ / Maynard and the Musties / Cheap Cigar / 4:41
Sea Measures / Michael Rank and Stag / Kin [Disc 2] / 4:25
Crazy in Love with You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:04
New River / The New Familiars / Between The Moon And The Morning Light / 3:25
Baby You Crazy / Nick Curran And The Lowlifes / Reform School Girl / 2:13
(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay / Otis Redding / Stax 1959-1968 #9 / 2:42
Crazy / The Parlor Soldiers / When The Dust Settles / 3:00
Trouble In Mind / Pinetop Perkins/Odetta / Ladies Man / 4:28
Been There Before / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 3:12
Mother Blues / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 5:57
Orange Grove / Shanimal / Rough & Tumble / 2:47
This Ain’t My Home / Shannon McNally / Coldwater / 4:34
Santa Ana Winds / Sons Of Bill / Sirens / 4:28
Don’t Be Ashamed / Steve Cropper, Bettye LaVette & Willie Jones / Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales / 2:49
Stage Fright / Steve Reynolds / Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band / 3:45
She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye / Swamp Dogg / The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 1 / 3:00
Wild Wild Lover / Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers / Cockadoodledon’t / 3:00
Whiskey Or Die / Tom Eure / Back Woods / 5:22
Houses On The Hill / Whiskeytown / Strangers Almanac / 2:38
I Still Miss Someone / Willie Nelson & Johnny Cash / VH1 Storytellers / 3:13
Heart Worth Breaking / YARN / Almost Home / 3:40

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