Apr 092012
 

Rotation #307
April 9, 2012

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Merlefest LogoCongratulations to Glenda Lee Hedenskog who was the randomly selected entry in the Merlefest Ticket Giveaway. The giveaway is 2 one-day passes to any day of Merlefest. This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!

The Hobart Brothers with Li’l Sis is Jon Dee Graham, Freedy Johnston, and Susan Cowsill. Their debut CD, At Least We Have Each Other is very much in the spirit of X’s side project, The Knitters, which is to say it has a feel of ex-punk/indie/alt rockers slowing down to do something a little more rootsy and little more singer-song-writery. The twangy undercurrents are unmistakeable but the grit is all rock and roll. Highlights for me are “Ballad Of Sis,” “Sweet Senorita,” and “All Things Being Equal.”

Heartfelt, funky, and just a little bit trippy in the spirit of Donna The Buffalo. That’s how I’d describe the Milagro Saints’ latest release, Chance & Circumstance. These veterans of the roots music scene have transcended the alt.country crowd they sprang from into band that creates Americana that’s deceptively modern. Whether it’s the mandolin riffs setting a easy going roll or a well timed accordion riff at just the right moment, they know how to pay homage to traditional music without being limited by it. Highlight tracks for me are “Morning Song,” “Evangelyne,” and most of all “Pennsylvania Rose.”

My interview guest on the live WCOM show tonight will be Addam Scott, talking about his honky tonk americana CD, San Diablo. He’s got some good stories to tell about live in southern California, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy. So tune in to the web cast at 9pm EDT.

Beth McKee Next To NowhereOn episode 82 of the Taproot Music Show , Beth McKee  talks about the different styles of southern music on her latest CD, Next To Nowhere; tells us about fishing or redfish near Port Sulfer, Louisiana and its metaphorical implications; and tells us how her “Swamp Sistas” movement got started.

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Calvin

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Taproot Road Song of the Week

A swaggering song about (trying) to pick up women at a bar. “Putting the honky in honky-tonk,” as my wife says, it’s the Old 97′s with “Barrier Reef” from Too Far To Care.

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Recent Adds

Blue Country Mystic / Hiss Golden Messenger / Poor Moon  / 4:08
Jesus Shot Me in the Head / Hiss Golden Messenger / Poor Moon  / 5:07
Super Blue (Two Days Clean) / Hiss Golden Messenger / Poor Moon  / 4:36
Wings In The Morning / Johnny Cash / Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth / 2:46 / 1 of 2 / 1 of 25
Strange Things Happening Everyday [Album Version] / Johnny Cash / Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth / 3:33 / 1 of 2 / 9 of 25
That’s Enough / Johnny Cash / Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth / 2:44 / 1 of 2 / 19 of 25
Look Unto The East / Johnny Cash / Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth / 2:34 / 2 of 2 / 2 of 26
Sanctified [Album Version] / Johnny Cash / Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth / 2:25 / 2 of 2 / 4 of 26
Our Little Old Home Town / Johnny Cash / Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth / 2:43 / 2 of 2 / 12 of 26
My Children Walk In Truth / Johnny Cash / Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth / 2:39 / 2 of 2 / 14 of 26
Gloryland / Kevin Gordon / Gloryland / 5:03 / 1 of 1 / 1 of 11
Get In Line / Bobby Smith / It’s Summertime! / 7:04
It’s Summertime / Bobby Smith / It’s Summertime! / 3:42
Ballad of Sis (Didn’t I Love You) / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 4:17
Sweet Senorita / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 3:27
All Things Being Equal / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 3:29
It’s Hard, So Damn Hard / Trailerpark Idlers / The Rumble & The Roar / 2:05
To the Harvest Look Ahead / Kane Welch Kaplin / Live at the Bluebird / 3:33
Millionaire / Kane Welch Kaplin / Live at the Bluebird / 4:29
More To It Than This / Kane Welch Kaplin / Live at the Bluebird / 3:49

 

Taproot Music Show Recent Episodes

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

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.”

Episode 81 – Alex Culbreth and Karen Jonas are the Parlor Soldiers and they talk about the origin of their band name, how they manage to combine folk and alt.country into something that works, how they are able to write such gritty, detailed songs, their advice for aspiring singer/songwriters, and their Johnny Cash / June Carter song.

Episode 82 – Beth McKee talks about the different styles of southern music on her latest CD, Next To Nowhere; tells us about fishing or redfish near Port Sulfer, Louisiana and its metaphorical implications; and tells us how her “Swamp Sistas” movement got started.

 

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.

My interview guest this week is Grant Peeples. He’s got a new CD coming out in May, but you will get to hear it first before anyone else on The Taproot Show this week.

