Apr 162012
 

Rotation #308
April 16, 2012

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Janiva Magness - Stronger For ItJaniva Magness has just released Stronger For It. Long-time listeners of the show will be well familiar Janiva Magness because she got heavy play on Taproot Radio in 2010 when her The Devil Is An Angel Too CD was out. And she won best CD of 2010 on Taproot Radio. Stronger For It is just as impressive. She’s got a strong Candi Staton vibe on this one full of soul star power just like you know you like it. My favorite track is the cover of Ike Turner’s “You Got What You Wanted.”

 

jp harris and the tough choices i'll keep callingOn I’ll Keep Calling from JP Harris and the Tough Choices, you get smooth, straight up honky-tonk from a guy that’s lived what he writes about. There’s no kitsch, not glitz, no glamor in this music. Instead you get authentic, aching, autobiographical songs and a band that knows how to make you tap your foot. Highlights for me are “Two For The Road,” “Badly Bent,” and “I’ll Keep Calling.”

 

Sankofa PR shotI’m psyched to announce that Dom Flemons and Allison Russell will be my guests on the live show this week. They are in a band called Sankofa which plays jug band music like nothing you’ve ever heard before. So tune in to the web cast of the live show on Monday April 16th at 9pm Eastern.

 

photo credit: Beana Bern

On episode 83 of the Taproot Music Show,  Chris Castle talks about how he lined up the stellar group of musicians for his latest project, Last Bird Home, and managed to get it recorded in Levon Helms studio; how he got started in song writing and landed his first job working for music publishers on Music Row, and how he connects the dots from Sublime to Lefty Frizzell.

 

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Taproot Road Song of the Week

Southern Culture On The Skids SCOTSVoodoo Cadillac’s” car metaphor is about as subtle as Mary Huff’s hair and why the hell not. This is from their Dirt Track Date album which came out in the early 2000’s as I recall. The video was shot live here in Chapel Hill at the Local 506.

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Recent Adds

Lucky / Magnolia Collective / Ghost Stories (EP) / 2:36
Stolen Car / Magnolia Collective / Ghost Stories (EP) / 3:25
Call of the Wild / Tracy Weinberg / Mountains of Dreams / 3:11
There It Is / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:30
I Won’t Cry / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:51
Make It Rain / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:46
You Got What You Wanted / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:35
Two For The Road / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling / 2:54
Badly Bent / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling / 4:47
I’ll Keep Calling / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling / 3:07
Bend in the River / Claudia Schmidt / Bend in the River / 3:21
When I Arrive / Sam Reid & The Riot Act / A Slow Burn / 3:00
The Right Stuff / Bap Kennedy / The Sailor’s Revenge / 3:46
Maybe I Will / Bap Kennedy / The Sailor’s Revenge / 4:34
Please Return To Jesus / Bap Kennedy / The Sailor’s Revenge / 4:12
Unforgiven / Bap Kennedy / The Sailor’s Revenge / 3:40
Ada, OK / Michael Fracasso / Saint Monday / 3:32
Gypsy Moth / Michael Fracasso / Saint Monday / 4:34
Hello Cruel World / Gretchen Peters / Hello Cruel World / 4:25
Woman On The Wheel / Gretchen Peters / Hello Cruel World / 5:01
Heart With A Hole / JJ Ford / Performance Jones / 4:14

Taproot Music Show Recent Episodes

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

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.

chris castleEpisode 83 – Chris Castle talks about how he lined up the stellar group of musicians for his latest project, Last Bird Home, and managed to get it recorded in Levon Helms studio; how he got started in song writing and landed his first job working for music publishers on Music Row, and how he connects the dots from Sublime to Lefty Frizzell.

 

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 guests this week are Dom Flemons and Allison Russell from Sankofa. They will be on the air to play jug band music like you have never heard before.

You Got What You Wanted / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:35
Heart Worth Breaking / YARN / Almost Home / 3:40
All Things Being Equal / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 3:29
Browder Holler Boy / Chelle Rose / Ghost Of Browder Holler / 3:24

*** Special Guests: Dom Flemons and Allison Russell from Sankofa ***

Two For The Road / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling / 2:54
It’s High Past Time / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:37
She’s Like a Song / Patty Hurst Shifter / Too Crowded on the Losing End / 2:28
Been There Before / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 3:12
Only You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:31
Super Blue (Two Days Clean) / Hiss Golden Messenger / Poor Moon  / 4:36
Voodoo Cadillac / Southern Culture On the Skids / Dirt Track Date / 4:40
For the Mission Baby / Malcolm Holcombe / For The Mission Baby / 2:57
Carl Perkins’ Cadillac / Drive-By Truckers / The Dirty South / 5:26
Freeway View / James McMurtry / Live In Europe / 3:52
White Boy Lost In The Blues / Lyle Lovett / Release Me    3:32