Ballad of Sis (Didn’t I Love You) / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 4:17
Pennsylvania Rose / Milagro Saints / Chance & Circumstance / 4:42
Dirt Road / YARN / Almost Home / 3:28
Reckoning Lament / Lincoln Durham / The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones / 3:11

*** Interview Guest: Grant Peeples ***

Brown Eyed Handsome Man / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 3:36
Cranky Mulatto / The Gourds / Noble Creatures / 3:13
Sit This One Out / Solomon Burke / Don’t Give Up On Me / 4:34
Running Scared / Roy Orbison / Best Of Roy Orbison / 2:14
Texas Flood / Larry Davis & His Band / Blues Masters Vol. 6 – Blues Originals / 2:42
All Is Not Lost / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 2:14
Another Story / The Damn Quails / Down the Hatch / 3:33
Bouquet Of Roses / Bobby Womack / Dirty Laundry – The Soul Of Black Country / 2:47
Queensbury Rules / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:50
Weepin Willow On The Hill / Chelle Rose / Ghost Of Browder Holler / 3:55
Barrier Reef / Old 97′s / Too Far To Care / 3:50
Coricidin Bottle / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 2:00

This Week’s Webcast Rotation

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

Pretty Girl From Cedar Lane / The Avett Brothers / Mignonette / 3:23
On the Verge / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 4:16
Joy / Bettye LaVette / I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise / 3:56
Take A Chance With Me / Big John Hamilton / How Much Can A Man Take / 2:35
Have Mercy Baby / The Blasters / Live: Going Home / 4:23
Get In Line / Bobby Smith / It’s Summertime! / 7:04
Bouquet Of Roses / Bobby Womack / Dirty Laundry – The Soul Of Black Country / 2:47
Weepin Willow On The Hill / Chelle Rose / Ghost Of Browder Holler / 3:55
Trees Fall Every Day / Chris Castle / Last Bird Home / 3:10
Barton Hollow / The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow / 3:26
Another Story / The Damn Quails / Down the Hatch / 3:33
Toe The Line / Deadstring Brothers / Starving Winter Report / 3:42
The Middle / Eric Hisaw / Nature Of The Blues / 4:25
You Gonna Miss Me / Fiona Boyes And The Fortune Tellers / Lucky 13 / 3:20
The Gardens / Freddy Fender / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 3:16
Cranky Mulatto / The Gourds / Noble Creatures / 3:13
The New Soft Shoe / Gram Parsons / Sacred Hearts And Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology (Disc 2) / 3:54
Love Song / The Great Unknowns / Homefront / 2:46
Blue Country Mystic / Hiss Golden Messenger / Poor Moon  / 4:08
Ballad of Sis (Didn’t I Love You) / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 4:17
Wings In The Morning / Johnny Cash / Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth / 2:46
Big Bend Boogie / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:07
To the Harvest Look Ahead / Kane Welch Kaplin / Live at the Bluebird / 3:33
Gloryland / Kevin Gordon / Gloryland / 5:03
Texas Flood / Larry Davis & His Band / Blues Masters Vol. 6 – Blues Originals / 2:42
Reckoning Lament / Lincoln Durham / The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones / 3:11
Sometimes / Lucero / Women & Work / 4:53
Brown Eyed Handsome Man / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 3:36
I’m Doin’ Fine / Mark Lennon / Down The Mountain / 3:57
Pretty & Cryin’ / Maynard and the Musties / Cheap Cigar / 4:41
Sea Measures / Michael Rank and Stag / Kin [Disc 2] / 4:25
Pennsylvania Rose / Milagro Saints / Chance & Circumstance / 4:42
Queensbury Rules / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:50
Barrier Reef / Old 97′s / Too Far To Care / 3:50
Mr Pitiful / Otis Redding / Stax 1959-1968 #4 / 2:44
Shallow Grave / The Parlor Soldiers / When The Dust Settles / 4:00
Big Fat Moma / Pinetop Perkins / Ladies Man / 4:39
All Is Not Lost / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 2:14
Coricidin Bottle / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 2:00
King of the Blues / Robbie Fulks / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 3:53
Running Scared / Roy Orbison / Best Of Roy Orbison / 2:14
Sunshine / Ryan Bingham / Mescalito / 4:21
Poor People’s Store / Shinyribs / Well After Awhile / 2:35
Sit This One Out / Solomon Burke / Don’t Give Up On Me / 4:34
Dedicated To The One I Love / Steve Cropper, Lucinda Williams & Steve Winwood / Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales / 3:15
It’s Hard, So Damn Hard / Trailerpark Idlers / The Rumble & The Roar / 2:05
Foot Of The Bed / Tres Chicas / Sweetwater / 4:04
Too Drunk To Dream / Whiskeytown / Whiskeytown: Faithless Street [Reissue] / 2:54
She’s Lookin Good / Wilson Pickett / The Very Best Of Wilson Pickett / 2:30
Dirt Road / YARN / Almost Home / 3:28
Hankerin’ / The Yayhoos / Fear Not The Obvious / 3:48

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