This Week’s Webcast Rotation

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

Little Bottles / Alejandro Escovedo / With These Hands (Deluxe Edition) / 3:18
Same Dog’s Tail / Beth McKee / Next to Nowhere / 3:37
It’s Summertime / Bobby Smith / It’s Summertime! / 3:42
Browder Holler Boy / Chelle Rose / Ghost Of Browder Holler / 3:24
Bird / Chris Castle / Last Bird Home / 1:47
Bend in the River / Claudia Schmidt / Bend in the River / 3:21
Dreaming My Dreams With You / Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session / 4:31
Can’t Make It Through The Night / Deadstring Brothers / Sao Paulo / 3:23
Carl Perkins’ Cadillac / Drive-By Truckers / The Dirty South / 5:26
High Fashion Queen / The Flying Burrito Brothers / Sacred Hearts And Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology (Disc 1) / 2:09
American Made / George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock / 4:07
Last Letter / The Gourds / Noble Creatures / 5:01
A Bad Way / The Great Unknowns / Homefront / 3:05
Five / Highway Robbers / Robbers & Swills / 5:12
Super Blue (Two Days Clean) / Hiss Golden Messenger / Poor Moon  / 4:36
All Things Being Equal / Hobart Brothers w Li’l Sis / At Least We Have Each Other / 3:29
Freeway View / James McMurtry / Live In Europe / 3:52
You Got What You Wanted / Janiva Magness / Stronger For It / 3:35
Happier Times / Jim Armstrong / Mudtown / 4:13
Two For The Road / JP Harris and the Tough Choices / I’ll Keep Calling / 2:54
It’s High Past Time / JWW And The Prospectors / It’s High Past Time / 3:37
Millionaire / Kane Welch Kaplin / Live at the Bluebird / 4:29
Over the Levee / Kevin Gordon / Cadillac Jack’s #1 Son / 3:59
Clementine / Lincoln Durham / The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones / 3:23
I’ll Get Out Somehow / The Long Ryders / The Long Ryders Anthology: Looking for Lewis and Clark [Disc 1] / 3:48
Women & Work / Lucero / Women & Work / 3:07
The Night’s Too Long / Lucinda Williams / Lucinda Williams / 4:18
Do Right / Lydia Loveless / Indestructible Machine – CLEAN / 3:51
White Boy Lost In The Blues / Lyle Lovett / Release Me / 3:32
Stolen Car / Magnolia Collective / Ghost Stories (EP) / 3:25
For the Mission Baby / Malcolm Holcombe / For The Mission Baby / 2:57
Paper Sack / Mark Lemhouse / The Great American Yard Sale / 4:07
Cheap Cigar / Maynard and the Musties / Cheap Cigar / 4:00
Evangelyne / Milagro Saints / Chance & Circumstance / 3:17
How Long / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 3:29
Only You / Moot Davis / Man About Town / 2:31
You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had / Muddy Waters / His Best, 1956 To 1964 / 2:56
That’s What My Heart Needs / Otis Redding / Stax 1959-1968 #2 / 2:42
When The Dust Settles / The Parlor Soldiers / When The Dust Settles / 4:32
She’s Like a Song / Patty Hurst Shifter / Too Crowded on the Losing End / 2:28
I Don’t Like Half The Folks I Love / Paul Thorn / Pimps & Preachers / 4:21
Been There Before / Possum Jenkins / Carolinacana / 3:12
(Night Time Is) The Right Time / Ray Charles / The Very Best Of Ray Charles / 3:24
South of the River / Ray Wylie Hubbard / The Grifter’s Hymnal / 4:07
King of the Blues / Robbie Fulks / The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney / 3:53
The Obsenity Prayer (Give It To Me) / Rodney Crowell / This Is Americana Volume 2 / 3:56
Voodoo Cadillac / Southern Culture On the Skids / Dirt Track Date / 4:40
When I Get Like This / Steve Cropper & Lucinda Williams / Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales / 2:29
Call of the Wild / Tracy Weinberg / Mountains of Dreams / 3:11
16 Days / Whiskeytown / Strangers Almanac / 3:55
Heart Worth Breaking / YARN / Almost Home / 3:40

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